Canyon Lakes Golf Course & Brewery

3.6786000000 3.7 stars from 5 (56)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6373 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.8
  • Layout

  • 640 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, California 94583
  • (925) 735-6511
  • (925) 735-5114
  • www.canyonlakesgolfbrew.com
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Year built: 1987
Architect(s): Ted Robinson, Sr.
Type: Public
Greens: Rye grass
Fairways: Rye grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Levi's or blue jeans; Golf shoes required; Collared shirts must be worn
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6373 yards 71.8 133
White 71 5970 yards 69.7 131
White (W) 71 5970 yards 74.5 133
Red (W) 71 5191 yards 70.6 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 56 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

43 out of 56 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views  

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"Too slow"


u1852993's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice looking course and definitely fun to play.

The fairways are not well manicured and the greens are a bit hard.

The main problem was that we waited almost at every shot. At one time there were 5 groups on a par 5.

The good news is that they seem to be injecting some money into the facility and that they have added a new brewery.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Golf with Friends"


garciaem27's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Its been wet with all the rain recently in California so the course was still drying out. The fairways produce good roll but you miss the fairway good luck getting up and down. The ground's crew have not been able to cut the rough so it can be penalizing. Good challenging course, accuracy is a premium. The greens were slow and bumpy so today we were aggressive.

Once we get the warm weather and course dries out... its a must play. I like the course layout, guess that's why I come back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Too Slow - No Marshalls"


GolferGrandma's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful day and the landscape was beautiful to look at. But, the pace of play was TOO slow. We had to wait at each hole ... even though we skipped one hole by passing three slow players.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The course doesn't drain well."


dennystover's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the design & layout of the course, but even after all the warm, dry weather we've had recently, the course is still sloppy in a lot of areas. Most other courses are pretty dry & firm by now. Next time I'll wait until April or May before playing Canyon lakes. We were somewhat disappointed in the wet conditions. However, the new owners are making a concerted effort to bring the course back to it's previously lush condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ndorjath's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Had a great time !"


noelsky's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was rather wet and a bit muddy in some areas due to some rain the night before. The course was practically empty so pace was great and took my time. The wet condition made a bit more challenging ( car path only ) play but this place was just as good as the last time I played here a month ago.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Extremely slow play and poor fairway conditions"


Narinder3016220's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Not the ideal outing. Course conditions extremely poor. No drainage and fairways are nothing but grown weeds.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Muddy"


Thomas2696844's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course in dryer weather and it is target golf with some challenging shots. However this course does not drain well. The current state of the course is so wet and muddy it's almost unplayable.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Frost delay"


Mary8314012's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I rated this course below average because of the pace of play. I understand frost delay and how it can set you back some, but this day was ridiculous. I think there should have been a starter on the first tee holding players up until the players in front of them were on the green, and then a Marshall controlling the pace of play. We waited on every single hole. No one played well, because there was no flow to the game. It was NOT a fun day at all!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"This course is a great one for beginners"


filamgolfaddict's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2016
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course will challenge the new golfer and leave him wanting for more. The hilly and narrow fairways will keep anyone interested and not bored. Beware of poison ivy so limit your time looking for balls. The green does not roll true at some of the holes but that is what you get for a cheap price. Use the shorter tees to avoid frustration. The course was designed with in several neighborhoods so stay on cart path not to get lost.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"short and tricky"


15ironman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This very short course plays tricky with lots of tight doglegs and uphill shots to fairly protected greens. The greens run slow but have a great deal of brake. It is not a course to try to over power since the fairways get narrow around 240. A patient straight hitter will love it. Surrounded by quiet neighborhoods in the hills. I got a good deal on golf now.

If you want to play more challenging short course try Mare Island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Not as sold"


jmarsh5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The views were breath taking, but that's about were it stopped. First, they sold this place on their website as a top notch, exclusive course, but it was far from that. Then there is no driving range, just a few nets you can hit into to warm up. Now on the course itself, there were a lot of dead area on every hole and I mean large areas. There were multiple types of grass growing in the fairway when there was grass. The greens were inconsistent. The mowers wouldn't stop to let you play, meaning they would continue to go up and down the middle of the fairway. I would have been mad if I played here for more than $20. I will not be going back, that's for sure.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Course Needs some work but coming along"


1212RM12's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2016
Previously played Walked Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

the course still needs work but it's coming along. i will give it a few months and check back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


Travis2867423's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun layout that winds through the hills in San Ramon. I will definitely be back!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course needs upcoming"


KennethCWong's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staff but the ground needs some maintenance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good track, you will use all your clubs"


jimbob44f's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I arrived at this course on a Friday morning about 7:40 AM and was a bit surprised when a nice older gentlemen pulled up behind my vehicle, asked me if I was playing and if I had a tee time, the answer was yes, playing, but no, doing a walk on. He said I would have no problem getting out as soon as I wished and he left me a cart and said there were two mulligans in it......ha.

I went to check in and the starter put me out immediately with a twosome, so we teed off about just before 8:00 AM. Since we were a threesome, it took no time at all, even with one of the guys a rank beginner to catch the slow foursome ahead of us. I took several pictures of the course as it was my first time there. The course has some very interesting holes and it was in pretty good shape, fairways were a little sparse in a few areas, but since this is common in California right now, we just moved fairway hits to a grassy area. Its only fair if you are on a fairway, to be on grass. I thought the course was in excellent shape until I finally hit into a so called sand trap on the fifth hole. The sand is actually a combination of sand and wet clay in about 80% of the traps. Its difficult to get out of the traps and leave yourself any kind of a shot. On several occasions, as I got into 3 or 4 more of these devils, I hit a shot that dug a lump of clay out and on to the green, once the lump was nearly the size of my fist. This problem is being gradually taken care of, as there are sand traps that are normal sand, I just missed all of those, my playing partners were happier with the conditions in the repaired ones when they got into them.

I did enjoy the round, even though it took me 4-1/2 hours to play, enough that I played a second and because it went so fast, a third round that day, as they only charge a cart fee of $15 for a replay. The second round only took 2-1/2 hours to play as I caught a fast twosome on the 10th hole and NOBODY was ahead of us for the rest of the round. The third round went well as I caught a single on the 5th hole and the two of us played behind a twosome for the next 13 to finish at 6:15. Not bad, three rounds of golf in 10 hours and 25 minutes.

I will play there again in the future, and take some of my golf buddies from San Jose as its a good layout and I had a grand time. I like the layout, I really enjoy playing courses that are not flat, this one certainly is not. There are lots of elevation changes making it an interesting course, challenging greens and lots and lots of trouble if you are not on your game.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Goof Course with a different layout than many"


treeranger's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and it was somewhat demanding and required some shots to land in specific areas for scoring. Nice elevation changes with water hazards on a few holes. Back nine seemed harder than the front, but it had some great views. Would play this course more often if it was closer to where we live, so will probably only get there once or twice per year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW YEARS MAKE"


brucep2's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I last played this course when they first opened, there were very few houses on it, or around it. Other than #10 and 11, I didn't remember any other holes. The course played to my liking: firm fairways, lots of roll, with putting surfaces soft enough to stick approach shots. With that said, it's hard to expect a pristine course in California, deeming the drought, yet I never once had to take a drop. I would definitely play again, very soon!! Played one of my best rounds there!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent pace of play"


bmorris733's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in excellent condition. Course is a bit dry so the ball will roll a long way especially if you are on the edge of the fairway, not always a good thing. Played as a 3 some and finished in about 3.5 hours. Never ran into anyone the entire day and had a couple of singles play through. Bunker sand is poor at best. Looks like they have replaced several bunkers and are working on several more but most sand is thin and heavy to say the least.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A nice round"


sch3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a Tuesday morning, the course was not busy so there was pretty much no waiting. The course was fairly well maintained, though not very green due to the California drought. There are a few rather challenging holes but they're fair.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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