The Ranch Golf Club

3.2710470588 3.3 stars from 5 (430)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6747 yards
  • Slope: 150
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire is required at all times, no cut-offs, blue jeans, or tank tops

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6747 yards 72.8 150
Blue 72 6389 yards 70.4 142
White 72 5808 yards 68.5 129
Red (W) 72 4900 yards 69.4 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 430 Reviews
5 stars:
106
4 stars:
177
3 stars:
66
2 stars:
50
1 stars:
31

recommend this course

305 out of 425 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"Wild course"


jfriend00's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My friends and I play this course once a year, usually in the fall when our other regular courses are punching greens. It's a wild and fun course, but the front nine fairways are quite narrow and, in most cases, if you miss the fairway by more than a few yards, you probably lose your ball. The front nine (through canyons) is the wild nine. The back nine is more playable though still plenty of adventure.

You have to be able to accurately hit distance and direction on a number of front nine tee shots or you may lose your ball. The unfortunate thing about the course is that the course conditions are going downhill from previous years. Some greens have chunks of grass missing. The bunkers are not maintained particularly well. There are lots of spots in the rough that are just dirt. A number of balls plugged in the fairways (in early fall with no rain).

An 18 index golfer could easily lose 5-10 balls. A 6 index will probably lose 3-4 balls. The slope is 142 from the blue tees which is only 6300 yards so you can imagine how it earns the 142 slope rating.

We play it once a year for the adventure.

Due to the extreme up and down and very long distance between holes, you have to take an electric cart and the cart is included in the green fee.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The Ranch Golf Course"


Dan6973135's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Ranch Golf course touts it has the highest slope/difficulty of play in California. This is true we have played Wolf Creek in Mesquite NV and The Ranch is way more challenging. The first thing they ask you when you check in, "Did you bring a lot of balls because you're are going to to lose at least one ball a hole." They were right. There is no driving range or net to warm up in, just a putting green. Part of the problem is there are no maps or range distances at each of the tee boxes or on the score card. . The course is in very rough shape. Sand traps are washing away, no sand in many of them. Fairways were extremely muddy. The exterior of the golf course rough is not maintained and a fire hazard. Back nine plays easier. Restrooms were not clean.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Full rate for run-down course"


T314159H's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We were charged the full senior rate for a course that is falling apart. The "driving range" (a net cage) blew down in a storm and has not been replaced. The greens were plugged and also so severely damaged that large portions were not playable. Fairways had been dug up by wild pigs and deeply rutted by tractors. The bunkers had sand only in the flat bottom portions; the sides were just mud and tufts of grass. Even the signs were rusting, peeling, and partly unreadable. See photos.

The new management is apparently planning to go out of business. Nobody will want to come back after playing here once. We saw several maintenance workers, but they are nowhere close to keeping up with what the course needs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



"What's with course maintenance"


nopops22's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The greens are a mess..putting sand on a bald spot is not the answer..And the bunkers..half sand, half dirt.

Finally..please hire someone to re=program the irrigation system...wasting water...and dry areas.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"For some chalengers"


weekendgolfer2's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course lay out but get ready to get your ego CRUSH because this course will destroy you it you will want more because it is challenging its addictive,some green is badly damaged but who care getting onto the green is already a challenge,good luck


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
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Reviewed on

will never play there again, there were dead areas on every Green on the course no sand in the sand bunkers and weeds growing out of the bunkers basically the course is in very poor condition. Will not recommend this to anyone else and I won't be playing there anymore.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Playing at The Ranch"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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Even with discount from GolfNow this course is way over priced because of the poor conditions of most of the course.

Some greens big dirt spots on a large part of the greens. Most sand traps were in terrible condition with lots of weeds and dirt. Some tee boxes were in poor condition. Most of the fairways were in playable condition. Will only go back if fees drop.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Position golf"


u5567485's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
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This very hilly, challenging course forces the mid handicapper to shed the driver in favor or the 3 wood, 3 iron and an array of rescue Cubs. Many elevated tees and narrow fairways force a thoughtful game. A number of false fronts can fool you and leave you short. Whils some of the greens need a bit of work, the course is in good shape and lovely vistas of south San Jose's hills always provide a smile. I recommend this course to all who want to improve their accuracy. It forces it upon you.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Normal Ranch Challenge"


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 08/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love the challenge of The Ranch, its the highest rated slope in the Bay Area and deserves its rating.

The course maintenance has been better lately, the greens still have a few bad spots, but they are getting better all the time. I believe they either got salty sand or overdid fertilizer a couple of months ago, but now the place is looking good. Almost all the sand traps now have sand in the bottoms, compared to NONE that is a big improvement. Even the brown and bare spots in the fairways are now nearly all gone.

We played at a nice pace today, we teed off near 12:00 noon and didn't see anyone for the entire round except for a twosome that we let play through on the 12th hole. One of our group lost more than a dozen balls as he is not consistent off the tee. That is so very important at this course. I do not recommend the course to anyone under a 15 handicap, you will just be very frustrated if you cannot keep the ball in play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terrible green condition"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course layout is interesting, and I had fun. Hiwever, the green is in terrible condition. The worst I ever played.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/29/2017

I played here yesterday and it's one of my favorite courses. Unfortunately, it seems to be the favorite of the wild boar in South SJ. Thye've been tearing things up out there again. Sad to see but as you said, interesting course layout and fun!


"Great layout, difficult but enjoyable course"


jimbob44f's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live nearby and play here often, but only when I can get a good deal. The normal price is to high for any course in the area, that said, you can get discounts here almost every day.

The course is too hard for most players, you must be straight and accurate to score well here. I have seen many players use a dozen balls if they are all over the place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing but Challenging Course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was absolutely beautiful. The views were amazing. The course was in great condition. It is a very challenging course where you can lose a lot of balls but an enjoyable course to play. Just know going in that you're going to lose a few balls and you won't be as frustrated during your round. Definitely not for beginners.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Hot day so was my putter!!!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hot sunny friday the greens were as challenging as I last played here but this time the flat stick was working well. They have cut down a lot of the wild grass/plants around the fairways which helped me. A couple greens were in disrepair not sure what the cause. No wind that afternoon. Carts worked great, tried a $5 buck can of bud light and thirst quenched. Back nine was harder due to heavy smell of WEED in the air!!! My guess is a grow house nearby, one way to pay for that monster mortgage i guess..lol. Be back soon!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Golf course conditions"


u000005399118's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I just played Aug 10th, Thursday and was very very disappointed with the green conditions. Almost all greens have spots all over and how I wish the people working in the pro shops is honest enough to say something about the condition of the Greens. For the price, $80 - $100 is not worth it.

Erich


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Challenge !"


Charliene's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disappointed in the condition of the course for such a high green fee. Was able to get the fee for $50.00 but course wanted $100.00. Not worth $100.00. Grass in the bunkers. Some greens not in good shape.

A challenging course but able to shoot a decent score.

Wish course was in better shape!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/11/2017

Very disappoint with the conditions of the greens, almost all greens have ugly spots and considering they want $80/player. I played Aug 10th... I wish the people work in the pro shop say something about the green conditions.



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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Shenanigans with my buddies on my birthday."


OC7720's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My time at the Ranch was fine the only issue no drink cart. I say this because the course is spread out and it would be nice to have a cart going around the course with drinks to offer. My other issue when I left my Volkey S6 grind 56 and no body happen to return it. Funny I waited for the cart to come typo the end but they swiftly went to the cart return center. Second time so Far and I misplaced one of my costco 2 rounds for 69.99 at the bar. Sorry for ranting but the course was fine but some holes can get some love like 13, 14, 15, and 17. This course can be great again if someone would just put in the effort and listen to customers.

Hit hard and putt it through the cup


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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