#GolfCourseReview @SanJuanOaks #Golf #Hollister #California
Reviewed by: Alex326, Monterey, Ca
This is a great course all around (sans the traps). First I’ll talk about the layout. The front 9 is on flat ground and offers several scoring opportunities. Don’t confuse flat and scoring with boring. Water borders the left side of the green on the par 5 Hole 9; making it risky to go for the green in 2 (but oh so sweet if you do and pull it off). In addition both Par 3’s on the front play with your mind with water on the 8th hole and a narrow opening followed by an open meadow before the green on the 6th hole. Both play into the wind adding to the challenge.
After coming off the front 9 thinking your going to break your personal best. . . you head to the hills!!
Holes 12-18 are perched in the mountain. They offer some great views and plenty of challenge. Holes 13-15 have forced carries to cross, with split fairways and play very long. Add in the wind and you’ll be pleased to walk away with a bogey at any of these holes. Even the short Par 3 16th has a gully to carry. Holes 17-18 play down hill but into the wind. When you get finished with your 18 you’ll probably say “what a fun but tough course.”
Now for the basics, Greens are the perfect challenge. They are smooth; relatively fast and have a touch of undulation but not too much (similar to Blackhorse/Bayonet). Fairways are lush and relatively divot free.
Outside of the fairway you enter brush land so finding your ball is a rarity. Also the backside has tons of Poison Oak so beware entering the brush. The main setback for San Juan Oaks is the poor quality sand traps. Most are hard dirt at best. Also the wind kicks up here so get out early and even that isn’t a guarantee that you wont battle it.
Customer service is top notch and super accommodating.
This course gets packed on the weekends so my rating for pace of play is based on early weekday morning tee times.
There is a Golf moose deal right now that is great.
Another fun fact is the wild turkeys on the course. Usually around 40+ roaming around one of the holes.