Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center

4.2040470588 4.2 stars from 5 (74)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6595 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6595 yards 71.0 132
White 72 6275 yards 69.6 129
Gold (W) 72 5465 yards 71.4 126

Named after the Great Hall of the Norse god Odin, Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center was conceived more than half a century ago when six Cumberland residents decided that they didn't want to have to go all the way to Portland for a decent round of golf. They persevered with their idea and eventually established an 18-hole, par-72 course right in Cumberland Center. The golf course has a traditional layout that is heavily lined with trees. Accuracy is an important part of the round but if you can manage to hit straight, you'll have a good game. Strategically placed bunkers also lurk along the greensides and fairways. In addition to the golf course, there is a driving range and practice green. Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center is a scenic and more affordable alternative to other options in Portland.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 74 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
37
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

69 out of 74 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals walkers 9-hole rounds   Challenges include bunkers plays long thick rough   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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gooliver's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Round 2"


u9381799's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
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Second time playing course. Staff very helpful, courteous and professional. Grounds crew respectful of play! Course in great shape for this time of year!! Challenging, long course, especially for me, but I enjoy playing here. The club house, bathrooms and grounds are immaculate!!!

Will play here again when I return to Maine next summer.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Tme"


u9381799's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
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Played this course for the 1st time. At checkin, staff at desk was very professional and courteous! Explained course, cart path rules and which tees to use for my age group and ability. Only issue was trying to find 1st tee. Another staff person outside got me going in the right direction. I joined up with 2 others who welcomed me to play with them. The gps system in the cart was excellent and very accurate. I found the course in great shape even though it had been quite wet recently. Fairways were beautiful and most were nice and wide. Greens were in good shape and very fast. I found Val Halla challenging and fun. I will definite play there again!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very good golf course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
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Val Halla is in excellent condition. The fairways and greens are in great shape which is amazing considering the drought conditions we have experienced this year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value"


ted3658303's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
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Well worth the green fees. Fairways are in good shape and greens as well. Did find the greens difficultly to read but may have been due to pin placements.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Must play smart, and lay-ups,"


john1290389's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
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Play your distance to your advantage, and you will be rewarded with a good score


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Challenge"


penfanto1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
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Valhalla is a moderately challenging course that is in excellent condition. The staff is pleasant, professional and efficient. Some holes are wide open but most have an enjoyable challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



NateNadeau's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging course!"


Alanberman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
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I like this course a lot. It forces you to play lots of different shots and each hole is interesting to look at and fun to try and solve.

I found the greens to be particularly challenging with many of the holes somewhat crowned, which sent putts off in various directions, within inches of the hole. This makes scoring a bit unfair, but the course is super otherwise, well kept and nicely groomed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course"


penfanto1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
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ValHalla is a challenging course that is enjoyable to play. The fairways are soft and easy to hit off of. The greens are quick and true.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"NOT a four star course!"


mikearce18's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
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Visiting the Portland, ME area I chose to play this course based on the four star reviews I saw on Golfnow. After playing the round, I can't figure for the life of me how this course got rated four stars. There wasn't a cart available when we were ready to tee off. We had to wait for one to be brought up and when we got it, it had trash left in it. The cart paths are all dusty, dirt roads.The fairways had narrow straight strips cut in them that looked like it was just the easiest way for the greens keeper to mow as opposed to a purposeful design. On half the holes my wife had no idea where to tee off because the red tee markers were missing. Some greens were is good shape, but others were very patchy. There were a couple of spots that were roped off due to waterlogged ground even though it hasn't rained in over a week.

All this being said, we only paid $30 each for the round, so you might say you get what you pay for. I totally agree. Just don't rate it a four star course when it clearly isn't. The staff seemed generally friendly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/07/2017

Tough grader from Texas. Glad the staff was friendly. Can't find red tees when we don't have them. Fairway striping is pretty common. Hey, at least we got three stars from Mike!


"Worth playing"


jr10538's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
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I found Val Halla to be a challenging, well-maintained course with excellent greens. It has some really solid golf holes and will definitely penalize errant shots in many spots. As a senior I found it an incredible value compared to other courses of this caliber. You will enjoy it, but bring your "A" game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Decent"


Kevin1607657's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
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The course was nice, the golf was good... the grounds crew however was extremely inconsiderate. It felt as though we were getting in the way of their work. I've played a lot of courses, but never had a person blowing grass driving down the middle of the fairway while you're trying to swing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Mike5679992's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Time Surprise"


gass2327's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
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Had a great time playing round with my son. Great layout and wonderfully maintained. Little soggy in some fairways due to heavy, recent rain but overall excellent. Could use a few more signs for directions to next tee given less than intuitive layout of course. Will absolutely be going back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Val Hallas"


u2601035's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
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Had an amazing time at the course. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately it had rained alot the day before so the course was wet. Nothing they could do about that. Most fo the greens were great! Had a fantastic time and will be looking to go back real soon


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


u000005470512's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
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The day was fairly nice weather wise but the course was on the cart path only rule and that meant the carts did not leave the path and we had a lot of walking to do on most every hole. This meant the pace of play was extremely slow, over 5 hours for 18 holes for a foursome. I would like to try it again on our net try to Maine so long as we could use the carts better.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Jay4465400's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
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The course allows player to use all clubs.

The greens need to be worked. Not very good for this day of golf.

I would like to play course later when greens are in better shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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