3825 Union Rd,
San Juan Bautista, nr Hollister, California 95023
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Fred Couples & Gene Bates
45 miles SE of San Jose
From Hwy 101, about 10 miles west of Hollister, take the 156 and head east, direction Hollister. After 7.5 miles turn right into Union Road. After 200 yds turn right into Nothing Road. Follow road for 1.5 miles to clubhouse.
San Juan Oaks Golf Club: California's first Fred Couples signature golf course blends effortlessly into a wonderfully peaceful, unspoilt and scenic environment. With rolling hills and sweeping views to admire from the course, and no housing around the perimeter, this stylish layout combines a flatter, meadowland front-nine with a more undulating back-nine, which skirts into picturesque, grass covered hills and canyons.
In this predominantly open setting, with only a few wizened oaks dotted along the fairways and around the greens, you will need to beware of small creeks that accompany several front-nine holes, while straying too far offline from the tee will put you into long, penal, grassy rough. As the back-nine makes its lengthy clockwise sweep into the rolling Hollister Hills, a continuing array of excellent golf holes makes good use of the more pronounced elevation changes, while also providing longer-range views onto scenic valleys and mountains.
This graceful layout, always easy on the eye, is not without its challenges. At over 7,100 yards from the tips, plenty of expansive bunkering threatens both tee and approach shots. As you make your way around his very enjoyable, well-maintained and scenic layou, Couples regularly emphasises the need for good course management as well as length.
Pick of the holes: from the par-5 15th through to the par-4 17th, you play through an attractive grassy canyon. The vista from the 17th tee is stunning.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.
The logo of San Juan Oaks Golf Club features the bell-tower of the old Spanish mission at nearby San Juan Bautista (in English, Saint John the Baptist). This was the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions established in California by the early Spanish settlers. Tours of the mission are conducted everyday, except on major public holidays.
660 San Felipe Road, Hollister, California 95023
+1 (831) 637 9248Visit website
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