The North West is blessed with many great courses and Hillside is up there with the best. The course is very much a tale of two halves but both are excellent in their own ways. The opening couple of holes run adjacent to the railway line which is a feature of the front 9. The 2nd is a nice par 5 which has a brook and bunkers to negotiate from the tee before threading the second shot through a corridor of bunkers to reach the putting surface. Hole 5 is another excellent par 5 asks plenty of questions from the tee, is well bunkered and demands accuracy from the players approach. The 9th is an interesting par 4 with a split fairway and a green again well guarded by bunkers. Hole 11 which many people feel is the signature hole is a brilliant par 5 teeing from an elevated platform to a fairway framed by huge dunes….this is a spectacular hole. The closing stretch at Hillside does not let up, 16 is a long tough two tired green par three with no bunkers and 17 is a majestic long par 5 playing back towards the clubhouse. The course finishes with a good left to right dog leg par 4 to a green well protected by deep pot bunkers. Hillside is very much a tactical course asking plenty of questions of the golfer. The nearer you play towards danger invariably leaves a better angle to the green but anything slightly errant could end up wrecking the scorecard.
Date: April 18, 2020