Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

3.6800058824 3.7 stars from 5 (273)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6627 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee (with GPS)
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts/blouses must be worn at all times. Tank tops, tube tops, halter-tops and spaghetti straps are not allowed for women. Sleeveless, and collarless shirts are not allowed for men
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6627 yards 73.2 133
Blue 71 6263 yards 71.6 128
Blue (W) 71 6263 yards 77.5 144
White 71 5844 yards 69.7 124
White (W) 71 5844 yards 75.1 139
Red 71 5013 yards 64.5 111
Red (W) 71 5013 yards 71.0 126

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 273 Reviews
5 stars:
58
4 stars:
131
3 stars:
49
2 stars:
17
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

222 out of 272 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Excellent Time"


MaryLapp's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was very well organized and fun. Greens were awesome, you could take your cart anywhere. The thing I liked most was the freedom you felt on the course.

Nothing to complain about. Had lots of fun, and the speed of play was awesome!

You will enjoy it!


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



u000006152303's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not bad for a Saturday afternoon"


Shawn5932249's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course good greens (a tad hairy here and there but nice and green). The only thing I did not like was the ugly backside of homes that are eye-sores and also a lot of rough areas have been converted to mulch and dirt. Course is good though - we’ll worth $40 and pace wasn’t awful either.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u891315595's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Reviews are True when it comes to Bunkers"


tseeger73's avatar
Age:  25-34

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was interesting. Very much target golf for most of the course. I fond my self repeatedly thinking they just said "hey, there some land how about a hole there?" This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just tight fairways and aggressive doglegs.

Overall I enjoyed the course.

However, the bunkers were awful. I didnt want to believe the other reviews that they were just dirt. They were. This is especially a problem as the course relies upon bunkers to punish bad shots.

Overall fun course. Certainly challenging. Due to desert fauna and tight fairways bring a few extra balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u3922845's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course inside pretty nice neighborhood...Fooore!"


filamgolfaddict's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played on Columbus Day and it was sloooooowwwww. Friendly staff nice practice greens. Weirdest looking irons practice area with netting and willy wonka contraption, it was hilarious. I got paired with a couple locals helped me navigate the course. Thanks guys! Houses left and right so keep your drives straight. How do you turn off that beeping sound when you work the scorecard/gps on the cart really irritating hahaha. Some par 4s play short so many try to drive the green which adds to the slow pace. Will be back but not on a holiday...


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Return after a long absence"


u2939094's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course many times 10+ years ago, this was my first time back in a while. They've since remodeled, and changed the hole order (which was not only confusing, but somewhat convoluted). Some very long cart drives between holes (making walking this course an impossibility).

Fairways and tee boxes in pretty good shape after a long summer, greens were exceptional. Way too much hard dirt just off the fairways, though -- which doesn't make the course "demanding," but a bit silly. Miss a tight fairway by 5 yards and you're in dirt. Ugh.

I like the challenging setup, but some holes are rather contrived (like a 295-yard par 4 where you *cannot* drive the green, but MUST lay up to less than 150 yards). And the "driving range" into nets, while free, wasn't a very good warm-up.

Overall I enjoyed playing, and the actual course was in quite good shape, but I didn't feel as much "challenged" as I did on the old layout as I felt manipulated into no-choice shotmaking. At the price I paid ($33), I'd play again. At $65 or more, I probably wouldn't.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout, friendly staff, fun course"


Roger9458896's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a very enjoyable round of golf ... staff was very friendly ... rented 2 sets of clubs and the staff gave us a dozen Taylormade golf balls and two golf towels .. clubs were Taylormade M1-- nice! Very enjoyable golf course, greens in great shape, challenging par 3's and some really good par 4's and 5's!! Great value too with GolfNow!! Thanks... we'll definitely return!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very disappointing"


u00000893084's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played this course yesterday Sept.18th and was very excited to play but not for long. This course is a mess dry and not being kept up. Bunkers were hard as rocks and many of them you could see the plastic liner at the bottom of them. Being my first and last time I had no idea where to hit the ball. I do not remember one hole other than the par threes where you can see the green from the tee. Several holes I thought I had hit a perfect straight shot only to find my ball in the rough or worse in an unplayable lie. This course is not fun for me and my Handicap is 5 I can just imagine what it is like for a high handicapper. There are too many wonderful courses in the San Diego area for me to waste my time and money on a course that is only lacking some windmills and a clowns mouth to be called goofy golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"As good as when it first opened"


balcombefam's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played CMR golf club since it first opened. I played on Monday and was so surprised to see the condition. It was great. The greens were as fast and smooth as when the course opened decades ago. Well worth playing


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Christophe5313373's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Almost there"


u000005909732's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not a bad layout. Just funny stuff. Crummy golf carts. No tees, no coolers on cart. No snack cart on course. Tees hard as bricks could barely get tees in ground. Interesting layout but the odd things just make everything average


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Challenging Par 3's, Some Greens Are Thin"


u000003557755's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love the course layout. Every hole is unique. The course conditions are slipping, and with playership down I'm not surprised. Some of the greens on the back nine were thin. It seemed that some of the greens were minimally sanded. I'm hoping the greens improve going into the fall. The bunkers are filled with dirt, but I could play from them. The fairways are good for the most part and the tees are in good shape.

I couldn't believe that more people were not on the course on Labor Day. It could be a symptom of golf's decline, but I suspect also that this course is too narrow and too penalizing for most mid to high handicappers. That said, playing on a holiday for $39 (plus golf now booking fee) was really nice. I'd be happy to play the course for $55 in its current condition provided that the place of play is good. Look for a round at mid day or early afternoon for a quicker round.

Note to the club: re-upholster the cushions of or trash the old white backed chairs that are outside the clubhouse. They look poor. In general, the grounds around the hitting nets and outside the clubhouse need sprucing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Need to improve the "desert style""


Claudiusson's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hole by hole the course is not bad and actually quite fun to play but the property need to impove the status of all the desert part of the course. I understand the management has decided to transform big part of the rough in desert but in order to make it playable also the desert part needs to be well maintained somehow! Also, the first nine holes are very close to the motorway and therefore quite noisy. Much more fun was playing the second nine both for the noise and the layout. Overall not bad and a quite good deal for a twilight rate of $35 after 2 PM but I don't think I'll go again, at least until they will do some proper car path which should avoid all the dust we got from the cart in front of us!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Throw back Thriller"


u000003557755's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I grew up in SD and played this course several times when I was young. I lost interest in it years ago when I started hitting the ball harder and got increasingly nearvous about hitting a house. It's importantly to note that the homes are close to the edges of the fairways on several holes and many of those same holes have narrow fairways. That said, the $45 (plus small booking fee) rate for a Saturday morning round was too good to pass up. I played with my friend and one other person we met on the first tee. The pace of play was really good. We waited less than a minute a few times during the 18 hole round.

As for the course conditions, the greens were in good to great shape and rolled fairly true. The fairways were in good to great shape as well. The bunkers were consistent but they were filled with what seemed to be dirt. I agree with a previous reviewer that the bunkers should be improved. That said, I was able to play shots from them with considerable spin because the dirt is so gritty.

This was my first time playing the course since the turf reduction and takeover by JC golf management. The turf reduction has two upsides and one downside. The upsides are that it makes for a slightly more natural coastal desert feel and it means that the grass that remains can receive more water. The downside is that this tough course is less forgiving of wayward shots.

The course is not long even from the blue tees. I consistently hit 265 to 275 yards with my driver and I used driver on only 4 holes. I used several 3 woods and long irons off the tee. The important thing is to hit straight tee shots (200 to 230 yards in most cases) on this shotmaker's course.

My advice is to play this course if you are hitting the ball consistently straight and you can get a good deal. Provided that the pace of play is good, I'd be happy to play this course for as much as $65 on a weekend and $50 on a weekday. As an added bonus, the burger I had a the snack shop was good and plentiful. The par threes are truly challenging and the views from some holes give sweeping views of the surrounding hills covered with boulders.

Final thoughts: This course does not have a driving range but does have a hitting net with 10 or so stalls. The practice green is large and seemed to roll similarly to the greens on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A good challenge"


bthebull's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in good shape. The tees are all nice and level with good grass. The greens have gotten fast and depending on where they locate the pins can be really tough. This is a desert style course so if you miss the fairways you will end up in the wastelands. Some of the holes are unique but that is what makes this course fun.


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


"Great course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in Great Shape, greens are rolling really fast. Love playing this course and the price was awesome. Can't wait to get back out here. Thank you CMR staff.


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


"Fun course"


Carl6067422's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My only recommendation to the staff is better maintenance of the bunkers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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