Hickory Woods provides a fun test of golf for all skill levels

The 14th green at Hickory Woods Golf Club.
The Hickory Woods Golf Club in Loveland offers a fair test at a reasonable price for golfers of varying skill levels.

While not overwhelming long, measuring at just over 6,100 yards from the back tees, what the course lacks for in length, it makes up for in beautiful vistas as the holes meander through heavily wooded terrain.

Designed by Dennis Acomb and opened in 1982, Hickory Woods is one of the best-maintained courses in the area. With such hot summers drying and burning out many area courses, Hickory Woods has handled the brutal summer admirably.

At a par 70, golfers are given the added boost of what could be seen as a few strokes closer to par and a better chance of keeping their scores down.

With three par-3s and two par-5s on the front nine, players can get off to a solid start through the first three holes, which are relatively tame.

The first real tester comes on the par-3 fourth hole, which tops out at 243 yards. From the women’s tees, the hole plays as a par-4, but the back two sets of tees are sorted at a par 3, making par a very desirable score.

Coming off of the difficult par-3, players are rewarded for their patience with a definite birdie opportunity at the par-5 fifth hole, reachable in two for the longer hitters.

However, the last three holes of the outward nine are no slouch, beginning with the 375-yard par-4 seventh, followed by the long par-5 eighth and culminated by a 410-yard par-4 ninth.

The back nine is a little bit easier than the front with the longest par-4 measuring 402 yards. No par-3 cracks the 200-yard barrier and the lone par-5 16th hole is only 513 yards.

Given a course rating of 69, meaning a scratch golfer would shoot a 69 if he were to play well, and a slope of 122, Hickory Woods offers a fair test.

Hickory Woods offers various specials. For example, during July weekends, juniors play for free with an accompanying adult.

As for instruction, Hickory Woods offers a full clubhouse with club repair available. Their pro shop has various golf apparel, accessories and golf balls to suit each players’ needs.

Hickory Woods also is capable of hosting your golf outing or banquets in their clubhouse. They offer a set menu that you can view on their website.

For more information on the course, tee times and other inquiries, the courses website can be found at hickorywoods.com or you can call at (513) 735-3900.