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4.6
132 Reviews (132)
5 Stars
89
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.6
95.0%
Recommend this course
125 out of 132 reviews
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4.5
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.2%
Recommend this course
37 out of 41 reviews
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4.6
79 Reviews (79)
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.9%
Recommend this course
75 out of 79 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Resort
Par 32
Length 2221 yards
Slope 114
Rating 30.8

Formerly known as "Laguna Beach Country Club" and "Aliso Creek Golf Course".

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Course Details

Year Built 1950
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
132 Reviews (132)
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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
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Perfect weather
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Nine holes hidden in the canyons of Laguna Beach

Chances are you've never heard of this course because it is hidden in plain sight. This amazing little gem is located right off of the Pacific Coast Highway - and right across from a beautiful oceanfront beach - but you can't see it.
All nine holes are tucked into the surrounding canyons. These imposing walls keep the noise of the highway and the tourists away. It's an especially secluded, peaceful and mesmerizing place at daybreak or twilight.
The par-32 layout - formerly the Aliso Creek Golf Course - is short with the 318-yard fifth hole the longest of the five par 4s. Thankfully none of the holes play awkward or feel shoehorned in. It's a shot-maker's course with several heroic approaches taking on the Aliso Creek (holes 1-6-8). Spoiled golfers won't always appreciate the course because it is narrow in spots and conditioning can be suspect, but for the rest of us, a round is fast, fun, walkable and affordable - a winning combination.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

PRACTICE NETS next to the practice putting green would be great!

No warm up facilities at all. Bad. Its a lovely course - but you warm up during the first 3-5 holes of the 9. This needs to be improved.

Just under 3 Hours for 9 holes on a slow Sunday afternoon, but who cares?

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 48
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Perfect weather!

After a lot of rainy days, the weather became better, blue skies, white clouds, we had another fun day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A fine 9-hole course

No warm-up facilities at all. No nets. Silly little flat practice green. Not good.

But the course is a fine 9-holes. Plenty of challenges.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Ben brown

Beautiful track great greens awesome staff and great value

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A fine course for 9-holes during short Winter days

The day before Thanksgiving the play was always going to be relaxed - it’s usually pretty slow behind all the beginners here. But good company made it fun. Play 2-3 balls during all the spare time you’ll have - and you’ll still be playing fast!! Some good challenges await you, however.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Oh so slow

Its just not fair to have to follow two non-golfers topping and shanking 50-yds each hit - all the way round. Some discrimination against total duffers is needed - like a handicap level!!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

challenging course

This course was in decent shape; the greens were great. The layout is not easy; challenging holes require targeted shots. Hence, the 9 holes on a 2200 yd layout took 2 hours. We then replayed the 9 holes for only $25. (late afternoon).
Bonnie F

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Punched greens

It was green but the greens were recently punched, I know it will be a 5star when they recover

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A challenging little course

Enjoyable and challenging. Greens in generally rough condition post-spiking, but the rest ok, except no nets or other warm-up area!! Tiny little flat putting green for practice. Enjoyable meeting Kelly, Lynn and Clark. We had fun. I will return here.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

It is always a pleasure playing at Ben Brown. It is better to play early then lat but the pricing for twilight is great! The only downfall is if there are groups playing late it slows down the pace. The staff is amazing and the upkeep of the greens are wonderful. I love the wildlife

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Always beautiful

We just had another nice round, Lovely experience here always!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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