The Ranch Golf Club

3.6849000000 3.7 stars from 5 (403)
  • 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 | 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

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 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: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 403 Reviews
5 stars:
105
4 stars:
165
3 stars:
61
2 stars:
45
1 stars:
27

recommend this course

291 out of 398 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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"Tough course, fun, needs tending"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm a 21 hop

pros:

- challenging and fun layout with many elevation changes and narrow landing zonen and greens - bring lots of balls

- mostly good greens

- beautiful scenery overlooking the valley

Cons:

- no driving range

- many bunkers overgrown

- one green had standing water from sprinklers making it unplayable

- sprinklers were running on tee box as we came up, keeping us waiting for almost 10 minutes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a great challenging course, but maintenance was very poor. If it goes that way I would not play there any more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Bunkers & fairways require immediate repair."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love playing at Ranch GC. Very challenging layout and pace of play is always good. The most of bunkers are not well maintained, which are filled with rocks and long grasses. Fairways have a lot of patches. I personally enjoyed playing here despite of the current conditions though, I don't really recommend my friends to play here now. Hope it gets better really soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The Ranch"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very dry, it looked like they never watered it. big brown spots on the greens. Weeds in all the bunkers


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Good News and Bad News."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The bad news first. I played horribly today and lost a bunch of balls! But more importantly, check out these pictures. The Ranch is finally getting fresh sand into the bunkers! It's been a long time coming but it's really happening. Not all of the traps have been filled yet but a bunch are looking really good. Cheers to Ranch improvement! I didn't see any of the boar destruction I'd seen on my last time out. The course was aerated last week, so I'm predicting a nice summer for the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Beautiful Course has become dilapidated"


Camlauth14's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Unfortunately,

This once pristine course has become nothing more than a shell of itself. Teeing off around mid afternoon, it was a beautiful day with great views. Tee boxes and fairways were kept averagely, but the over all maintenance became worse and worse the closer one became to the pin. End up in a bunker, and you were more likely to be in weeds growing in the bunker than in actual sand .

I implore the owners and operators of this course to try to cut less maintenance costs. The ranch has one of the most interesting course layouts In the area, but it is terribly difficult to justify its play with course conditions as they were.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Course in rough shape"


u390727471's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course once a year while visiting family in the area. It is beginning to fall apart. They no longer maintain the bunkers at all. There is grass growing in them and the "sand" is simply packed mud. Not sure why they have rakes in the bunkers because nobody uses them. Tee boxes are a little rough. Pin locations have not been changed for days. The only good thing was the pace of play because there was nobody there. The course is on a death spiral and if they don't put some money and effort back into the course all they will have left is a place to hold weddings in the clubhouse at the top of the hill. Pretty sad...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Great track, but help needed"


airper's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played The Ranch, many times. I love the challenge of the course. If you have a good day here, it is a great round any where else! My complaint is that the pace of play needs to be more tightly monitored. The Ranch needs to make sure that the Food Cart is operational at all times, since the turn does not go by a snack shack or the club house. But I do like the track, and will be back for more golf at the course!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"For Advanced Golfers"


Leaanna20's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is not for beginners! This is placement golf. The elevation change is unreal, and the fairways are extremely narrow. A few other things to note - buy the yardage book in the pro shop. The scorecard does not have a map/overview, and you need to hit precise yardages, especially off the tee and on lay ups. (Would've been great if someone in the pro shop would've given us this tip so we weren't playing the course totally blind). There are huge carries on most of the front nine, and if you miss the fairway, you can forget finding your ball. The bunkers were totally overgrown and the greens were in ok condition, but certainly not great.

You do not come back to clubhouse at the turn, so if you want food or drinks, you better grab it before tee-ing off. We never saw a cart runner the entire round (on a Sunday).

I will say, this course is beautiful and has some amazing views. However, be warned if you're not a precise ball striker. I spent more money on lost balls than I did on the round of golf! Even good shots are punished if you don't know your yardages.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout and best value in town"


pdxniu's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great layout with incredible views. This challenging course makes you stay focused on every shot, never feeling bored. Make sure to bring extra balls, you may lose many of them if you cannot keep them on the fairway.

The monthly player club is the best value in town!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Challenging Course"


u911999298's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played The Ranch on a perfect spring day. It was about 70 degrees and almost no wind. This was a good thing as it is spring and we have not played much. So wind would have made an already very challenging course impossible:)

The course itself was in good shape thanks to a wet California winder. The grass was good. There were some bare spots but overall fine. The bunkers were a disaster for the most part. It is clear that they have not done any work on them over the winter. Many have grass growing in them and not enough sand.

The course itself is a pretty serious challenge. There are a LOT of carries. I don't think there are any flat holes. But this is what makes the course great. There are safe places to hit on almost every hole. There are a couple of carries that are challenging for my wife unless she is in the perfect spot, and even then it takes a good shot.

Overall, I love playing at The Ranch and will do so again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Too slow

Six-some in front constantly allowing 2 year pld to play.

Bunkers a disaster and looks like they have been this way fo a while.

For the daily price shiuld be better

And why no beverage cart??


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Don't miss The Ranch!"


u6319004's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome vistas on a well laid out and landscaped course! With online or in-house promotions, it is an excellent value.

Non-walking course with long drives between holes.

Note to Management: Please do regulate tee off to accommodate ALL your patrons. Setting off singles & doubles after foursomes in pre-set intervals will invariably cause unnecessary course crunch issues. Many thanks!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Need more sand"


ivandia's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outside of the hardrock sandtraps, this course is an awesome, unforgiving sum.itch. Be back soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Only if you want great panoramic views"


u5413401's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Paid $35 for twilight, could only played 9 holes, but were happy it was over

I knew going in that this course was challenging, but found it is ridiculous. Basic hole consist of tee boxes and small green. Anything else is a hazard. Nothing seems maintained for quite a while. Sand traps are practically unplayable.

The pluses are the beautiful layout and the views.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"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



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