Hillcrest Country Club is a country club in Boise, Idaho. Located in the bench area in the southwest area of the city, it is immediately northwest of the Boise Airport. The club hosts the Boise Open professional golf tournament, a regular stop on the Nationwide Tour.
The site was originally the Idaho Country Club, which was formed in 1925 and built the original nine holes of the golf course. The clubhouse and course were purchased in 1935 and the name was changed to Boise Country Club. Established in 1940, Hillcrest opened the second nine holes in 1958, at the south end of the property. All 18 holes were developed by the noted course designer A. Vernon Macan (1882-1964). A skilled amateur player, Macan was born in Ireland and moved to Canada in 1912, and settled in Victoria. He designed many prominent courses in the northwestern U.S. and southern British Columbia.
The golf course at Hillcrest was renovated in 1968 by Robert Muir Graves. A relatively flat track with elevated tees and greens, Hillcrest has many water hazards, in play on 12 of the 18 holes (six ponds and the New York Canal, the valley's primary concrete irrigation channel. A new clubhouse was opened in 2011.
Hillcrest Country Club is the host course for the Boise Open, a professional golf tournament on the Nationwide Tour. The tournament is played annually in mid-September and has been held at the club since 1990, the inaugural year of the Ben Hogan Tour. The members' front & back nines are reversed for the tournament, with the newer (southern) nine holes played first.
The Boise Open has one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour, and is consistently one of its best supported and attended events. For the professionals, the relatively short layout at Hillcrest places a premium on accuracy. The par 71 course is 6,825 yards (6,241 m) from the back tees, at an average elevation of just under 2,800 feet (850 m) above sea level.