Golf in San Jose, CA Is Way Above Par
The San Jose club scene is always in full swing with 15 nice golf courses located within the city itself. Here are some points of interest about five of them:
Cinnabar Hills Golf Course
This picturesque destination is made up of three separate nine-hole layouts called the Mountain Course, Canyon Course and Lake Course. These public courses can be combined any three ways for a round of 18 holes. Cinnabar Hills was recognized in 2009 as among the “Top 45 Golf Facilities in the U.S.” by the GolfWorld Readers Choice Awards.
Santa Teresa Golf Club
The 6,742-yard, par-71 public course is recognized as one of the most popular and challenging in the Bay Area. It is known for wide fairways, fast greens and strategically placed hazards. Santa Teresa also has a separate par-3 course that is drizzled with four difficult water hazards and many sand traps.
Silver Creek Valley Country Club
The private course was renovated in 2002 by Mike Strantz, deemed that year the “Hottest Golf Architect in America” by Golf Digest and the 1998 “Architect of the Year” by GolfWorld magazine. While visually intimidating, Silver Creek Valley gives players more than ample room to play, but the penalty for missed shots can be severe.
The Ranch Golf Club
Not many golf courses can boast of canyons, lakes, creeks and dramatic elevation changes, but The Ranch Golf Club can. The championship 18-hole public course also has dramatic views of downtown San Jose and the San Francisco skyline. It was nominated in 2005 by Golf Digest as one of the “Best New Golf Courses in America” and one of the “Best Public Golf Courses for Women.”
San Jose Country Club
This historic private venue was established way back in 1899, making it the fourth-oldest golf club in Northern California. The long list of golf pros and celebrities who have enjoyed playing San Jose Country Club throughout the years include Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Johnny Miller and Fred Couples.