I was part of a group of guys who was invited to a Taylormade fitting today at the country club. We were excited about this opportunity since none of us were members at Shady Canyon. My buddy received this email directly from Taylormade and he confirmed the appointment. When we arrived at the range we started hitting a few clubs with the club fitting employee. Soon thereafter. another man walked up and questioned if we were members or we're playing today.. We stated we were there for the club fitting invitation He didn't identify himself to be associated with Taylormade or the club but he was extremely rude and arrogant demanding we must leave after questioning us for a few minutes. He kept repeating this was a private club and wondered how we got in the club or through the gates. We were dressed professionally and were very friendly but he was so pompous, rude and arrogant. We asked him why we were invited if we could not be there as non members. He didn't respond but just kept insisting we leave immediately. I have been to some of the most exclusive private golf clubs in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage as a guest and non member invitee to different golf events and I have never been treated this rudely at any of those clubs. The arrogance and attitude we received from this man was so out of line and unprofessional. He could have handled it so much differently and said it was an honest mistake, hit for a few more minutes, stay for awhile, enjoy the experience, etc.. The real kicker was when we mentioned lastly that two of us were successful real estate agents and this might have been a great way to add good PR, he added that they don't need any of more good PR.. Well, my PR statement is that I would avoid this community if you want a friendly private country club. There are so many more friendly and professional clubs across Southern CA. There staff is rude, arrogant and stuck on themselves.
My wedding was at Shady Canyon, and I couldn't have been happier. For so much time, energy, and emotion that goes into planning one single day, leaving the execution to somebody else is nerve racking. Shady Canyon exceeded on every account. From the second that we toured the space with Alexis (the catering/events manager at the time), we fell in love. We looked at nearly every venue in Newport Beach- including Big Canyon, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Balboa Bay Club, Balboa Yacht Club... etc, and from the second that Alexis welcomed us to the club, something clicked. Her attention to detail was impecible, and throughout the entire process, she supported every vision that I had in my mind.
On the day-of, everything went without a hitch. When the wedding party pulled up to the property, she even had cocktails waiting for us- much needed after a long mass! Alexis thinks about the entire event from the perspective of the guests, and will let you know what works and what doesn't. As a result, everybody raved about how friendly the staff was, how nobody had to wait in line for a cocktail, how beautiful the property was... on and on. No details were spared. Obviously we have a little bit of a biased towards our wedding, but it really was magical and the best wedding we've been to.
As a member of a number of city/business clubs, I want to comment on the restaurant at Shady Canyon. I would submit that the food is excellent, and the service is the best I have seen (so far!@). I was impressed with the Capresse (heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad) that was served with watermelon. Yes - WATERMELON. It was amazing, and the presentation was gourmet.
When I was a member of the UCI golf team we occassionally got to play here. It was a practice the no one would miss for any reason whatsoever. You drive up a hill from Irvine and all of the sudden you feel completely isolated. You no longer feel like you are in Irvine. The course is just pure, attention to detail is not looked over in any regard. As an example of this, note that every rake in every bunker faces the green of that hole. A typical Fazio course, it tends to be generous off the tee and well guarded by the greens. The course is challenging and the greens can get up to 13 on the stimp, but if your ball striking is good and your putting is excellent the course can yield scores below par.