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Reviewed by: sixpez, Irvine
Last but not least, JohnnyGK and I played Dublin Ranch as the last stop of our Norcal GK Guru visit. We teed off here around 2:30, joined by Nadia (aka 805frogger) from Kemper Sports for our front nine. Actually it was the back nine because they had us start on the 10th hole for whatever reason. That actually worked out nicely because we both liked the front a lot better. Hardly anyone out there in the afternoon, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
The course was in good, not great, overall condition. The tee boxes were fine. The fairways were mostly good, with some thin spots and repair work being done here and there. The rough was pretty spotty. Sometimes really thick and lush and sometimes bare, with some patchy sections in between. There are a number of areas you can tell they are conserving water and letting it go to just dirt, and some holes looked a little nicer than others in that respect. The greens were good, soft and receptive while rolling pretty well at medium/slow speeds. The recent storm clearly did some damage to many of the bunkers. Hard to rate those because some were really messed up while others were fine with good sand. They could all use some TLC, though, to smooth out old footprints and restore any damaged/flooded spots.
It’s hard to categorize Dublin Ranch. Yes, it is an “executive” course playing to a par of only 63 (two par-5s, five par-4s and 11 par-3s). However it does not play like an executive. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr and it never feels like you are playing a mid-size course. The holes are legit with huge greens, nice contours and plenty of challenge no matter what tees you play. The setting is cool up on the hillside with panoramic views in every direction. The fact it is not a full “regulation” course will turn off some serious players while the challenging design may turn off those novice/intermediate players who might normally play executive courses. It’s an odd one, but however you want to categorize it, it is a cool course with nice facilities. They seem to have a loyal customer base, so it seems they’ve found their niche. I know we had a good time there and I would easily recommend it if you are looking for a little quicker round without sacrificing much quality.
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
The last round of our GK Review Guru visit to NorCal. Sixpez and I were joined by GK’er 805frogger on the first 9 holes (we teed off the back nine first) and then it was just Sixpez and me for the last 9 holes. Super time seeing 805frogger (Nadia of KemperSports) and a fun unique course to cap off the trip.
Dublin Ranch Golf Club is like no other course I’ve played in that it’s a regulation course but it’s only a par 63 so I guess it’s technically an executive? Regardless of what classification the course falls under it’s a very enjoyable track with some of the best overall panoramic views throughout the course that I have experienced.
The condition of the course was very good overall. I thought the greens were mostly smooth, moderate speed and a bit firm. The fairways were predominately lush, some more than others with occasional thin areas. Rough was hit and miss in terms of lush, thin or even bare in a few circumstances. The bunkers were mostly in good condition with quality sand with exception some on the front nine bunkers that suffered recent water/storm damage. Tee boxes, pretty big, level and lush.
The course has a clean small yet fancy clubhouse with a snack bar outside. There is no driving range and only a practice putting and chipping area. Service in the clubhouse and snack bar was excellent. Recommended for a quick round of golf for every skill level. See photos just posted!