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4.3
171 Reviews (171)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
97.0%
Recommend this course
165 out of 171 reviews
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4.3
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
6
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
91.7%
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11 out of 12 reviews
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4.3
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
97.3%
Recommend this course
36 out of 37 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6708 yards
Slope 125
Rating 72.5
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Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course (NorCal)
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Course Details

Year Built 1965
Golf Season Year round
Architect William F. Bell (1965)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirts required; No tank tops or halter tops.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2018 #21)

Reviews

4.3
171 Reviews (171)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 9
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 7

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Worst Staff Ever - No Professionalism

I am very disappointed at how the Golf Course handled the golf cart situation. We were a group of three (myself, my dad, and my uncle), two of which in the higher risk category because of their age. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a separate cart for my uncle even after going back into the clubhouse and saying that we would pay more for an extra cart (we were told this was okay while getting our cart). It is unbelievable that the course was not accommodating enough to make this happen. 6:48am tee time, plenty of carts at the time, drove out from Orange County to support YOUR COURSE, and the best we got was, “we can refund you.” The fact that there was no accommodation or let’s see what we can do for you, is mind boggling. I’m a fan of the course, played here several times, it's actually nice and fun, but not sure I will be coming back after today. You could also tell the guy helping out with the carts to put a mask on. 45 minute drive to deal with that debacle and then not even play.

Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

All good except!

Really nice, challenging, not physically abusive. The immediate rough was too long, bring x tra balls. Also $69 i felt was a little high for recent aerated conditions.
2 thumbs up!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/05/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fun course

Once the two curmudgeonly gentlemen in the pro shop were navigated it was all a pleasure. Fun course in good shape with reasonable prices. The back nine is pretty unique, especially the tee shot on 15. Will definitely return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging Course Layout

I really enjoyed the course layout. Many different options for playing the holes. Nice setting and pretty scenic course. Greens were in fantastic shape. Only negative was over watering in many spots.

But definitely worth playing if you are nearby. Or spending some time at Clearlake.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 3
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 Excellent
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Commented on 08/11/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great place

Great place to play and enjoy a great round of golf. Course in great shape. Marshall on course was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Hidden Valley Golf Course

Great course to play, always well kept, fairways look great, challenging course. Always fun to play at Hidden Valley Golf Course,

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/11/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great features

Played here with my brother, his first time playing here. He enjoyed it, especially the surroundings and the 15 th hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/20/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

good day in the warmth

Course was in good shape and pace of play was good. Front 9 mostly level and the back 9 has some holes with elevation changes. Weather was in the 90's with a pleasant breeze making a good day for golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/20/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/20/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Cool back 9 . . . not the friendliest in the pro shop

During the summer I like to get around and try new courses ... so I took the drive to Clear Lake to try out Hidden Valley on a Hot Deal. Check in guy seemed a little grumpy. I really have come to appreciate the courses that don't treat you as a 2nd class citizen because you prepaid with GolfNow . . . this was not the case here. Ended up paired with another single who knew the course. He was super friendly and I enjoyed playing with him. Pace of play was great (a foursome in front of us immediately let us play through). Front 9 was pretty "ordinary." No really memorable holes. Greens were in great shape and course was in good condition overall. The back 9 is where the fun begins with several memorable holes with really cool elevation change.
We finished about 6 o'clock and #10 was wide open. No one was on #9 either so I went into the pro-shop to see if they might give me a discount to play the back 9 again since it was wide open (and I had driven over 2hrs to the course); instead, the young man in the pro shop acted like he was annoyed that I was asking and that it would be full replay price. Full replay price for just the back 9? Yes, he said somewhat dismissively.
So, needless to say, I won't be going back. There are so many nice courses to choose from with great deals. I understand not offering any deals for customers . . . but when I am the consumer . . . I expect a little more courtesy.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 134
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hidden Valley is very nice course

It was a pleasure playing this golf course but it was very hot. The staff was very friendly. The course is very long on some holes but enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/30/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course with the most amazing back 9

Loved the course. Staff was fantastic. Greens were great. Will definitely go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quiet, very relaxing afternoon

Well maintained, not too difficult - it was a very nice day

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/20/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

First day back out

Golf now has not been updated to reflect that no cars have been okayed by the Dept of Health!
So I either walk it or forget it, so I tried to walk it in the midday heat!
No thanks, and the back nine has huge hills! Not at my age!
The staff at th GC said that they informed Golfnow of this! I'm not only one that this happened to!
The course itself was just fine!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/12/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

A thank you

I would really like to thank the administration of Hidden Valley Lake, for keeping the course ground crew staff on during the closing of the course and their continuing diligent, and professional beautification of this course. As a player, who plays this course quite often, I give everyone a tip of my hat to the grounds crew, and all of the staff; you make it a pleasure to play golf here. May we all be healthy and respectful during these challenges.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 05/04/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit. We will also be sure to pass along your great words to our crew - thank you!

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