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1921 Ludwig Rd
Gilbertsville, PA  19525-9438
United States
P: (610) 754-9862
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www.hickoryvalley.com
Presidential Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,696 yards | 133 slope

72.8 rating | Rye grass


Presidential Golf Course


The 18-hole "Presidential" course at the Hickory Valley Golf Club facility in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania features 6,696 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.8 and it has a slope rating of 133 on Rye grass. Designed by Ron Pritchard, the Presidential golf course opened in 1996. Dave Hassinger manages the course as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed August 06, 2011

First, this is a public course and should be judged as such. The maintenance is very impressive for a course that is not private equity. Second, it is somewhat schizophrenic in nature with the front 9 being a tough McCourse and the second 9 being a fairly tough traditional course. For me it is a relief to get away from the gimmicks of the front 9 and settle down to a second 9 that relies more on ball-striking, thought, and accuracy rather than on dueling with holes that are just too clever for words.

The front nine opens with a traditional and easy hole. Number 2 has a broad fairway but a narrow approach to a bunkered green (this is a fair hole which rewards good ball-striking). 3 is a sensibly long traditional hole--a pleasure to play. On 4 the gimmicks begin. The first time I played it i hit a long drive down the center--and then could not find the rest of the fairway. That is because the green is tucked between trees on a sharp dog-left left with high marsh grass in front. It is not a natural part of the landscape--all the elements of this hole are pre-fab. 5 and 7 are easy par 3s. 6 is a terrible hole. It is a very sharp dogleg par 5 right with bunkers scattered hither and yon. It must have looked great on paper. But it is dogleg right with a fairway sloping left and into unplayable rough. Play it like this. Hit short of the dogleg. Then take a medium iron or hybrid over the short trees on your right and you will be right on the fairway for a short-iron or wedge in. Compare this to 13 up at Perry to see the difference between a McHole and one that is actually part of the landscape. 8 increases the silliiness quotient. Sharp dogleg right and then--hold it, halfway down the second leg of the dogleg is tall marsh grass--shazaam--since the dogleg is far enough downrange that only the boomers can get there, even good golfers should lay up and take the bogey. Not even remotely a fair hole. 9 is my personal nomination for most artificial hole in Montgomery County. Right where most good players will hit their drives there is a string of bunkers COMPLETELY across the fairway (the map on the card is wrong--there is no fairway opening on the left). If you hit over the bunkers you will hit a landing area which slopes downward into--of course--marsh grass. Most golfers should lay up short of the bunkers and then hit a wedge into the landing area and then go for your bogey. Again not even remotely fair as a hole. When you get to 10, you return to real golf. It is longish, you have subtle undulations in the fairway and a perfectly fair--and challenging-set of traps. 11 is an easy par 3. 12--pretty shot down through the trees and then in to an elevated and relatively narrow green. 13--long par 4 dogleg--errant shots are penalized by trees and bad lies. Accurate shots are rewarded--probably my favorite hole. 14 is very much like 12--although you will have to hit a long and accurate fairway shot to be have a good shot at another narrow, but fair green. 15--very easy par 3. 16--somewhat narrow fairway. Certainly a hard, but fair, second shot. 17--do not bang away on your drive and go into the hazard. Hit it short of the hazard. Then a long second shot on this dog-leg. Then a fair wedge or short-iron. This hole penalizes gamblers while the safe shots increase the length of the hole--a thinking person's hole. 18. Short hole but the water hazard penalizes those who try to take the short way home on the right. You will end up having to hit a much longer second shot since the right is subtly closed off by trees. Go left and then overclub a little for you second shot. A great second nine--a first nine too much bothered with gimmicks.

Reviewed August 16, 2010

Nice course, but if you miss fairways your in trouble. Not much better than the Ambassador given the higher price.

Reviewed August 13, 2008

If you're struggling to keep it straight, especially off the tee, stay away from this course until you've worked out your swing. Accuracy is the premium here, and the length of the course from the back tees (especially on the back nine) guarantees quite a few mid to long iron 2nd shots to par 4s, so keeping it straight is essential to scoring. Course condition is good, although I found the fairways to be rock hard even though there's been ample rain lately -- this made for a tendency to thin short irons as the flanges bounced on the turf rather than digging through. Course is known for an "open" front nine and tight, tree-lined back, although this is a bit deceptive as the "out" nine has enough trouble spots bordering the fairways to penalize curve balls just as badly as the tree-lined "in" nine. Overall, a decent course with some interesting holes, but the challenge here really isn't so much the course itself as the player's swing. If you're hitting it straight, this really isn't a particularly difficult lay-out requiring strategic ball placement or club selection, and it will yield good scores fairly easily. If you ain't swinging it well, don't bother as there's little opportunity for recovery here.

Reviewed October 06, 2007

Reviewed August 06, 2007

Reviewed July 11, 2007

Great course for the money. Always in great shape. Prefer the front nine which is newer and more links style with large greens, water, high grass etc.. Back nine is more traditional with tree lined fairways and small greens.

Amenities gets only 3 stars due to driving range limiting club usage to only irons and no other practice area other than two putting greens.

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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jason I. 19 86 67 04/24/08
2 ron F. 20 89 69 09/21/07
3 david M. 18 87 69 07/27/07
4 Stanley G. 22 91 69 07/18/10
5 terence B. 21 90 69 06/05/09
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
39 vincent P. 21 101 80 09/18/13
9 Lenwood J. 16 91 75 09/13/13
9 Lenwood J. 16 87 71 08/26/13
9 Lenwood J. 16 92 76 08/15/13
9 Lenwood J. 16 92 76 07/23/13

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About Hickory Valley, Presidential

Hickory Valley Golf Club

Golf Only facility

15 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Dave Hassinger, General Manager
Steve Holauchock, Director of Golf
Michael J. Stranzl, CGCS, Superintendent
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