Hidden Valley Country Club’s 18 hole layout was completed in 1952. The man behind the design was highly decorated Golf Course Architect Dick Wilson. Though Wilson worked in the golf industry for most of his life, it wasn’t until after World War II that he became a self-proclaimed Golf Course Architect. As seen at Hidden Valley Country Club, Wilson’s designs were famous for broad fairways and large putting surfaces that were mainly accessible by aerial approach shots. Strategically placed bunkers, mainly present around the putting surface, were his way of forcing a player to access the putting surface through the air. His use of “tongues” on the putting surface allowed for many strategic and difficult hole locations. Use of these “tongues” are present at Hidden Valley.
Along with Hidden Valley, Wilson designed 73 other golf courses throughout his career. Among these courses include world famous layouts such as Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Chicago, Illinois and TPC Blue Monster in Miami, Florida. Wilson’s unique approach to golf course architecture made his designs very influential to future architects around the world, including, among others, Rees Jones.