Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West

3.2919058824 3.3 stars from 5 (610)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 20002 N Star Ridge Dr, Sun City West, Arizona 85375, Maricopa County
  • (623) 584-1500
  • (623) 546-9138
  • www.hillcrestgolfclub.com

Year built: 1978
Architect(s): Greg Nash (1978), Jeff Hardin (1978)
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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 - "John Jacobs' Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt with a collar as well as no denim bottoms
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7002 yards 72.7 126
Blue 72 6574 yards 70.3 123
White 72 6381 yards 69.1 116
White (W) 72 6381 yards 75.0 126
Gold (W) 72 5864 yards 67.3 113
Red (W) 72 5512 yards 70.7 120

Hillcrest Golf Club possesses a championship length course that offers a great variety of game options with five sets of tees. The course has a traditional design that features open fairways lined with trees, which put a premium on straight shots. The greens vary greatly with some that are relatively flat and medium sized and others that are quite large and dramatically sloped or multi-tiered. In addition to several sand bunkers, water hazards in the forms of lakes and ponds come into play. The signature hole is the par-5 13th, which has been touted by the Phoenix Gazette as being on of the best holes in the state. Hillcrest Golf Club not only has a dogleg around a lake, the hole requires an approach shot uphill to a green that is guarded by eight bunkers.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 610 Reviews
5 stars:
58
4 stars:
242
3 stars:
152
2 stars:
104
1 stars:
54

recommend this course

428 out of 605 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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azrocketboy's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don’t waste your time!"


Pjsdonegan's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Very disappointed with course conditions. Poorly maintained greens, fairways and sand traps.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Meh"


u2086458's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When i showed up they couldn’t put me on when I scheduled because “GolfNow was double booking people.” So I wasn’t able to get on for another 20 mins. Took 3 hours to get through the front nine, ended up going home at the turn...


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course Condfitions"


joelleaverton's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course many times in the summer when the rates are lowered because of the heat and I didn't see much of a difference. If the course is going to Jack the prices up in the winter then the course needs to be in Great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

Whats wrong with the course? the fairways are in good shape and the bunkers have new sand, and the greens are in great shape. Hope to see you back.

Thank you

~HC



golferbob61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
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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


Commented on 02/19/2018

Thank you for coming out hope to see you back real soon.

Thank you

~HC


"Layout is ok"


Richardallenjr's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
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Reviewed on

Didnt care for the long yardage holes

Fairways were mediocre, greens a little better, but once again, layout was lacking


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

What was wrong with the layout? we always get people that love the layout. Hope to see you back.

Thank you

~HC




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

Course is improving we hope to see you back again to check us out.

Thank you

~HC


"lost treasure"


mdimperio's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

such a shame to see this course in so poor condition, cart paths tore up, mud in fairways, dirt patches everywhere, tee boxes sparsely. greens in good shape for the most part. took 2 3/4 hrs for front nine playing as a 2some...par 3 third hole backed up 3 groups....waited on every tee box and second shot...no tempo could be found....went home at the turn. looked like girls high school tournament in progress that backed the whole course up.

historic course in sun city west-home of the senior open-sure wish it could return to its greatness once again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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This is the first time we played Hillcrest, but we will be back. We couldn’t beat the price and I couldn’t beat the round with a hole-in-one on the par 3 third hole, 185 yards with a 5 iron. First one and worth the wait


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

Thank you for the comments and coming out hope to see you back real soon.

Thank you

~HC


"College tournament girls just ahead of us EXTREMELY slow"


rcandmjvfrontiercom's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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Reviewed on

We followed the girls directly behind them--started at 12:30 pm took until 5:30 pm and still had 2 holes left to play--clubhouse locked --grill area also closed. Girls were going in 2 some's and no one marshaled the course to keep them going. We felt we were not appreciated as golfers at the course--no one really cares as long as they got our money! Others behind us were also very unhappy. It started to rain so we had to leave without finishing our round . 5 hours is way to long for 18 holes. We will have to think twice before playing the course again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

Sorry you played on this day we have a college tournament two days a year and you happend to play on one of them. Hope to see you back and give us another try.

Thank you

~HC


"Tricky greens"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
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The course needs work. There are areas under repair and it appears they are trying to make many needed improvements. Fairways have many bare spots. Sand traps actually have sand but they are crusty. Greens are fast and in good shape. It is critical to be on the same level as the pin in order to expect to make putts. We finished in 4 hours. While fairways are wide you can easily find trouble.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/19/2018

Thank you for coming out we are making improvements to the course and the greens are in great shape.

Thank you

~HC


"Long, tough course."


u7355717's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
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Reviewed on

Pleasantly surprised. The course wa in good condition, long, challenging with difficult greens. The last 3 holes are some very good finishing holes. More than most Arizona courses. Will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/13/2018

Thank you for coming out and play the course hope to see you back real soon.

Thank you

~HC



cbsa's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/13/2018

Thank you for coming out to the course hope to see you back soon.

Thank you

~HC



camero1974's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/13/2018

Thank you for coming out to the course we hope to see you back soon.

Thank you

~HC


"Beautiful older course"


Nancyd56's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Fairways not always lush. A few dead spots. Beautiful layout challenging greens. Perfect pace of play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/13/2018

Thank you for coming out to course yea there is a few dead spots here and there but we are working on it. Hope to see you back.

Thank you

~HC


"Hillcrest"


richardjschatz3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As usual the pace of play was slow.

20 minutes late on tee off time


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"No working on course bathrooms"


bgross64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
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Reviewed on

I have played this course a few times. It seems to gradually keep getting in worse shape throughout the years. This time was the absolute worst. The course had bathrooms with no working water, which led to the toilets being full of waste and absolutely nasty/harzardous inside. The fairways and rough were in poor shape. The best part of the course was the greens and the food lady in the restaurant. She makes a mean bacon/egg sandwich in less than 3 minutes. The starter and front desk guy were arguing over not having an accurate tee sheet (somewhat comical at 6:45AM). We won’t be back until I know the course has changed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Golf Handicap"


bogeys5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
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Reviewed on

I wish we could be paired with people who have the same handicap, I am an amateur golfer pursuing a pro status. It sucks because I'm always playing with high handicappers who think they are a single handicap golfers. I play from the tee box in which I can get on a par 4 in two. Which means I drive the ball off the tee box between 230-250yrds on a bad day. Then I get these wannabe Phil's who still believe that they carry the ball 280 yards but on my bad day I'm still out driving them. Now I know, without a shadow of a doubt how far I drive my tee shot. Effortlessly, the ball is going 230-250yrds without a shadow of a doubt. Then these clowns tee it up and swing out of their shoes for an errant shot. Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 but it continues and i try not to focus on them and be empathetic that a petite woman like myself can drive the ball as far as I do. Why do I have to adjust my game and play from the "women's tee " because I'm a woman eventhough I still out drive everybody. If you drive your ball between 150-200yrds on an average that means 6000+yrds is too much for ya boo. I'm sorry to be the barrier of bad news but that means you need to move up to the next tee box aka the "women's tee box," which needs to be dropped to simply the forwards tee. And probably the pace of play on most golf courses would improve. I'm just saying. It's ok to have a piece of humble pie in your life.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"First time playing Hillcrest"


trogersaz1's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The staff friendliness was outstanding. Bill ( the guy who loaded the carts) was absolutely great. He helped make my day from the start. This is the first time I've played here so I did not know what to expect. The course has an interesting layout. There is water on a few holes but nothing too drastic. A bad tee shot will find the water. To me the hardest part was the greens. LOTS of slopes and curves. The course was in reasonable condition. There are some rough areas that they are working on. I was told that they are putting a lot of money in restoring it. You can see that it is coming along. The geese and coots had their way with a few fairways. Stupid filthy birds. But, what can you do about that?! Anywhere there are ponds you will have these stupid poopers.

The pace of play was really good. I think we played on a Saturday in under 4 hours. I think that this course (with continued time and effort) can get back into its prime.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/06/2018

Thank you for the great comments We hope you come back real soon to enjoy again.

Than you

~HC



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