Inside the course: Hillcrest Country Club

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September 09, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect A. Vernon Macan (1940)
Course redesign Robert Muir Graves (1968)
Course superintendent Joe Aholt
Number of Nationwide Tour events as host venue 19 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 28 (out of 34) in difficulty on the Nationwide Tour in 2007
Par value 71
Yardage history 6,739 yards (1990)
  6,773 yards (1991-1995)
  6,885 (1996-1999)
  6,698 (2000-2001)
  6,765 (2002)
  6,789 (2003-2006)
  6,801 (2007)
  6,698 (2008)
Grass Perennial ryegrass, Poa annua (tees, fairways); Bentgrass, Poa annua (greens); Perennial ryegrass, Poa trivialis (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 12 ft
Sand bunkers 57
Water hazards 4
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Course record
Player
J.P. Hayes
Woody Austin
Year
1994
1994
Round
2nd
3rd
Finish
T3
T3
Holes-in-one
There have been 16 aces recorded at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft.
Player Hole Year
Mike Brisky 4 1992
J.P. Hayes 8 1994
Rocky Walcher 17 1997
Terry Price 8 1997
Larry Silveira 17 1999
Curt Byrum 8 1999
Rob McKelvey 4 2001
Tim Clark 4 2001
Jeff Quinney 13 2003
Jody Bellflower 17 2004
Aaron Barber 17 2005
Rick Fehr 8 2005
Ricky Barnes 4 2006
Ricky Barnes 17 2007
David Hearn 17 2007
Tadd Fujikawa 17 2007
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 13th
The 13th hole is a demanding 216-yard par 3 that plays into a prevailing breeze, which quarters from left to right and into the players. Mature trees on both sides of the green complex will not come into play for the Nationwide Tour players, but greenside bunkers guard both sides of the small green surface. Players that short-side themselves will have difficulty getting up and down from the deep ryegrass rough that surrounds the putting green. This is a hole that the players will hit a long iron or hybrid club into, and par is a good score, especially on Sunday.
2007: 0 eagles, 28 birdies, 292 pars, 110 bogeys, 6 double bogeys, 2 others
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 2nd
No. 2 is the first of two back-to-back par 5 holes. It plays a short 523 yards with a prevailing wind at the players' backs. Dense evergreen trees and deep rough guard the right side of the fairway and bunkers guard the left side of the landing area, but a good drive will leave a second shot of between 180 and 220 yards to a large, well-bunkered green surface. Tour players will be disappointed to make par on this hole and there will likely be several eagles during the course of play. This hole is definitely an opportunity to pick up strokes on your card.
2007: 18 eagles, 239 birdies, 164 pars, 15 bogeys, 1 double bogeys, 1 others
Hillcrest CC2007 rankings Last 18 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 409 4.046 5 4.145 5
2 5 523 4.418 18 4.558 17
3 5 561 4.589 16 4.736 16
4 3 182 3.039 9 3.096 8
5 4 440 4.144 3 4.171 4
6 4 414 3.989 11 4.016 12
7 4 422 4.009 10 4.040 10
8 3 199 3.046 5 3.077 9
9 4 407 4.043 8 4.138 6
10 4 359 3.877 14 3.957 13
11 4 462 4.148 2 4.306 1
12 4 408 3.947 12 4.096 7
13 3 216 3.228 1 3.305 2
14 4 438 4.105 4 4.248 3
15 4 293 3.779 15 3.836 15
16 5 535 4.457 17 4.522 18
17 3 134 2.895 13 2.893 14
18 4 399 4.046 5 4.037 11
NOTES: In 2007, the front nine played to a 35.323 average, which was 0.677 strokes below par.
• Last season, the back nine had a stroke average of 34.482, which was 0.518 strokes below par.
• The Nationwide Tour pros made 58 eagles; 1,699 birdies; 4,955 pars; 1,071 bogeys; 85 double bogeys and 16 others last season.
Course origins
Since 1951, Hillcrest Country Club has operated a trolley train to lift golfers from the ninth fairway to the green some 80 feet above. While many courses around the country employ this type of transportation, very few come with the story Hillcrest has to tell. In 1951, 11 years after the incorporation of the club, five club members donated the trolley. The "Junior Pacific," as it was named, came from one of the lumber processing plants owned by Boise Cascade Lumber Company.
When it was christened, the trolley was draped in red, white and blue bunting used to cover President Woodrow Wilson's stand when he spoke at Cheumont, France after World War I ended. All the money, materials, and labor used to construct the "train" was donated. The purpose of the Junior Pacific, as stated in the invitation to the christening, was as follows: An aid to the aged...A lift for the laggers...A solace for the slicer...A hoist for the hooker.
-- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Hillcrest Country Club Boise, Idaho 1990-present

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