Hidden Hills Golf Course

4.7368666667 4.7 stars from 5 (39)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6892 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt req, no tanktops or cutoffs

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6892 yards 74.0 136
Blue 72 6653 yards 72.7 130
White 72 6237 yards 70.6 124
Green 72 5745 yards 69.5 121
Red (W) 72 5016 yards 70.5 125

Tucked away in the beautiful Ft. Caroline area near Jacksonville, Hidden Hills Country Club stands on a historic battleground that witnessed the fierce struggles between France and Spain and continued into golf history with searing competition during the heyday of the Greater Jacksonville Open.

The 6,892-yard private golf course, built in 1966 on an ancient sand dune, was redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1986. Palmer's creativity helped create a championship-caliber golf course unmatched in natural beauty that makes excellent use of rare hilly terrain to create a unique Florida golf challenge. The fairways are lined with majestic pines and stately oaks, and the unpredictable greens have helped Hidden Hills gain the reputation of being one of the most challenging courses in North Florida.

Sharp doglegs, strategic placement of water hazards and putting surfaces that are mostly elevated serve up a mighty test for the low handicapper. Approaches are narrow and many of Hidden Hills Country Club's greens are well bunkered.

Hidden Hills has a rating of 74.0 from the championship tees, and the slope rating is 136.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 39 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

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"Will be back next time I'm in JAX"


u863257158's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place is an absolute gem! Was visiting for a work conference and able to stay an extra day to squeeze in a couple rounds of golf. So glad I spent the day here. From the first person I met who I believe was the GM to the cart guys, everyone was extremely friendly. I played early in the morning and again in the afternoon. Morning round was a bit complicated by the unexpected fog but it was a cool experience! Range and putting area were great to practice on between rounds, really well kept. Got some good food in the grill, and Kelsey was extremely friendly. Second round was sunny at 80, couldn't have asked for better weather. This is a challenging course if you are playing the first time. I was able to knock 7 strokes off just by playing different lines and having a bit better understanding of the green layouts. Second round was a bit slower due to a group spending a lot of time looking for lost balls but still finished in about 4 and 1/2 hours so wasn't an issue knowing everyone would be out for the long weekend. If you haven't played this course, you need to. I will definitely make it a regular stop when I am in town!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Name Says It All"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Hidden Hills Golf Club in Jacksonville, FL is not exactly what you would expect, after all, this part of the state is pretty flat. Yet hidden from the surrounding area are the ups and downs you will encounter on the course and not only on your scorecard.

Hidden Hills Golf Club has been a fixture of the East Arlington area near Jacksonville since 1966. In 1986, Arnold Palmer and his design group did a total makeover of the course, creating the challenging layout you find today.

In its heyday, Hidden Hills had over 700 members and played host to the Greater Jacksonville Open, a tournament that has morphed into the Players Championship, now played annually on the Stadium Course at Sawgrass. Winners of this prestigious golf tournament included Gary Player, Tony Jacklin and Don January.

With the downturn in the economy that occurred in 2007 – 2008, membership dropped to about 400, not enough to keep a club of this caliber up to par so to speak. A little over a year ago, Hidden Hills relinquished its “private club” status and became a daily fee facility. Memberships are no longer available, however long-term player passes can be purchased through the pro shop or online.

Hidden Hills offers all of the practice facilities you need to get you golf skills honed to maximum efficiency. There’s a full length driving range where you can hit every club in your bag. There’s a separate chipping area where you can work on your short game and a massive well undulated putting green where you can practice many of the breaks you are about to encounter. Whether you’re looking to work on your game for an extended period of time or just knock out a quick bucket before your match, there’s plenty of room for everyone. In the event your game’s not where you want it to be, the PGA professionals at Hidden Hills are ready to help you get your groove back.

If you’re an “A” player, looking for a challenge, play Hidden Hills from the Gold Tees. At 6,892 yards with a course rating of 73.7 and a slope of 138, the course is every bit a tournament-caliber course as you will find and brings many of the water and sand hazards into play. If you’re new to the game and are just looking to get some exercise and have a good time, play it forward. From the Red Tees, Hidden Hills plays 5,016 yards with a rating of 70.0 and a slope of 120. Something for everyone!

This Arnold Palmer signature design is resplendent with rolling hills and fairways; enough elevation changes to boast one of the highest elevations in the Jacksonville area on the green at the par 3, 5th hole. On some holes, the mounding on either side will funnel the ball back into the fairway; on others, missing the fairway can result in an ugly lie or a lost ball. I was thankful to play the course with someone who was very knowledgeable about it. Many holes are tree lined with stately ancient oaks and majestic pines.

Looking down the fairway of the 1st hole from the elevated tee box, you get the idea you are in for a treat. Trees line both sides of this 365-yard par 4 and anything long and left off the tee could very well find the water. A good tee shot will leave a mid-iron into a green guarded on the left side by water and a small trap on the right. A great starting hole!

Hidden Hills offers the advanced golfer several risk/reward opportunities. Such is the case at the par 5, 471-yard, 6th hole. Players that can carry the trees at the dogleg and the pond, will have around 200 yards into a green fronted by a lake and protected by sand front left. If long off the tee doesn’t describe you, take the more conventional route: play to get close in three and one-putt!

Number 6 is followed by another trying hole. The par 3, 7th plays 141 yards to a small, narrow green with a nasty little pot bunker that catches many short shots and a long, narrow bunker on the left that leaves a nerve-rattling chip shot to a small green with water on the other side.

Number 8 also fits the mold of challenging holes. It plays 318-yards from the White tees and requires an accurate long iron or hybrid off the tee, short of the pond that guards the front of the green. Success off the tee will leave a short pitch shot over water into a green which slopes back to front. Try and leave your approach shot below the hole for a good chance at birdie.

The back nine is home to Hidden Hills’ signature hole: the par 5, 11th. From the Gold Tees, this hole plays 612 yards, from the Whites, a mere 550. From the back tees, you’re looking at a tee shot that needs to carry the water 210-yards; 230 if the wind is in your face. The fairway is the widest on the golf course, so bombs away off the tee. Playing your layup down the right side will leave the easiest approach into the green and take the greenside bunker out of play. Your approach shot is to a slightly elevated island green that is pretty flat. Par is a good score here; however lower numbers are possible.

After your round, stop by the Hills Grill. This casual bar serves up your favorite beverages from 11 am to 7 pm. Lunch is available from 11 am to 3 pm and features some truly remarkable menu items. The buffalo chicken wings are more of a meal than an appetizer and the pressed Cuban sandwich featured pork that was freshly grilled and absolutely delicious. Hills Grill is the place to be on Friday nights when the kitchen whips up some tantalizing dinner specials from 6-9 pm.

Hidden Hills is one of those courses that you will have to play several times in order to get the hang of it. Water comes into play on 12 holes; 8 of 9 on the front and none after the 13th hole. The front nine plays 4 to 5 shots harder than the back nine and the emphasis is on brains rather than brawn. You’ll need to hit the ball a specific distance or to a specific spot to simplify an approach shot into the green. Many greens are elevated, thus eliminating the senior-favorite bump and run!

Hidden Hills has been around a long time and you don’t survive that long in the golf industry without offering a superior product. This course has everything imaginable to challenge a scratch golfer yet remain playable for a high handicapper.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



chinski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

exceptionally challenging course but also is rewarding because when you finish and look at your score you say I did good. sand and water make you think when you are hitting


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice challenging course"


rf85's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed the layout of the course. Staff was great. We had a very good experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"One of my Favorites"


Jon7305680's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course. Has real elevation challenges and great variety of holes. Does not play like typical Florida course. Reminds me of home in Pa.

Top 3 of 4 courses I have played in Fl. ( of about50 courses). Greens are a real challenge due to slopes and undulations but are in great shape.

Play it - you’ll love it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome!"


Steven6174170's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This was fun! I would echo the previous reviewer that the course is in pretty good shape for early February. The greens were true and FAST! This is a typically good AP course: fairly wide fairways, water where ya wish it wasn't and undulating greens. All in all, a great design that is fun, entertaining and keeps you on your toes throughout the day! I do question the choice of gas carts. Even though they are new, they're loud and stinky. I have family visiting from up north in March and I will definitely put this course on our list to play while they're here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Mark9002439's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played this course by myself on a Monday morning. It is a bit hidden, the sign for it is small and facing the road so a bit hard to see.

The greens were in very nice shape. The fairways had some thin spots but overall in good shape. My only complaint is that there are no pictures/ drawings of the holes anywhere, so having never played here before, I lost 3 balls to water I didn't know was there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good value round"


u4476698's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great experience at Hidden Hills. Played it 6 years ago and wasn't disappointed when I came back this past week. Staff was very friendly, pace of play excellent. For first week of February, the course is in good condition. They have done a particularly nice job with the greens... good pace and true roll. Interesting mix of holes, love the elevation changes too. Excellent value, I'm coming back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Dustin88's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



pnickas1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This course has good elevation changes"


roycewolfe's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a good value, challenging layout with the elevation changes, and speed/slope of the greens. Always a pleasure to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thank you roycewolfe for the kind review! We always appreciate great feedback. Thrilled that you had a great time with us! Come back and play again soon!



u2177382's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks for the review!



u000001639914's avatar
Age:  45-54

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks for the review!


"Great Course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and great staff but apparently it would have been quite a bit less to just call the course and book the tee time even. Next time I will do that first.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks bbenjamin1 for the review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! Can't wait to have you back again soon!


"Slow Play"


tcabush's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I really like the golf course. However, this is the second time in a row where they were running over half an hour late on tee times. They don’t seem to understand how to manage their tee sheet. The starter told us they put a large group on the tee sheet that morning when the sheet was already full. We had an11:14 tee time but did not tee off until almost 12:00. The round took over 5 hours to play because they put too many groups on the course. They have no ranger on the course managing pace of play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Hi tcabush. We are sorry to hear that your experience with us did not meet your expectations.We appreciate the feedback, and always take this into consideration on how to become a better course! We hope that in the future you will be back to give us another chance!


"Slow"


Enricco9239026's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My tee time was 1138 and they didn't get us a cart and let us tee off until 1230 if that tells you anything about the pace


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks Enricco9239026 for the review. We appreciate the feedback. We are working hard to becoming a better course everyday. We hope that you will be back to give us another chance!



wtragnitz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks for the review!


"Nice course"


mmc221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of hills not offen found in this area. Tough greens no straight putts. Look forward to playing again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks mmc221 for the review! We can't wait to have you back on the greens again soon!



BillyBobsbuddy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/15/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thanks for the review!



jrsares's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/25/2018

Thank you for the review!



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