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3.6
418
5 Stars
86
4 Stars
174
3 Stars
79
2 Stars
47
1 Stars
32
Staff Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.6
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
76.5%
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312 out of 418 reviews
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3.6
418
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Staff Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
79.4%
Recommend this course
54 out of 68 reviews
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3.6
418
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
43
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
13
Staff Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
74.2%
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89 out of 120 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6951
Slope 136
Rating 73.5
Type Public
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Talega Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Copper 72 6951 yards 73.5 136
Blue 72 6583 yards 71.7 129
White 72 6187 yards 69.4 124
Red (W) 72 5245 yards 71.5 125
Scorecard for Talega Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Copper M: 73.5/136 415 505 341 386 228 584 183 161 428 3231 451 558 178 624 320 523 461 177 428 3720 6951
Blue M: 71.7/129 388 495 320 364 210 549 171 137 407 3041 423 524 165 613 296 503 439 171 408 3542 6583
White M: 69.4/124 363 489 291 331 185 528 151 132 380 2850 379 498 141 597 279 469 438 157 379 3337 6187
Red W: 71.1/125 342 444 267 299 119 449 109 109 308 2446 342 449 114 488 238 372 345 124 327 2799 5245
Handicap 10 12 18 14 6 2 8 16 4 7 9 13 5 17 3 1 15 11
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 3 4 35 4 5 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 37 72

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Greens Bermuda grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (2001) Brian Curley (2001) Lee E. Schmidt (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

3.6
418

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Patio Dining 18
Brunch 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 58
Forced Carries 48
Elevation Changes 37
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 33
Locals 33
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 32
Convenient to the City 29
In the 'Burbs 24
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Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very bad greens

They should not charge you to play this course. Greens where worst I have send in 20 years.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Condition - Course and Facilities

I had played Talega a number of times in the past. The condition of the course really suprised me, and the condition of the carts was scary. They had mentioned poor green quality on 16-18 prior to going out, but only after I over heard a conversation. The reality is that most of the greens are scary bad condition. The cart's: OMG! 1st cart we got the floor board had a huge hole, parking break did not work, and I got had huge difficulty turning the wheel. At first they would not swap out, but did for a cart that was not much better, still a whole and pulled to the right. The 2-some we were with, on the 12 hole, the windshield fell off the cart and the stanchion that holds the roof on rusted away on the the left front of the cart. No cart girl! They said they would send her out to the 10th as we made the turn and come to find out that she never showed for work. I don't like being lied to. For having paid $85 I feel ripped off.
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

AVOID!

I've played here plenty of times but this was not the course that I'm used to. The GREENS! Oh MAN are they burnt out. Apparently they cut them too short right before the last heat wave. Half of them are 30-50% dirt. NO grass! BALD! And the course was wetter than 3" of rain in 24 hours. This is one of my favorite tracks in So OC but I won't be back until those greens are taken care of. Then...on a Saturday we teed off at 0920 and didn't see a beverage cart until 15 tee. The pace was decent though. Finished right at 4 1/2 hours. Please get this course back in order soon. It's one of my go-tos when the IE heats up.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course in need of help.

It's been about 2 years since I last played here and I couldn't believe how bad of shape the course was in. The bunkers are now like cement and 5 greens actually had painted dirt all over and the ball bounced around when putted like it was on a gravel road. The fairways where in good shape and the tee boxes where fine too, but the bunkers and greens where in horrible shape. The back 9 is still one of my favorites in O.C. Another disappointment was going up to the bar afterwards...NO AC and NO SERVICE...Only outside service was avail. You used to be able to order food and drinks inside, but according to a worker that is pretty much on the weekends now. Even the dumpy little Shore cliff course down the road has an inside bar and restaurant, but not Talega...What a shame. This used to be a world class 4.5 star club. Now they have given up and have been surpassed by Arroyo Trabuco , Tijeras Creek and Black Gold as O.C. best courses under $100.00 but Talega is still charging the same as the others making it the least best deal. Talega is getting the same reputation as Strawberry Farms....Over priced for horrible playing conditions. I hope they get some funds to work on the course or a new GM because this used to be a great golf experience.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Overpriced for Course Condition and Rude Staff

Probably the worst I've seen this course since I started playing here. Greens were really bad, bunkers were thin and course was rough in general. Our friend who has never played here, asked the guy in the pro shop where the bathroom was located and was rudely told to read the sign (he didn't see one, so the reason he asked for help). Bathroom was out of paper towels and had to use cocktail napkins from bar to dry hands. Better quality courses in OC for the money until they get this place in order.
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

What happened to Talega?

I play this course about 10 Sundays per year. Typically the course is in good condition. This week, the tee boxes weren't mowed, the greens were all damaged, bumpy, burned and inconsistent and the fairways had been let go. 2 of the 3 lakes were half empty and there were fewer golfers than normal. So what happened? New ownership? Also tried to order lunch during the noon -1 hour and we were told that the kitchen was closed. Sadly, I think we will be searching for a different Sunday course in the future.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Sunday round

We had great weather this Sunday, and the course was in decent shape. Unfortunately our round was 5 hours long, and we had long wait times at tee boxes.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Talega Golf Course

They better start taking care of this golf course soon or they will go out of business. Terrible fairways, lower than average Greens and lots grounds under repair. Overall an embarrassing place to invite your friends if they are used to playing at nice courses. My friends were VERY disappointed too.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Course is a decent layout with moderate difficulty. However, the course is in very poor condition and I would not come back to play.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good

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