Rancho San Joaquin Golf Club
Public Course with $55 Green Fees
"This course is located near the University of California at Irvine. It is one of the finer public courses in the Orange County area. This well-manicured course was built atop an old landfill and the maintenance crew and course designers took great care in making this course especially beautiful. Every hole has its own unique characteristic. Most of the fairways are medium in width and feature large landing areas. There are some elevation changes throughout the course. For example, hole #14, a 367-yard, par 4, is highlighted by a drop of more than 60 feet in elevation from fairway to green. The greens are in good condition and full of subtle breaks. Water hazards (several lakes) come into play on seven holes. Robert Muir Graves redesigned the course in 1972. There is a practice center adjacent to the course consisting of a putting green and an extensive driving range. On Sunday mornings, golfers are required to use a cart. This course is managed by American Golf. The 5,794-yard ladies' tee also has a men's course rating of 66.7 and slope of 109 "
The description above is the course description. I played this course on a nice, sunny 80 degree day. Gentle breezes from the Pacific were always blowing across the course. This course is a little crowded, situated on a lot less than the normal 150 acres, and it has narrow fairways. Water is present on 4 holes and in play on 3. It has a rough that will make it difficult to find balls in (long grass (5") and a few trees placed in the way. The course has enough sloping to make uphill and downhill lies common. The greens are likewise challenging to putt on. I played the middle tees (6,158 yards), and while it is not a long course, it does offer difficulty for errant shots. I had an off day and ended up with a 95, when my handicap of 23 was figured in that resulted in a net score of 72, for even parr. One putting a couple of holes helped to obtain that score.
The staff was excellent and the course was in good shape. It is played a lot and play can be slow, but I finished in 5 hours, so it was not too bad.It is a very pleasant course to play, and I will definitely be playing it again.