Irvine California Golf Courses

El Toro Golf Course
Oak Creek Golf Club
Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course
Strawberry Farms Golf Club


Featured Golf Course Review:
Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course -- This course helped my game!
Review by: Dave Foster With it's many doglegs and elevation changes, this course will quickly teach the beginners how to setup their approaches, while giving the lower handicap players a reasonably challenging round. 5 of the first nine pins cannot be seen from the tees. If you spray your tee shots, you will surely be struggling to make par. The par threes are deceiving with two short downhills, and two 150-ish up hills. These have been my achilles heel. There are not to many water hazzards, but they are well/poorly place depending on your tendancies. They can easily swallow your ball if your not carefull. The traps are typically limited to wrapping the greens, but watch out for the 5th hole, with its deceiving horizontal sand at 230 yards out. The grounds are well kept with mid speed greens that exactly match the practice green. Prepare for an even mix of wide and narrow fairways, and many misleading doglegs, both slight and sharp. This course has made me a better golfer, and I can't say that about many. Enjoy!
From Mesa, Arizona USA

Golf Courses: Additional Golf Course Reviews:
El Toro Golf Course -- Treeeees
Review by: Robert Elmore The course is a former Marine Base Officer course. It is well kept, green fees are reasonable. No water, but lots of trees to affect your shots. Out of bounds areas dirt and weeds in a lot of places. Good value.
From Folsom, CA USA

Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course -- Who is responsible for the TRAGEDY at Rancho?
Review by: Carl Williams Just for the record; Rancho San Joaquin is my home course, and I've played at least 30 full rounds over 5 years. My handicap is currently 12, and I've played nearly every course in Orange County. This is a great "track"! I love the layout of this course because it's a great challenge for any golfer playing at the intermediate level. If I had a billion dollars, I'd buy this place, CLOSE it down for a year, and get it back into shape! The current daily fees for this course is a total JOKE when you compare it with other courses in the area. Costa Mesa Country Club has MUCH better conditions, and the fee is much more reasonable. The problem is with the course maintenance, and I'd like to know who is responsible?! Does the AGPA hire the groundskeeper and maintenance staff?? Read the review of this course at the AGPA.com site, and then PLAY it...I think you'll get a laugh! It's false advertising to say the least! The fairways are in HORRIBLE shape, and it seems like the greens have been punched and sanded for the third time this year! Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it normal to expect this kind of maintenance just twice a year? The fairways are a JOKE! Dirt patches and crab grass is rampant! There isn't any "rough" to penalize a missed fairway. In fact, you might suggest a missed fairway will give you a BETTER lie in some areas! If you want to play a course in Irvine that gives you a return for your greens fee, I would suggest Oak Creek or Strawberry Farms. But if you don't have $130 to spend on the weekend, you should probably stay away from Irvine golf. Rancho is a RIP OFF at $60.00. The course condition has steadily declined over the years...I hope the trend will reverse itself soon!
From Irvine, CA




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