Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, a beautiful place minutes away from Fort Lauderdale International
Hillcrest Golf and Country Club is conveniently located minutes from Ft. Lauderdale International heart of Hollywood, FL. This scenic layout is a “must play” for any visiting golfer to South Florida. Managed by Troon Golf the 18-hole “Championship” course features 7076 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.4 and it has a slope rating of 129. Designed by Bruce Devlin, Robert Von Hagge, Joseph L. Lee, the Championship golf course opened in 1965.
In the summer of 2000 famed architect Joe Lee was asked to redesign/update Hillcrest Golf and Country Club’s championship course. While maintaining many of the classic features of the course, Joe Lee added mounding, new sand traps, improved tee boxes, new lakes and gave the green complexes a whole new look. Hillcrest’s championship course reopened in May of 2001 to rave reviews. The beautifully maintained Tif-Eagle greens, lush landscaping and pristine lakes will appeal to all discerning golfers. The signature 18th hole provides an exciting conclusion to your round of golf with an Island Green surrounded with a bulkhead.
The Review – Key Playing Holes
Hole #2 Par-4 (470 yards)
The true test starts out early here at Hillcrest Golf Club. Hole #2 is a mammoth of a hole measuring 470 yards in length and facing east (always against the ocean breezes). The out of bounds area to the right of the fairway (from tee to green) is called ProV1 Boulevard by all local golfers. Length off the tee is critical to leave yourself a mid iron to this elevated and well-guarded bunkered green. By far the most difficult hole in the entire golf course. During our review I pulled my drive to the rough (left side) and had a 4-iron second shot to the front greenside bunker. I came out of the bunker and missed my par putt by inches but I was very happy with the outcome as one member of our foursome (a 7 handicap player) carded an 8! Remember to take an extra club on your second shot as you may not feel the ocean breeze blowing east to west.
Hole # 10 Par-5 (555 yards)
One of the few holes to take advantage here at Hillcrest Golf Club. The generous and forgiving fairway will let you take the extra 20% out of your tee shot. Your tee shot must be aimed at the left fairway bunker with a left to right fade. Any tee shot played down the right side will catch the right fairway bunker. From there a fairway wood or long iron lay-up shot will leave you with a wedge to this well guarded green. But due to the helping ocean breeze most long hitters will end up with an iron to the green. We had a great outcome as one of our players ended up with an Eagle (3).
Hole #18 Par-4 (355 yards)
The famous signature hole with the island green greets golfers with a smile. At 355 yards all you need is a fairway wood or long iron off the tee. A short iron second shot to the island green becomes the final test in your journey. The fairway is tight and tilted forward so players have to be careful not to blade your second shot. In addition to this players have to remember they are facing the wind so take extra precaution. All four players in our group ended paring this beautiful hole.
Hillcrest Golf and Country Club is an amazing golf course well maintained all year around and conveniently located just minutes west of I-95 in the City of Hollywood. The golf course has world-class playing surfaces, great practice facilities luxury amenities and a great 19th hole. Our sincere congratulations to David Cage, PGA and his staff for keeping this place in pristine shape. Official Website click here