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4.3
541 Reviews (541)
5 Stars
255
4 Stars
233
3 Stars
38
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
94.8%
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519 out of 541 reviews
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4.4
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
2
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1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
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44 out of 46 reviews
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4.3
73 Reviews (73)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.2%
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68 out of 73 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7092 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.6

Northern California's San Juan Oaks Golf Club is located halfway between the Silicon Valley and Monterey Peninsula off Highway 101 near the historic town of San Juan Bautista in Hollister. Opened in 1996, the 18-hole golf course is Fred Couples' first signature design in California and features five sets of tees for varying skill levels. It's also home to "Club Boom Boom," a popular junior teaching program. On top of the golf course, San Juan Oaks is known especially for its elaborate facilities including banquet rooms and patios for group outings, as well as driving range and practice greens.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1996) Gene Bates (1996) Kipp Schulties (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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Reviews

4.3
541 Reviews (541)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 58
Patio Dining 27
Brunch 26
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 76
Bunkers 68
Forced Carries 63
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 93
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 89
Locals 55
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 106
Convenient to the City 12
In the 'Burbs 12

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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
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Nice views

San Juan is a nice course with some great challenging holes
Only negative are the bunkers need redoing

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/26/2019

Thank you for the review! We appreciate your feedback on the course. We're currently in the process of redoing our bunkers, but are glad you enjoyed the course otherwise! We hope you'll come play San Juan Oaks again soon.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/25/2019

Thank you for the 5 star rating!

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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SJO

Course conditions were excellent Greens were very nice overall condition of course was very good A few wet areas but did not effect play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Must play

excellent course..only part of course needing attention are the bunkers.....

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Track

We played in a little over 4 hrs as a foursome. Great variety of holes and tee options. Course was in very good condition. Greens where a little slow but I gather it's due to hot weather and they will a little faster as Fall approaches.

I like the design and the option that you can bump and run many approach shots if you choose. The wind comes up in the afternoon 2 plus clubs and it's quite challenging.

Staff in the pro shop are awesome and The SJO burger is dynamite.

Not crowded we teed it up at 10 am on a Sunday.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice course!

This is a hidden gem! I am from out of state, working here for a few months and found a good deal to play here. The course was in great shape other than being a little soppy in a few areas. I was playing alone so got held up a little bit but that's to be expected.
The bartendress on duty that day was a little short with me but most of the employees were kind and helpful. All in all a great place to golf!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pigs and chunks

Although I didn’t play well it had nothing to do with this great course. In the past 2 weeks the boat have torn up s cations of the course. Honestly I was surprised that there was no signs two weeks ago. Didn’t effect our round, it’s just visually disturbing the destruction they can do to a nice golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

No Water

Today was the first time I experienced no water jug at the water stations. What happened? At least have one station with water on each 9. Just a suggestion. Thank You

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

San Juan Oaks weekday morning

Course is in great shape except for the bunkers!
A few have new and but the majority are hard dirt. Avoid them and it’s a great track.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It's a shame there letting this course go.

Sorry to see a good course go bad. They are over watering around the greens and there bunkers are the worst on the west coast . Another course that will probably close soon.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging and Rewarding

Great course. When I hit a good shot it rewarded me. Fun and challenging. Bunkers were hard but that’s not really an issue for me. Greens were great. I will return. This is my new favorite course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Windy weather
Used cart

California Golf

San Juan Oaks is one of my favorite courses. It is always in superb condition and there is not a dull hole. Its major attraction is its setting amid green hills and grazing cattle and not a house in sight. San Juan Oaks is pure California, right down to the wild turkeys and the occasional wild cat strolling across a fairway.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

I like it

Course is in fantastic shape. Love the fairways and greens. I’m not quite sure why they leave all the bunkers in that condition. Maybe they have a plan. Hope so. Go play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Five stars if the bunkers had sand

This is a very nice course. Fairways and greens are in great shape. The bunkers don't have any or very little sand or the sand is just very compact and hard. Unfortunately I ended up in two bunkers that were like hitting the ball off clay. That is the only downfall. The weather was great, nobody rushing us, it was quiet, peaceful and a great day to be out on the course! I should stay out of the bunkers anyway!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/11/2019

Hi Steve. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club.

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/02/2019

Hello, thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow play

Ive played this course many times This is the first time we encountered such slow play We were a foursome we had a twosome in front of us and a single in front of them.. We had to wait several times for the twosome to tee off because they were waiting for the single to complete play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/28/2019

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the rest of your round to be great during your game. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great day

a beautiful place to play. No so many people.
ideal if you live close to the course

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/08/2019

Hi cergei. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club.

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