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Rancho San Joaquin Reviews


Very nice course right in the middle of Irvine.


Pros: Nice course, enjoyed the views and the layout

Cons: Lots of standing water. The water itself does have slightly unpleasant odor. Stay away from it.

This was a nice course. We started playing in the dark and they gave us complementary glow balls. The layout was very nice, and there are two challenging holes on the front 9 near water. One hole had water on the left and right that was in play from the downhill tee shot. Be careful playing those two holes.   The back 9 was a "bumpy" course with lots of challenges in the lie. If your tee shot ended up on a bump it could be a little challenging. There is no water really in play as long as you aim away from it. There is one hole that doglegs extremely to the left, and I recommend a long iron or hybrid to tee off that one. The approach shot is still reasonable.   Fun course.

Rancho San Joaquin - Irvine CA muni


Pros: Solid practice range with 64 stalls, 4 practice putting greens and several chipping greens and bunkers

Cons: The 18 hole course is not in very good shape

I live just down the street from Rancho San Joaquin, so this is where I practice 99% of the time... And will play twilight rounds here too.  I try to avoid playing too much golf here as the conditions are typically poor, and the pace of play is sloooooow.   The golf course is owned and operated by American Golf.  And the 18 hole course, unfortunately takes a back seat to the practice area.  The range has lights, so it is open until 10:00 PM every day.  And the range is where American Golf makes serious bank as the heavily populated Asian community here in Irvine loves to practice.  They have automated ball dispensing machines which are open until 9:00pm...
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