Talega Golf Club

990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, California, 92673
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(949) 369-6226
Architect: Brian Curley (22)
                       Fred Couples (17)
                       Lee Schmidt (16)
                      
Talega Golf Club, San Clemente, California, 92673 - Golf Course Photo
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Detailed description of Talega Golf Club

Talega Golf Club, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in San Clemente, California.

Talega Golf Course first opened for play in 2001. The course is a par 72 Fred Couples "Signature" designed championship golf course.

Talega Golf Course plays to a maximum distance of 6,951 yards for a course rating of 73.5 and a slope rating of 136.

The course is well conditioned with fast greens. Most of the landing areas are fairly forgiving, but there's still enough trouble here in the form of water, sand, and some forced carries. The front nine is more of a parkland style of course, somewhat manufactured, while the back is just built with the land as it was.

Copper tees: par-72, 6,951 yards, 73.5 / 136

Blue tees: par-72, 6,583 yards, 71.7 / 129

White tees: par-72, 6,187 yards, 69.4 / 124

Red tees(W): par-72, 5,245 yards, 65.2 / 110

This course has been reviewed 24 times
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Yucaipa, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Monday, April 2014 at 10am

Definitely worth playing at least a few times. You will enjoy your round.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 021732
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2013 at 10am

pooor conditions

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 021261
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$76 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2013 at 6am

The course seemed a little run down. For eighty dollars I expect better. Yes the starter does not want people to park carts next to the putting green. What's up with that??? You have to see the starter to get the key to the cart. I had to go looking for him. Not a good experience for the price.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Average course for the area, Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 020129
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Rapid City, SD

$46 (cart included), played on Friday, March 2013 at 10am

Very nice course. Good layout, lots of traps. Very challenging grreens. Give it a run, you won't be disappointed.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 019522
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San Clemente, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2012 at 8am

The practice facility is a joke. If you want to hit before you play, get there an hour early, because it isn't close. The practice bunker and green are not maintained at all, not an accurate representation of any course. The bar/restaurant isn't open early, so come fed. The people staffing the snack window, can't operate the bar fully. If you are playing late in the day, don't expect to hang out and have a beer afterward, because everybody is gone. They should take a page from San Juan Hills and make the place somewhere you want to be, maybe watch a game and practice at. The course is nice and I like the layout, which is why I go, but could be maintained better, the greens coming in were a little rough, lots of bald spots and the fairways are dying off in spots. Also the starter, for some reason, saw fit to come over while I was putting and move my cart to the line up without asking our saying anything. This in and of itself isn't a huge deal, but I have $2000 worth of gear, GPS, my phone, my wallet, my keys..... How about an, Excuse me sir! For a little bit more I can play Monarch and have my ass kissed all day.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 018894
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Trabuco Canyon, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2012 at 6am

This is one of the best courses I have played in the area, especially for the price. I would rate it as one of the top courses in OC.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 017588
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Newport Beach, CA

(cart included), played on Friday, April 2012 at 10am

Pace of play is consistent, course is always in good condition. Moderate temperatures year around. Challenging but fair course. Legitimate hadicap established here.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 017518
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Danville, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, February 2012 at noon

Talega is a nice course and fairly priced. There are a few holes that are "sqeezed" into the layout but overall a good test for the average player.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016908
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San Clemente, CA

Member (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2011 at 10am

I have been a member for several years and enjoy playing Talega at least 3 times per week. The layout is challenging but fair. The greens are in great shape and run true. Some of the fairways need more/better grass and some areas of the rough have clumpy grass. The greenside bunkers need work -- they are generally too wet and not fluffy, so it is difficult to get enough sand under the ball to "throw" onto the green effectively. A good value, particularly if you are a member that plays often or paying the member's guest rate.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 014739
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San Clemente, CA

Member (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2011 at 6am

Greens are exceptional. Rolling at 10-11.5, since they started hand watering the greens and rolling them several times a week they have become PURE! Great improvement in the fairways as well. They are now working on improving the courses one weakness, quality of sand. When wet, they are challenging and inconsistent. Course offers a good challenge, but fair. Several forced carries. Front nine test your irons and short game. Back nine tests your long irons and driving accuracy.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 013888
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Mission Viejo, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2011 at 8am

My favorite course in area, it is fair priced especially for over 55. Good variety of holes, use about every club in bag from Blue tees. greens make the difference in difficulty with tiers etc.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 013137
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Mission Viejo, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2011 at 8am

My favorite course in area, it is fair priced especially for over 55. Good variety of holes, use about every club in bag from Blue tees. greens make the difference in difficulty with tiers etc.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 013136
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Newport Beach, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Monday, February 2011 at 2pm

For the price it's a real value!! Would reccommend it to others!

Would travel: 10-20 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 013124
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Gold River, CA

$71 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2010 at 6am

...a couple of quirky holes, but overall a good course....had rained 12 of 14 days prior to playing & they hadn't gotten in yet to mow, but course was in reasonable shape considering the conditions....not from this area, but was a little too pricey .... but that might be southern cal vs. norcal....in norcal that course would have been $55 on the weekend, not $90...

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 012186
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$61 (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2010 at noon

Had a great time. I brought out of town friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. I particularly liked the way the starter gave us a few 'tips' on the long par-3's (into the wind) and some other course tips. Keep it up! We'll be back.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 012047
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San Juan Capistrano, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2010 at 6am

really enjoy this course! Conditions seem to be fairly consistent.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 012014
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Ladera Ranch, CA

Member (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2010 at 6am

Great design. New ownership has led to changes that will make course better in 2011. Fairway grass changed to Bermuda with rye rough area. They have shaped and tightened fairways making it tougher. There are plans to redo sand traps next year as they are a mix of crushed marble and sand and inconsistent but when dry ok. The greens are getting healthy and they have invested in equipment to improve. Still an opportunity to get greens consistent as some greens vary in speed. Course could be better marked. Stakes and painted lines are inconsistent. Pro shop has basics and average assortment, opportunity exist to improve. Resturant food is good and even though there are many wedding events on weekends, lunch menu is good. They offer a beer after the round for the price of temperature...always under a buck. Driving range is a bit of drive, save time and drive to range first as shuttle takes a while. No grass area to hit from and mats need to be upgraded. I heard they may allow grass hitting next year? Range balls were just upgraded but some old still mixed in. No food or drink at range so bring it with you if planning to practice. Practice chipping area available for short chips and sand practice, although conditions differ from course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 011883
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Costa Mesa, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2010 at 6am

A beautiful layout and always a joy to play. Challenging and rewards good play as well as penalizes poor shots. The condition is inconsistent and what were once the best greens in the area for years have been inconsistent the last few times we played. The clubhouse is not very friendly and most often has no place to grab a drink or lunch due after play due to outside events. The pro shop staff is among the worst and truly are clueless regarding customer service. Lastly, the driving range is a haul to get to and they make it very difficult to spend your money even if you show up well ahead of your tee-time to warm up.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 011752
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Sjc, CA

Member (cart included), played on Friday, September 2010 at 8am

Great course. Great value. Great staff. I play it 3 times a week.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011619
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Oceanside, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, June 2010 at 6am

Undulating greens and lots of traps. Nice

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 010620
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Fullerton, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2009 at 8am

Have played this course in much better condition.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 008283
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San Clemente, CA

Member (cart included), played on Thursday, January 2009 at 6am

Talega is the best public course in the area - period. Layout is great. Staff is great. Great match play team. Greens have wonderful subtle breaks, but that condition of greens varies too much. GPS on carts is nice. First beer after your round is .19 cents; can't beat that.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 006613
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San Diego, CA

$101 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2008 at 8am

We've played here numerous times and have really enjoyed it. Although we had a confirmed 8:00 am tee time, they squeezed in a large wedding party playing group that resulted in our not being able to tee off until after 8:20. Add in the fact that the wedding party included at least one five-some and their slow play, we didn't get off the course until approximtately 1:15. They should know better.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 002701
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

$66 (cart included), played on Wednesday, February 2006 at 10am

This course has excellent staff and marshals. Very helpful and friendly.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 001538
3.8/5
Based on 24 reviews
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