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3.8
122 Reviews (122)
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
84.5%
Recommend this course
101 out of 122 reviews
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5.0
1 Reviews (1)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
5.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 1 reviews
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3.8
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.2%
Recommend this course
15 out of 17 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6763 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.8
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Hillcrest Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6763 yards 72.8 132
Blue 72 6301 yards 70.8 127
White 72 5921 yards 68.8 121
Red (W) 72 5581 yards 72.0 119
Scorecard for Hillcrest
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.5/128 243 367 530 482 409 388 177 387 414 3397 621 232 333 519 183 352 387 410 347 3384 6781
White M: 70.3/123 W: 76.5/127 235 342 492 464 394 360 154 358 369 3168 590 200 303 490 155 339 375 381 327 3160 6328
Gold M: 68.5/114 W: 73.9/122 223 290 475 436 380 329 148 344 323 2948 561 167 281 449 130 320 360 334 310 2912 5860
Red M: 66.4/111 W: 71.7/122 212 288 435 420 371 310 130 310 313 2789 545 142 269 433 83 293 321 300 277 2663 5452
Handicap 6 12 16 14 2 8 18 10 4 1 9 15 7 17 13 5 3 11
Par 3 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 4 36 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 11 5 1 7 9 17 13 3 4 16 6 2 18 14 12 8 10

Course Details

Year Built 1916
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1916)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Tank tops, half shirts, cut off shorts & gym trunks are not permitted. Golf shirts/shirts with a collar are required.

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Reviews

3.8
122 Reviews (122)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 13
Elevation Changes 12
Narrow Fairways 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Advanced Golfers 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 17
Worth the Drive 7

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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2.0
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Save your Money

One of the great layouts in Kansas City. Unfortunately the course maintenance is terrible. The fairways and rough have not been maintained.
It’s a course managed by Greatlife. I’m learning that a good rule of thumb is, if It’s a Greatlife course you should not expect much.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Poor rate of play on hot deals

Second time in a row I’ve played on a weekday hot deal and rate of play has been way too slow. Seemed overbooked.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hillcrest Golf Course

A very challenging and difficult track and always a lot of fun. Especially the 235 yard number one par 3 hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Ross Course Challenges

Donald Ross was known for his difficult designs and Hillcrest fits the mold. Sloping fairways, steep hillsides and nasty sand traps make this course a challenge. The senior tees at 5860 made few holes inviting because of shortness and elevation was a constant issue. Poor distance markers make the course even more difficult so bring your technology or be prepared to guess frequently. Still an interesting round awaits.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fast Greens - Great Course

Hillcrest is one of KC's old time gems! It has been restored to its former glory. The greens are some of the fastest - if not the fastest rolling greens in town. The course is in good condition overall and they are taking great care of the greens. It was a cooler summer day and we had a great time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Old Course, But a Great Layout.

Donald Ross Layout, of Old. This course requires you to be accurate off the box. There are not many flat fairways and your tee shot placement is critical if your going low here Its a fair challenge for ALL if you follow the layout as Donald Ross wants you to play it, and if you don't, Good Luck. I really enjoyed the test and would recommend this Course to other players.Greens have subtle lines and are in Good Condition. Fairways are in Very Good Shape.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hillcrest GC - Kansas City, MO

Very nice old style golf course. There is not many hazdards, except for the huge oak trees that line the fairways. The Donald Ross design is very challenging and you never really have a flat lie. It is worth playing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Average conditions nice old style layout.

Tough course , lots of trees and challenges, but fun and interesting. Thanks

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent value for the money

Decent value for the money... good rate but course is average at best and conditions were below average.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love it!

Love me some Donald Ross! Thank you GreatLife for saving this old gem!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hillcrest Charmer

Fantastic value for a course this good. Course well maintained. Greens were fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

GREAT OVERALL COURSE

Pretty decent course. My only complaint was that when booking my round on golfnow, the price was 22.00. When I checked in at the pro shop, i was charged 34. I didnt catch it until after he ran my card and all the guy behind the counter would say was, "im sorry about that.". I didnt feel the need to complain much about 10 dollars and obviously 32 is still a good deal but its just frustrating.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Donald Ross Classic

Hillcrest is a traditional Donald Ross course that uses the natural wooded hillsides with abrupt slopes off the fairways to reveal few flat lies or easy greens. Like Swope Park next door, the course plays longer than its yard markers indicate and has enough deep valleys and uphill greens to make distance calculation a challenge. Course upkeep is getting better but cart paths need some work, so watch your step.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

GREAT OVERALL COURSE

My only complaint is that usually when i play here, the bunkers are terrible. Poor maintenance, not raked, mudholes, etc...its just not very fun for a player that wants to be challenged. Sure you can take free relief if you want but if you are like me you always feel A) Guilty for taking that drop and B) robbed of opportunity to play out of a bunker, gain experience, learn and further enjoy the game. Its frustrating, at least to me.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Decent Course

Course could have been in better shape, but overall a good layout and worth it for the money

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great

It's early season but course was still nice. You can usually get a great rate with a hot deal here. I paid full price cause I wanted to get out. Course is a challenge with the amount of trees lining the fairways. But it you can stay on the fairways you will be alright. Awesome course, I've played here multiple times.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course reasonably priced and worth it

I feel Hillcrest Golf Course is a fair, yet challenging course. You can use all the clubs in your bag and its undulating course makes shot placement important. Now, don't get me wrong, it won't be the nicest course you've played but I do feel like it is a nice course. We played the middle of December and the course was in surprisingly good shape.

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