LPGA International - Hills Course
Fun course in great shape, would have given conditions a 5 except for recent aeration. Lots of trouble that I was amazingly able to avoid.
August 8, 2014
It will always be The Legends to me. great layout and good course condition except recent greens punched. They still rolled good though. Lot's of fun.
August 8, 2014
Decent Course, Florida Weather
The Hills Course is a no-nonsense layout. It really doesn't have any spectacular features but is a nice test for the average golfer. They had a temporary ranges set up the day we played, you started on the back nine, and the greens had been aerated. The temporary range setup was a little confusing, but the punched greens weren't a major hindrance (for my game at least!). Weather was FL hot/humid and Club Corp had a plentiful supply of gnats to keep you off balance in the areas of the course that were blocked out from the wind. Do they rent or buy those critters? Balls hit off of the fairway go into thick rough made up of tropical foliage and are usually not found. Group ahead of us also noted a large rattlesnake as they went from hitting their tee shots. Wouldn't recommend doing a lot of searching for lost balls. Take sufficient supplies if you tend to spray your shots! All in all for the reduced rate due to the greens condition, it was a good buy.
August 1, 2014
Awesome course....very hard
I have been to daytona for last 15 years in july/august for golf. LPGA IS BY FAR BEST FACILITY IN THE AREA. They have awesome facilities. The old legends course..now named hills course after architect Arthur hills...is hardest course in this area I know of next to TPC. Sawgrass....which I played last year through golf now. That is best course in Northeast florida. Hardest as well. Shot 91 at Sawgrass last year. Hills course tough. Very deep Bermuda rough. Was cart path only. At 13 hole had to stop for 1 hour and course was unplayable. Puddles on the greens...etc. we finished round playing best ball...last 5 holes were 2 over par. It is tough course. Especially when wet. Now cart path only...so hot...almost unplayable. Champions (Jones course) by far better. It is cart path only as well. Best of luck to anyone who attempts to play there in condition in now. Not courses fault. Just too much rain. Pray it dries out soon for all to enjoy in the Daytona area.
July 22, 2014
Disappointing treatment of a gem
I've played LPGA International several times and this was this most disappointing. The staff upon arrival was very nice and accommodating telling us we could go off early as there were several cancellations. After departing the pro shop things went sideways then downhill. After some time on the range we arrived at the starter on the Hills course (formerly the Legends course) and we're told by the starter we'd have to wait. When I enquired about the cancellations the starter bruskly informed me he knew nothing about it. We putted around a bit with no one going off and when a twosome arrived and went we volunteered to accompany them. The starter reluctantly agreed and fortunately we were able to go off. We accompanied a very nice couple that live in the area.
The fairways were in pretty good condition but very soft from the rain. The course must not drain well because living in JAX we too have had plenty if rain but things are draining well. The rough was super deep and had not been attended to in quite some time. Any ball that strayed from the fairway cost you nearly a stroke. This also severely impacted the pace of play as I will get to in a bit. The greens were in wonderful shape and the ball rolled very true. The bunkers however were another story... They had not been tended to in a while . I understand with the afternoon rains this may be tricky but at the courses I play in JAX the bunkers seem to get raked daily.
The pace of play was abysmally slow. Luckily there was no one behind us (really made me wonder why the starter was reluctant to send us out) for the first 8 holes. A group caught us on number 9 and bailed at the turn as the wait was for 2+ groups on the tee. There were no on course attendants to help with the pace of play only useless reminders on the GPS system reminding us to speed up. Our round was finished in just under 5 hours.... Craziness.
The course was in decent shape however you can tell there are many aspects of the overall care that have been neglected. Case in point the 18th hole on the Hills course is a challenging drive where you must play to the right side of the fairway to have a shot at the green. The entry to the green has become so overgrown in recent times that you must now carry the ball not only to the right but also unreasonably long to have a play at the green. As of yesterday you now must have your ball on the right third of the fairway, inside the 150 to have any view at the flag.
Overall as I noted in the title this is one of the most disappointing rounds I've traveled to play in a while. The Hills course at LPGA is truly a gem. This gem could stand some polish.
July 20, 2014
Nice layout but lousy conditions
Course was soaking wet. Management should not have allowed play even though it was a sunny day. Course got three inches of rain the day before we played. Cart path only was like walking the course. First experience at LPGA was less than satisfactory.
July 18, 2014
A Gem of a course
First time on the Hills course. Great conditions - greens could have been a bit quicker, but rolled perfect. The cart GPS was awesome - very helpful and user friendly. Beauty of a course - just golf. No homes, nice scenery, etc. Only downfall was that you couldn't see the bottom of the pin on any hole. Either elevated green or mounding guarding the green. That's where the GPS came in handy though! Big wide fairways, but don't miss em - the rough is tough! Worth the 1:15 minute drive though! Will go back.
July 13, 2014
rain a little bit and course was really wet cart path only no drainage at all would be real good to play if dry. traps were unplayable. only paid $18 to play it and sure glad I didn't pay any more
July 12, 2014