Falcon Crest Golf Club - Freedom Course
|White (W)||36||3134 yards||38.2||145|
|Blue (W)||36||2767 yards||35.8||129|
|Professional M: 77.0/144||393||409||171||467||714||473||640||185||462||3914||7828|
|Championship M: 74.6/140||369||385||171||467||676||473||582||139||436||3698||7396|
|Red M: 72.9/126||343||364||147||439||628||427||553||145||419||3465||6930|
|White M: 70.2/123 W: 76.2/142||319||340||118||378||580||381||494||122||402||3134||6268|
|Blue M: 66.8/116 W: 71.5/134||294||312||100||318||509||341||464||98||331||2767||5534|
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**UPDATE REVIEW** A shadow of it's former self... construction going on
**This is just an update review since my old one is the only review for this course and is VERY outdated right now because of course construction.**
Everything in my previous review that pertains to holes 1-4 and 8,9 is still valid, but holes 5-7 are closed as of now.
Unfortunately, the original Freedom course has succumbed to the construction boon in the treasure valley and residences are going where the best (IMO) holes used to be, so this is now a 6 hole course where you can schedule 6, 12, or 18 hole rounds. The three "big" holes - 5 (714 yard par 5 from the tips), 6 (473 par 4 from the tips), and 7 (640 yard par 5 from the tips) - and temporarily closed. I'm told they will reopen in a year or so, but won't be quite the monsters they were. Hole 4 - a 467 yard par 4 - and number 9 - a 462 par 4 - are still open, so it's not completely without teeth.
To me this is unfortunate, as the distance on this course was the real draw. The remaining 6 holes are still good, and it is kind of nice to have a 6 hole routing you can play for people a little stretched for the time a traditional round (even a 9 hole round) takes.
There are also almost always (in my experience) tee times available now. But again, it's not what it was before (i.e. in my last review) so I thought it was a good idea to update it.
When it fully reopens I'll update again if there aren't other reviews already covering it. Sorry, no new pics since, again, this is just an update.
Hope it's helpful.
This is a *LOT* of course (especially for a 9 hole)
I did *not* play the Freedom course from the tips, and I played 7400 yards. From the black tees the par five 5th is 676, from the back it's over 700... Freedom is a long course.
I'm very used to hitting driver and then 9 iron or less into holes. Today I was hitting my 3H and 5i hole after hole (which was kind of a nice change, actually). What's nice about this layout is that the length protects the course well with regard to score; however, it is so open that your mistakes seldom need to cost you more than one stroke.
The good news is that , other than a few water hazards that are not obvious or at times even visible, it's all pretty much out there in front of you. There are virtually no trees and - short of finding some of that water - there is no excuse to lose a ball. The course is also largely flat, built in the middle of farm territory. This helps with keeping the difficulty from getting completely out of control however there is also almost always wind out at Falcon Crest to deal with.
I gave the course four stars on "course conditions" because the greens were terrific... but many areas of the fairways and tee boxes were in need of some TLC. But again, the greens were outstanding. Also, the bunkers are always playable at FalconCrest and today on the Freedom course was no exception. They aren't fluffy or deep... but they are very consistent and always give you a result commensurate with the quality of your effort (which is all I ever ask for).
Again, the Freedom course is wide open, however that does not mean the fairways are overly large and some landing areas are a bit tight. This was my first time on this course (I play at Falcon Crest often, just never this nine hole gem before) and I'm told the rough can be punitive at times; however, I had no problems playing from it today.
This isn't a course to hit up to improve your scoring average, but if you're a handicap keeper, the difficulty (74.2/140 from the tees I played) will do nice things for your diff.
The service is always great at Falcon Crest and the coronavirus truncated offerings were nevertheless on point today, as always.
It's a bit of a drive from Boise, but the Freedom course (as well as the regular 18 hole course) at Falcon Crest are well worth the trek. Just be sure to bring your big boy/girl clubs if you decide to play Freedom!