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Conditions
2.2
Value
3.2
Layout
3.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.3
39.7%
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24 out of 47 reviews
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2.4
29 Reviews (29)
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Value
3.3
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
37.9%
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11 out of 29 reviews
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2.4
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4 Stars
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10
Conditions
2.1
Value
3.3
Layout
3.5
Pace
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Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Executive
Par 66
Length 4801 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa - Sapphire 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

2.5
47 Reviews (47)
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Reviews 2
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 Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sapphire course

A little gem. Wet weather weeks before made it a little less enjoyable but that’s not the course fault. Nice little test.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Neglected and Scruffy

Seems the Sapphire has been forgotten and neglected by Hill Valley GC.
Tees were a mess.
Fairways unkempt.
Greens patchy.
Discarded cider tins and litter aplenty.
A real shame on what is a lovely layout.
Poor.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice little course. Narrow fairways make it quite a challenge. Great scenery. and good value for money.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worst course I’ve ever played.

Where do I start? That was the first question I asked my playing partner as we looked for the first hole, given that the tee boxes are quite difficult to find due to poor signage around the course. From then on it was a game full of new experiences.
The first sign we actually came across was the “All bunkers G.U.R”. Now, I know we don’t have the best summer season here in the UK, but in mid August would it be unreasonable of us to expect most bunkers to be be playable? It soon became apparent why....the ground staff have simply given up on this course. No sand, weeds in every bunker, rabbit holes, litter, even the odd old sock.
Luckily for us we didn’t actually have to play out, sorry, pick out of the bunker as we managed to make most greens. However, the greens became the next minefield....quite literally. They were unplayable. Every single one of them. They’ve cracked, been hacked to pieces, and not even cut. It was horrendous.
They might as well close this course down and focus on the bigger brother over the road. It’s pointless playing it, no fun whatsoever.

Unfortunately for fellow golfers but luckily for Macdonald Hotels, my photos of this course won’t upload as the files are too big. Just do yourself a favour and stay well away. It’s a waste of time and money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Neglected but just about worth £12

Sadly neglected course in favour of its big brother over the road. Clearly a money issue I think. However £12 was about the right price. Would have been gutted to have paid more! Course unsurprisingly quiet so pace of play good, with several interesting par 3’s.

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

Free upgrade.

We’d booked to play the sapphire course but were told we could play the more-expensive emerald as it was quiet. The staff were very friendly and the course was really beautiful - a fabulous location, really nice fairways and greens and a very relaxed atmosphere. We were held up a little by players in front which was ok as there was no-one close behind us. That’s very different to some courses I’ve played in shropshire recently which have been packed. The only negative was that there were a lot of cans and bottles dropped in ditches etc. Why anyone would drop rubbish I do not know. But overall It was a great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

Not at the standard expected due to pandemic

This was my first time playing on the Sapphire Course.

The staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful and they did explain that during the pandemic they had reduced ground staff, as such the course wasn’t in its best condition. Having taken that on board I was still very surprised at the course condition, the greens were very poor indeed, the bunkers were all overgrown and the signage wasn’t the best ever either.

I’m sure when they have the ground staff back the course will be one to look forward to in the future but for now I’d really give the Sapphire course a miss. Even the members we came across said it was the worst condition they had seen it in and apologised.

We had paid in advance and weren’t aware of the issues, I’d maybe try the Emerald course instead if you are thinking of going to Whitchurch, the staff said they were concentrating on that one.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Junior Golf tour

Arrived to play a round at 12.30,29th July to find the car park rammed, had to drive around and wait for a space, this was due to adults bringing children of all ages for a junior golf event which there was no notice of this event taking place,when I did get on the Emerald course it was in poor condition(glad it was only 12 qujd) long time before I go back

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

good. enjoyed it

some of the holes are very tricky. couple of hills to contend with but all in all, very good

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 36
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sapphire course

What can I say !!! I’ve played this course over the years loads of times and I can say without fear of contradiction this is by far and away the worst condition I’ve ever seen it in .
The Greens are awful it looks like they have been burned away in fact the flag on the 1st isn’t actually on the green it’s on a freshly mowed patch in front of the green The rough in places is like something from the US open the place is very unkempt and unloved I wouldn’t play here again if they paid me until they have done some work on it and got it back to its former glory it used to be a worthy 2nd course !! at the moment it should be shut

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not an easy ride.

The Sapphire is a decent round to play. Has lots of undulations and features to get around. Its a thinkers course on many holes. The fairways and tee boxes are in good condition, the greens do let it down at times. Hopefully a bit more work and it will be tip top.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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