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Located East of  I-5 Near Clear Lake . . . The Season is On at Hidden Valley Golf Course
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It’s Summertime at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course!
Come out and enjoy a round during the best golfing weather of the year! It may be hot, but come winter we’ll be longing for days like these. Soak up some sun while you enjoy a nice cool drink all summer long!

o Tuesday Special – $25 for 18-holes with a cart
o Stay & Play Packages starting at $75 per person
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June 18th & 19th
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Only $40.00

Work has finally begun this week on putting Mulligan’s Bar back together. A reopening date should be sometime during the week of June 9th. We appreciate your patience over the past couple of months as we have been limited in our bar service to our patrons.


2014 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2: History in Action!

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 4.19.47 PMPinehurst No. 2 is the star of the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina and just one of eight distinctive courses at what most would argue is America’s Greatest Golf Resort.  It’s no secret that Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the world’s most celebrated courses but not as well known is the fact Pinehurst No. 2 has served as the site of more single golf championships than any other course in America and, in June 2014, will make history again, becoming the first course to serve as host to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks.


In April, the USGA announced yardages and course layout for Pinehurst No. 2 for both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.  The announcement brought wide-spread comment and praise but was also not without some debate and criticism.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 4.48.59 PMDuring the week of the U.S. Open (June 12-15, 2014), the Men will contend with a 7,562-yard, Par 70 course stretched out with the addition of new teeing grounds on over half the holes.  The addition of the new tees will “offer the USGA officials some flexibility on course setup each day” says, Mike Davis, the USGA’s Executive Director. With the addition in length, Pinehurst No. 2 becomes the third-longest layout in the history of the U.S. Open, behind only Congressional in 2011 (7,574 yards) and Torrey Pines-South in 2008 (7,643 yards).  Both Congressional and Torrey Pines-South played to a Par of 71.

Criticism was quick to come for the Men’s layout with four Par-4s measuring over 500 yards highlighted by the 528-yard Par-4 16th hole.  Additionally, three of the four Par 3s will measure over 200 yards highlighted by the 219-yard 6th hole.  The best in the world deserve the toughest test at the U.S. Open . . . and it appears they’ll get it.

The course setup for the Men will have a rating of 76.0 and a slope rating of 147.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 4.48.30 PMThe very next week (June 19-22, 2014), the Women take on the challenge of Pinehurst No. 2 during the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

The Pinehurst No. 2 setup for the Women will play to a par of 70 and will measure 6,649 yards.  The lengthy Par-4 16th is still raising eyebrows and will measure 458 yards during the Women’s Open. The 10th hole will play as a 571-yard par 5 (just a mere 46 yards shorter than the Men’s setup of 617-yard/par 5 the week prior).  For a comparison of length v/s par, in 2013, the U.S. Women’s Open, hosted by Sebonack Golf Club, measured 6,821 yards and played to a par of 72.

As with the men, the best Women golfers in the world deserve the toughest test at the U.S. Women’s Open . . . and Pinehurst No. 2 is ready.

The course setup for the Women will have a rating of 78.1 and a slope of 145.


Hosting two prestigious professional events back-to-back (not to mention Majors) at the same course will no doubt be a challenge for the USGA.  Forget the USGA for a moment and think about the pressure and challenge to the real MVPs – the Pinehurst Staff, Course Superintendents, and the Maintenance Crews.  However, there appears to be no fear in taking on the challenge and everyone is excited and ready to get started.

The idea and initiative of hosting a Men’s and Women’s event back-to-back has been a long time in the planning.  Course set-up for both events is going to be very interesting to watch.  Interesting, because the USGA’s strategy is to setup both events with the intent to equalize the play between the Men and Women by providing the same type of course conditions, club options off the tee, and approach shots into the green as often as possible.

For example, if during the U.S. Open, the Men would typically play a hole with Driver and then 7-iron into the green . . . that same hole will be setup during the U.S. Women’s Open to provide the same (or near the same) options both off the tee and into the green.

This competitive, and hopefully comparative, setup should be great to watch and will add yet another talking point and element into the upcoming back-to-back weeks of competition.

The stage is set and the world is ready.  Join me in Pinehurst in June . . . whether watching on TV or attending the events in person, we will be witnesses to history in action!

Editor’s Note:  What are your thoughts on the USGA hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks . . . on the same course?  Please feel free to share a comment in the comments section.  We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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