We had a great time at Hill Valley, the courses and hotel were really excellent. We would like to go on another golf break next year and wondered if they would do the same deal if we booked early enough.
Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa
Hill Valley is fortunate to be the home of two excellent championship courses, both of which come courtesy of the legendary design duo, Peter Allis and Dave Thomas. Since their inauguration in 1975, they have matured nicely, and are integral to Hill Valley's reputation as a fantastic golf resort.
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The Emerald Course is named as such in a tribute to its lush, green environment, and is the perfect resort course, being suitably challenging for skilled players, whilst remaining playable for the average visitor. The natural undulations of the landscape work in harmony with the strategically positioned water hazards and sand traps to create many challenging holes, while the superb greens are expertly maintained to ensure that they putt beautifully throughout the year.
Designed by: Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas
Opened for play: 1975
White: 6,714 yards, SSS 72
Yellow: 6,304 yards, SSS 70
Ladies: 5,509 yards, SSS 71
The Sapphire Course may be considerably shorter than the Emerald, but it is no less entertaining. At 4,801 yards, you would not expect to be unduly challenged, but the abundant hazards, particularly the water, make matching the par of 66 extremely difficult. A deadly short game is priceless around the Sapphire, where those with a good grasp of the ‘scoring shots' - from within 100 yards - will no doubt reap the rewards.
Hill Valley's two golf courses and excellent facilities make it an ideal host for a corporate golf day.
Designed by: Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas
Opened for play: 1975
White: 4,801 yards, SSS 64
Yellow: 4,454 yards, SSS 62
Ladies: 4,145 yards, SSS 64
Hole 18 (Emerald Course), Par 4, 401 yards (White Tees), SI 9
The 18th on the Emerald contains an exciting approach shot over a pond. The green is small, and contains bunkers left and right, with trees behind ensuring that any mishit shots will be punished accordingly. A fantastic closing hole requiring a sustained concentration to score par.
The dedicated team of staff at Hill Valley prides itself on providing a level of customer service matched only by the beauty of the surroundings.
This commitment is complemented by the 81 outstanding guest bedrooms, whose quality is testament to the £10 million investment programme that has recently been completed. The bedrooms are all a good four-star level, featuring luxury extras like plasma screen televisions, and guarantee visitors a truly relaxing and comfortable experience.
Macdonald Hill Valley now boasts a newly completed spa and wellness complex, complete with a 20 metre pool and a thermal suite. In the tranquil spa, indulge yourself with one of the luxurious face and body treatments. The health and leisure centre also has a superbly equipped Technogym.
In the excellent Borders Restaurant, the chef's speciality is the Shropshire Cheese beignet.
The Lounge Bar is perfect for light lunch and a quiet drink.
The Sports Bar is a well-stocked 19th hole.
- Pro Shop
- Golf Buggies
- Private Dining
- Banqueting Facilities
- Conference Facilities
We had a great time at Hill Valley, the courses and hotel were really excellent. We would like to go on another golf break next year and wondered if they would do the same deal if we booked early enough.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I have been on holiday in France...sadly it was not a golf holiday!
Now, with regards to the golf break at Hill Valley in Shropshire- the four of us who went were all in agreement with the following summary.
The Emerald golf course was excellent. It was in very good condition and is set up really well with lots of mature trees and some lovely views. It is not an easy course and I suspect that mid to high handicappers who don't hit straight would find it quite difficult yet still enjoyable.
The Sapphire course was enjoyable but not a patch on the Emerald. The setting is quite nice but there are 7 par threes (too many in our opinion) and the greens weren’t as good as the ones on the Emerald.
The rooms in the hotel were excellent - clean and modern with lots of space and comfortable beds...very important after a long day’s golf! The staff at reception, in the bar and in the pro shop were very attentive and friendly. However the service in the restaurant, while friendly, were not as efficient as in other parts of the hotel. Maybe they are all new to the job! The food itself was good so no complaints there. The bar prices were a bit racy but never the less we still enjoyed a fair bit of wine and the odd beer! Finding the hotel was easy as it is well signposted and it has lots of car parking next to the main entrance.
As always the service I received from Your Golf Travel was first class and although Golfbreaks.com are always e-mailing me with offers I refuse to use anybody else. As usual 10 out of 10 for YGT!
Overall our golf break was a success and we are looking forward to sampling other golf resorts in the future. We will certainly be booking with YGT!
Once again, thanks for everything.
I would have sent in this review sooner but I actually decided to stay at Hill Valley for an extra day...that’s how much I liked the place!Our entire golf break was a great success; the course was brilliant as was the hotel and all the staff at Hill Valley worked very hard to make our golf holiday as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Both of the golf courses were in marvellous condition and were very enjoyable. Perhaps they were a little too hilly for our group. We were given a warm welcome into the Club House and the accommodation was very good. We shared the dining room with a couple of other parties which made for a fun atmosphere and the staff were friendly and efficient.
The price of our golf holiday package was outstanding for what we got so a big thanks must go to Your Golf Travel. A vote was taken and the overall verdict was a solid 8 out of 10.
I have just returned from a 2 night stay and play golf break at Macdonald Hill Valley in Shropshire and I have to say it is a great place for a golf break.
The hotel was outstanding and the two golf courses are the best we have played on. The staff could not have done more to ensure our golf trip was a relaxing and comfortable one. The rooms were very spacious and clean we had 4 twins which overlooked the 1st tee. The food was very nice and the bar staff very polite. There is also the option to take a short stroll into the nearby village which we did on the Saturday.
Overall we had a great golf break and will be keen to return to Hill Valley in the future. We will be booking an annual golf break with Your Golf Travel at a different venue each time so get thinking on how you’re are going to top Hill Valley!
Thanks for your emails wishing us well on our golf break to Macdonald Hill Valley. We received a text just before we played on the first day which was a nice touch. This was our first family golf break and we have to say the experience of booking with Your Golf Travel was a real pleasure and we enjoyed the golf break from start to finish.
Both of the golf courses were in great condition and whilst both are parkland they played very differently to each other. From the wide open spaces of the Emerald Course to the tighter lines of the Sapphire both courses offer very different challenges yet are equally enjoyable.
The hotel is excellent. The food was great, the rooms were spacious and ours had a particularly nice view of the 18th green and the 1st tee. The Spa was superb as well.
The first thing we did on arriving home was to pick up the YGT brochure and start to plan our next golf break!
We have just returned from this one night, two rounds Sunday Special golf break at Macdonald Hill Valley.
The two golf courses complemented each other perfectly, each presenting their own unique challenges. They were both in excellent condition and the greens were amongst the very best we have been privileged to play. The complex was first rate, extremely clean, and welcoming. The staff members from cleaners to management were courteous, friendly and efficient.
The restaurant was quality with attentive staff serving excellent food. The bar areas were comfortable with a well stocked bar. The bar prices for food, alcoholic drinks and teas/coffees were expensive but this is a criticism one could make of many other similarly rated venues.
Another plus was we were offered a private room for our party to use for our presentations ceremony. This golf break was a definite nine out of ten. I only give it 9 because there is always room for improvement!
As for YGT, this must be the 7th or 8th trip you have managed for us and as always we receive first rate service from everyone we deal with. You make it so easy to arrange these golf breaks so give yourselves a pat on the back! Nothing is ever too much trouble and I know I'm not the easiest to deal with. I would and do recommend your company to other golfers I meet.
The golf course was in excellent condition considering all the rain we have had over the last few months, we all remarked about the fantastic work the green keepers and ground staff had done to make the course playable.
The layout was excellent and good for all abilities. The welcome we had from all the Hotel Staff and the Golf Professional was first class. They couldn't do enough for us. The Golf and Hotel cannot be faulted, the quality of the rooms and food was second to none. The atmosphere in the Hotel in particular was great. The Golf Course was very easy to find and well signposted.
The Hotel and Golf Course I would rate 10 out of 10.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Your Golf Travel to my golfing friends. I will be in touch for next year. Once again, thank you.
The golf break to Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club was superb. The two courses provided a real challenge and different players benefited from the different yardage and hole types. The greens although a little wet ran well, rewarding the good putts, but punishing the bad putts like a sadistic torturer (I had more of the latter). The hotel staff were really helpful and everything went smoothly, booked in on arrival, comfortable rooms, and all really friendly. Drinks were expensive but nothing compared the losses on the course!
The overall experience was great, thanks YGT!
On our drive down to Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club for our golf break the weather did not look very promising as it was very foggy. We arrived in plenty of time for our tee time at twelve o’clock. Our group all met in the spike bar to sample the hotels bacon bap, by now the weather had turned into bright sunshine the perfect weather for golf. Our first round was on the Sapphire course which turned out to be a good test of golf and our scores reflected this and were enjoyed by all. On retiring to our rooms which were first class with a splendid view down the first fairway and looking over the eighteenth green.
The evening we all prepared with a few beers thanks to the one hundred pound voucher from Your Golf Travel, ready for the battle with championship course the Emerald, a good night was had with lots of laughs. Up early looking forward to another cracking day, but the weather was not as kind as the previous day. Never mind we had the breakfast to look forward to and we were not disappointed; we had the full works which like the evening meal was superb. Now all topped up ready for the challenge, the weather had improved, the course was in good condition but a bit wet under foot .Monday is ladies day at Hill Valley but this was not a problem as the girls moved quite quickly.
The Emerald course is real challenge where birdies are hard to come by, there are many in the woodlands but we managed a few of our own. The scores were all respectable the winner with 37pts.
The weekend was a great success thanks to yourself and the staff at Hill Valley who were very friendly and helpful thanks once again to YGT for organising a fantastic golf break.
Just wanted to say that I had a really nice golf break at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club and whilst the quality of the golf wasn't up to much, I could find almost nothing to fault about the course or hotel. The Emerald course was excellent, very quiet with some really challenging holes, the 18th especially was particularly difficult. The Sapphire course is slightly more condensed and less picturesque but only by a small amount.
My only issue with the courses was that it is not an easy course to navigate as the direction to the next tee was not often signposted that well. The Hotel was great value for money, the room's were large well equipped and really comfortable. The attached spa/gym is modern, attractive and the equipment is all of good quality. The food was nice and the waiting staff were very welcoming and helpful. Overall I would give this break a 9/10 as for the price I paid it was an absolute bargain. Finally, the service from YGT was brilliant and I will definitely be recommending them highly to all my friends.
Macdonald Hill Valley Golf & Country Club is the best venue for a golf break we have visited under YGT!
Arrived day after storms of Sunday, played Emerald course which had been under water day before, bit damp but fantastic condition. Next day, played the shorter course, again after a night of rain, thought it would be a doddle, not so, very tight but great challenge.
The hotel was fantastic, rooms and facilities world class, food expensive but top range, price of a pint…don’t ask!
Overall, a great experience, which we shall repeat again but with bigger group.
If you have not yet used YGT to arrange your golf visits, make sure you do in future, I don’t know how they do it but long may it continue.
The whole weekend golf break at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club was really enjoyable. Although the weather bit mixed on Friday it was great Saturday. Both courses were in excellent condition and played well. Everyone enjoyed both the golf and the hotel.
We all would recommend this trip to all handicap golfers. Thank to YGT once again and can’t wait for our next one. And we will be certainly be visiting Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club again in the not too distant future.
We enjoyed an excellent two days at Hill
Valley. The hotel was very welcoming; clean; hospitable and the staff
were courteous, pleasant and only too happy to help.
The Emerald course was in excellent condition, but we thought that the Sapphire course is in need of some TLC. The fairways were fine but the tees and the greens were in a very poor condition. We personally thought the Sapphire was a nicer course and with some attention could be great. The Pro was extremely helpful and managed to alter our booked tee times to suit times which suited us better - even switching the courses in order to accommodate us.
The food was good and the weather being perfect enabled us to dine in the conservatory with the beautiful views over the course.
All in all a superb break. Many thanks to YGT for their help, we will be booking with you again soon.
We were very fortunate to play on two such splendid courses, The Sapphire and The Emerald, at the Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club.
The layout of both courses was excellent. The Sapphire, a shorter and narrower course, proved an excellent test of accuracy, with the greens and fairways in very good condition.
The Emerald, a longer, tougher and in places more forgiving course, pushed our golfing ability. The condition of the fairways was very good but the greens weren’t quite as good as the Sapphire course. The bunkers were in good nick as well and were tricky traps on some occasions.
Both courses were suited for different abilities. I consider myself an OK golfer whose handicap used to be 12, but haven't played consistently for about ten years, and I thoroughly enjoyed playing both courses, considering them both a decent challenge. My golfing partner only began playing golf consistently over the past two years and he thought the course was a good challenge for him too.
The clubhouse was welcoming, with comfy chairs, sky sports and a laid back atmosphere. We enjoyed a sandwich before our evening meal which was delicious. The barman looked after us all very well but the price of a pint and a bottle of beer was expensive.
The hotel was very welcoming too with good cleanliness and everything you needed. We didn't use the spa facilities but as we walked passed them they looked very tempting. The restaurant was very nice, the food tasted great and there was enough choice on the menu. The room was spacious, clean with a lovely shower!
The staff were welcoming and caring for our needs and created a good impression on me; very chatty which made you feel at ease with them.
My overall verdict for the weekend was: Experience 10/10,
Courses 9/10, Hotel 9/10.
We had a great time at Hill Valley which is a great location for a golf tour, being very easy to find.
The hotel staff were very welcoming and could not do enough to help. The rooms were spacious and well equipped, and the meals were excellent. All round, it was very good value for the money.
We all enjoyed the golf too. The courses were very well maintained; not easy, but very enjoyable. The shorter Sapphire course was very pretty but you had to be very accurate to get a good score. There appeared to be a bit of a discrepancy on the tee-times, we were due to go out at 9.30 each day, but on the Monday our tee-times encroached on the lady members tee-times, so we had to go out about 40 minutes late, also on Thursday we had to go out at 9.00 instead of 9.30, but it was not a problem as the staff in the pro-shop were so helpful. There was also a shed available to leave our clubs overnight which was very useful.
The weather was great too, so we were able to enjoy a drink on the terrace after each game and watch everyone putt out on the last hole.
The drinks in the bar were a little bit expensive, but the 20% discount helped.
Overall, it was a very successful event, we will all be looking forward to the Vale next year.
We would rate this holiday 9/10 – everything you could wish for on a golfing break.
Our golf trip to Hill Valley was excellent. The
course was a fantastic challenge and in superb condition. The hotel rooms
and staff were all fantastic too, and I would recommend it to any standard of
golfer. The help we received when booking via Your Golf Travel was first class.
All in all it's a massive A+ for all concerned from us!
The hotel at Hill Valley was brilliant and exceeded our expectations. The staff were very friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble. Rooms were spacious, clean and very comfortable so no complaints at all.
Food was delicious and there were
good choices available on the menu included in our package. Drinks were a
little more expensive than in your average pub, but no more than one would
expect in such surroundings and the cost was mitigated by a discount for our party
members in one of the bars.
We thoroughly enjoyed our golf too. The two courses provide a great experience for golfers of all handicaps and the Emerald in particular was a delight to play.
The other facilities in the complex are lovely – I can vouch for the swimming pool – a fantastic extra to relax the body after a day on the course.
I would thoroughly recommend Macdonald Hill Valley (luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price) as well as yourselves at YGT to anyone organising a golf trip.
Many thanks for your help – I dare say we will be planning something for next year in which case your voucher will be much appreciated!
Just wanted to thank you for the trip you arranged for me and my mates to Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa. The hotel was magnificent with the members of staff being very friendly and helpful indeed. The evening meal and breakfast were super too.
The location was only 50 minutes from my home and extremely easy to find as it was well signposted.
Both golf courses were immaculate and very well maintained and the pro shop staff were very helpful and friendly. The only downside was the weather but on the whole, a fantastic weekend was had by all and I will be returning in the summer.
I have now recommended this location to many of my friends
and also recommended You Golf Travel as the service you provided personally was
excellent, making booking my first golf trip easy.
What a fantastic venue! Lovely hotel where the staff were friendly and helpful, good food and reasonably priced drinks (especially with our 20% discount), as well as beautiful bedrooms; what more could you ask for?
There were two great golf courses too. We were fooled by the Sapphire which on paper looked simple, however although quite short, it was very tight and a good test of accurate golf. And what a killer of a par 5!
The Emerald was in a class of its own and very challenging...perhaps a little too much for some of the higher handicaps in the group!
We were lucky enough to be able to present prizes in the sunshine on the lovely patio too.
I would certainly recommend this venue and also booking
through Your Golf Travel as you made the whole process very easy.
We had a great time at Macdonald Hill Valley.
It’s a very good hotel, with lovely rooms...large and immaculately presented. The service in general was excellent.
Everybody was very enthusiastic about the beautiful golf course too.
Overall would give it 8/10 with the only complaint being that things like coffee and some of the drinks were "over the top" expensive.
Thanks for your excellent service, and we would thoroughly recommend yourgolftravel.com.
We really enjoyed our break at Hill Valley.
The hotel room was large and comfortable with all the facilities expected of a 4 star resort. There’s plenty of choice at dinner but the breakfast buffet was very sparse if you didn't want full English!
The staff seemed a bit stretched and the bar prices were high, but we expected that in a hotel.
We played both courses and enjoyed our golf. Daisies and dandelions on the fairways but the grounds staff were out in force on Monday sorting that out. Overall the quality of the courses was fine.
Hill Valley was easy to find and we passed signs for a few other places which we might try next time.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to McDonald Hill Valley this weekend so thanks to you and all your staff for help in organising our trip.
The hotel staff were, I think it is fair to say, the most helpful we have encountered in our dozen or so golf trips away and were most accommodating.
Rooms and food were all also as good as you would expect from this type of hotel and again quite satisfactory.
The price of a pint is expensive – but again what you would expect that of a large hotel chain.
We made our own entertainment in the local town of Whitchurch, but recommend booking in advance taxis for the round trip.
The Emerald course was long, challenging and in good condition. Sadly, the Sapphire was in not so good condition with several poorly kept greens and tees. However we did play in March after a particularly wet winter so maybe no better than could be expected.
All in all a good weekend.
Thank you for your very efficient organisation of our very "last minute" golf break to Macdonald Hill Valley.
The hotel was great, the weather fantastic and the courses were very interesting and in good condition too.
It couldn't have been better and we will be back.
The hotel at Hill Valley was very good and we all enjoyed it. Food and staff were both excellent and the only blip was that the lifts were out of order and as we were an older party, those on the higher floor did struggle.
Unfortunately the golf course was not on good condition, with the areas around the trees had not been cut and the long grass made it impossible to find balls. The bunkers had very little sand in them and the water hazards were not in view, due to lack of yellow stakes. The Emerald course was very difficult and only when we played from the red tees was it suitable for us.
We would not return as the golf courses here were much too hard for our party. We will find an easier course next year!
Thank you for organising our golf and spa break at Hill Valley; everything went like clockwork, the men enjoyed the golf on the Emerald & Sapphire courses and the ladies really enjoyed their spa treatment.
The Emerald course was in good condition and gave a reasonable challenge for our party with handicaps at the higher end of the scale. The course was not over burdened with golfers and on occasions we felt like we had the course to ourselves.
The Sapphire course is a different challenge, not as long and with more par 3's, but tighter, which made you think a lot more about your shots. It makes for an enjoyable change from the Emerald course too.
The bar prices are on the high side but that’s what you expect at these type of hotels! The food overall was good, with the exception of the sandwiches we had in the bar which were expensive and nothing special.
We were lucky with the weather and sitting on the terrace
watching the golfers and enjoying a few drinks was very enjoyable. Overall the
package and venue were very good.
We only played the Emerald course during our stay at Hill Valley but for a course using the natural terrain of the ‘Hill Valley’, you cannot fault it. Every hole is different, with great views and the tree lined fairways screening you off from the other holes; a great test of golf and very rewarding for our mixed ability group. Perhaps the quality of the greens didn’t fully match the rest of the course and if I were to note an area for improvement, this would be it.
The bar prices in the clubhouse were silly for tea or coffee at £4.70. A pint of beer was slightly expensive too at £4.20 and the choice was limited, especially the upstairs bar. The atmosphere was fine though.
The rooms in the hotel were great; well maintained and relatively spacious. The showers merit special mention being the best I have experienced across many hotels I use for work and pleasure.
The evening meal and breakfast were both of an excellent quality. The bar snack prices were, again like the bars prices, very high and would add a lot to the overall price of the break if you snacked every day.
The members of staff were great; efficient, helpful and with a smile plus good informal conversation.
Our overall verdict would be 9 out of 10. The bar prices were a slight dampener and made us look elsewhere for our evening entertainment. Hill Valley is better than most of the golf break venues we have been to over the last 10 years and if they improved the greens, then only Celtic Manor, Le Touquet and Hardelot would beat it.
Would I recommend YGT to a friend? For sure...and the
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