Hawthorne Valley Country Club
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
Beautiful Design, Pretty Nice Course
This course isn't one of the best in the area, but it's quite good. The real strength of the course is its design. It's a Donald Ross design, which speaks for itself with regards to its greatness. Based on the number of places the name "Donald Ross" appears around the course and pro shop, it seems like the course management knows that it is the course's strongest asset, which it is. The design is great. It's not a long course, but it's narrow and it has a lot of strategically placed bunkers. Considering there were not a lot of bunkers on the course, I was surprised at how many times I ended up in the sand. The course is scenic and hilly, making great use of the terrain. The condition is pretty good as well. The bunkers and fairways were very well maintained, but the tee boxes and the greens were a bit beat up. However, they were still good. There are only two main negatives that I can think of: the price and the clubhouse. I think the course was a little overpriced. I paid $60 for 18 with a cart and I think that is a bit much. Also, I think that the clubhouse is in desperate need of some updating. It's pretty dated and tacky, and I think a little updating would go a long way. Overall, it's a nice course and it's worth playing, but it isn't one of the best in the Cleveland area.
August 20, 2014