Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club

3.7519000000 3.8 stars from 5 (129)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 65
  • Length: 4396 yards
  • Slope: 105
  • Rating: 60.9
  • Layout

  • 16901 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, California 95006, Santa Cruz County
  • (831) 338-2121
  • (831) 338-7862
  • www.bouldercreekgolf.com
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Year built: 1961
Architect(s): Jack Fleming
Type: Resort
Style: Executive
Greens: Rye grass
Fairways: Rye grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 65 4396 yards 60.9 105
Red (W) 67 4027 yards 60.6 105

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 129 Reviews
5 stars:
23
4 stars:
75
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

113 out of 128 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals walkers   Challenges include narrow fairways elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Still recovering​ from the winter"


u000003130612's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front nine is more shaded than the back nine, and fairway grass is pretty thin in areas. I guess they are letting it grow, but as a consequence I had a tough time finding my ball on the fairway on a few occasions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Complete dump and embarrassing course"


u9821286's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was a dump and the carts felt like the steering was loose, and the grass was long. The fairways,....wait.....what fairways....there wasnt any! Dont get me started on the greens. This was the absolute worse course ive ever played in my 22 yrs of golf. Not even kidding! I literally played 4 holes and left. I didnt even ask for a refund since i figure they needed money to pay the nice lady who was planting seed and showing some initiative in making the course better since no one else had pride in that course. And it showed. I left and went to delavega and played a beautiful course....for the same price. Please for the love of golf, if your read this, they have 300 yard par 5s, terrible greens with stuff and branches all over them. They dont even sweep them off (previous statement to prove no pride in their course). Not to mention, the cart paths are about the same age as their carts (worn beyond worn). My cart had an annoying squeal to it. I will never be back and i suggeest this course to NO ONE! Not even worth 10 bucks a round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"This course jumped to the top 5 public courses on my list in San Diego"


mjaquino's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I've used golfnow for years and this is the first time i'm compelled to write a positive review because it is well deserved! This is the first time i've played SINCE the renovations. I have to say, this course is bea-u-tiful now. The fairways and greens and bunkers are all well maintained. Greens rolled really well. They shortened the course, but tightened it to compensate. This became easily one of my favorite courses now. Greens have interesting undulations and many of the holes now offer risk and reward shots off the tee. Play here. Just fix your ball marks on the greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Value"


u000002697163's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Saw this course about 18 years ago and wanted to play it, no clubs. Played it today. Nice little layout, not real difficult. The course is in decent shape, have seen worse. It would be a course to play if you couldn't find anything else.. I paid $10 to walk it, I wouldn't pay much more than that. I have to say that the first 4 holes I played in the rain. I would play this course again only if I could get the same price. I had a hamburger and fries after the round and they were very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great to get out"


Fliterisk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition. I played my round under 3 hours ,. And the staff was very nice and thoughtful .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good for the short game"


u849160150's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice place to bring a beginner


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable course"


jdenson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short, narrow, beautiful and fun course. Very friendly and helpful staff. Greens not in best of shape, but you're in a redwood forest (which often saves your errant shots by ricochet your ball back in the fairway).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Play the woods"


doshi's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course for the buck. Needs attention to improve cart paths. Carts are getting too old like me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course needs help"


u199721233's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course needs updating in so many ways. Some of the tee boxes don't have grass, nor tell the yards from red or white markers.

Lots of tree debris on greens, the flags look worn out. Even the golf carts need updating.

This course is worth the twilight price, not the full price of $39.00.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Short but challenging"


55madman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Boulder Creek is a narrow and challenging course in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Par 65 is quite manageable if you are straight. Beautiful setting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fast pace at Boulder Creek"


Gardnerbird's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the course in a little over 2 hours on a Friday morning - amazing. The conditions were foggy and wet and the fairways and greens were in moderate conditions. The mountain views especially on the back nine are spectacular. Overall a very enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good way to start the day."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live within 15 minutes of the golf course. With the beautiful Redwoods all around, it's a great was to have an early tee time, get in a quiet 18, then start my day working at a local horse ranch.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Guest"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace was great but the course was in poor shape. The greens were bumpy and diseased.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Great course"


DaveDoh's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I love Boulder Creek GC. Challenging course...you must be able to hit it straight!

Good pace of play and worth the drive up into the mountains.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun Mountain Gold"


Mrhpb's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Fun course, short but narrow, not quite as easy as you might think. Compared to some of the other courses around, this one is fun, rarely crowded and plays pretty quickly.

Not so great a place for food before or after a round. No practice faculties before you tee off


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Excellent location-Bring Extra Balls or Stay on the Greens"


wowfun's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The weather was slightly warmer than San Jose. Took only 45 minutes to get there. Since it's spring, many of the white grass flowers were in bloom. Of course that made finding your ball more difficult which took extra time. The grass on the greens were not trimmed enough for the amount moisture on the grass. Instead of the ball rolling to a spot it hopped and hid itself easily in the rough which as you can see made the the game much more leisurely. We started at 9:30 and ended at 2:30 with a 20min break between 9th and 10th. 4.5 hours for 18 holes. Although it is a good course-


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Santa Cruz mountains and redwood trees"


u000001287865's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I recommend Boulder Creek golf course because every visit there results in a beautiful experience. The golf is good with redwood trees lining the fairways giving every hole a challenge and opportunity. Santa Cruz county friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Day of Golf!"


Bjfranzen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Look if you're looking for a master course this is not it! This is a great little corse that is well maintained, as best it can in the middle of a forest on the top of a mountain! The scenery is beautiful and there are a handful of hole that will both frustrate you and make it all worth while!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"So far, worst experience"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a beautiful location. But the course was an awful condition. Carts had to stay on the path the whole way around. You could lose your ball in the middle of the fairway. It was by far the worst experience I've had a boulder Creek golf club


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Course was too damp.."


stewartwu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As the course has too much water even on the fairway, it's very hard to retrieve the ball even we were right on...

Otherwise the course in general is pretty good for the money we paid ($1/hole)...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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