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Conditions
3.0
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
63.1%
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44 out of 57 reviews
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2.8
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4.0
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Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.2
50.0%
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2.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 73
Length 6714 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
Book a Tee Time at
Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa - Emerald Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1975
Golf Season Year round
Architect Peter Alliss (1975) Dave Thomas (1975)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Reviews

3.3
57 Reviews (57)
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Hill Valley Golf Course

When we booked this course we were really satisfied with a £15 price tag. It’s not hard to understand why it was so cheap!
The course was just SO full of leaves it was impossible to find a ball even when it went straight down the fairway! We must have lost 20 balls between us and it wasn’t because of poor shots. The course was also holding a lot of water. Luckily I was carrying but others had trolleys and were struggling to get anywhere without lots of slippage. The mats we were playing off weren’t great and were coming away and curling up in places. When we finished the round and went to the 19th, we were told that the chef wasn’t very well and there was no food to be had. We asked for crisps and were told that there weren’t any. Ended up grabbing a burger on the way home!
All in all, the experience was very poor. The only good thing was the friendliness of the lady in the pro shop before the round. Had a good chat about lockdown before the round which was nice and there were very good one way systems to get in and out of the shop.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Too many leaves

All 18 tee’s were off matts. Struggled to find your ball with the amount of leaves on the course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Give it a Miss

This golf course is right up there with the WORST we have played . It hasn’t been maintained well at all . The bunkers were full , and I mean full , with leaves . If you went in your ball was lost . Where you could see the sand it was as hard as a rock .
Fairways were covered in leaves .... I know leaves fall of trees but we are talking months worth of leaves.... losing your ball when you hit the fairway made it almost impossible to play .
The temporary Tees were a joke ..... uneven , falling to pieces and barely big enough to get a stance on .
What a shame .... this course was great when I played here a few years ago ...... now it’s like a poor municipal course .

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Shocking

Do not under any circumstances attend this golf course or facilities. The course and hotel both suffer from total neglect. We arrived at 1pm to find the pro had decided to leave for the day so no buggies or service....we literally had to ask a guest where to tee off. Course is ageing and unkempt as is the hotel. Bar stafff were rude....only saving grace was the hotel porter and receptionist who at least did try and help us.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Nice but bunkers need sorting

like playing here its a nice course in pretty good condition but the bunkers are a disgrace, its as though they keep forgetting about or they cant be bothered with them full of weeds and haven't seen a rake for 6 months , £22 off golf now its overpriced wont come back till there sorted

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

We have been coming to Hill valley for 12 years on our annual golf trip.
The course was absolutely awful. We had a lot of rain but the green were slow and bobbly and the bunkers were terrible.
The course was extremely scruffy and I don’t think we will be returning.
Big disappointment!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lovely lady in Pro Shop

Lovely lady in Pro shop. Very helpful and efficient . Thank you
Courses require money spending on them.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very poorly maintained

Courses are magnificent in their planning , aesthetics and Beauty.
Upon playing both courses, it becomes obvious very little maintenance is happening.
1: fairways full of silver/white Leaves which makes your ball almost unidentifiable.
I lost six balls after hitting drives down the fairways. Not good enough
2: first cut of rough played like third cut. Poorly maintained and very scruffy
3: Bunkers were really poor. Tall weeds growing in them, hardly any sand in these.
It seems to me, Mcdonalds Hotels are not funding these courses to an appropriate level.
Not enough green keepers
And really and an inability to realise the requirements that courses like need.
Won’t be coming again unfortunately

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Beginner
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Challenging course

Had a great time, but very challenging, not for the fate hearted.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Value for money

Played this course many times in the past , but today was first time this year. For the price this has always been a value for money course, but today I found the greens very bobbly , slow and a little worn, fairways could have done with a little attention too, but what was really poor were the tees , very poor. Might give this place a miss for the rest of the year, maybe a visit in 2021

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Average

Played here a few times. Overall good value for money, it's not a £40 a round golf course but all round good course, staff are always friendly and when not in lockdown the bar and seating areas are nice. Especially when it's sunny and you can sit and watch people on the 18th. Quite challenging, lots of blind drives. The only thing I would mention is the greens. it's a lottery even within 4ft, the ball seems to bobble quite a lot. Take a lot of balls if you're not the most skilled like me! As you'll lose plenty in streams and in trees as there is quite a lot.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Enjoyable course

Played a couple of times over the summer so far and it's a fun course and a great test certainly for beginners/intermediates. The greens are immaculate - only slight criticism is that the tee boxes can be a bit scruffy at times. Overall though, an excellent course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Enjoyed the day but theres a But.

The recent hot spell has dried up the fairways which we totally understand. The greens were okay. There must of been 8 or 9 holes with leaves and pollen on which made it impossible to find your ball. We didn't see any green keepers. I am not sure of the rules at the moment regarding workers on the course though. We loved the layout of the coarse but felt that the price was inflated due to the coarse only being open 2 weeks. The price didn't reflect the condition of the coarse.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

26.8.19

Overall a good course
There is a serious problem with slow play though, taking in excess of 5 hours for a round

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Enjoyable but challenging round

Enjoyed this course but I think I'd enjoy it more if I played it a second round here because there a quite a few blind tee shots. My only complaint would be the first cut of rough was a bit on the long side (we had a few balls go in and couldnt find them even though we knew the general location). Extremely tricky approach shot on the 18th! I will be back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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