The Golf Club at Rancho California

39500 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy,

Murrieta, California 92563

  • Office

    +1 (951) 677 7446
  • Pro shop

    +1 (951) 677 7446
  • Fax

    +1 (951) 677 7449
  • Golf pro

    Mike Raschko (Class A PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential setting.

  • Designer:

    Robert Trent Jones Sr.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

5 miles N of Temecula Town Centre

FROM THE Interstate Hwy (I-15), just north of Temecula Town Centre, take the Winchester Road exit and head east. After approx 3 miles turn left onto Robert Trent Jones Parkway. After o.4 miles, at the Stop sign, turn right into golf entrance. FROM THE Interstate Hwy (I-215) just north of Temecula, take the Murrieta Hot Springs Road exit and head east. After approx 2.7 miles turn left onto Winchester Road. After o.6 miles turn left onto Robert Trent Jones Parkway. After o.4 miles, at the Stop sign, turn right into golf entrance.

The Golf Club at Rancho California

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1970

The Golf Club at Rancho California (formerly the Southern California Golf Association Golf Course) saves its most undulating and scenic holes for the closing stretch. The flip-side of putting the scenery and drama at the end, is starting you off with a few testing golf challenges, not least at the long opening par-3.

There is no doubting the quality of Trent Jones' design work, with many dog-legging holes wrapped around good sized lakes and ponds. The holes weave their way either individually or in pairs through an assorted collection of real estate; occasionally the housing comes close alongside the course, as at the par-4 6th. However, most of the time it is separated from the course by water hazards, plenty of stylish bunkering, a generous margin of not overly penal rough, and a scattering of tall eucalyptus and smaller pines, palms and birch trees.

The back-nine contains considerably more elevation change than the front, creating some of the best holes and most scenic views. The nearby Hogbacks range and more distant Santa Margarita mountains provide the panoramic highlights. The plunging, downhill par-4 12th, and uphill par-4 16th and 17th holes are three of the best to look out for.

Housing is present on some stretches of the back-nine, even though the overall feel is more natural than the front-nine, with bush-clad, grassy banks attractively skirting several holes, and a pleasant array of trees also playing its part.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays $65; weekends $85. Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The designer of SCGA Golf Course was the legendary, Robert Trent Jones. Born in 1906 in Ince, near Manchester, England, he became one of the world's most prolific golf course architects, involved with over 500 designs in 40 US states and 35 countries around the world. It is said that "the sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course." Aged 5 when his family emigrated to the USA, Jones later attended Cornell University, where he designed his own course of study to become a golf course designer, taking courses in landscape architecture, agronomy, horticulture, hydraulics, surveying, public speaking and economics. After initially working in Canada with Stanley Thompson, he struck out on his own in the late 1930s, designing and building courses in the USA. After World War II, Jones landed a big assignment designing Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta together with golf legend Bobby Jones. Although they are not related, it was at this time that Jones began using his middle name "Trent" to avoid confusion between the two. RTJ's legacy lives on and has been much expanded by his two sons, Rees Jones and Robert Trent Jones Jr.


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    +1 (951) 676 5656

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    Located in the Temecula wine region and close to Oceanside and Pechanga, the Embassy Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country hotel provides easy access to all the golf courses in the area, most notably CrossCreek, Redhawk, SCGA, Temeku Hills and Temecula Creek Inn - all featured on At the Embassy Suites you will enjoy the benefits of a separate bedroom and living room.

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    • Golf within 5 miles:

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    +1 (951) 587 9800

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    Vacationers coming to Temecula Valley can explore the wine country and great golf courses year round. Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites Temecula is close to Hwy 15, and within an easy drive of the Promenade Temecula Mall, restaurants, Pechanga & Pala casinos, concert venues and historic Old Town Temecula.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

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