Huntsville Country Club

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Huntsville Country Club is a course that players with exceptional control of their ball- particularly off the tee - will fall in love with, and thrive on.

HCC is short by today’s standards at 6,586 yards from the tips, 6,164 from the member’s tees and 5,710 from regular men’s tees. That, however, is misleading. If one is inaccurate off the tee and can’t find fairways, and sometimes the correct half of the fairway, the holes will play long due to punching out of the tree-lined fairways with overhanging branches that can be a straight-ball-flight-striker’s nightmare. Where one will see the most obvious reasons for the length on the card will be on the par 5s. All are reachable provided you can find the fairway off the tee. Three of the four measure less than 500 yards from the member tees, with the lone holdout coming in at 511. All are excellent risk/reward holes and can offer mid-to-short irons in for second shots, but they are properly guarded to keep bogey or worse in play.

The course played firm and fast today. The fairways were closely-cropped. The greens were converted from Bent to Bermuda roughly a year ago and have come back strong. I would recommend allowing for a half club of release on approach shots with anything other than a wedge in hand. Greens are grainy but roll true. There is a lot of slope in the greens.

One thing that I liked about the course that added a lot of character is the mogul mounding found throughout, a rarity in Alabama. LaFoy did a good job with this on the re-design. I also liked subtle elements like the fairway shelving on No. 7, which makes an otherwise mundane hole intriguing.

Standout holes include the par-5 6th, par-5 11th and par-4 12th. The par-4 18th has an element of the 18th at Augusta, though on a smaller scale. The uphill tee shot won’t require a driver off the tee for most players, but one will have to navigate the magnolia tree on the right side of the dogleg right hole, which must be cleared or avoided to have a proper play into the green. Though no bunkers guard the left side of the landing area, if a tee shot goes through the fairway, a player will find the self under another magnolia with a good lie not to be found. Deep scalloped bunkers guard the green.

The course is very walkable and a ballstriker’s dream.

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This course is a work in process as all of the greens are being upgraded. Because of this, all the temporary greens are very small, uncut and almost impossible to putt on. Although course maintenance crews were working all over the course, the tees were un-numbered and uncut as were the fairways.
Hopefully all of these issues will be resolved when reconstruction of the greens are completed. Beautiful, tight little course that I'll consider playing in the future.

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Great course, great weather. Fast greens

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Overall nice course. Greens have been aerated recently but still rolled pretty good. Would play again for sure.

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Given the time of year and that most greens have a few sizable areas under heavy repair (and unmarked so no relief), I only play here in the winter when I can snag a substantial discount from golfnow.

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