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“Ball hog but memorable”

The Ranch Golf Club
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This is one of those courses that people either love or hate. Although it eats me up and spits me out, I keep coming back here because I love the challenge, scenery and value. It simply has some spectacular holes, with a few that are probably the toughest in northern California (#2, #8, & #12 in particular if playing back tees).

There is no driving range, just a very nice putting green, so suggest you hit balls at the Los Lagos driving range if you want to warm up (10 min. away). The front 9 is way more difficult than the front, so don't get too discouraged when you're halfway done.

Two other suggestions:
1. Stock your bag with lots of balls, because there are a few holes that if you don't hit the fairway, your ball will disappear over a 100 foot cliff.
2. Don't get tempted to look for your lost ball as there are rattlesnakes and ticks.
3. Don't beat yourself up, just have fun. I play the back tees with a friend and we have a rule on the first tee to "hit until you're happy" as it's a downhill shot with a 230 yard carry to the fairway).

After the round, be sure to enjoy a drink, some hors d'oeuvres, or dinner at the club house. There's a good selection of draft beer and the food is really good.

Enjoy, and remember what Tiger Woods once said to an amateur friend, "You're not good enough to get upset."

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Reviewed 4 April 2012

I lived right near this course when we lived out in CA and I took all our out of town visitors here for a round. Really beautiful, challenging course built into the mountainside. Very nice place.

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Reviewed 13 August 2011

This course is not for beginners. Bring lots of balls. It is very hilly with forced carries and precise landing areas. You will use everything you have in your bag to come up with a decent score.

That said, the views are outstanding. On a clear day, you can see all the way to San Francisco. Sometimes it is hard to pay attention to where you are hitting because of the views you might be missing. There is also abundant wildlife on the course with the male turkeys during mating season being the most interesting.

The course has a clubhouse with a restaurant. Parking is adequate. No driving range except for a place to hit into nets. A cart is a necessity. Sign up for special email prices.

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Reviewed 5 June 2011
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