San Juan Oaks Golf Club

4.2948588235 4.3 stars from 5 (412)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7092 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.6
  • Layout

  • 3825 Union Rd, Hollister, California 95023, San Benito County
  • (831) 636-6115
  • (831) 636-6114
  • www.sanjuanoaks.com
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Year built: 1996
Architect(s): Fred Couples, Gene Bates, Kipp Schulties (1996)
Type: Public
Greens: Blue Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass
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, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 412 Reviews
5 stars:
199
4 stars:
172
3 stars:
30
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

397 out of 410 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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Sean5162575's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"What a gem"


kuA691's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Heard of this course (positive review from a friend). I agree - the fairways are like carpet and in great shape. Though the greens are punched (the only reason the course conditions are rated "good" above), they should end up in great shape, too. Nice layout; the back nine wraps around a hill and the surrounding landscape is tranquil and beautiful.

Staff was great and the clubhouse was a real nice surprise. This course is a real gem. We'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



MrNev's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



MrNev's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Brrrrrr cooooold morning....need coffee now"


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Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
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Reviewed on

Had a 7 am tee time and it was coooold that day. My muscles were stiff and numb. The course was freshly cut and pin placements were fair. Greens and fairways were in great condition. A little wet which made the ball roll slower than normal. Started at the tenth. the back nine is easier which helped. The wind was non existent rare in this course. Thick bushes line most of the holes so keep your ball in the fairway. Swallow your pride and take an extra club because the ball is not rolling or bouncing much on a wet wintry day.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Winter conditions"


uTTWF7731TT's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
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Reviewed on

The course played like it was last year. Remember last year? My point is we haven't had any significant rain in over two months but this course plays extremely wet. The fairways have puddles. Please stop over watering this beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Very nice track"


mmullikin007's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
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Layout on front nine a little uninspired, but the back had great elevation changes and challenging holes. Greens were in good shape, however a bit slow. Might just be seasonal condition. Overall good value and friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



warobe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Reviewed on

San Juan Oaks is always a great place to play. We got behind a couple of slow groups but they let us through. Some holes are pretty challenging but the greens are fair. The sand traps could use some work but the overall layout is awesome.


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
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A really beautiful course with great views everywhere you look. In great condition too.


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


"Fun Course"


u000001013917's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Course is in very good condition, except the bunkers. Greens putted true. Fairways are friendly but the layout is challenging. Very good value. Staff is excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden gem"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
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One of the most beautiful golf tracks in the Bay Area . People that have never played here will be in awe of the pure beauty out there .Tough holes but

You can shoot a good score if you take advantage of the easier holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good track but..."


John9862163's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2018
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Reviewed on

Great layout by Fred Couples, be sure to play the proper tees, it's fair but tough (check the slope ratings). Caveats: bunkers are inconsistent and somewhat neglected. Like many courses these days you are not announced to the tee, and the starter is nowhere near the first tee (turns out the group in front of me went out 30 minutes before their reservation time); don't know why this has become so common at public courses. It can get windy on the back nine, the more difficult and strategic side, they might consider reversing the nines (plus the ninth would be a way more interesting finishing hole than the ho-hum 18th). That said it's a fun track, tees and greens are in excellent shape, very interesting layout, great practice facilities and bar, I've played it many times.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout in the foothills of Hollister"


T8804582's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2018
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Reviewed on

Haven't played this course in years and managed to get a deal on Golfnow while in the area. It essentially a country club setting in the middle of nowhere. Facilities were very nice and the course was in great shape with a nice large practice facility and grass driving range. The course is routed into the foothills with some elevation changes. Holes required some thinking about where to place your shot. Fairway bunkers are right in my landing areas so club selection was key to avoiding the traps. Greens are well protected from bunkers as well. Only complaint was the lack of sand in the bunkers and the numerous ball marks on the green from inconsiderate players who won't fix their own marks or rake the traps. Take the time to enjoy the scenery and the views. We had no one in front of us and no one behind so it was like playing a private course. Finished in 3.5 hours for a 4 some.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"January round"


richard9814648's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
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The course is in great shape. There were some slower groups in front of us so it ended up being a 5 hour round. Love the layout and the scenery. This course should consider putting some hot deals at times other then 7am to get more play. The standard rates are to expensive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Jcsunderland's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2018
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Reviewed on

Overall great experience, just the bunkers are unmanicured. Just take free drops.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



BobHackerson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2018
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Always a tough round out here but love the conditions and layout. Wild boars have made their present felt but not that noticeable. Looking forward to coming down again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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