Date Played: May 16, 2015
4.0 out of
It's been about 3 years since I've been to South Hills...you just never know what kind of condition it will be in. However, I was pleasantly surprised! We played the South and then the North. Both were in great condition--not excellent--but not far off. They started everyone on the South, so it was a tad slow...and not because of the course, but because of players. Fairways all in good shape with good grass, and the rough was a surprise--very thick and consistent without dirt and grass clumps. The South is a typical traditional style and predictable. The greens were true, nice pace, and reasonable pin placements. When we made the turn, we had our choice (West or North) and went to the North to get away from the slow players in front of us. The North is a tougher layout, with some narrow fairways, some holes requiring placement (such as around a pond on #12), and some really steep fairways (up and down). The fairways were in good shape, although starting to dry out; and the greens are large, undulating and fast. The North is less forgiving than the South. Let me also say that all the bunkers on both nines had excellent sand--almost a joy to hit out of. I guess they have completed their bunker project, because these were some of the best bunkers I've hit out of this year! The Tee Time Book was $30 on Saturday and that is a deal! The course was in great shape and a real steal for this price. The South/North combination is very much a traditional style 18 holes with large tree-lined fairways and layout. If you want something a little different, add in the West which is pretty much wide open, more target golf, and definitely shorter to make you think more about correct club selection. I'm hoping the course doesn't dry out in the up-coming months--but we'll give it another try in a couple of weeks.