Don’t let the stunning backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains induce a false sense of security: the links at SilverRock Resort are riddled with challenges. The home course for the Bob Hope Classic from 2008 to 2011, SilverRock sends players past massive bunkers and intersecting water hazards. Hole 12 reserves the title as the course’s longest, where players must wallop drives or construct tiny kayaks to get their golf balls across a canal. The course finishes with a dramatic 18th hole, as a lake alongside the fairway devours misguided shots. After rounds, players can visit the clubhouse, a charming renovation of a former working-ranch hacienda nestled into the rocky outcroppings.
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The snow-capped peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains peer over the treeline, creating a scenic backdrop to Cathedral Canyon Golf Club’s 18-hole course. Designed by prolific California course architect David Rainville—in consultation with Hall of Famer Billy Casper—the course winds across more than 6,500 yards dotted with ponds that reflect the distant mountains and the fearful grimaces of birds as they evade speeding tee shots. To prepare their swings for their next round, golfers can warm up at the club’s driving range or schedule a lesson with PGA Class A instructor Steve Creps.
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Mesquite Country Club features moderately rolling with mature trees and spectacular views of the mountains. It is well bunkered, with eight small lakes and hundreds of palm trees. Mesquite offers a challenging round of golf with numerous water hazards. Even Bob Hope and his friends would play here in the earlier days!
Designed by renowned course architect David Rainville—whose resumé includes famed courses such as Indian Wells Country Club—the 18-hole California Oaks course stretches across 5,218 yards of bucolic Southern California topography. Towering trees, intervening ponds, and immense bunkers conspire to kidnap wayward balls throughout the course, and the club's immaculate fairways provide a hospitable landing zone for pinpointed drives and golf-obsessed extraterrestrials. A stream flows alongside every hole, adding a sense of continuity to rounds as golfers contend with each on-course challenge. After 18-hole expeditions, players can replenish at Oaks Bar & Grill, which, like the course itself, affords customers splendid views of the Temecula Valley, the San Jacinto mountain range, and the cloud-like spirits of drowned golf balls trying to contact 9-irons from the beyond.
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CrossCreek's challenging course, designed by esteemed architect Arthur Hills, resides in the lush Temecula Valley and tests golfers with natural hazards that include oak trees, creeks, and quicksand. Enlist a friendly links partner, sharpen swings with two small buckets of range balls (approximately 30 balls each; $10 value) at the practice facility, and then pile into a cart to sacrifice your spheres to each of the 18 meticulously mown hole temples. Click here to view green fees.
Cottonwood Golf Center's nine-hole executive course sharpens straight shots with one par 4 and eight par 3 holes. Duffer duets amble through the meandering fairways, launch dimpled orbs through 2,466 yards of emerald alleys, and defeat lesser opponents in pull-cart street races. The scenic course overlooks rugged hills and scraggly pines, thwarting off-kilter shots with a petite water hazard filled with foghorn-wielding ducks. Players can supply their own clubs, rent one of the facility's sets ($5), or thwack golf balls with the neighbor's flamingo lawn ornaments.
The rolling contours of Fallbrook Golf Club's course wind through scenic Gird Valley to carve out a sturdy par 72 course highlighted by manicured greens and majestic, mature trees. Divot diggers of all skill levels will be led astray by the course's shimmering water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and enticing strip-malls. The course spans more than 6,000 yards, with a slew of difficult par 5 holes neatly framed by native live oak, sycamore, and eucalyptus trees. Players grab a friend for a full round, complete with two large buckets of range balls for handicap-lowering rehearsal on the course's full driving range and practice green. Included golf carts ferry players between tees with the majesty of Phil Mickelson traversing Augusta on the back of a trumpet-playing lion.