Macdonald Hill Valley Spa, Hotel & Golf - Emerald Course
|Red (W)||73||5509 yards|
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|Yellow W: 72.7/120||455||371||370||173||512||177||467||378||351||3254||373||382||344||453||344||146||476||152||380||3050||6304|
Food & BeverageBar, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa
Available ActivitiesSwimming, Billiards
Well managed course in good condition
Fairways and greens in excellent condition.
Pace of play good with wide fairways forgiving.
A challenge for even experienced players.
Great layout and value for money
We arrived at Hill Valley with a little trepidation after reading some of the reviews. Very pleased to report that the Emerald course as befits it’s name is a gem. It certainly is a shot makers course and you need to plot your way round. The course was wet in places but understandable given the amount to rain in recent weeks and certainly didn’t detract from a great days golf. The greens, if not perfect were very good. Special mention to the warm welcome in the pro shop. Amazing value for money as well.
This is a great course, challenging and long and in very good condition although there are a few minor blemishes on the greens.
Its quite peaceful and scenic and I can't wait to play it again.
Great golf and spa complex
Really enjoyed playing here even in the cold weather. Plenty of variety in the holes, nice scenery and well kept especially just after lockdown.
Great for a weekend with partners who are non golfers as they are catered for. Would definitely recommend and W look forward to playing again
It's been about 4 years since I last played the emerald course here and always remembered it as a joy to play however on this visit I could not believe how poor the greens were I'm hoping it's just a little down to covid but other courses seem to be immaculate and maintained during lock down unfortunately I don't think this has been adopted here really need some work as this course has such a great layout that is enjoyable to have every putt bouncing like a basket ball doesn't give you any satisfaction or reward
Friendly staff and welcome. Course in average condition. Expected better. Stuck up members jumping holes causing us delay. No compressor to clean up muddy and grassy shoes and trollies. Not impressed.
Played this course plenty of times, by far the worst it been 2” of snow/Ice on the greens. Selling this course would be the best option for them accepting the offer is the right choice don’t let this go to ruin
Seriously slow play
Course was excellent. In good condition. But unfortunately back 9 was seriously slow play. A really slow 4 ball just took all the enjoyment out of a really nice course. Over 5 hours golfing for us as a 2 ball. Waiting on every shot on the back 9.
Do not,I repeat do not book this golf course, after being placed into tier 4 and no fault of ours or any of the 2 x 4 balls I had booked we could not attend our booking as it was against the law, after contacting golf now to issue a refund 6/7 times each time I’m met with the same thing, the golf course will not answer the phone to issue your refund, the golf course have been no help whatsoever and basically a joke.
Snow stopped play
Although snow stopped play the staff gave us a voucher to come back whenever. Course was fantastic though despite the weather
Great for the time of year
Great fun, challenging. Never held up up in play. Greens great for time of year
Very disappointed would not recommed
Although pro and staff very accommodating it was let down by a very..very poorly maintained course. Yes it had been raining for a few days before and was wet but we accept this but fallen branches everywhere, bunkers were the worse I ever seen, the greens were appalling, it just felt unloved like some courses we play, I'm really not sure MACDONALD hotels care about the course at all.
Hill Valley Golf Course
When we booked this course we were really satisfied with a £15 price tag. It’s not hard to understand why it was so cheap!
The course was just SO full of leaves it was impossible to find a ball even when it went straight down the fairway! We must have lost 20 balls between us and it wasn’t because of poor shots. The course was also holding a lot of water. Luckily I was carrying but others had trolleys and were struggling to get anywhere without lots of slippage. The mats we were playing off weren’t great and were coming away and curling up in places. When we finished the round and went to the 19th, we were told that the chef wasn’t very well and there was no food to be had. We asked for crisps and were told that there weren’t any. Ended up grabbing a burger on the way home!
All in all, the experience was very poor. The only good thing was the friendliness of the lady in the pro shop before the round. Had a good chat about lockdown before the round which was nice and there were very good one way systems to get in and out of the shop.
Too many leaves
All 18 tee’s were off matts. Struggled to find your ball with the amount of leaves on the course.
Give it a Miss
This golf course is right up there with the WORST we have played . It hasn’t been maintained well at all . The bunkers were full , and I mean full , with leaves . If you went in your ball was lost . Where you could see the sand it was as hard as a rock .
Fairways were covered in leaves .... I know leaves fall of trees but we are talking months worth of leaves.... losing your ball when you hit the fairway made it almost impossible to play .
The temporary Tees were a joke ..... uneven , falling to pieces and barely big enough to get a stance on .
What a shame .... this course was great when I played here a few years ago ...... now it’s like a poor municipal course .