Hawthorne Valley Country Club
This is a great old course that is in great condition this spring. Greens roll well, and overall the turf is beautiful pretty much everywhere. I have 2 complaints about this course. One, there are no stakes up yet, so finding yardage on a cart path only day is difficult. Secondly, they have a lot of old trees, some of which need to be taken care of a little better. More often than not on this course, you will be contending with the trees.
The trees natch the style of the course, however, as it places an emphasis on shot making. Many holes with doglegs, and plenty of places to lose your ball, will certainly keep you thinking all day long, and this course can really beat you down if you're not striking the ball well, or are making bad decisions.
The greens on this course are the smallest I have ever seen, and nearly each green is as such. Lots of break, and pretty fast in the summer.
This course is really growing on me. If you're up for a challenge, you're in for a treat on this awesome Donald Ross design.
April 14, 2015
everything about this course was good with the exception of the lack of yardage sticks .
we had to hunt for sprinkler heads....few and far between
October 13, 2014
The course has character.
The course has a variety of holes requiring different skills and strategies. Several holes require "home course knowledge" to know what shot to use as there are several blind tee shots and hidden greens.
September 30, 2014
greens tiny... I mean tiny! puts a nice premium on iron play and your short game.
September 29, 2014
Donald Ross Design must play
This is one of those courses that is a must play for everyone. It is challenging and you will use every club in the bag. I nice variety of holes with dog legs going both ways, up hills and down. All par threes will give you a different look and shot too. Course was in great shape and greens were rolling nice.
September 21, 2014
Thought I might catch a quick round, but....
While the course was pretty quiet on the front, there were numerous foursomes on the back. Couldn't pair up with anyone, only one group let me through and gave up after 15 holes.
Greens were OK but a bit raggedly looking. Course was wet the day before and they probably shouldn't have let people out. Oh, well.....
September 13, 2014
After driving past this interesting looking course for years, just got the opportunity to play this week and was very impressed. Playing from the whites, the course requires shot making and not just length. The greens have nice breaks to them and are a fun challenge.
Will be back!!!!
September 9, 2014
Hawthorne Valley is a course everyone in the area should play. Even with golfnow.com it was a little pricey for regular play but a couple of times a year it is worth the splurge. The course was in great shape. The greens were the best I have played all year. They had some speed to them. Most of the greens this year seem very slow even when dry. We never had to wait for a shot and finished in just under 3.5 hours. The layout is great. Many dog legs and interesting choices off the tees for the big hitters. Every time I play the course I learn something new.
September 4, 2014