Emerald Hills Golf Course

3.5214000000 3.5 stars from 5 (57)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 27
  • Length: 1205 yards
  • Slope: 88
  • Rating: 45.0
  • Layout

  • 938 Wilmington Way, Redwood City, California 94062, San Mateo County
  • (650) 368-7820, (650) 369-1991
  • (650) 366-4760
  • www.playemeraldhills.com

Year built: 1933
Architect(s): Ellis Van Gorder
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: No
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Middle 27 1205 yards 45.0 88
Forward 27 1013 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 57 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
18
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

48 out of 56 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs   Great for 9-hole rounds walkers locals   Challenges include elevation changes  

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"MT's review"


Michael3098's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The setting is a bucolic combination of neighborhood and woods. Children could be heard playing in the pool and we saw a deer walk by!

The best parts of the course – and these were excellent – were the greens and the tee boxes, which somehow have avoided the predations of the gophers!

Accuracy was rewarded and areas of the rough were very rough.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great practice for the price"


u000005436263's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We paid $14/ea to walk 9. Not too busy on Sunday afternoon and great short game practice (longest hole +/- 175 yards). Try it out.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



anuraagr's avatar
Age:  65+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Needs some work"


gofishgolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Right now, most fairway grass has died and there is no stopping a ball on the fairway on 1,2,4,5,7 and 9. If you leave it short of the green, expect it to roll off the fairway and maybe lose your ball. The course needs to make it playable for high handicappers, like making a berm or sand to prevent roll off.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



kreddyhvc's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course care & maintenance"


ryanarcuri's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful greens. Well manicured. The tee boxes at most holes are kinda wrecked. Careful on 3 hole green. Lots of baby frogs to putt around.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



uMOZO5049MO's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000002125151's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Awesome 9-hole course"


foodbeerbbq's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Emerald Hills is a fantastic course with a good variety of holes. Because it's hilly, there are challenging uphill and downhill lies. Not too many obstacles, so it's beginner-friendly. The first 3 holes are ~150 yards, so you can hit something longer than a 9i. With the exception of hole 7 and 8 where you need to wait a while, I really enjoyed playing here. The price with GolfNow is only $5, so it's pretty much a steal. Very satisfying to hit green shots from the tee.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Challenging course."


u769979918's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am from Florida, so the hills and small, narrow fairways were challenging. I can see this course will help with my short game. Chipping and putting practice area is excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Better, but still needs work"


randyschwartz17's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff has done a much better job of mowing and the tall grass in the middle of the fairway is nearly all gone. Lots of poorly maintained areas still exist, but it is much better than in past months/years. For the Golf Now $5 price, it is still worth playing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Must be a billy goat."


u000003439592's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good for your short game. Very hilly course. Not a good course for the elderly. but if you get a discount via a website, then good price to work on short game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



acallaway's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Waste of time and money."


wazcat's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Walked

Reviewed on

If you value golf then stay away from this course. This course should have a disclaimer that it is basically a cow pasture with 9 holes. Weeds everywhere including the fairway! The only positive I can say is if you need to go for a hike then this course is a good workout....just don't bring the clubs. This course is misrepresented in several golfing resources/reviews. Don't make a special trip to play this course. A complete waste of time!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Maintenance needed"


randyschwartz17's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Recent rains caused some areas to be sloppy, but we lost balls in the middle of the fairways due to lack of mowing in areas that were dry.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Value play"


55madman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this 9 hole course and it was ok. Great value was compelling. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Short practice walk"


HominLim's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a couple of hours to kill and walked this course. Quite hilly but short & manageable. Tee & greens are very acceptacle.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sunday morning outing"


hdankim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want some fresh air and don't mind dirt track walking (sometimes stiff hills), no need to use a driver and polish on your 7-9 irons, go for it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"What I heard was true"


sallopr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Need your hill climbing skills! Very challenging to walk with a cart. If I play it again I would carry and remove several clubs from my bag.

The greens had been plugged which should be publicized. The first hole was closed though several players who followed me played it anyway. Another issue that should be told up front.

The staff was extremely helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Hard little 3"


Michael2040188's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shot a -3 from the Blues only due to my iron play.

The greens are VERY small and FAST but in the best shape ive ever seen them in. Good work EHills.

Get a nicer staff tho. They seem golf illiterate and bored and rude.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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