Macdonald Hill Valley Spa, Hotel & Golf - Sapphire Course
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Played the sapphire course and was very disappointed.Tee boxes were scruffy and hadn’t been mowed
Greens were in poor condition.Having seen that the Euro pro tour had been played on the emerald course probably expected a little too much.Very hilly course with some nice scenery but probably won’t play again
A little more love needed.
The Sapphire is the little brother of the Emerald, and it doesn’t get the maintenance it deserves.
It’s a nice little track, and can be tough if treated with disrespect by an arrogant attitude. Leave your driver in the car, and use your 3-wood, hybrid or 4 iron off the tees.
Pro-shop is great and the guys who work there are friendly and knowledgeable.
The thing that lets the whole venue down is the hotel and catering. Bar/restaurant staff are utterly clueless, and you’ll need to be prepared to be extremely patient when ordering and when waiting at least 40 minutes for even the most basic of orders (bacon baps take so long that your coffee is cold before the food arrives).
Nice course but needs more attention, and hotel is woeful.
Be good to yourselves, and go to Hawkstone Park to play the Championship Course (never the Old Course) instead if it’s available. If not, play the Emerald course here at Hill Valley (it’s lovely).
Very poor condition
My heart sank a little when i saw the uneven and badly turfed 1st tee. Then when the 1st green rolled slow and bobbly (debris everywhere) I realised I would just have to accept it and enjoy the walk. I wasn’t expecting Augusta for the low green fee but there were parts of the course that were so shabby. It’s a real shame as some of the holes have nice features. The par 3s in particular are interesting. Had to endure a 5ball in front of me for a few holes and learnt a few new swear words. Very much an ‘anything goes cheap and cheerful’ course.
Very challenging. Very enjoyable
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome the lady in the pros shop was fantastic. The saphire course is the shorter of the two here, don't let that allow you to think that this is inferior to the emerald, it is a different and thoroughly enjoyable challenge.
Smashing course often overlooked for its bigger brother the Emerald but it’s got quality of its own
My only complaint is that it isn’t kept as neat and tidy as it should be and the greens need a bit more attention and could do with a cut
Not long but you need to be accurate off the tee and some cracking par 3’s
Don’t miss out on this if you’re playing one course at Hill valley stop and play the other you will enjoy it
Won’t play again
Short of a windmill and a rubber ball this is posh crazy Golf!!
Course layout is a joke. Some holes are simply unplayable. Greens were in poor condition. Shouting and swearing all over the course. Golf can be hard enough.
I certainly wouldn’t want to come back and go through that again.
Lovely little 18 hole
Thoroughly enjoyed it lovely little 18 in very good condition went early didn't see anyone else until about 6 holes in although very busy as we were finishing and for £13 on a Saturday very good value
Shorter course than most but challenging. Really enjoy playing this course. First time I played this ciurs3 I had 5 birdies, played twice since and not been so lucky which to me makes it a challenge, staff in pro shop and bar top class, polite and extremely helpful.
Awful condition. Regardless of the weather conditions on the day, which were poor, the Sapphire course is not well looked after at all. Fairways need cutting, tee boxes and around the tee boxes are woeful. Land in any bunker and you may as well drop out. Pointless taking a shot out the bunkers as they were full of leaves, stones and the sand looked like it hadn’t been raked in weeks. The greens were bang average but were probably the best part of the course which says it all really. Would I recommend it to a high handicapper looking at improving their game...???? No chance!!! How the course is now, It would destroy their confidence. £11 for the round.... The state it’s in now, it’s not even worth £11!!!!!
Value for money
Played this course probarbly 6 times in 3 years.greens run nicely if a bit small in my opinion.fairways well maintained and ruff not to long.need to be straight on a few holes as a lot of trees and water.thoroughly enjoyed round with my dad who is new to golf at 67.a bit hilly for him as name suggests maybe a buggy next time.doesnt drain to well as we have had a dry summer but rained the day before i played and was very wet in places.
Great value for money, good mix of difficulty for beginners and intermediates, some challenging holes, would play again for sure
Great value for money
This was an absolute bargain .£10 on a Sunday morning is fantastic ..course in perfect condition .greens were brilliant ..all round nice course n a gud pint after
We have played this course several times since and have always been well chuffed
Short but challenging.
Even though it's not a long course, it's challenging. Greens played well considering amount of rain over last couple of days.
Booked the sapphire course, but changed to the emerald instead. The staff were very helpful.. The greens were a little slow and bobbly.. But its a beautiful course and we had a great day.. Highly recommended
Had to play Emerald
Brilliant day afain despite the previous weeks heavy rain. This is a great place for a corporate event. Loads of bedrooms and.pool etc.