Franklin Canyon Golf Course

3.6183823529 3.6 stars from 5 (279)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6594 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

  • Highway 4, Hercules, California 94572, Contra Costa County
  • (510) 799-6191
  • (510) 799-3807
  • franklincanyongolf.com

Year built: 1968
Architect(s): Robert Muir Graves
Type: Public
Greens: Bent/Poa
Fairways: Rye/Poa
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6594 yards 71.5 129
White 72 6152 yards 69.6 125
Red (W) 72 5475 yards 71.5 123

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 279 Reviews
5 stars:
28
4 stars:
136
3 stars:
68
2 stars:
22
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

222 out of 278 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals walkers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks watching the game 19th hole specials  

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Reviews


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toyotally's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



csba99's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Franklin Canyon yesterday with my son and 2 others. Knew we might be in for a long day as it was a Saturday and the group in front of us seemed to be new to the game. But thats not a problem as long as folks try to keep pace and maintain the etiquette that makes golf a great game. But as I was standing on the 8th tee after over 3 hours on the course and asked a marshall for assitance in asking the group ahead to try and keep an appropriate pace of play (they were 1 and 1/2 holes behind the group in front of them at that point) I was not helped but lectured about how 'everyone has their own level and pace of play'. Wow, no concern for the dozens of players behind these guys whose round was being ruined. Pace of play is the number one problem in golf today and this marshall, whose whole existence is to keep things moving on the course, just blows me off. Have them skip a hole to catch up for heavens sake, thats the norm most everywhere else. Very unfortunate that a decent course 10 minutes from my home will never see me again because they wish to maintain the unalienable right of they few to ruin the day for the many. I won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice challenging course"


u662331175's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun and well kept course. Lots of hazzards so you have to be accurate otherwise you will lose a lot of golf balls.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/12/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your recommendation!


rick1577204's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
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: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/12/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!


u000007993434's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!


JEverett6860's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played Franklin Canyon off Highway 4 in Hercules at

noon as a twosome and finished in about 4 hours.

The course is a mixture of level and hillside surfaces with views of surrounding hillside, some water and some mature trees.

The greens were in good condition, fairways were green with some bare spots, but generally good.

Sandtraps are being worked on as we played.

Overall, a good value.


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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your comments on excellent course conditions!

"Beautful day"


yaustere's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed the course very much as the weather was nice and the pace was smooth.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/05/2018:

We're happy to hear you played with great weather and a consistent pace of play. See you soon!



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played 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: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/22/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!


Jazzilover's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/18/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your course recommendation!


u000004540106's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Whitney Farms Management on 05/16/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!

"Unexpected"


tcpgolf90's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was asked to pay one dollar for water fee which I thought the round was “paid in full”. The amount was not the issue, but the added procedure was terrible. I was not prepared to carry money at that time!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/08/2018:

Thank you for recommending Franklin Canyon! A $1 fee is added to every golfer tee time at check-in.

"Course in poor condition"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In the past I've enjoyed playing this course it has a very interesting layout. I played on April 26th and the course condition has really deteriorated in the last couple months. The tea boxes are in horrible condition and the fairways are already drying out. I would not recommend playing this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/29/2018

I had the exact opposite opinion on the 24th. Course was fabulous! Greens very good and course was green. Funny how two people can see the course differently. Btw I play to a +1.7. Not just a handicap I play to it. Tee boxes only thing that needs attention at this time. This place gets wet in the winter so get it now!


"Ripe for Play"


bolt65's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin Canyon is ripe for play right now. Quick greens that are true when above hole, tricky sideways. 1, 2, 13, and 17 are quick right now.

Had the French Fries, ask for well done you will not be disappointed . Decent bar.

Back to the course, back nine from back tees will put some trees in your face. Work ball left right and high and low, all the shots. Fun stuff.


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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/25/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and taking time to share feedback! We look forward ot seeing you again.


JEverett6860's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played Franklin Canyon off Highway 4 as a foursome and finished in about 4.5 hours.

Good views of surrounding hills, lots of birds and some wildlife.

The course is a mixture of some level fairways and some hillside, greens were mowed and in good condition, fairways typical California.

Overall an interesting combination of trees , sand traps and rough.

High handicappers, bring some extra balls.

Overall a great course and priced reasonably.

Worth the drive.


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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/27/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon! We're happy to hear your foursome had a great time on the course. See you soon!

"Best value in the Bay area"


gax1joke's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value on a very nice golf course. Challenging yet fair!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/23/2018:

We're happy to be the best value in the Bay Area! Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your recommendation. See you soon!

"Much improved !"


garyallpro's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I stayed away from ththis s course for several months due to poor course conditions. Fairways st that time were hard and bare with n many areas. It was probably due to drought conditions.

I was pleasantly surprised that this time the fairways were much improved. You could actually take a divot with your pitches. Greens were relatively good although not sure on what they would read on stimp Meyer.

Enjoyed my round.


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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/12/2018:

We're happy to hear you decided to visit us again! Thank you for reviewing the course conditions and rating the course 4-stars. See you soon!

"Franklin Canyon"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took 5hr 15 min to play. Need I say more. No ranger seen all day to speed up play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/27/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your feedback!

"Franklin Canyon"


olinks18's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf now is a good website for finding golf courses. Unfortunately, there was no advanced notification by Golf Now or Franklin Canyon that was restricted to back nine play due to aeration on the front nine and we had to pay $29.50 to walk. Oh well, win some or lose some.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/23/2018:

Tank you for golfing with us and sharing your review!


u000001480986's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/20/2018:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your feedback!

"Slow pace of play"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love this course but every time I give it another chance it dissappoints due to the pace of play. The marshalls just drive around and do nothing to encourage slow groups to keep moving.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 02/16/2018:

Thank you for golfing with us at Franklin Canyon! Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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