Hillsboro Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 5.7

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
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Hillsboro Country Club Review

Hillsboro Country Club was built in 1931 and plays up and down some gently rolling countryside.  Although it is just minutes from downtown, you'll feel like you're in the country and on some farm property that was converted to a golf course. 

Hillsboro Country Club has three sets of tee boxes and is 3052 yards from the middle tees.  On a majority of the tee boxes you can let it rip - the fairways are very wide and generous in most cases, but if you miss them you'll be lost in the trees.  You will need to be careful on positioning because the approach shots to the pin are rather tight on a lot of the holes. 

The best way to give you an idea of what this course is like is to provide a brief hole by hole description:

  • off the tee box on #1, a  501 yard par 5, you'll have a down hill shot to what seems like a mile wide sloping right fairway and then it narrows for the approach shot to the green - spray it left and you're in a back yard and if you're right the approach to the green will be tough
  • #2 also has a tight approach with a hidden creek crossing in front of an elevated green
  • #3 is an uphill straight blind shot with another huge fairway
  • #4 was our favorite - a 166 yard par 3 with carry over a big ravine to a small green with little room for error and one token bunker with some sand and weeds and a steep face
  • #5 is a short 313 yard driveable green - in most cases you can add 75 to 80 yards or more of roll to each shot because of the hard fairways - but beware of the dry creek bed and depression along the front and left side of the green
  • #6 - straight and short at 332 yards - a good birdie opportunity
  • #7 is a slightly uphill 146 yard par 3 - another birdie opportunity if you drive the green
  • #8 is the longest hole at 520 and it is a small horseshoe around the trees with a narrow approach shot to the green
  • #9 has a big tree in the middle of the fairway about 75 yards out which blocks a frontal approach to the green - fly it, stay left or right, or try to go under it to hit the green in two

The fairways were in very rough shape when we played - dry and weed and ant infested.  The good news is you got a lot of extra roll.  There is no rough - it's the same as the fairway.  Trees and natural areas line all of the holes but one (#1 has some homes along the left side) and a couple holes are side by side or overlapping. 

The greens had just been overseeded and were really rough, sandy, and bumpy.  Hard to tell what the normal green conditions would be but my guess is that are normally a little better.  They are all cookie cutter - small, oval, and flat.  When we hit them in regulation, which wasn't easy since they are so small, one and two putts for par came easily.

Bottom line - this is a country course with a couple good holes, poor conditions, dated facilities, but a very affordable price.  At Hillsboro Country Club if you can hit the ball straight, figure out the green speed, and keep your wits, you may have a record round.   This is a good course to bring the family and first timers for a round of golf. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 3,300 70.0 113
White 3,052
Red 2,541

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 1 holes and the 1 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
5.7 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Approximate Weekend
$28.00 to $28.00

The proshop has limited to no golf gear or equipment, there is no range or putting green, and the food is limited to snack bars, chips, and candy. All of the facilities are dated. Pace of play was fast and our foursome was pushed by a group of 6 - and we play fast!



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.