Hickory Hills Country Club Overview
Built in 1917, Hickory Hills is a historic club with two golf courses. The first thing that catches your eye when you drive in is the Chateau Del Mar, a large event/banquet space. That’s not the golf clubhouse. To the right of the Chateau is a long tunnel, which you traverse to get to the golf course and the pro shop.
The North Course is a 9-hole executive (short) track that runs along the eastern edge of the property. The South Course is the 18-hole championship course that measures 6,018 yards with a par of 71. It’s not the longest course, but it does have a lot of character. The moment you see the track, it’s evident Hickory Hills lives up to its name. Hilly terrain and elevation changes dictate the landscape and add intrigue and complexity. Old trees line practically every fairway, necessitating precise drives to score well. Those hills and trees provide the primary course defenses, since you can count the total number of bunkers one one hand, and water is only in play on about four holes.
There’s one large practice green at the club. And technically there’s no driving range on the property, but right next door is a place called PGN Fun Village, which has both a two-tier driving range and a miniature golf course. Hickory Hills’ pro shop is essentially a long counter that’s focused on the bare necessities like golf balls and tees, but doesn’t stock any more substantial gear. Lastly, an interesting quirk here is that there is a large sign behind every green with the hole number on it. I don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere else.