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.
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