Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course

3.5273411765 3.5 stars from 5 (65)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6255 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 70.2
  • Layout

  • 605 Macara Ave, Sunnyvale, California 94086, Santa Clara County
  • (408) 738-3666, (408) 739-6588
  • (408) 738-3670
  • golf.insunnyvale.com

Year built: 1968
Architect(s): David W. Kent
Type: Public/Municipal
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6255 yards 70.2 118
White 70 5740 yards 67.6 113
White (W) 71 5736 yards 73.0 122
Gold (W) 71 5261 yards 70.3 116
Red 70 5173 yards 65.1 109

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 65 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
30
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

53 out of 65 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals beginners walkers   Challenges include water hazards  

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glenmiller's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"The drought is over Sunnyvale!"


rschirmer58's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This used to be my home course, not anymore. The water hazards are dry eyesores, the fairways are 30 percent dirt, the snack shop has been closed for years. The worst condition I have seen the course in. Why can't someone turn on the sprinklers, fill up the ponds and bring this course back? We just had an epic rainy season, the drought is over, what gives?


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Another sad municipal course..."


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sunnyvale has let this course slide even further. While there is a restaurant/bar above the proshop, the 9th hold snack shack is still an unused dilapidated look building, the snack cart has a poor selection of drinks, and it's always frustrating to remember that their practice/warm-up facilities consist of one putting green - no chipping, and no driving range. Most of the water features on the course have been 90% drained, so they are just big mud pits now, really takes away from the look of the course. The tees are in pretty bad shape, you have to move around to find a spot that isn't super uneven and/or sandy - who wants to slip while hitting your drive? The greens are in reasonable condition but they are SLOW. Unfortunately the overall state of this course seems to be typical for municipal courses in the area, Palo Alto Muni is about the same, if not worse, and I've heard Santa Clara is worse than Sunnyvale.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Good day to play"


gasalazar1948's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm a 10 handicap. The course was easy to get on. Pace of play was ok. Course ok. Amenities are poor. No cart, no water coolers. Drinking fountains were warm with poor water flow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Poor Conditions"


Thomas9692191's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Called in advance to ask about rental clubs and told it was "no problem". When I checked in they handed me a set that was missing a six iron and had a blend of steel and graphite iron shafts. No time to resolve as they were rushing us out early ahead of our scheduled 10am tee time because of s tournament.

Ok the course the maintenance crew had not touched a single bunker that day. The sand was hard as a rock. We told the pro shop about it when we returned and honestly didn't care. Not planning on coming back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Slow pace"


shengping's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The overall course condition is good. But the pace is slow due to some walking foursome groups. It seems common on this course because the course administrator intentionally holds all players until 12:00pm even course is nearly empty. If you want to play with regular pace, better to avoid those groups. Otherwise, this is a fun to play course. Wish the administrator can be more flexible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sunnyvale Municipal used to be a well run course....but now....not worth the trip for any price."


u000003068778's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played this Monday. The course was relatively empty. I played four holes and had to quit as the foursome ahead was so slow...that it was a chore to watch them. I went to their bar and had a glass of wine. Waited till there was a gap at the first hole. Played another six holes, joined up with another single and then another umbrella brigade with nary an idea of what they were doing. I quit.

The last time I played Sunnyvale was a year ago. It was a bad experience then and...never again.

I remember Sunnyvale Golf Course back in the eighties when Nick Pagonis ran the Lookout Bar and Restaurant upstairs. The course had a great pro-shop run by Art Wilson...the bar and restaurant were run well and always lively and...the golf course was run like a golf course. It's sad to see to the level that it has deteriorated.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course and Pace of Play"


jlamb's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a nice course and we had a great pace of play.

Great price when we played.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"good value"


kencheah05's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Staffs are not super friendly, just OK to get on to the course.

This course has 2 characters separated by highway 237.

Hole 8 is always challenging, tough drive, tough approach, tough putt.

If you never play there, you should go try it out.

Not super difficult but still challenging enough.

Very walkable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sunnyvale Muni"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in very good condition, pace was good. Staff was very friendly, it did not used to be, which is why I stopped playing there. They just opened up a cafe there which makes it nicer as well. That had been closed for 3 years or so.

The only con is that the price was the same whether I booked it on GolfNow or called the course. Where are the discounts?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow pace"


AZONIO's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The 4 some in front of us is so slow affecting our group performance.Although our group perform better but the thing is it could be better. We are waiting more than what it should be.I time the whole game is about 6 hours. People in front of us instead of moving forward they are spending there time looking for their lost balls.We did inform the pro shop but nothing happen so we just waiting and waiting.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sunnyvale Muni"


ROBERT2760578's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Is in better than usual shape. Greens good to great, fairways lush. An occasional " casual water " areas, but a good trade to see fairways so lush.

Had a 4-hour 18-holes, w/ a fast 4-some in front of our 3, going to 2-some after #2, yet they were never in our way! Nice round of golf!

Only complaint, was that our "hot deal" was only available @ 12:37 or 1:00 pm . . . We like to start EARLIER, say 8:30am, but the price made our decision. A 55 + "Senior Rate" would also bring me out more, (60 in August, lol!).

Oh, another minor issue. Wish Sunnyvale had a driving net or "cage" (no driving range), just so we can take full swings at balls to warm up!

Rob4pla


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great shape; Excellent pace of play"


scottforsyth82's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape, especially the greens. We played 18 in just under 3 1/2 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sunnyvale golf course"


u000004320508's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very well kept course a lot more challenging from the tips, surprisingly great pace considering it was a weekend...just wish the quality of sandis better but overall I always liked this course. Greens were true.. will be back for sure..,


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




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Adequate golf course"


jdiamond7's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Tee boxes, greens and fairways are in pretty good shape. Rough has some weeds growing, but it's not too bad. Course isn't particularly interesting - very flat, few hazards, sand traps weren't great. Very walkable; I'd recommend not taking a cart.

Concession stand looks like it hasn't been open in years. There's nearly no drinking water on the course, and there's no refreshment cart.

Slow play was not an issue - Saturday at 10:30am and we played 18 in 4:40.

All in all, it's adequate, and I'd prefer to play here than many of the other public courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Pretty flat"


troywhite48317's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pretty much flat has 2 somewhat challenging holes no restaurant no

snack bar at turn


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



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