LOS SERRANOS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB North Course (909-597-1711)
Orange County/Los Angeles, California golf course review
Los Serranos in Chino Hills offers 36 holes of championship golf with courses designed by architect John Duncan Dunn that have been awarded 4 stars each, by Golf Digest Places to Play. The property, which affords wonderful views of the Chino Hills countryside, has hosted the California State Amateur and also has served as a venue for the LA Open qualifying sectional of the US Amateur Public Links.
Recent renovations to the courses and to the clubhouse facilities provide past guests and new visitors with an experience that is high in quality and good in value. The newly updated clubhouse features a pro shop (with high quality fashion sportswear by J Lindeberg) plus restaurant/lounge, plus nicely appointed banquet/special event room that can accommodate up to 300 people. Large glass windows frame this facility, providing outstanding views of the golf courses and hillsides.
Practice facilities consist of a targeted driving range with mat and grass hitting stations, 4 putting greens plus 2 short games areas for chipping and sand play. Yardage markers are situated at 100, 150 and 200 yards on the fairways and cart paths, and color coded flags indicate front, middle and back hole locations. Pro Shot GPS - standard on all carts, provides measurements to the front, middle and back of the greens. Color coded markers are located on all tee boxes, and 150 yard stakes are positioned in the middle of the fairways on all par fours and fives.
The North Course at Los Serrano is the shorter of the two designs, and features four sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 6691 yards/134 slope, 6375 yards/131 slope, 6144 yards/127 slope and5845 yards with a slope of 121 from the forward tees. There are 69 soft sand bunkers situated along the fairways or greenside, and water hazards come into play on 5 holes.
The rolling parkland terrain features tree lined fairways with ample landing zones replete with sand bunkers that sometimes cross the fairways. The sand traps greenside are also often penal in nature - demanding accurate approaches to reach in regulation. Throw in the fact that the putting surfaces are small and sloping, and one can understand why course management and a good short game are necessary to score well here. Judgment in club selection is also of importance, as there are many elevated tees and raised green complexes. The back side is especially undulating, with some forced carries over ravines. The "Big Jake and Little Pancho" bunker complexes on number 16 helps to make this par five one of the higher handicapped holes.
Prices are very reasonable making this one of the better values in the region. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.