Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Cinnabar Hills Golf Club Est. 1998

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Cinnabar Hills Golf Club: Occupying fabulously scenic and undulating terrain in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, Cinnabar Hills comprises 27 spectacular golf holes. The Lake and Mountain courses have most in common, both played over open, undulating terrain and providing fabulous views onto the surrounding hills, down to the Calero reservoir and across the Santa Clara valley. The Canyon nine is the more tree-lined of the three, with many tight and testing holes requiring accuracy rather than length from the tee. On all three nines, you will enjoy and be challenged by many elevation changes as well as plenty of stylish bunkering, both along the fairways and especially around the greens. Unforgiving grassy rough and bushes lie in wait if you stray too far offline on the open undulations of the Lake and Mountain nines. Water hazards threaten only occasionally, most dangerously at the par-4 3rd and par-5 7th on the Lake course, and the downhill par-4 2nd on the Canyon course. There is no housing at all within sight of these wonderfully rolling hills, allowing you to admire the naturalness of the surroundings and soak in those fabulous, ever-present vistas, which all three nines provide. Inspiring the club's logo, red-tail hawks can often be seen flying over the course and perched in the wizened oak trees that are dotted around this immensely scenic and exciting layout.

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Making Contact

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
23600 McKean Rd,
San Jose, California 95141
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Office   +1 (408) 323 7880
Pro Shop   +1 (408) 323 7815

  +1 (408) 323 9512

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Golf Pro
Hollis Kelley (Director of Instruction)
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About the course

The course: 27 holes. Open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: John Harbottle III
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6853 5850 5010
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 73.6 68.6 68.1
At the Same Location:
Above distances/ratings are for the Lake-Mountain nines. The Canyon-nine, at 3238 yards (back tees), is slightly shorter than the other two nines.
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How2Get There?

14 miles SE of San Jose
From Hwy 101 south-east of San Jose, take exit 373 (Bailey Ave) and head west on Bailey Ave. After 3 miles at T-junction turn left into McKean Road. After 1 mile golf is on your left.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: Mon-Thur $84; Fri-Sun $105. Golf cart included. Reduced early bird, twilight, super twilight and summer sundown rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Inside Cinnabar Hills' clubhouse, we thoroughly recommend you take time to browse the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum. This fabulous private collection of golf memorabilia, belongs to Cinnabar Hills' majority owner, Lee Brandenburg. The collection includes many exhibits of historical interest as well as full-size replicas of the four men's Major trophies and the Ryder Cup - a truly impressive display. >> Cinnabar Hills takes its name from the mineral known as cinnabar, which was mined in the surrounding area in the 1800s. Sometimes written cinnabarite, cinnabar is a relatively rare mineral that is often lipstick-red in colour. It is found in localities that yield mercury, and is the name applied to red mercury sulphide, or native vermilion, the common ore of mercury. Cinnabar is generally found in granular form, but can occur in crystal form, with resemblances to quartz.

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Latitude: (37.169315)
Longitude: (-121.751035)
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Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley 
399 Silicon Valley Blvd, San Jose CA 95138
+1 (408) 972 7800

This full-service hotel features 208 specially designed guestrooms/suites, catering to the corporate, group, and leisure traveler.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles The Ranch; Coyote Creek; Cinnabar Hills (6 mls)
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Golf within 20 miles No
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Courtyard San Jose South/Morgan Hill 
18610 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, California 95037
+1 (408) 782 6034

The Courtyard by Marriott in Morgan Hill is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, between the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula, not far from San Jose. Morgan Hill offers events such as the Taste of Morgan Hill and the Mushroom Mardi Gras. Neighboring Gilroy offers wonderful Gilroy Gardens and the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Coyote Creek
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Golf within 20 miles Cinnabar Hills; Eagle Ridge; The Ranch
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