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4601 Hill Top View Ln
San Jose, CA  95138-2707
United States

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Ranch Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,747 yards | 150 slope

72.9 rating

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Ranch Golf Course

The 18-hole "Ranch" course at the The Ranch Golf Club facility in San Jose, California features 6,747 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.9 and it has a slope rating of 150. Designed by Casey O'Callaghan/Johnny Pott, the Ranch golf course opened in 2004. Casey Kim manages the course as the General Manager/Superintendent.

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is an extremely tough golf course, especially the front nine. I've hit one over on the back nine once, but am lucky to hit eight over on the front nine. Many long carries on the front nine and uneven lies. The greens are treacherous, also

Reviewed January 21, 2010

I've been golfing for over 35 years and this ranks among my favorite courses because it puts me to the test everytime. I've begun rounds with three birdies in first three holes and I've begun rounds with double bogey on those same three holes. I've shot a 73 round and I've shot a 98 round in the same month. Views are magnificent, and the person who selects the hold placement can be kind or vicious, it can leave you jumping for job or shaking your head. The epitomy of risk reward golf, every hole offers a reward to a perfectly executed shot into the right position, it also severely punishes every miss. Distance is only an issue on a few holes, it's all about knowing your line and distance and properly shaping your shots. Elevation changes are very disceptive and can get you to swing inconsistently which leads to real problems. Greens are fast and deceptive because of how the elevation changes, don't look at the surface of the green but rather at the topography around you, where would water run? A really fun challenge each and every time out. Finish with the ball you started the round with and you'll know you played a fine round of golf.

Reviewed January 19, 2010

Reviewed October 27, 2008

This is a must play course! When I read the reviews I almost didnt play here. Yeah it is a tuff course but if you love to golf you will love this course. Play on a clear day the views are great. The course is beatiful and the change in elevations just show it off. I had more pleasure playing this course then any course I have played. If all you want to do is lower your handicap then play the muni. If you want a great golf experience come here.

Reviewed September 06, 2008

OK, so how did I come up with an overall rating of 2 stars when all my separate ratings were higher than that? Simple: the whole is LESS than the sum of its parts. I like difficult courses, but not when the difficulty is due to ridiculous designs. One should not gently lip out a 12-foot putt and then have the ball run the remaining 60 feet off the green and then another 20 yards back down the fairway. It happened to me, though. Twice.

If Pete Dye and the Marquis de Sade had a love child, this is the course that offspring would have designed.

Reviewed August 27, 2008

Reviewed January 18, 2008

I can Safely say that your 3 wood 7 iron Favorote wedge and putter and thats all ya need for this course fun and crazy played on a foggy day partner made a eagle on the 14th good humbler easy back nine

Reviewed January 06, 2008

Hardest Course ever played, but it grows on you if you don't quit playing this course. It makes you a better golfer if you can play the Ranch.

Reviewed November 01, 2007

Possibly the course by which all bad courses should be judged. I'm not sure it gets any worse than this. NEVER should a course have been built on that site, and the result proves that statement. Stupid hole after stupid hole; it's 4.5 hours of your life that you'll never get back.

Reviewed September 08, 2007

Having played Stone Tree in Navato the day before, we were hoping and expecting a little friendlier course. The virtual fly overs on the web presented the club as challenging, but not overwhelming. As we drove to the clubhouse, we noticed we were going up the side of a rather large mountain. I joked at the time, "What, are we teeing off the top of the world." If I had only known.

The first hole requires a carry of just over 175 yards across a 200 foot deep canyon onto a fairway slightly wider than Paris Hilton's hips. The fairway then crests and drops behind the horizon so you have no idea where the green is. The result is a hole, and the beginning of a course, where insane changes in elevation and tee-box position create challenges with perspective and judging distances.

Nearly every hole on the front nine is played up and down or across canyons. We should have known there was something wrong when we looked at teh scorecard and each hole had a nickname. THis course is one of those that I think everyone will enjoy if they put aside their ego and concentrate on the views and layout of the course. This is like minature golf but instead of windmills and waterfalls you are shooting across huge canyons, creeks and down the sides fo mountains. There was one hole on the front where I actually banked it off the side of the mountain in an attempt to get to the fairway and it worked.

Bring extra balls with you, between myself and my partner we lost over 25 balls in the course of the round. And once the ball goes off the fairway, it is gone since the entire course runs through an endangered specieis habitat and the changes in elevation mean if it rolled off the side at the beginning of the fairway, it probably didn't stop rolling until it hit the bottom of the canyon.

Great course to play if you are out to have a good time. Great course to play if you think you are the next Tiger Woods (although with his driving accuracy I think he would have problems here). But not a great place if you are tracking every stat and trying to improve your handicap.

We decided there were only two reasons we would go back, first, to take other friends and share the pain and mental tomrent with them; or when we needed a dose of humility. But highly recommend it.

Reviewed June 12, 2007

First Time For Everything

My first time playing golf was at this course last year. Reaching the 19th hole was quite the challenge. But I must admit that my balls were taking flight by the time I got to front nine. With some golf pros as friends I eventually caught on and began loving every minute that I was on the course.

Reviewed June 01, 2007

Killer course!

First time there the front nine almost killed me - I think I shot 54. Lost several balls. Uphill, downhill and sidehill lies. Long carries across barancas. Blind shots. Severely sloped greens. You name it. I was about to quit and go home. The back nine is easier and shorter. Shot 41 and decided, yeah, maybe I'd come back again. My advice is to leave your driver in the bag. Could use it for distance on 1 or 2 holes, but a 3-wood is safer. This course will test your mental stamina ;-)

Reviewed April 24, 2007

Great View, Clean Area, and Good Game

I think the Ranch Golf Club is a great place to play golf. It also has beautiful scenery overlooking San Jose.

Reviewed July 19, 2006

What were they thinking?

Remember those old golf lithographs of ridiculously odd golf holes? The folks at The Ranch decided to bring that artist's twisted imagination to life - at least on the front 9. Hitting off mountain tops into valleys (or onto other mountain tops), and through canyons just isn't for me. After you endure this routine for the first half of your round, you will be playing a back 9 very similiar to your local muni. It's really a strange layout. If you decide to play, make certain to spend a few bucks on the yardage book.

Reviewed July 05, 2006

difficult but spectacular

this course is very difficult , and par is protected very well on most holes (especially around the greens), but there are a few holes where birdie is attainable. No question you must have your A game , and be sure you bring enough balls ( alot a chances to lose alot of balls) . but this course is in great shape with alot of spectacular views . A real thinking mans course, probably only need to use driver 4 or 5 times.


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Robin G. 26 51 25 04/26/10
2 Ken T. 13 82 69 11/09/07
3 Niraj P. 23 93 70 05/11/13
4 Ted S. 15 86 71 10/01/07
5 Cesar A. 14 86 72 06/14/08
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About The Ranch

The Ranch Golf Club

Community facility

18 regulation holes

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Casey Kim, General Manager/Superintendent
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