ROBINSON RANCH GOLF CLUB - Valley Course (661-252-8484)
Orange County/Los Angeles, California golf course review
Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita just north of Los Angeles, is a 36-hole championship facility with 2 beautiful courses that have been awarded 4 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Designed in 2000 by T.Robinson and T Robinson Jr, the Mountain and Valley courses received the distinction of being voted as having the best greens in Los Angeles County. The layouts are nestled at the base of the Los Angeles National Forest and offer breathtaking views of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The two story 25,000 square foot clubhouse features a rustic ranch decor, and includes a nicely stocked pro shop plus full service restaurant/lounge. Banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 250 guests and a conference room with capacity to facilitate internet usage for up to 20 people, make this a wonderful venue for meetings and events. The beautifully landscaped, cascading waterfall that runs from the clubhouse to the 18th green helps to provide an aesthetically pleasing environment as well.
There also are locker rooms with showers for men and women, and a snack shop serves sandwiches and beverages for those looking for something quick. Practice facilities include a targeted range with mat hitting stations, plus putting greens. Carts are equipped with ball & club washers, plus mounted pin placement charts. On course yardages are posted at 100, 150 and 200 yards on cart paths and fairways, sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green, and 25 yard markers are positioned from 200 - 100 yards.
The Valley Course at Robinson Ranch is the longer of the two layouts, and also the more challenging. The course plays mostly through a beautiful valley with picturesque views of the adjacent mountains. The ninth and eighteenth are spectacular par fives that finish with approaches to green complexes that feature beautiful water hazards - including cascading a waterfall on the finishing hole.
There is a pleasing mix of tree lined and desert type holes, with some holes that play right into the mountainsides. Golfers will encounter numerous carries, either off the tee or on the approach, and there are also numerous doglegs with trees or strategic sand traps situated near the landing zones. Several holes begin form elevated tees, highlighted by the par three 7th, which features a drop of over 100 feet. The green complexes are well protected by sand and swales, with some multi-tiered putting surfaces as well.
Four sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes measuring 6903 yards/149 slope, 6469 yards/141 slope, 6024 yards/135 slope and 5408 yards with a slope of 126 from the gold tees. There are 62 sand bunkers located near the landing zones or greenside, and water hazards come into play on three holes. The par five 18 is a gorgeous finishing hole, beginning from a very elevated tee to a tree lined fairway, with an approach that must negotiate a cascading water hazard on the right.
This is a beautiful course with outstanding views and incredible shot values that will test the games of all levels of players. It is a heck of a challenge from the tips! For more information, visit our page for the course with direct link to their website by clicking here.