Black Gold Golf Club

4.2130235294 4.2 stars from 5 (294)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6756 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 73.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Black Gold Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6756 yards 73.1 133
Blue 71 6439 yards 71.6 130
White 71 6045 yards 69.8 125
Gold 71 5564 yards 67.3 118
Gold (W) 71 5564 yards 73.2 132
Red 71 4936 yards 69.3 124

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 294 Reviews
5 stars:
109
4 stars:
125
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

253 out of 290 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Interesting course"


wgotthard789's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want a golf course that wanders through canyons, with lots of elevation changes and very few flat lies, this is it. Since this was my first time playing Black Gold, I read the other reviews and knew what to expect. The personnel were great,from the young man in the Pro Shop, the Starter and the Cart Girl. The course conditions were fairly good. The greens were in good shape and ran true. The fairways were o.k., with some areas of dried,out grass. I am giving this course a less than perfect rating because lt was so hard to find a flat lie, even with good drives. Also, the pace of play was very slow. We had to wait on every tee and every second shot for the whole round, and never saw a marshal.

If you want to play Black Gold, make sure your uphill, downhill and sidehill game is good.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


Steeler123456's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
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Reviewed on

First time playing this course and it was amazing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great expectations, average experience"


DonnellyTR's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
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After all the hype I’ve heard about how great Black Gold is, I expected a first-class experience. What I got was no better than an average “muni”. Driving range was mats, not grass. Fairways were sometimes brown and always uneven. Greens were average, with many examples of damage from unrepaired ball marks. Green speed was a bit on the slow side.

Many of the fairways were closed to cart traffic. This necessitated carrying multiple clubs from the cart onto the fairway, then walking, sometimes uphill, back to the cart. Not a pleasant experience. Several holes had blind tee shots, something that penalizes first-time golfers.

Pace of play was a little slow, partly due to being grouped with a long hitter who required long waits for fairways and greens to clear.

All in all, I was very disappointed in Black Gold and am not likely to return, especially at their premium prices.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/05/2018

Well...there are a lot of hills on the course, which might explain the uneven fairways. It does happen from time to time where a course might not allow carts on certain holes. It is a beautiful course. Sounds like a little bit of whining to me.



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather 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: Good


I recommend this course


"One of the best in public courses"


claire20's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I can’t complain about this course except it was hot yesterday. I definitely want to recommend here and wanna play once more! I was especially satisfied with the cart and the service like private courses.


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



vballdad3's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
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Thoroughly enjoyable golf course. A little rough in spots and the greens could’ve been a little faster but I will have to play it again when I’m back here. I’m biased because in central Illinois where I live I can play ok courses for $20-30 so for SoCal this seems a helluva deal. Beautiful scenery in the foothills and great routing. Highly recommend Black Gold GC.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course"


Jeremy9407937's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
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Reviewed on

This is a fun little course. The course isn’t long or super challenging, but it’s a good course to get your game sharp. The course requires you to think off almost every tee. The key to this course is second shot positioning. The greens were a little slow for my liking, but the pin positions were challenging. The course itself is pretty and well maintained. Great value for what you pay. My only complaint is that because the course is not cost prohibitive, the course gets slowed down by casual golfers. Nevertheless, I’ll be coming back.


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


"Out of town guest"


shepdawg12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The dude at the pro shop was super nice when I told him I was an out of town guest. TEXAS.

It was hot as TEXAS on the course too.

Well maintained and greens are fast.

Houston is flat land so I enjoyed the scenery and all the challenges offered on this course. I was going to play it again but wanted to try another course while I was here. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Views are sweet."


Keith5326564's avatar
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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went out early on a Saturday and paired with Father/son twosome. We, as a three ball, had to wait on a shot twice all day both of which were on par 3s. I was impressed by the pace of play. Back nine views are pretty impressive with multimiliion dollar homes on the course and views Orange County. What a spot for a course! However the course itself needs some TLC. It looks like it hasn't been overseeded in ages with a mixture of grasses leaving you with very questionable lies throughout the course. The greens were not consistent either. We were out early (nobody messing up the greens in front of us) and the bells were bouncing and switching directions even on the short ones. Also the GPS was way off on the cart. On 18 it had the pin placed on the back right when it was actually up front. I did not notice the error until my ball airmailed the front left of the green. We also were getting parched on the course because the beverage cart came around one time as we left the tee on 17. I think this course is one of the beat designs in Southern California. A perfect spot in OC. Lots of blind shots. Many greens where the back half is sloping away from the fairway. Good bunker placement. But very playable for the weekend golfer. If they did a good overseed and paid more attention to the greens this would rival some of the $250 courses in the desert or by the sea.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u029672015's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


u000006806154's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was slow, but Marshall was around to speed the pace up a little. The staff are friendly. Great course layout. I would comeback soon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather 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: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Layout, Great Greens, Fairways/Rough OK"


dogg4eagle's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great track and layout. Some incredible holes and for what we paid at $30 compared to $100+ on the weekends....stick em up, we robbed em! Pro Shop gave us a $15 discount because it was the last day of high school match ups which had the course slowed down, so we just slid in on #10. Like I said, the layout is fantastic, greens are fantastic, fairways just ok, as well as the rough. When conditions aren't pristine at courses anymore, I just bump it and everything is just fine. If you've never played this track it's a must with a phenomenal finishing hole and many other great holes. Every hole sits all by itself for the most part. Go Play the Gold!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
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Reviewed on

The course is always fun and challenging. The staff was great. They went out of their way to be friendly and that the pace of play was good.

I hate to say it but the sand traps are vey well kept. Definitely makes a difference.

As always, much appreciated!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Ehhhhh"


William8354466's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was desperate to play. It’s close to my house. Course is uninspiring. Uninteresting layout. Weird tricked up greens, spotty fairways. Typical overpriced OC track.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great condition"


mflyger1127's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in great condition. Pace of play was a tad slow primarily due to the foursome in front of us, not anything course related. It’s a fun, challenging course and great change of pace from other courses in OC. Bunkers were above average,, but a few hard patches. Definitely will play here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"What happened??"


u488723855's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were in very good shape, but for a high end course it needed a lot of work. The fairways were in very poor condition and the layout was very average except for a few holes. I played it about 3 years ago and at least it was in very good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Unaware of Aerated Greens"


u837257228's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although I don’t live in the area, when I have an opportunity to play this course, I will. I decided to treat a friend here who had never played here before. Much to our dismay, we were unaware the greens were just aerated which didn’t allow us to experience Black Gold as we expected. The course itself is still beautiful and challenging but the first experience for my friend wasn’t what it should have been. This course is still one of my favorites and I’ll return. I just hope next time I travel the distance to play here and find the greens have been aerated.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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