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218 N Applegate Rd
Ithaca, NY  14850-9271
United States
P: (607) 273-2363
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Hillendale Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

70 par | 6,004 yards | 115 slope

68.8 rating | Blue grass

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Hillendale Golf Course

The 18-hole "Hillendale" course at the Hillendale Golf Course facility in Ithaca, New York features 6,004 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 68.8 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Blue grass. Designed by Mary Novickas/Darlene Sommer, the Hillendale golf course opened in 1938. Mary Novickas, LPGA manages the course as the Owner.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed April 24, 2019

Brand New Carts, beautiful setting, fun course to play. My group was a mix of high and low handicaps and the course was playable for everyone. The greens are in awesome shape as well as the fairways. The Club House staff were attentive and we had a great time having drinks after our round. Food is good too!

Beverages Available Challenging Club Rentals Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Scenic Walkable Well Maintained
Reviewed June 17, 2015

I have to agree with MJames. This course was beyond a disappointment. When I first drove here, I passed the clubhouse/pro shop because it looked like someone's small farm house. The employees inside were not the friendliest. The course was in terrible condition. In fact, several of the tee boxes had grass longer than the rough. Despite all that, the course is fairly easy to play. Straight fairways and short par 4's. Overall, I'd much much rather play at Newman in downtown Ithaca as it costs less and has much better conditions.

Reviewed October 07, 2014

Do not waste your time or $ here. Course is pathetic and the woman (mary?) was the most ignorant person I have ever dealt with in my life. Please save yourself and DO NOT GO HERE!

Reviewed July 09, 2012

A decent, not very difficult, reasonably priced round of golf.

My wife and I played Hillendale on a July Saturday morning. Our round was interrupted by a series of severe thunderstorms after just 5 holes. Upstate New York has been going through a severe dry spell, and the course prior to the storm was a bit barren and hard. This was good if you were hitting your drives straight (which for some strange reason, my wife and I were doing!), as the roll was fantastic. We came back in the afternoon after the storm passed and the course drained and finished up the remaining 13 holes. The course softened up a bit after the storm. Course management was flexible and let us come back in the afternoon despite a rain check policy that basically said no refunds if 3 or more holes were played.

The course features mainly straight on, straightforward holes. Holes 5 through 9 though are quite different. These holes feature peaks and valleys and are more difficult that the other holes. Hole number 9 in particular was my favorite hole on the course - it features an elevated tee through a narrow opening guarded by large trees on both sides, over a lake to a fairway, where your second shot is uphill to an elevated green.

The price was very reasonable - we paid $33 with cart for a weekend round of golf.

The course has some food inside - the turkey club sandwich was very good. The course staff was very friendly and accommodating.

In summary, a decent, reasonably priced course.

Reviewed July 13, 2009

A quaint little course that you can go very low on IF you're hitting it straight. The fairways are tight on most every hole, and errant shots can(and will)find a variety of trouble. That said, the big hitters will be in their glory, as a number of the par 4's are vulnerable. Straight hitters of average length will be pleased to find their second shots on those same par 4's to be a short pitch or even an occassional chip. The par 5's are equally vulnerable (with the exception of #18). Wind is a real factor here, and can really mess with the ball (and your head). All aspects of course conditioning (tees, fairways, rough, sand, greens) are quite good. The front nine is hilly in spots, and offers the nicest views and most dramatic holes. The back nine is flatter and more marshy. The carts (gas) are in decent shape and clean. The clubhouse has a little bar/grille, but I didn't sample the fare. All in all, a great play for the $$.

Reviewed May 13, 2009

this course gets better every year...they make constant improvements....for early May they were in great shape with near perfect greens...#'s 5,9,11,12,and 16 are long,tough par 4's that will challenge any golfer..a very nice place to play...with Central NY calendar card a very good deal...around $20

Reviewed August 31, 2006

Hillendale Golf Course

I was vacationing in the area. The staff at Hillendale were so friendly and helpful. They set me up with rental clubs and advice on how to play the course. At one point even the grounds crew helped me locate one of my errant shots. The view from the 2nd green was spectacular -- you could see for miles. After my round I enjoyed the special of the day "Fish Fry". Honestly it was one of the best I've ever had. It was a great day and a MUST DO for anyone in the area.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Alex L. 27 45 18 08/31/08
2 wayne G. N/A 68 68 12/11/12
3 Michael C. 22 99 77 10/21/07
4 douglas L. 31 117 86 08/11/08
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About Hillendale

Hillendale Golf Course

Golf Only facility

15 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Hillendale

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Course Staff

Mary Novickas, LPGA, Owner
Harold Neiss, Superintendent
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