San Juan Hills Golf Club

3.8070000000 3.8 stars from 5 (399)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6327 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

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  • 32120 San Juan Creek Rd, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675, Orange County
  • (949) 493-1167
  • (949) 493-0866
  • www.sanjuanhillsgolf.com
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Year built: 1967
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6327 yards 70.1 128
White 71 5980 yards 68.7 124
Red (W) 71 5378 yards 71.7 124

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 399 Reviews
5 stars:
93
4 stars:
193
3 stars:
74
2 stars:
21
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

347 out of 398 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near local attractions   Great for locals advanced golfers seniors   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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"Awesome Greens"


CP3golf's avatar
Age:  65+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Greens were rolling at 10s great conditions out there. Cant wait to come back and play again!!


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Snails Pace"


richard2618's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice course with a nice staff but the pace of play is pretty much always slow. I figure 5 hours for a round there. If its quicker than that. Your lucky. Played 3/18/17 2 hours 50 minutes for eight holes. Average wait at the tee box was 20 minutes. Rediculous. Needles to say I did not play the back nine


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Well Played Course"


alreardon's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed playing San Juan; however, the pace of play on the front was slow and had to wait on almost every tee. The greens and fairways are in good shape.

Hills is the operative word. This course has lots of up and down shots.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Staff Requires Upgrade"


u45436429388's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy the layout of the course, and the greens are consistently in good condition. If it wasn't for how rude and pushy the staff is, I would play here far more often. I might even put up with them if I could play a round for around $20. Sadly, this is not the case.

On my last round our group was 20+ minutes ahead of schedule after the 5th hole, according to the GPS in the cart. Yet, somehow, the starter was hounding us about our pace and saying we were behind and needed to catch up. Reality is that we had started 15 minutes after the group in front of us, so naturally there was a gap. We caught up anyway within 2 holes and then ended up waiting at every tee box after that.

This is only one most recent example of receiving terrible customer service at San Juan Hills. This course requires a serious staff culture adjustment if they want people to keep coming back. Multiple staff members are rude, pretentious, and unwelcoming.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pace of play"


trojans77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff allowed my buddy and I to go out as a twosome early in the morning. A foursome was in front of us. The pace of play was excellent. We finished our round in 4hrs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



uEGKS2334EG's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in great shape and fast above the hole got a lot of play our day so somewhat slow


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


alanpeschansky's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Nice variety of shots required from the tee...some wide oped drives, some narrow, uphill holes, downhills, lots of different direction. Keep it below the hole on hilly holes, attack the flatter holes. Looks like a nice clubhouse patio and sports bar though I didn't take any time there. Would definitely play here again. Pretty good value as well.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"IF YOU LIKE SLOW PLAY---THIS IS YOUR COURSE"


Jonmurray1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the worst rounds I can remember. The front nine took 3 hours and 15 minutes. Ended up quitting on the 14th hole as round was hitting 5 hour mark and it was obvious that getting in 18 would be impossible. Tee time start was 12:30 and dark is now at 6:30. If there was enough day light this would have easily hit close to 7 hour mark. RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!! WAITED ON EVERY SHOT (14 minutes on one shot). The greens were starting to show major signs of wear and tear. On some holes you could see a 1" ring around the outer cup were people had not stepped.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great value"


Robert8104372's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course, fairways need a bit of work but getting better. Greens are good and getting better. Rebuilding bunkers!! Could space times to ease pace of play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Comfortable and enjoyable"


Ron6481505's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just two things that pertain specifically to our Round yesterday.........one, if there is a temporary green there should be signage at the tee box stating this, yesterday it was #18 and we had no clue since it was a Par 5 that this Hole had a temp green! Two, as usual we went into the 19th Hole for dinner after our Round to find it was packed....the only inside seating was at a Table that was reserved for 7PM....we sat down at this table at 6PM, we were told by the Staff there was a reservation, we said we would be gone before 7PM and we were.....but, we felt rushed and repeatedly told by a total of 4 different employees we were sitting at a table that was reserved! It was too cold to sit outside and several tables had been removed because the Musicians were setting up inside to play later.....we play every Friday and each time we spend at least $150, yesterday was over $175 to include green fees, range balls, two double Bloody Marys, food at the turn, beers & the 19th Hole!!!! So we felt like we weren't welcome last night at the 19th Hole based on our experience.......we can always go eat at Bad to the Bone after our Round from now on???? And this is why the Ratings above for the 3 Ratings below 'Excellent'!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice"


u453419816's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very good fairways and as allways Perfect greens and very nice hospitality by Ray and Christian


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



William5817916's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

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


"Rude greeting"


u000007823409's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I walked in to check in and gentleman at counter gave me rude behaviour instantly about my friend who had all ready checked in because of him wearing jeans. He invited me to this course as it is his home course. Didnt know I was responsible to dress my friends. Then other two checked in and he did same thing. So we spent $200+ for golf, $ for cart girl, $ at turn and in restaurant after. Funny how courses need business but would let someone treat guests that way. What a joke!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great value!"


Paul4074147's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout. They have been working on improving the bunkers and greens and it has made a positive difference. The course gets a lot of play and the greens can be a bit bumpy later in the day, but no more so than other public courses in Southern California. I like that the course is challenging but fair. Long enough for big hitters, but reasonable for the short hitters. Club selection is key.

Love the clubhouse environment. The drinks are solid, food is what you expect from a place like this, and the service is with a smile.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



pzintel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Overall a good course."


u000007735896's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a very good value if you use the app 'Golf Now' One of the greens was under construction so they set up a temporary one but other than that the course was a lot of fun. The only thing I would change is for them to do more work on the greens. They we're pretty slow compared to most other courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome Experience"


chubster1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is one of the most fun I have played in a very long time. Greens are excellent and the bar is the best in So Cal. My group and I really look forward to playing SJH more often, for the money it is by the best value in the area.


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


"Unique Holes"


estokj's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is visually appealing with the first hole having a nice waterfall to kick off the round. Most of the fairways are pretty wide, and were nicely maintained, which is good for the average golfer who is not super consistent off the tee. The greens were not very difficult to read but they were a bit slow compared to the other courses in the area that I've played recently. The pace of play was excellent. I teed off in a threesome at 12:08PM and we finished the round at 4:30PM which is pretty quick for a busy weekend afternoon. The greens fees were relatively inexpensive which makes this course a great option for avid golfers in the Southern Orange County area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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