Macdonald Hill Valley Spa, Hotel & Golf - Emerald Course
|Red (W)||73||5509 yards|
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|Yellow W: 72.7/120||455||371||370||173||512||177||467||378||351||3254||373||382||344||453||344||146||476||152||380||3050||6304|
Food & BeverageBar, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa
Available ActivitiesSwimming, Billiards
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.
Too many leaves
All 18 tee’s were off matts. Struggled to find your ball with the amount of leaves on the course.
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 .
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.
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
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.
Lovely lady in Pro Shop
Lovely lady in Pro shop. Very helpful and efficient . Thank you
Courses require money spending on them.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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