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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
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.