San Clemente Golf Course

150 E Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, California, 92672
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(949) 361-8380
Architect: William P. Bell (52)
                       William F. Bell (87)
                      
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Detailed description of San Clemente Golf Course

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

Built by renowned Golf Course Architect William Bell on land donated by city founder Ole Hanson, the course consisted of nine holes on opening day in 1930, with what is now the back nine being added in 1955. Municipally owned and operated since its inception, the San Clemente Golf Club is aptly known as the “Pride of the Pacific.†William F. Bell redesigned his father's layout in 1957.

The golf course boasts sweeping ocean views, interesting elevation changes, a challenging yet fun layout reminiscent of the golden age of golf, and best of all, reasonable green fees. The moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean ensures frost free winters and cool summer breezes. Popular from its very beginning, San Clemente now hosts roughly 95,000 rounds per year, making the “muni†one of the most popular courses anywhere. This course is one of the finest public courses in the Southern California area. The course was built amid the scenic foothills that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the terrain on this course always slopes toward the ocean, so plan on your putts to break a little more than they seem, giving at least an extra inch to your reads to compensate. Any putt struck directly toward the ocean will have a tendency to be fast. All the fairways are lined by pine and palm trees, plus there is a standard cut of rough to contend with and out-of-bounds areas coming into play on many holes

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,435yards. From the foward tees the course plays to 5,713 yards and a par-73. The longest hole on the course is # 5, a par-5 that plays to 538 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 2, a par-3 that plays to 151 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 5, the 538 yard par-5 challenge is the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at San Clemente Golf Course is # 13, a 295 yard par-3.

This course has been reviewed 17 times
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San Clemente, CA

$21 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, December 2018 at 11:00 AM

Great place to play. Ocean views from almost every hole. If you par the last four holes, you played a great round of golf!

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 029365
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San Clemente, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Saturday, February 2014 at 8am

This is my home course...and I love it!

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 021590
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San Clemente, CA

(cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2013 at 6am

It is just a real pleasant experience to be on the course, regardless of the score you shoot.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021365
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$36 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, April 2012 at 10am

Very nice experience overall.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 017558
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Mission Viejo, CA

$26 (cart not included), played on Saturday, July 2011 at 6am

Enjoyable home course for me.

Would travel: 10-20 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 # : 015194
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San Juan Capistrano, CA

$21 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, July 2011 at 6am

This is a great course for the money and the challenge. It is also a traditional walking course which is difficult to find today. I have played the course on a regular basis and always enjoy it unless I am playing later in the day when the pace of play slows down. Best to tee off before 8.00 in the morning

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 # : 014881
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San Clemente, CA

$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, July 2011 at 6am

Great course to play...

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 014774
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Irvine, CA

$26 (cart included), played on Sunday, May 2011 at 8am

Ok, now here's the deal with "the Clan" (affectionately named by mens clubbers at San Clemente Muni). This place is WHAT IT IS, y'all! It's a local track with good golfers few, begginers-o-plenty, and it's kid-friendly!

Dave Cook and his wife run a tight little shop and give lessons to a lot of entry-level golfers who then take it to the course (a lot of times way before it's time to do so). However, if you are a local, you know this, and you work in your wager-games with your stiff-lipped-scalliwags early in the day while the waffles and cheerios are being scarffed up by our next generation of surf-skate-golfers who arrive in the mid-day sun after their 2-hour surf session and before planning to heist dad's whiskey and hit the beach for glass-off. It's just that way, people.

I've seen this place with greens so fast that guys would wager in the bar about whether it was 11.5 or 13 on the stimp; then they would march (beers in hand) to the green in question and stimp it so they could settle their bets right then and there.

Watch out for Pham! He will bet you a grand that he will beat you with your own clubs (barefoot) ... and HE WILL! Greg S. is the mens club champ, and a good egg! Does he ever blink?!? I honestly played 9 holes with him one time, and I counted ZERO blinks!!!! And then there's Jim (The Silkworm) Simpson whose silky smooth sumptuous swings of each club in the bag make us droooool with envy! Tommy-the-Grass-Boy is awesome, with one foot in his golf shoes and one foot on his surfboard, ya never know what he'll do, but rest assured he'll do it with a Stone Pale Ale in his hand.

So, if you want Kayme to tend bar for you and tell you stories of her love and escapades while you stretch the limits of your liver and laugh for hours with the good ol' boys at The Clan, then waste not one more minute and head down to San Clemente Muni. Otherwise, maybe I'll run into ya some other place, some other time.

This place is not for everyone; certainly not the yuppie OC exec who needs to "work in a round of golf" before his eyebrow waxing appointment!

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 014092
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San Clemente, CA

$21 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, February 2011 at 6am

Home course. William Bell design. Never had a bad experience.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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 # : 013041
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San Clemente, CA

$21 (cart not included), played on Sunday, January 2011 at 6am

I play this course on a regular basis. As a San Clemente resident I am proud to call it my home course. The fairways and greens are well kept, the tee boxes are in good shape considering the roughly 95k rounds that are played annually. Pacific Ocean can be seen from every hole! Average round is 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours. When the sun is shining and you are with friends, nothing else matters.

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 # : 012939
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2010 at 10am

CXourse was crowded, no marshalls, Fairways and greens good, tee boxes level but overall play slow

Would travel: 0-10 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 # : 012009
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Laguna Beach, CA

$21 (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2010 at 10am

Wonderful value at a friendly golf course. It's not a brutal course, but the greens make it tricky!

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011685
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San Juan Capistrano, CA

$21 (cart not included), played on Friday, August 2010 at 6am

I play at San Clemente at least once a week. It is a great walking course, with enough difficulty to be fun. I typically play with friends and we all have the same view of the course. It is rare to find such a great muni course, with ocean views, and in such good condition.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
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 # : 011602
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San Clemente, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2009 at 6am

Course gets very heavy play but is well maintained. Very close to ocean (with ocean views) and in the summer it's 10 degrees or more cooler than courses as nearby as 10 miles. I'm fortunate to live in San Clemente (right next to an upscale course, Talega) and I play San Clemente 10 to 1 over Talega because of the value and the restaurant/clubhouse. I love it.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
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, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 007981
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Fountain Valley, CA

$36 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2008 at 6am

I played early on 9/13/08 Sunday and found the staff to be helpful. This is a friendly golf course, with a beautiful view of the ocean. Greens were better then average that broke to the ocean. There was a challenging par 3 at 205 yards from the blues over a canyon followed by a tough dog leg left par 4 over another canyon. The pace of play was 4hr 15 min. This is a great course for the money. With a new club house and facilitates. I can not wait to return.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 004591
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San Clemente, CA

$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2008 at 2pm

This course is less than a mile from the ocean. Has ocean views on several holes. In summer nice onshore breeze. In winter often times overcast. This is a very popular course and the best tee times are often taken by the locals. Back nine is challenging with fairly hilly terrain. Most if not all greens slope to the ocean. Kikuya fairways, so rollout is minimal. No water on course. Houses on all fairways, but a nice track.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 004308
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Baldwin Park, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Sunday, May 2008 at 6am

Nice track for a Muni, few holes on the back nine have a view of the ocean

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
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 # : 002765
3.8/5
Based on 17 reviews
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