Cinnabar Hills Golf Club is named after the rich, red ore mined from its hills in the 19th century. Its three 9-hole layouts—The Canyon, The Lake, and The Mountain—foreshadow the property's topographical variety. Elevation changes and scenic overlooks are a constant across this 27-hole complex sculpted into San Jose's southern foothills. The 9-hole layouts can be combined into six different 18-hole playing experiences, keeping the adventure fresh as players select from multiple tee boxes, putt on exceptional Northern California greens, and relish scenic views throughout the course. Oak trees fill the landscape and attract a diverse population of wildlife, including red-tail hawks known for preying on unsuspecting bunker rakes. The enchanting layout and location have helped the course garner numerous awards, including the title of Best Public Golf Course from the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Magazine, Metro, and the Silicon Valley Concierge Association for many years in a row.
After rounds, golfers can refuel at the full-service restaurant and bar, or bask in the game's rich history at the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum. Full-size replicas of the four major championship trophies glisten in the display cases, along with a host of other golf artifacts.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s experienced personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course stands at the site of the old Thunderbird Golf Course, an East San Jose mainstay for more than 30 years, and its 9-hole executive layout is ideal for both newer players and veterans looking to hone their short game. Consisting of eight par 3s and a short par 4, the course emphasizes approach shots and putting—a skill easily practiced on the facility's 10,000-square-foot bent-grass putting green. Golfers can also improve their game at a driving range with 25 hitting stations, relax under patio umbrellas at the on-site cafe, or browse the pro shop to replace the nine-iron that took a new job as a walking cane.
While most of Rancho del Pueblo's resources are dedicated to traditional golf, the course also caters to footgolf—a new, growing sport in which players punt soccer balls over the fairways instead, hoping to reach the hole in the fewest number of kicks.
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Ten-year teaching veteran and PGA professional Chris Bradford analyzes his students’ strengths, weaknesses, and styles of play in order to craft individualized plans for golf-game improvement. His lessons center around three core tenets of instruction: personal strengths, which help golfers make the right on-course decisions; swing knowledge, which helps them understand their own mechanics; and quality practice, which teaches players to train effectively and abstain from combining golf and foxtrot practice. V1 Pro video software captures in-lesson swings, allowing for frame-by-frame analysis and side-by-side comparisons.