Play it once, but don't play it again, Sam
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is the most accessible course at Highbridge (barely) and appeared to be the most popular with recreational players. The distances are relatively short, generally ranging from 200-275 feet. I had figured this would feature a lot of ace runs - and there are a couple - but the shortest holes are generally uphill shots that are not easy holes.
The course overall was more challenging than I expected. I figured it would be a course where I would be putting for birdie a lot, but that didn't happen, both due to the challenging fairways and to some inconsistent shots on my part. You need to hit the line to score well on this course. But it's not a complete beat down.
As with all of the courses here, elevation comes into play frequently. There weren't many flat holes.
Navigation was pretty good. Most of the time you won't need the map, but the fairways play next to each other, and sometimes I was headed in the wrong direction. I never did find the tee pad for 9.
Cons: Every hole was pretty similar. Throw down a fairway that is 20 feet wide. Some were uphill, some downhill, some curving right, some curving left, and some even curving straight (seriously, look at the tee signs that show you throwing straight despite an obvious bend in the fairway). Unlike the other courses, you'd have a tough time saying, "Hey, remember that one hole" and being able to describe it in any distinguishable way.
As with all of the courses here, tee signs are weathered and not as useful as they could be.
Other Thoughts: I played this after a round on Gold to get my confidence back and to have a bit of change of pace. It is not as storied as the other courses on site and lacks some of the dramatic vistas, rock features, ponds, etc., but this is definitely worth a round.
Separate note: this course seems to feature the most ratings disagreement among Trusted Reviewers. Does it suffer by comparison, or are ratings inflated just by being part of the Highbridge complex?
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Lots of Aceholes..you can play with a putter for almost the hole round if you want to..some of the pins are silver, some are orange and others are of the cloth variety..A real mutt of a course..but a fun fairly easy play to get your ego off the ground after the Gold course has humbled you..Aesthetic value enhanced with clever tree faces and wacky pin placements that will make you double take at least once throughout the day..
Cons: One real corny gimick of a pin..up in a tree..but it fits the vibe of this course I suppose..a real yuck of a course..
Other Thoughts: Have fun with this shorty..A nice course to throw some $kins around!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Woodland Greens is the most short/technical course at Highbridge Hills. The fairways are tighter than the rest of the courses here, and this course is heavily forested throughout. There is only a three or so holes that aren't reachable with a good drive. That's not because of the distance, it's because of the quick turns right off the box, and little if any lines over the tree tops. There are two unique basket locations. One basket is wedged between three tree trunks about six feet in the air, and the other is located on the side of a small steep incline about seven feet in the air. All of the courses at Highbridge Hills do a great job of complimenting one another. This is a great course to choose if you're legs are worn from the longer courses, or if you are pressed for time.
Cons: There isn't any elevation changes or hazards on the course. The isn't a single par four, which makes for a slightly repetitive round.
Other Thoughts: Chestnut Grove at Highbridge Hills is actually even shorter than this course. I didn't include it in the opening statement because it isn't located at the top of the hill with all of the championship courses.
5 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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