Hidden Valley Golf Club Review


May 02nd, 2010 09:00

Reviewer

First Name Don
Last Name Keedick
Handicap 0

Course Review and Comments

I've been playing here for years. The new management has really taken this course downhill. They will NOT close for major maintenance projects like seeding, aerating, etc, so CALL BEFORE YOU GO! Getting there to find out you can only play the back 9 really sucks.

No matter what day it is you will constantly have mowers and other equipment driving around you or in the location you are hitting a ball. Some guys are nice and turn the mowers off so you can swing, others are not. You may also have the pleasure of playing through running sprinklers every now and then, especially on the back.

There is NO driving range at this course whatsoever. If you need to warm-up before you play golf, prepare to have a hell of a time on the first holes (or front 9 for that matter).

Clubhouse staff, one guy in particular, are generally mindless zombies that lack any knowledge of running a cash register. Prices can change by the person for no known reason. One guy told me my total was "12.78 or something like that". I suggest using cash only so they don't screw up your credit card.

Ball washers are present on every hole but they are bone dry at all times. Don't waste your time with the ball/club washer on the cart either as they are also neglected. If you really need it I suggest you pack a bottle of soapy water to fill it yourself.

Cart paths in some places are bad. Two weeks ago I watched an idiot with a front end loader full of dirt pull a hard U-turn on some cart path and utterly destroyed one section of it.

Sand is not maintained at all (tilled). A ball can easily bounce out. If a ball stays in the sand it is like hitting off a solid surface.

Now for the good parts:

Food and drink at the little snack shack are really good and prices have been reduced (believe it or not). Beer has gone from $3 to $2. The girls who cook there and work the counter are pleasant and can work registers, much more so than club house staff.

For being surrounded by desert the general upkeep on the fairways and greens is decent. It is pretty green and they maintain as well as they can.

Course design is fairly fun. It is a notably difficult course in my opinion compared to the ratings of this course and other nearby courses.

Just my two cents :D




Ratings

Date course was played Wednesday 28th of April 2010
Price paid for golf 35
Price comments
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments This course has a lot of major elevation differences on some holes. It is a challenging course but is quite fun to play.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments There are several spots in the middle of fairways where lengths of sprinkler lines have been dealt with. It has left several scars around the course. In addition a mower apparently leaked a good amount of oil or gas and killed an entertaining pattern into the fairway on one of the hole 5. All ball washers on the course and the ball/club washers on carts are bone dry at all times.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments I have played here for 4 or 5 years. This is the first year with "new management" and after 8 rounds of golf in the past few weeks they aren't impressive. Front desk employees come off almost a little hostile. I am a member and always play weekdays so the cart price I pay shouldn't change but it does. One time I was told my total was "Twelve seventy...eight...or something like that". Kitchen staff is pleasant though and they make excellent burritos!
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments "New management" has decimated the interior of the clubshop. All the pictures of the local high school golf team championships were taken down which was almost depressing when I first saw it. No real pro shop to speak of and the course doesn't even have a pro. There is NO driving range at all. I will commend them that the outhouses and bathroom facilities in the clubhouse are kept very clean.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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