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San Juan Oaks Golf Club

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4.2
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5 Stars
228
4 Stars
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3 Stars
35
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
94.8%
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471 out of 491 reviews
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4.1
30
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11
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3 Stars
1
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.7%
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26 out of 30 reviews
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4.2
82
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30
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
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4.7
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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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7092 yards 74.6 141
Blue 72 6712 yards 72.9 136
White 72 6342 yards 71.2 130
White (W) 72 6342 yards 76.9 135
Gold 72 5785 yards 68.6 125
Gold (W) 72 5785 yards 74.1 134
Red 72 4770 yards 64.0 116
Red (W) 72 4770 yards 69.2 119
Scorecard for San Juan Oaks 1
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.6/141 377 578 359 431 425 204 407 179 513 3473 423 543 182 462 397 539 166 487 461 3660 7133
Blue M: 72.9/136 W: 78.8/141 358 538 353 403 357 186 380 169 489 3233 414 536 161 440 378 523 142 446 439 3479 6712
White M: 71.2/130 W: 76.9/135 347 530 337 392 328 169 362 148 474 3087 381 504 146 411 365 501 108 425 414 3255 6342
Gold M: 68.6/125 W: 74.1/134 304 476 311 355 296 143 348 130 410 2773 350 476 130 383 335 476 91 392 379 3012 5785
Red M: 64.0/116 W: 69.2/119 273 415 213 304 269 116 292 114 375 2371 274 392 110 346 295 263 77 326 316 2399 4770
Handicap 18 12 14 6 10 4 2 16 8 15 13 9 1 11 3 17 5 7
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 6 2 10 12 8 18 16 14 4 9 1 15 11 7 13 17 3 5

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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4.2
491

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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Hand Crafted San Juan Oaks Is San Juan Wonderful

This course ranks among the best I can remember playing. It is fair and tough, wind can get up and down and the greens holes move so be careful.

Recently I have played Industry Hills in LosAngeles, Skylinks in Long Beach, my Nor Cal locals like Yocha De He, Cordevalle, and Saddlecreek. Even Hiddenbrooke.

San Juan Oaks is a combination of all of them.

The commitment to golf is seen here. A must play.

Conditions Excellent
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Conditions Good
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Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Windy weather
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Conditions Average
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Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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Commented On 2019-02-04T21:25:05.000+00:00

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens

It is a shame for this course to let the greens go as they are. This course used to be known for smooth, fast , and true greens. Greens are about a 7 or 8 and need to be rolled and cut.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 01/30/2019:
Hello Bruce8019716, thank you for taking the time to review our course. We escalated your feedback on the conditions of the greens to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to earn your business again.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

San Juan Oaks Round of Golf in Review January 27th, 2019

Check it out, it's been a while since I last played San Juan Oaks, as the last time prior to this latest outing was in September 2018 with my Cousin, and we had a blast at that time, but this time, was even better, it was like San Juan Oaks, 2.0!

I was delighted to notice immediately that there was an upgrade made to the cart fleet at the "Oaks" as they are all now equipped with the most user-friendly and GOLF RELEVANT GPS systems, information which made for a truly unique, and whole new way to play and experience my local-home town course. You can even order lunch and keep score all through the carts applications which was NICE! Not to mention, they look classy going back to the khaki base with a sleek new blacktop roof... all combined makes it a fun cart to drive all throughout the round.

As usual the pro shop staff at the front counter was nice and prompt to get me out on the range (or tee) quickly, which was great as it gave me a little extra time on the practice chipping green !

The range was in great shape, as usual, and I was lucky enough to play and not have any wind that day, so that was a bonus from the Golf Gods.
Course conditions are the in some of the best they have ever been which is why it was a tough day from the championship tees.

The fairways were like carpets, the boundary lines were freshly marked, and the greens were softer, fast, and smooth. I cannot complain one bit about the conditions of the greens that day, there was not one noticeable blemish, and they all rolled true. Practice makes perfect!

San Juan Oaks has always been a nice place to test all parts and limits of my game and have fun, but with SJO 2.0 golf carts on standby ready to roll, I found it much easier and a TUN OF FUN to do it now, and I cannot wait to play here again. Pace of play was noticeably faster thanks due to the GPS carts, and due to marshals out on the course keeping pace. I will be back soon, just got to let the current stormy weather let up a little bit and pass us by.

Much thanks to everyone out at SJO for a great way to ease into the work week, and cheers too much more enjoyable rounds in the future!

Alan Travasso

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

Had a Great Time

For January course was in great condition. Pace of play met winter expectations. Overall had a fun round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 01/28/2019:
Hello ssendejas, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and the pace of play. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 01/22/2019:
Hello murchison, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you had a great golf experience at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Round with Great People

Greens were Aerated but when you have a great group, that’s secondary. We were all warned so not a big deal, this is our 3rd time out there and had a great time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Good everything but too slow green

The green speed is around 8 to 9.
My friends want it to be faster than that.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great value

A beautiful course that is well maintained. It is worth the drive to play this course. Very challenging but fun course. It is worth the money to play. Not too crowded and the pace of play is good. I played on a weekday. Weekends are more expensive and probably more crowded.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 12/27/2018:
Hello reebersnap, thank you for the five-star rating. We are glad you had an excellent experience at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Course in great condition and a very challenging layout. Only wish would be if there was a little bit more sand in the traps.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 12/27/2018:
Hello Jared7243045, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and we appreciate your feedback on our bunkers. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Condition

I played in late December and the course was in great shape. I will be playing again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 12/26/2018:
Hello Shawn9573581, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and had an excellent experience. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

perfect time of the yr for Hollister

Great after a little rain, hit it just right. May want to get those pig traps working again and have a cookout. Several holes had gutted areas. Otherwise, the cold wet weather makes for excellent pace and time for replaying the back nine. Thanks for a great day

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 12/07/2018:
Hello, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you had an excellent golf experience at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

CONDITION

GREAT EXCEPT NO SAND MAINTENANCE.
NEED SAND BY THE GREENS

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 12/05/2018:
Hello jwillrodt, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you had a great golf experience and we appreciate your feedback on the conditions of the bunkers. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible shape

Not worth 45 on golf now.

I understand they got a little rain but the course was so beat up. Was clearly a maintenance issue. Very disappointed to come back to a course I liked so much.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 11/26/2018:
Hello stockton445, thank you for taking the time to write a review of the course. We are sorry you had a sub-par experience and we appreciate your feedback. Thank you for visiting San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to earn your business again.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Really fun!

Great course! Can’t believe I haven’t played here until now. It was a lot of fun. Challenging design. It’s like the course architect knew exactly where to put a sand bunker for me! The only criticism i have is that the bunkers were in rough shape. I spent a lot of time in them so I can confidently say they were hard and compacted and the edges were not well kept. Maybe it’s from the weather lately? But overall I really enjoyed this course despite my poor play. Saw a lot of wildlife too. Deer, road runner, and even a baby bobcat. Fun day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from San Juan Oaks Golf Club on 11/13/2018:
Hello, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and had an excellent experience. We also appreciate your feedback on the bunkers. Thank you for playing San Juan Oaks Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
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