The Ranch Golf Club

3.7062000000 3.7 stars from 5 (388)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6747 yards
  • Slope: 150
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

  • 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA 95138, United States
  • (408) 270-0557
  • (408) 270-2099
  • www.theranchgc.com
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Year built: 2004
Type: Public
Greens: Bent grass
Golf Season: Year round

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

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

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 388 Reviews
5 stars:
103
4 stars:
161
3 stars:
57
2 stars:
41
1 stars:
26

recommend this course

284 out of 383 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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"Views views views"


npasjuta's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

The staff there was incredible. Unfortunately I dont go to the golf course to mingle with the workers.

You are paying for the view at this point. The course condition is not so stellar. EVERY SINGLE BUNKER is over grown. There are SOOOO MANY it is near impossible to avoid them. Even their signature hole, completely overgrown with weeds. This was a 5 hour and 45 minute round! The fairways have MANY dry patches, the tee boxes were uneven. No driving range which anyone who is going to play here needs to know that to have a chance to warmup somewhere else. I would be very unhappy had I paid $100 to play here. For $100 I would expect everything to be in tip-top shape! Even in "drought" conditions, most other courses that charge that make it work! Luckily $50 Hot Deal got me out there.

The views are absolutely stunning that is for sure.

Until course conditions are fixed, I am not sure I can come back. It is a VERY challenging course even before you put all the bad conditions into play.

The greens really quick. Made you feel like youre on the PGA tour.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Definitely worth the money"


ss1121's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

This course is absolutely beautiful., and the employees were so friendly. The course could use some work, especially with the sand traps, but fairways and greens are in nice shape.

I didn't expect course to be in pebble beach type conditions, and that was exactly the case. The sand traps, need some tlc, i would agree with that. However, the manager did say the are cleaning the bunkers once the spring weather arrives.

I recommend


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Handicapping Golf"


chin9829467's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Must realize this course is elevated on a Hills and valleys. The golfer must know there game intimately to insure a fun day. You have to play it a few times so you know where hazards are and placement is a premium.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"How are they in business"


jscholtz1972's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I figured that the recent storms would play havoc with course conditions, but every bunker on that course was either overgrown with weeds or reduced to mud. I can't see how much longer this course will be in business!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u611012783's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great value, excellent service, and a beautiful setting!"


ademiranda's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

We recently played The Ranch Golf Club and were very impressed of the course conditions and quality of service that we received. The Assistant Manager, Reese personally delivered our cart to our car and got us out earlier than our original tee-time. Although the course is somewhat challenging, it is worth every penny and effort you put into it. This course offers the best overall value, beauty and challenge any golfer can hope to expect!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bunket"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bunker sand is horrible. Need to put a lot of sand


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging"


longstr8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is challenging. No need for using your new golf balls. Because of the great chance of loosing a few balls on your first few rounds, I suggest that you use your experienced golf balls. Leave your driver in your bag until hole # 4, #6 and then bring it out on the back nine. Every hole is unique.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"sand"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was nice but the sand in the buckers was gone you had to chip from the bunkers on fast green you need spin. All in all I won't to go back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Views and A Golf Challenge"


skiman011's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course has some of the best views of San Jose. As for the Golf this is a challenging course where i recommend an extra box of balls before teeing off. I enjoy the course layout very much. Each hole has its ups and downs in terms of condition. Some areas have been improved this fall from the summer. Staff has always been friendly. Grab beverages and food prior to tee off, as it is a challenge to get back to the clubhouse after hole 11, then back to the course. Fair price when its a nice sunny day for golf and great views.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


Corstone's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The elevations on this course were incredible but the course conditions were pathetic. The greens had dead grass spots through out the course making it impossible to actually make a put and the sand traps were full of rocks ,grass and really no sand.If this course was actually maintained I would rate it very high but the lack of maintenance I would not golf this course again even if it was $10.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"It was an experience"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course looked interesting on line, it was overwhelming at first sight. Most every tee shot was over rough terrain. Having to place your tee shot to spastic areas. For a course like this you need GPS to determine were to hit the ball.

Pros, Fairways in excellent, challenging but fun course, carts had plenty of power (needed it).

Cons, Carts did not have GPS, Sand bunkers in terrible condition, Course in need of general maintenance, Long distance between holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great course in much better state"



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

Reviewed on

Compared to few weeks ago, course has almost no animal dung and hog mess all repaired. Great condition 111116


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


"Bunkers"


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 11/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a very hard course but I love to play it. It has recently changed ownership and needs some attention to the bunkers and one bridge was out due to rain storms but alternate route was made. My favorite hole is #10 par 4 what I call airball. It's a very high elevated tee. I have played this course about 6 times this year and hope to get one more in before the end of the year weather and time permitted. I hope the new owners fix the bunkers and bridge soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Ranch, San Jose"


roblechich's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the worst golf course I have ever played. I will not return to spend another dollar at this place ever. The food from the clubhouse was good.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The course has a great view is San Jose skyline."


pn578's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was soggy which means no carts on fairways. The rough is in unhitable. Greens have many patches. Ball does not run true.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Needs Help!"


brovarnm's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fantastic course, layout and staff. However, as others have mentioned, the course conditions have taken a major nose dive. From what I can gather, boars are in and destroying parts of the course, in particular, parts of the rough are being torn up pretty badly. Most of the greens are in terrible condition. They look damaged from, I don't know, misfertilization? dancing boars? drought? I really have no idea. Now, the bunkers. There is no excuse for the state of the bunkers. They look terrible and they are not being looked after or cared for in any way shape or form. Maybe they are understaffed, again, I don't know the facts.

Just be aware of these items. If you pay full price you may feel you haven't gotten your moneys worth. Pace of play, pro shop/starter courtesy and restaurant were all A+. They told me that they are working with authorities on the go ahead to trap, shoot, fricassee or whatever you do with wild boar. In CA you can't step on a bug without a permit, so there you go. I hope they can get things back on track since it's such a fun course to play. The weakened state of things did take something away from the experience I had, unfortunately....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"beautiful and tough"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The views are very nice. You have to be very accurate and mentally strong. If you are intimidated by narrow fairways this course isn't for you. If you miss the fairway your ball is rolling down a valley.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible. Don't play here."


jeffrpeterson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I don't know how people can pay 70 or 80 for this course, let alone the 50 I paid. The course is in terrible condition. Greens have marks all of them. Bunkers were full of leaves, had hard sand and have clearly not been maintained in weeks. If you're forcing people to pay 50-80 bucks a round, could you get someone to take the leaves out of bunkers? Many bunkers had weeds and other plants growing in them. Shameful conditions. The management should be embarrassed.

The layout too, is awful. Your drive can only land in narrow fairways. If you don't hit these narrow fairways or the green, your down a cliff or canyon. The design of most holes is questionable, leaving little to no options other than hit a drive or fairway iron to an exact spot. There is no forgiveness out there, little to no rough on most holes, just canyons. Good golfers will definitely lose some balls out here.

The actual design of the course is extremely questionable. The narrowness of the par 5 combined with three par 3s in the 100 yard range. Also, you'll be driving your cart hundreds of yards between holes. Very strange, convoluted design in all respects.

Pace of play was terrible. No marshals. 5,5 hours. With SHOCKINGLY poor conditions and questions at best design, this was probably my worst golf experience in San Jose in the past 3 years. This course should be charging 20 dollars, max, per round,


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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