A view of a hole at Ben Brown's Golf Course at The Ranch Laguna Beach
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4.6
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.8
92.7%
Recommend this course
38 out of 41 reviews
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4.8
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
11 out of 11 reviews
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4.7
18 Reviews (18)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.9
94.4%
Recommend this course
17 out of 18 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Resort
Par 32
Length 2221 yards
Slope 114
Rating 30.8

Formerly known as "Laguna Beach Country Club" and "Aliso Creek Golf Course".

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Course Details

Year Built 1950
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Short Courses in the U.S. (2019 #11)

Reviews

4.6
41 Reviews (41)
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Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Cracking can yon course

This is a lovely 9 hole course nestled along a canyon in South Laguna Beach. It really is a diamond course in a rough canyon setting. From the wonderfully appointed restaurant with helpful staff to the quality of the fairways and greens, this really is a cracking course. It's not the hardest course I've played but you do have to stay on the fairways or light rough, because anything else will have you pulling another ball out of your bag. Excellent use of the creek means that water comes into play in nearly all of the holes: and keep an eye out for the sizable carp (or perhaps catfish?) that can easily be seen whilst crossing over the bridges. The greens are in excellent condition as are the fairways.Push carts are available for hire, apparently there are a couple of electric carts but you really don't need them, it's a flat course with the only inclines being easily reached through wide steps leading up to some of the tees.

Being completely honest, the only thing I could even slightly ding on the course on is that the flagpoles have what appears to be polystyrene "fillers" that sit in the mouth of the hole: I've never seen these before and I'm sure they have some functional use, but what appears to happen is that as the pin is pulled out of the hole, these fillers (being snug with the inside edge of the hole) lift up the grass on the edge of the cup: leading to a slight ridge. Any hesitant ball that would've normally crept in for that birdie, now stops on the edge requiring a tap in for par. It's only a small ding, not worthy of a full star which is why I still rate this course as 5-stars.

The restaurant has extremely good food which is priced extremely fairly and is quite sizable too.

I'd never played Ben Brown before, but it certainly won't be my last time visiting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Perfect 9.

Best 9 in OC. Great condition and staff. Will come back. Awesome pizza at outdoor snackbar! Fun course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Beautiful and well maintained course. Accuracy is more important than distance on this course. Enjoyed the excellent outdoor dining ( had the Italian sandwich and margherita pizza) overlooking the first hole at Ben’s Pantry. BBC

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic golf course. Will definitely player there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

THE BEST

The Ranch is the best. Food and drink afterwards are phenomenal as well. Always a pleasure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ben Brown Golf

It is a beautiful course and the staff is great. We had a great time playing and enjoying the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Wow

Soft greens, ball checks and backspins. Fast green too. Tee boxes a little beat up. Fairways very clean. Sand amazing like sugar (and they recycle glass bottles to refill the sand traps!) 2 pm and after great rates.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best OC 9 holes!

It’s walking only during Covid but not bad at all. Perfect fairways and greens. Tee shots from blue tee made it Challenging. Greens are not too challenging. Pace was great. No rush. Jack at pro shop was very friendly. Gent at outdoor snack bar very friendly as well. Valet crew were courteous. Wife and I here for first time and will be back. If u are a slicer, better get it fix b4 playing here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best 9 hole in south OC

Play early weekday and you’ll probably finish within hour. Pretty view, then had nice breakfast at restaurant onsite.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Incredible restaurant with a Sub-par course

The course layout is so close together, we almost got hit by a golf ball on 4 separate occasions within 3 ft each time! Twice! On the first hole, in fact, and only once did our group hear anyone yell FOUR.
Play this course at you own risk, or at least if your health insurance is up to date.
At $48 for 9 holes (walking) it’s not cheap either, there are far better courses nearby with a much better layout and often more scenic layouts to play on (and often much more reasonable rates), this is a course that I would skip unless you have the patience and health benefits to play “vacation golf” along with the resort guests.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Father and Son memory challenge

My son an I had an enjoyable time golfing. I have been playing here for over 50 years and it was his first time. I talked about other family members who played here and we both laughed our way through the beautiful canyon setting. I love this 9 hole golf course and love the changes to the pro shop, restaurant, and the rest of the amenities. If possible, I’ll be playing here at least another 20 years! The course was in great shape for winter golf and the pace was right on every hole. When my son visits again he dyed he wants to play here again!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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