The Golf Club at Rancho California Details

The 18-hole course at The Golf Club at Rancho California facility in Murrieta, California features 7,036 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.3 with a slope rating of 134 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, The Golf Club at Rancho California opened in 1987.

  • Designed by renown golf course architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
  • Great tee times available 7 days a week, 7 days in advance.
  • The Golf Club at Rancho California is where you can get great golf at an affordable price.
  • All Junior Golfers age 16 and Under, that are accompanied by an adult paying a posted green fee.


The Golf Club at Rancho California was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (June 20, 1906 – June 14, 2000). Robert Trent Jones, Sr was a prolific golf course architect who designed (or re-designed) about 500 golf courses in at least 40 US states and 35 other countries all around the world. It has been jokingly said that, “The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”

Reasons to Golf at the Golf Club at Rancho California

Here at The Golf Club at Rancho California we are dedicated to giving you an enjoyable golfing experience. Our focus is on the Quality of your round, not Quantity.  
  • Gorgeous views of both the Murrieta and Temecula valleys
  • Challenging yet fair greens
  • Bermuda grass
  • Professional and friendly staff
  • Exceptional tee time offerings at affordable pricing
  • The best driving range and practice facilty in the valley

Our Team

Controller/Golf Course Superintendent:
Song Kang, PGM     

Golf Shop Assistants:            
Joseph Bush 
Sabrina Williams
Kevin Kim
J.T Maning


      Biography of Robert Trent Jones Sr               

Robert Trent Jones did not invent golf course architecture, it only seems that way.  In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Jones built or rebuilt some 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S and 35 countries worldwide, with more than three dozen of them having played host to national or international championships.  Still, the numbers tell only part of the story.
Jones Made an art form of heroic architecture, institutionalizing the risk-reward shot in modern courses.  With his often quoted philosophy to make every hole a hard par but an easy bogey, he also had a profound impact on tournament golf.  Jones built or remodeled some of the most muscular courses the pros have ever faced, including Firestone, Hazeltine, Spyglass Hill, Baltusrol and Oak Hill.  In his early years Jones’ designs often created criticism as too severe and the complaints from the pros reached a crescendo when he remodeled Oakland Hills for the 1951 U.S Open.  When a victorious Ben Hogan boasted of having brought that “monster to its knees” and Herbert Warren Wind followed with a complimentary and widely read article in The New Yorker Magazine, Jones was introduced to a mass audience and the cult of the golf course architect was born.
Jones was born in Ince, England, in 1906 and he immigrated with his parents to Rochester, N.Y, three years later.  He was a scratch golfer by his early teens but an ulcer sidelined him from tournament competition.  A high school dropout, Jones was working as a draftsman for a railroad company when the famous world architect Donald Ross came to Rochester to build Oak Hill.  Jones was fascinated with what he saw, and in short order, he parlayed some golf connections into a special entry to Cornell University.  There he designed his own course of studies to prepare for a career in golf course architecture.  Although his special status failed to earn him a degree, he learned his lessons well enough that in 1930 he formed a partnership with Canadian architect Stanley Thompson to build and remodel golf courses.  Jones’ first masterwork came in 1948 when he collaborated with non other than Bobby Jones on Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta (to avoid confusion, Jones adopted the moniker Trent, from the river in England and it stuck).  Peachtree had all the design features that would become Trent Jones hallmarks: enormous, subtly contoured greens that offered a host of pin positions, expansive tees that permitted numerous setups, unobtrusive hazards and a fanatical devotion to preserving the land’s natural beauty.
Trent Jones brought an unmistakable showmanship to his craft.  This was never more evident than in the wake of his remodeling of Baltusrol’s Lower Course in 1952, when a particularly outspoken member criticized the newly designed fourth hole, a 194-yard par-3 over water.  Eager to rebuff the sniping, Jones grabbed a spoon and heroically marched his critic and a few bystanders to the tee.  He took a swing and the ball took one hop and dived into the hole for a hole in one!  “Gentlemen,” said Jones, “I think the hole is eminently fair.”  Jones, who spent his final years confined to a wheelchair, held sway in 2000 at 93.  After having one stroke, he awakened in his hospital bed to see his two sons at his bedside.  “What are you doing here?”  he questioned.  “You had a little setback,”  he was told.  “You had a stroke.”  “Do I have to count it?”  He asked.
Jones finished the construction of Rancho California in 1970, at the height of his career.  His philosophy of risk reward architecture is never more evident than at our club.  Huge bunkers and greens, strategically places hazards, and multiple dog legs all place a premium on shot making.  Jones also was obsessed with making sure the lay-out complimented and even improved the natural beauty of the land and he achieved it with The Golf Club at Rancho California.  

Some of the Major Championship Courses designed or remodeled by Robert Trent Jones includes:

Courses Majors & Tournaments
Oakland Hills CC
   US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur, Ryder Cup   
Locust Hill CC
LPGA Championship
   Augusta National GC   
Winged Foot GC
US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur
Baltusrol GC
US Open, US Amateur
St. Louis CC
US Open, US Amateur
Olympic CC
US Open, US Amateur
Oak Hill CC
US Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup
Congressional CC
US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur
Tanglewood CC 
PGA Championship
Colonial CC
US Open, US Women’s Open, US Amateur
Broadmoor CC
US Women’s Open, US Amateur
Hazeltine CC
US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur
Interlachen CC
 US Open
Oakmont CC
US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur
Celtic Manor GC
 Ryder Cup
Firestone CC
PGA Championship

As you can see, The Golf Club at Rancho California has a great heritage and playing this course will allow you to experience championship golf by one of the greatest architects in golf history.  The next time you see a championship event on one of these venues, you will readily be able to recognize some of the hallmark designs found here at The Golf Club at Rancho!