This review is mainly for the course and the course is a boring one. Zzzzzz, read on if you are still awake.
For a private course, it really lacks a SIGNATURE hole and some water features. The course is also very crammed. Start with the first hole, the driving range balls are all over the right side of the rough. If you missed right, which a lot of us do, it takes a long time to find your ball. What kind of private course leaves hundreds of range balls on the right rough of the first hole! Horrible first impression!
By the way, 1920 is displayed everywhere on this course. You see it in the club house, you see it on the water bottles, and you see it on the flagsticks, etc. We get it. This course has been around since 1920. I guess there is really nothing else to advertise othan than the fact that the course is OLD and out of touch with the modern world. Even with almost 100 years of history, most people still don't know about this place and they probably never will. Let's face it. It's pretty easy to pass up Hacienda Golf Club when there are courses like Pelican Hills, Shady Canyon, Monarch Beach in OC and LA Country Club, Bel-Air Country Club, Trump National, in LA.
The only good thing I can say about this place is the condition of the course. The maintenance crew did a great job.
Overall, 1 star. Nothing special, and definitely not worth the $100 green fee.
I had my wedding here and the venue was amazing. The sunset was perfect and everyone was able to lift a hand to help. Food was OK. Had a few issues with food being different than what we tasted but nothing major and noticeable to guests. Overall everyone loved the place and the scenery.
Tees Played: Blue
This course will test for every aspect of your game. It's a great course for serious golfers. The view is spectacular - some of it reminded me of the Riviera.
I'm not one to rave about bells and whistles, but the golf carts here are plush - seriously, plush (it felt like I was sitting in a car seat).
The practice facility is above average with range mats, short game area, and putting green. There is a more expansive short game area on the course, but you'll need directions to get there by cart.
Tip: Roll some puts on the putting green (up hill and down hill). These greens can get fast.
I am very much looking forward to playing this course some more. There are definite advantages with course knowledge (Severely sloped greens, etc.)
This course truly rewards good shot making. The blue tees are not long (6600 yds), but the setup can be challenging (73.4 rating | 139 slope). If you're on the wrong side of the fairway/rough/green, it will almost be an automatic bogey. Many tees and greens are slightly elevated and well guarded, so errant shots can be brutal.
For some approach shots, landing on the wrong spot on the green can easily lead to a long 30ft putt.
Tip: Bring extra balls; severe punishment for wayward drives; approach shots are key: don't get above the hole.
For first-timers, I suggest taking a cart. Although some people are real troopers and walk up and down the hills, it's not a fun hiking and looking for your ball.
Amenities are fantastic, there's always chilled bottles of water and apples at the ready. Every aspect of the club is apparent: this is a players club.
I just went here with my sister and mother to look at the location for a wedding. It has been remodeled and looks beautiful! The coordinator Angela was very helpful, even though we didn't have an appointment! She met us outside and greeted us warmly. She took time to go over all the information and provided a packet. My parents attended a wedding here a year or so ago and they said it was very elegant. The banquet room is lovely at this time of year because it is decorated for Christmas. I would recommend that any bride visit this location who is looking for a wedding venue in the Whittier-La Habra Heights area.
I had the good fortune to be invited here to play in a charity golf tournament. The grounds, shop and locker are impeccable. The course is beautiful and extremely well manicured. It's tough and having only been out golfing one other time in the past 9 months or so I played horribly but who cares? I got to hang out at one of the most beautiful, exclusive golf clubs in Southern CA with some great people all day on a Monday, have a great dinner, and help raise some money for two very deserving charities.
I believe that the club is members only so you either have to join, play with a member, or play in a tournament such as the one I played in if you want to give it a try. I'd certainly love to golf here again if given the chance.