Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part One
Looking for a golf experience you won’t soon forget? Orange County has you covered with some of the best public golf courses you can find. No matter how good of a player you are, OC’s golf scene caters to all. From coastal resort courses to inland canyon courses, you will be sure to find the one that best aligns with your game. Here are some of the courses that are a must see.
*Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels.
Anaheim Hills Golf Course
6501 Nohl Ranch Canyon Rd.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Toughest Hole: No. 12; 501-yard uphill par 5 (dog leg left)
- Blue: 6,266 yards
- White: 6,009 yards
- Red: 5,361 yards
Photo credit: Anaheim Hills Golf Course
Just 10 miles east of Disneyland Park, Anaheim Hills Golf Course lies on the rolling knolls in Central Orange County. A perfect venue for corporate and family outings, the award-winning 30,000-square-foot clubhouse has recently been remodeled and is open 365 days per year.
The course caters to golfers of all levels, as it is relatively short to other courses yet demanding on several holes.
Blogger’s Tip: When playing the course be sure to utilize the GPS device in your golf cart, as there are many blind tee shots. You may want to consider clubbing down on some tee shots as some holes start to dog leg roughly 200 yards out.
Monarch Beach Golf Links
50 Monarch Beach Resort N.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Toughest Hole: No. 7; 612-yard par 5 with creek running through it
- Blue: 6,601 yards
- Gold: 6,052 yards
- Silver: 5,612 yards
- Jade: 5,050 yards
Photo credit: Monarch Beach Golf Links
Linked to the prestigious St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Monarch Beach Golf Links is the only Orange County course that can say it is right on the beach. Designed by Robert Jones, Jr., the course provides a variety of different feels including ocean views, canyon fairways and resort-style scenery.
Whether you need golf clothes or a set of rental clubs, Monarch Beach has you covered as the pro shop constantly brings in top-of-the-line fashion and equipment. Right across from the pro shop you can find Club 19, an indoor/outdoor restaurant that serves as a perfect venue for banquets and awards ceremonies for corporate groups and tournaments alike.
Finish your round and pull your cart up to the clubhouse where you’ll find complimentary fresh-baked cookies, lemonade and warm towels. This family-friendly course knows how to treat guests the right way, making it a top find for any golfer looking for a great experience.
Blogger’s Tip: Stick with an iron off the tee box on hole seven (toughest hole on the course) in order to better control your shot. Having a good tee shot on this hole is crucial, as it is rather unforgiving with a narrow fairway in windy river running through it.
Oak Creek Golf Club
1 Golf Club Dr.
Difficulty Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Toughest Hole: No. 9; 456-yard uphill par 4 (slight dog leg left)
- Black: 6,850 yards
- Gold: 6,543 yards
- White: 6,187 yards
- Copper: 5,621 yards
- Silver: 4,989 yards
Photo credit: Oak Creek Golf Club
Nestled in the heart of the Irvine Valley, Oak Creek Golf Club creates an escape-like atmosphere as it is surrounded by trees and staffed with friendly, service-oriented employees. Recognized as one of the top 50 U.S. courses for women by Golf Digest, this Tom Fazio-designed course is known for its natural scenery and playability.
Complementing the course is an award-winning driving range, which has been voted several times into the top 50 U.S. public ranges by the Golf Range Association of America. Here you will find 3.75 acres of open practice space and a fitting area allowing golfers to test and see which club sets are right for them.
Whether you are going for the course record, looking for the right set of clubs or just working on your game, Oak Creek will surely not disappoint.
Blogger’s Tip: When you approach the 18th hole (500-yard, par 5) stay left to avoid the water. Get to the green in regulation, and go for the birdie put to close out your round. This is the “feel good” hole that will have you wanting to play the course again and again.
Stay tuned for "Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two," on Thursday, March 20.
*Main image photo credit: Monarch Beach Golf Links.