The Ranch Golf Club

4601 Hill Top View Lane, San Jose, California, 95138
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(408) 270-0557
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Detailed description of The Ranch Golf Club

The Ranch Golf Club, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in San Jose, California.

The Ranch Golf Club golf course first opened for play in 2004. The par-72 course was designed by Casey O'Callaghan and Johnny Pott.

The Ranch Golf Club in San Jose offers a challenging championship golf course in a setting of rolling hills, lush oak-filled canyons, lakes & creeks, and views beyond the countryside to downtown San Jose and the San Francisco skyline. The Ranch Golf Club sits amid the stately hill country south of San Jose. This 18-hole golf course is the centerpiece of The Ranch on Silver Creek, a master planned community of 538 luxury homes. Both the golf course and all other facilities are open to the public

Hole #15 is the signature hole. It features a devilishly tiered green with a bunker in the center splitting the two levels.

Black tees: 6,747 yards, course rating 72.8, slope rating 150.

Blue tees: 6,389 yards, course rating 70.4, slope rating 142.

White tees: 5,808 yards, course rating 68.5, slope rating 129.

Red tees: 4,900 yards, course rating 69.4, slope rating 125.

This course has been reviewed 23 times
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Sonora, CA

$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 1969 at 8:30 AM

A buddy got discount tickets at Costco. For 35$ it was a steal. Fairway and bunker maintenance is lacking but for the price we payed it was worth it. Bring plenty of golf balls because trouble is all around. Some of the best scenic views in all of Bay Area. Sit a high score( lost 4 balls on one hole) but had a blast

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 028866
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Cupertino, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2013 at 8am

Very challenging but great course

Would travel: 30-60 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, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021091
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Cupertino, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Friday, February 2013 at 2pm

1) No one should construct a new course without a driving range. 2) Once you leave the 1st tee, you never see the clubhouse again and food and drink carts are too sporadic if there at all. 3) Water jugs were there on some tees but there were no drinking cups. 4) On the front side there's a hole the pros would have difficulty parring in 4: 470-some yards over a cavern and then steeply uphill and generally into a high wind, and your approach shot is often a blind one, with nothing but trouble if you miss. 5) Because of its difficulty, it's not a widely popular course, so it can have a ghost-town feel.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 019391
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2012 at 8am

Where do I begin? We arrived at the course only to discover there is no driving range. They have TWO nets you can hit into and about 2 dozen balls, in total, for them. Many forced carries, both tee shots and second shots, extremely tight fairways; miss a fairway by five yards and your ball is down a canyon. The hillsides are covered with brush so if you hit a ball onto one the chances are it won't roll down. Extreme elevation changes on many of the greens. Because it's a hilly course there are a lot of blind shots into the greens. All in all, a very unsatisfactory outing and lest you think I'm a hacker, my index is single digit.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 019078
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San Jose, CA

$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, June 2012 at 10am

Bring your straight game. Target golf with long carries and steep hills. A lot of golfers will never play the course a second time; those liking a challenge will be back.

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 # : 017982
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San Jose, CA

$71 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2011 at 8am

Great course, with tons of challenges.. Greens are very tough, lots of changes in elevation. It is a target golf course,better be accurate, miss the fairway kiss your ball good bye. Short course, with lots of risk reward shots. They temp you with short holes,then neck down the fairway. Play back on hit to 120 yard approach shot. Take you par and move on.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 016571
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Pleasanton, CA

$66 (cart included), played on Saturday, December 2011 at 10am

Challenging course to play with quick multi-level greens and lot's of blind shots. Would like to play again now that I know my way around the track.

Would travel: 30-60 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 # : 016557
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Santa Cruz, CA

Guest (cart included), played on Thursday, September 2011 at 8am

Country Club atmosphere. Beautiful course. Prior course knowledge helpful on many of the holes.

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 # : 016168
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Palo Alto, CA

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2011 at 8am

My main comment was that I was playing pretty well for me that day, but on an average day, the course is so "funky" in elevation change, areas where balls go to die, and torturous layout that I would be lucky to lose fewer than 10 balls in a round. It is built on the side of steep hills so it is ABSOLUTELY not walkable, and even the carts have trouble ascending some of the heights. That's why difficulty is both a pro and a con for this course. Great views, but I prefer more standard layouts and walkable courses. So while I might play it again, it would probably not be often.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not 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 # : 016079
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Milpitas, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, July 2011 at 10am

A very pretty course in very good shape. Beware, very difficult openning holes. After the first six holes it get's easier.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 014821
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Kihei, HI

$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2010 at noon

I play golf about 190 times each year and play this course almost every Tuesday. It is extremely challenging, very difficult, is always in great shape and most of my golf buds will not play as it is so difficult and they do not like to loose balls. I like to have a Real handicap and this course will do that for you. If you keep the ball in play you can score on this golf course.

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 # : 012228
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Santa Rosa, CA

$66 (cart not included), played on Sunday, May 2010 at 10am

Loved the course,played whites and hit more 3 woods than normal. Must play a second time to know the layout. Really a target golf course with many elevation changes. Been touting the course since I played it Returning in mid July and drive is 100 miles one way.

Would travel: 60-120 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 # : 010625
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San Jose, CA

$66 (cart included), played on Thursday, June 2010 at 8am

the more i play this course, the more i enjoy it. it has become my favorite course in ther area. if you think your way through the course instead of trying to bomb your tee shots with a driver, the course is a lot of fun. if you go for the difficult shots, you will probably have a rough day. bring extra golf balls! The restaurant is usually very quiet and the views are spectacular.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 010556
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San Ramon, CA

$61 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2009 at 10am

Would travel: 0-10 Miles
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Rank ID # : 007815
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San Jose, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2009 at 2pm

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 # : 007420
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Los Altos, CA

$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2009 at 2pm

$38 special during May (Mon-Tues) makes this course a great value -- greens were in excellent shape. Front nine is very challenging and many holes are memorable.

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, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 006945
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Los Altos, CA

Guest (cart included), played on Friday, April 2009 at 8am

Undoubtedly challenging, but the course conditions, tranqulity of its location, gorgeous valley and city (San Jose, with San Francisco in the far distance)views, plus value for money, make this one of the great courses around.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 006689
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San Carlos, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2009 at noon

This course is generally not crowded due to the degree of difficulty. This said, it is in great condition, fast pace of play and a terrific, challenging layout. The design emphasizes strategy over bombing the ball off the tee. Bring a few extra golf balls and pick the appropriate set of tees (4 to choose from).

Would travel: 30-60 Miles
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 # : 006383
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Los Altos, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2008 at 2pm

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 004542
Golf Course ranker Photo, Todd Lafferty
Pleasanton, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Friday, July 2008 at noon

The front nine on this course are the most difficult nine holes I've ever played, to the point of being unfair. The back is difficult, but fair, and a great test of golf. Half of the people we play with love it (the masochists) and the others swear they will never play here again. Lack of a driving range makes it all the more difficult. If playing here, warm up at Los Lagos across the freeway beforehand.

Would travel: 20-30 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 # : 003733
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Sebastopol95472, CA

$61 (cart included), played on Friday, July 2008 at 10am

What a fun challenging course. To give you an idea of how extreme this is. They won't let you walk, because it is a 13 mile hike!!!!

Would travel: 60-120 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 # : 003676
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Santa Cruz, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2008 at 10am

Great test of you entire golf bag.You are forced to pick the right club on the tee, not always a driver on the tee, some difficult shots over barankas to many geens. A couple of very short not so interesting par 3s, other than that a very tough layout!

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 # : 002750
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San Jose, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Thursday, March 2008 at 6am

The front nine is absolute target golf

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 # : 002214
4.3/5
Based on 23 reviews
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