Hawthorne Valley Country Club
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
Good Country Style Course
I heard about this course a lot.
But I didn't play there before because it's green fee is a little more than I want to spend.
When I went there, I could understand why they are.
It make me feel like I am in a private country club.
Their Staffs were kind and the preparations were a lot better than I could expect on any other courses.
The course condition was excellent.
Most of holes you can not see the green, but if you consider that as a challenge then it's okay.
Front Nine, we played less than 1 hour and 30 minutes, but back Nine took 2 and 1/2 hour.
I wished there was a ranger (usually I don't want to see a ranger) who could make a speedy play.
Maybe one slow played group was there yesterday.
July 28, 2014
great course and layout
First time playing this course and what a great course. If want a course the will challange you to hit fairways and keep the ball in play then this is the course. This course has some amazing holes and par 3's are the best in the area. I will be a repeat customer
July 24, 2014
Had a great day on a challenging course. I wish I played better but perhaps the thick rough and tough design had something to do with that. The course was in great shape and has a real nice layout. Very well maintained bunkers and fairways. The greens had a few more than normal ball marks that needed to be fixed and I thought the ball rolled a little slower for this time of year. Also I felt there are some trees that need to be addressed ( dead tree on 8 and a few on the back that need to be removed or at least trimmed). Overall a great Track and recommend it highly to the above average golfer or anyone that enjoys a challenge.
July 18, 2014
I will do it again. It was a very positive experience.
July 11, 2014
Very Nice, Must Play Again
This is a great course, with a lot of blind shots (especially for a first timer). That being said, I throughly enjoyed my round. especially since it only took me a little less than 3 1/2 hours. Course was in great condition. Starter was know where to be found, and guys in pro shop didn't seem to concerned about it, so I just proceeded to the course without talking to the starter. $5 for a hotdog is a little outrageous. Will definitely play again
July 11, 2014
good tough course
Pretty quick round and the course was in good condition.
July 4, 2014
the only thing I did not like about the layout was the blind shots.
June 27, 2014