San Jose Country Club is a Private 18 hole golf course located in in the lower elevations of the Diablo Range east of San Jose, California.
The golf course at San Jose Country Club first opened for play in 1899 as the Linda Vista Country Club. The course was originally designed by Tom Nicoll (1912), a Scottish-born professional and the Club's first head pro, with renovations by A.W. Tillinghast (1936), and John Harbottle (1997). Harbottle thought that the course has "a touch of Scotland", likening it to Gleneagles. Linda Vista emerged during an amazing cross-country buildup of golf courses. In the last five years of the 1800's, the U.S. golf Associations membership grew from 5 to 168 clubs. Linda Vista was the eighth course to open in California and the fourth in the Bay Area, preceded only by the Burlingame Country Club (1893), and the San Francisco Golf Club and The Presidio two years later. Loosely translated, in Spanish Linda Vista means "pretty view." The Linda Vista Country Club laid the foundation for the championship golf tradition that has carried through over a century at San Jose Country Club. On July 12, 1912, a Charter was drawn up for the San Jose Country Club.
Par for the golf course at San Jose Country Club is 70. From the back tees the course plays to 6225 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5492 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 16, a par-5 that plays to 536 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 5, a par-3 that plays to 145 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 17, a 516 yard par-5 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 7, a 159 yard par-3.
Member (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2012 at noon
I have been a member at San Jose for almost 20 years and I never tire of playing this challenging (but fair) course. The course is over 100 years old and like most courses of its era, it has small fast greens. Par is 70 (33 on the front and 37 on the back) and during a round you get to hit every club in your bag. Guests rarely shoot their handicap and all express a desire to play the course again. I have played over 200 California courses and San Jose is definitely in my top 10.
Member (cart not included), played on Saturday, May 2012 at 10am
Great course. Always in great condition. Unbeatable pace of play.
$76 (cart included), played on Tuesday, June 2010 at noon
One of the oldest courses in the area. Very well maintained. Very difficult greens, fast with hard to read breaks. It takes a lot of local knowledge to play well. The 4th hole is elevated high enough that you can see every other hole on the course. Views of the the entire valley. The last 3 holes will really test golfing skill. If you get an invite be sure to take it!
Member (cart included), played on Wednesday, April 2010 at noon
SJCC is probably the best golfing bargain in the Bay Area. The course is in excellent condition. The greens are fast and tricky. The greens are also relatively small and require accuracy more so than most golf courses.
Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Friday, April 2010 at noon
WON'T CUT GREENS. GREENS SUPER A REAL AHOLE
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