San Juan Hills Golf Club

3.8125000000 3.8 stars from 5 (384)
  • 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: 4.1 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 384 Reviews
5 stars:
91
4 stars:
184
3 stars:
72
2 stars:
20
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

334 out of 383 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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"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


"Beautiful day"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Starter was a wonderful guy.

Will be back again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000006747700's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"It has been my home coirse for 25 years excellent"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2017
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Reviewed on

Great clubhouse. Course having substantial work done but playable


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course"


victor2605497's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Usually good pace but this time it was snail slow.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Being part of the staff doesn't excuse rudeness"


Willsnope's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We booked the time unaware of cartpath only which was a bummer but teed off as a foursome with a twosome in front and two twosomes behind us. We had about almost a hole between us and the group behind us when a younger player walked over to us stating she works at the proshop and we needed to pick it up. I looked at the pace and we were 10 minutes ahead of pace. I told her it's a twosome ahead of us and they're only about a half a hole ahead. We were moving just fine for being inbetween a bunch of twosomes. Fast forward to a few holes later...She and her partner skip the twosome behind us and are maybe a half a hole behind us. We make the turn and tee off, finish 10 then all of a sudden we see her and her partner driving through the fairway (cart path only) and skipping us. I understand a twosome is gonna move faster than a foursome but have some respect for others around you and just ask if you can play through. Again we were more than ahead of pace. Finished in 4:05. Staff playing or not should definitely not being acting like they own the place and doing as they wish.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u484088679's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"San Juan Hills"


u000006673239's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens good shape. Well sloped fast downhill speed

Fairways have some steep hills with doglegs and green elevated a few are blind and well protected by traps.. grasses is typical municipal grade type. Staff helpful restaurant has good food.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A fun course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2016
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Reviewed on

First time playing course. A short tract w/ a few hilly holes & a couple of funky unconventional fairways. Overall it was fun & I would play it again. My partners are very long hitters & from the blues they easily hit most greens in regulation. Try it, you will like it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pace of play needs to change."


m4bradish's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Way too slow on the pace of play. We are talking a 5 hour plus round. They need to tell people that if you a beginner take longer gimmes and keep the pace. This isn't a small par 3 if you aren't a decent player or think you are golfing Pebble Beach and spend 5 minutes lining up each shot please choose a different course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging, Fun, Good Times"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was paired with a threesome, and the four of us had a good time, and the pace of play was enjoyable. Tee time was 12:08pm on a Wednesday. I think we waited to tee off twice. We had a threesome behind us that caught us 2-3 times. I played here once before at a charity scramble tournament, so this was my first time playing here and keeping my own score. The greens were recently punched, but other than that, the course was in good shape, and the temporary green on hole 1 could've been a little tougher to find. Staff was helpful, and if you need to use the range plan an extra 15 minutes for traveling in the cart to the range. I recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course for the price"


killercobra99's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1st time playing this course:

Cons: Took 5 1/2 hours to play. Booked on golfnow, show up and was told 15 min behind. It was more like 40 min. Not happy with the customer service from either the bartender nor the pro shop.

The starter was honest and energetic. Groups we're stacked up by at least 2-3 for most of the round. Suggestion to the course: have 2 snack carts drive around since the course is so spread out between the homes. Soggy spots around some bunkers and greens. Made it difficult to get a good lie.

Pros: course was in beautiful condition for being in a drought. As a first timer here, I was paired with guys who knew the course so ended shooting 82 from the blue tees. Beautiful views of the mountains and valleys. Elevated tees were spectacular. GPS on the carts were dead accurate. Stuck many close shots. Greens were not too difficult to read. However they were fairly speedy if your not careful. Pins were in easy locations.

Would definitely recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Mature course"


mcneely26's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very fair course - lots of greens protected by bunkers - mature trees on fairways and very picturesque views!!! Would play again!!


I recommend this course


"Excellent for the price"


u000004748695's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short course but challenging. Awesome greens. Friendly staff. Average 4 1/2 - 5 he rounds on the weekends but fast during the week.


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


"Miserable Experience"


dlarson77's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Round started off well enough, starter told us we might run into some traffic around the 6th hole. Well the traffic started at the 2nd tee and didn't stop the whole day. Terrible is the only way to describe it. The course is only about 6200 yards long, but it might as well have been 9000 yards for the amount of time it took to play. No marshals anywhere to be seen, but then again, they're making their money, so who cares about pace of play? Would rather hit balls at the range than put up with that again. Won't be back, ever.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fun but difficult course"


golf110s2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Signed up as a single. Paired with 2 other guys. Had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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