Course Review –

Course Review — Hillcrest Golf Center

1829 Washington Rd., Washington

(309) 444-9033

Par: 32-27 – 59

Yardage: 3,095

Greens fees: Weekdays $6.75 for 9 holes; $10/18. Weekends $7.75 for 9, $10.50/18. Carts are $8/9 holes, $16/18.

Special fees: Junior rates

Restricted times: Hillcrest hosts several leagues. Call ahead.

CONDITION: This course is in surprisingly good shape for a heavily played public tract. Tee boxes were well kept, fairways tightly mowed and there isn’t much rough to speak of. Greens were soft and slow, ready to hold your short-iron approaches. Collars were well maintained and had definition between the putting surface and two cuts of rough. Holes play shorter than the yardage markers on the tee boxes indicate.

AMENITIES: Nothing fancy, but all the necessities a family golf center should have. Rental clubs are available, as well as drivers and putters for the driving range and miniature golf course. The pro shop contains an interesting collection of golf bric-a-brac, from Titleist caps to ladies visors sold $4.95 each or 3/$12. Small refreshment counter serves sandwiches and soft drinks. No alcohol. Lighted driving range open ’til 10.

VALUE: “Too expensive” and “not enough time to play” are the two main reasons people list when asked why they don’t play more golf. Hillcrest is an antidote to both. Ten bucks for 18 holes is about as inexpensive as golf gets and 18 can be played in less than three hours, even on a crowded evening.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Don’t go to Hillcrest if you’re expecting a championship challenge with country-club conditions. Do go to Hillcrest if you’re expecting a quick round in a family-oriented atmosphere. It’s a great place for the newcomer to get accustomed to the game before taking on a more intimidating course. It’s also a great place for experienced golfers to practice their short game and remember why golf is fun in the first place.

— Greg Stewart

Copyright 2002

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