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Holiday Hills Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.9

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Mineral Wells
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Date Last Played: October 02, 2014

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Holiday Hills Country Club Review

Review of Holiday Hills Country Club in Mineral Wells

Holiday Hills Country Club plays up and down some gently rolling hills just minutes from downtown Mineral Wells and a couple minutes from Mineral Wells State Park.  The course is suitable for golfers of all skill levels – from the tips the low handicapper golfers will face a slope and rating of 69 and 123 and 6169 yards (a little short by today’s standards, but still enough to keep you focused) and high handicappers, beginners, and women/seniors/kids will enjoy one of the other two tee boxes with yardages of 5002 and 5872.

The front nine of Holiday Hills Country Club is fairly straightforward and traditional with some uphill and downhill shots, a couple dog legs, 9 bunkers you need to avoid, water on 5 holes plus a creek (if it rains) that crosses the fairway on two holes, and some side by side holes where if you spray the ball you’ll still have a fair recovery shot but watch out for the golfers coming the other way,. Our favorite holes on this nine which has 3 par 3s, 3 par 5s, and 3 par 4 are:

  • #1 is a 310 yard dog leg right that offers a good risk reward shot for the brave of heart who want to try and fly the trees to shorten the hole – survive that and you’ll have a shorter shot to a challenging raised green with a bunker guarding it’s right side
  • #4 is a fun and demanding par 3 with an elevated tee shot over the lake to a green with little room for error

We liked the back nine (par 35) more than the front because it seemed a little more challenging, had more character, two long par 3s, and was home to a couple great holes like:

  • #11 where you can pull out the big dog and let-er-rip from the tee box – the fairway and landing zone are wide open, but after that you’ll have a demanding uphill shot to the green
  • #13 is short at 323 yards from the tips but very challenging with an intimidating carry over the lake from the two back tees that also offers you the opportunity to try and carry more of the lake to shorten the hole and your drive needs to be accurate to give you a shot at the green that is blocked with a cluster of trees on the front and both sides of the green – this hole puts a premium on course management and accuracy to both carry the lake and give you a shot that treads the needle  through the narrow tree slot to the green
  • #18 is a fun 364 yard par 4 with a creek (if it’s rained) that crosses the fairway, a green tucked off to the left side of the fairway, and a lake along the left side of the fairway and green, which makes the 2nd shot challenging

All of the fairways at Holiday Hills Country Club are tree lined (no homes) and range from tight to wide and forgiving off the tee box.  Most of the fairways are flat but you will encounter some rolling hills and some up and downhill shots.  When we played in May, the fairways were dry and firm providing lots of extra roll and they were in pretty good shape.  Spray it under the trees and the rough varies from a grass, weed, and dirt mixture, but you’ll most likely find the ball and have a worm burner shot back to the fairway – or you may find your ball in the other fairway. 

The bent grass greens at Holiday Hills Country Club were in very good condition, ran true, and were soft, but they were a tad too slow for our liking.  The greens ranged is shape and size with most smaller than average and most were elevated – which put a premium on a deadly accurate approach shot. 

There aren’t a lot of bunkers and they seemed easy to avoid and the sand was good and the faces weren't that steep which made it easy to get back out of bunkers. 

Bottom line – a good quality course, with an affordable rate, and good for family and high handicapper play.

Head Pro's Corner

Come on out for a lesson, I played on the PGA tour and would love to help you improve your game with a few lessons, fit you with new clubs, or do whatever I can to help lower your handicap.

PGA Pro Jeff Voss

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,169 69.0 123
White 5,872 69.0 118
Red 5,002 68.9 108

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bent grass
Greens Condition
8.5
Greens Difficulty
7.5
Fairway Condition
7.5
Bunker Condition
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 9 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.9 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
8.3
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.8
Back Nine Rating:
8.3
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$30.00 to $40.00

Service is good and country friendly, the pro shop has the basics, the clubhouse has a full restaurant, and there is a driving range, putting green, and a chipping/pitching green to warm up on.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.