Willow Valley Golf Course
|White (W)||72||5746 yards||72.9||126|
|Red (W)||72||5223 yards||69.4||122|
|Gold M: 72.1/129||364||420||412||470||230||572||328||127||328||3251||386||496||405||185||355||142||513||137||537||3156||6407|
|Blue M: 70.3/125||358||395||381||445||202||546||303||106||319||3055||366||482||379||174||346||128||478||124||520||2997||6052|
|White M: 68.6/122 W: 72.9/126||338||381||373||435||188||517||294||96||303||2925||343||451||367||146||337||102||458||111||506||2821||5746|
|Red M: 64.4/110 W: 69.4/122||326||346||340||414||141||456||281||75||281||2660||318||441||343||131||295||88||431||98||418||2563||5223|
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Error occurred during online booking. Staff acted quickly and awesomely to rectify the problem and make sure I could still get my round in!
Greens were a little hard (wedges bouncing at times) which was mildly frustrating but to be expected considering the lack of rain we’ve had
Overall, an awesome afternoon!
Still a great course
Even in all of this heat, course management is doing as good as they can to keep this course in great shape. They are watering every day, yet the fairways are struggling to stay green. Having said that, the greens are in pretty good shape. The pace of play was excellent this week, playing at 3-1/2 hours. Speed of greens probably getting up to 10 or so. Still one of the best courses in the area, a must play.
Course getting in very good shape
Maintenance out on the course looking after the fairways, tee blocks and greens. Greens are starting to get back to last years quality. Some aeration took place on Monday, but again it’s a step to improve them and get the speed up like last season. What keeps this course the most challenging, is the rough around the greens. Your approach needs to be accurate, as the trouble really begins with those delicate chips out of the green side rough. Followed by their fast greens. Pace of play is quite good, thanks in part to the starter keeping the separation at 10 minute intervals. Played in less than 4 hrs. Good job to Willow Valley and their supporting staff.
Hot, Hot and Hot
We played early morning, but it was still a very hot, humid day. Course is improving from earlier in the year. The rough is drying spots, but what can you expect with no rain in quite some time. The fairways, tee blocks and greens are in very good shape. Plenty of watering going on there. Greens are starting to reach 2019 speed (fast), not there yet. Always a pleasure to play here. We completed our round just over 3-1/2 hours (really good speed for a foursome).
Speed of greens improving
Still one of the best courses in the Greater Hamilton area. Greens are starting to get some speed to them. Not like last year, where they were very fast. All in all, the course is in good shape (still the greens are burnt in some locations) What makes this course tough is the rough around the greens. If the pin is close to you when taking a wedge chip from 1-4 yds off the green, the fear of getting your club caught in the grade of the grass is very real. Pressure is not the same if the pin is middle of green or far end. The dense near fringe grass can cause you multiple strokes if not played correctly. This is what I personally enjoy about the course. Once the greens pick up speed, it gets even tougher. Pace of play was good, could be better, as some groups feel they paid the same and are entitled to go where they want with the carts and take 4-1/2 hours to play. Regardless if they are 2 holes behind after 12 holes and just over 3 holes behind after 18. That’s my frustration. Could have been a 3-3/4 hr round, instead about 4 hr 20 min.
Greens need help
This is one of my favourite courses to play. As the season started I was pleased to see they were adding a new sand in their traps. Definite improvement over past 2 years. Unfortunately it appears they may have poorly applied fertilizer to the greens and fairways. Could be lack of water, but I am no expert. Weeds are starting to appear in the fairways and the greens are in my opinion burnt. I am sure they will get this sorted out soon. All in all the layout is good. The pace of play is great and hope they stay with 10 min tee times.
in past years, Willow Valley has been one of the top rated golf courses in my area. This year(2020), the course has deteriorated to the point where our group(s) are not interested in playing there any longer.The course was always in immaculate shape with the best greens in the area (fast and smooth). W.V. hired a new greenskeeper and he has basically destroyed the greens ...most are getting burned out as well as tees and fairways. I appears this person is does not really have a clue what he is doing.
Much more of this disaster and our groups will not be returning.
Always a Pleasure
Greens not at 100% yet, but improving. Starting to get some speed, but some greens are patchy. 10 minute tee times keeps the flow moving well. Pace of play ranges between 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes based on when you play during the day. No more backups at certain holes, specifically 2-3 and 13-14. Fairways, rough and even the sand traps are in very good shape. Staff always pleasant here and club is always making improvements to the facility. Great job!!
A Tale of Two Nines
Course is a good challenge. Front nine is more easier than the back nine. I thought holes 7-9 were an after thought as if the architect ran out of room on the property. Greens were slow, but course has been open for a week - so not going to complain. Back nine was really challenging. I would play here again once I’m in mid-season form.
Unless your advanced, I wouldn't bother
Weather was great and staff are very friendly. Got a reduced rate for seniors. Course is extremely challenging. I am an intermediate golfer and can drive the ball 200 yards from the ladies' tees. Greens are lightening fast and the day we played every hole was on a slant. There are not a lot of flat lies, so you have to be accurate and good at placement. I lost 4 balls and was frustrated most of the day and couldn't wait for my round to be done. I won't go back, but if you like a challenging course, it has very nice views. You have to play in 4 hours because folks get restless.
Very tough from the rough
Great pace of play at 9:00 am. Played it in just under 4 hours. Very windy (about a 2 club wind) and cool day, but it’s typically always windy at Willow. Since the start of the season, the rough has been tough, but this week it seemed thicker and longer. Tough in the fairways, but around the greens it was extremely tough. Seemed to be cut in such a way that you were against the flow of the growth. The short pitch, just a foot or two off the green was very tough. Club would grab in the grass, this not releasing the ball. The greens and fairways were in very good shape. Shot +1 on back 9, two double bogeys (challenging rough) and three birdies.
Great Day for Golf
Always love playing at this local course. It is quite challenging with its strategic trap and water hazards. The greens are typically very fast here, as it was for today. The traps are getting some new sand as several have washed away over the years. The fairways were extremely wet still, so very little to no roll. The rough is long and typically they keep it long, so its best to keep the ball in the fairways to score low. Unfortunately due to the amount of rain we have had, the course was very wet. This meant no carts on the fairways (cart path only), hence the pace of play was slow at about 4-3/4 hrs. Typical pace of play is about 4-1/4 hrs. Greens here were in pretty good shape for May. They are almost always very fast. The greens are typically two levels so you need to be accurate or risk the chance of having some very long, hilly putts. Definitely will be back and definitely would recommend this course as one to play in the Hamilton area.
Went to play Oct 2016 which is bonus golf here in Southern Ontario. But highly annoying when courses brutally overbook to cash-in on fees when weather is good and like I said is bonus time. Had to wait almost an hour and there wasn't enough carts for the dozens of p,ayers waiting around!! BRUTAL!! What are these people thinking?! Not a bad track but they are notorious for overcharging and overbooking. These people want Toronto rates here in the Hamilton area...not gonna happen. Should be priced in the $50-75 mark including taxes and carts for peak rates!
Great conditioned course
WV was in great condition - especially considering all the terrible weather we've been having.
When the wind is up, look out!
It was extremely windy (2 to 3 clubs against the wind) and cold. As long as you kept the ball out of the fescue it can be somewhat forgiving. Anything into the fescue is gone as it is deep and thick. Despite a lot of rain in the prior 24 hours the course was playable and is a good test of golf with a lot of variety in holes.
willow was great
always a pleasure to play here; course in great shape with moderately fast greens. Only issue was the number of ball marks not repaired on greens (no fault of the course mgmt) Made for some uneven rolls. I'm blaming my 3-putts on them. LOL Greens always tough.
Beer princess funny, friendly with regular drive bys (twice on the front, twice on the back).
Finished in 4 hours.
Very pleasant surprise - playing it the first time
Lovely links-style course. Very interesting hole layouts. Lots of bunkers both green and sand if you stray from the fairways. If you can't stay in the fairways you will be hitting from an uneven lie or side of a hill. Not a lot of trees. Great greens ran true and decently fast. Got through my round in about 4 hrs during a weekday, and the 4-some in front of me were great and didn't take forever to putt out once they reached the green. The pace was perfect.
Can't wait to play it again.