Design, layout and style. Stands of century-old blue oaks and sparkling lakes frame your views, while a challenging and fun layout tests your mettle. Gently rolling terrain and undulating, well-bunkered greens are designed in the tradition of classic courses such as Augusta National, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Hunter Ranch's routing is an easy walk or a pleasant ride, with freshly manicured fairways on 18 gorgeously designed holes that are both thrilling and fun for novices and skilled players alike.
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“The best course on the Central Coast.... Great elevation changes and scenery… well worth the trip.... the best kept secret in California.” – Golf Digest, Best Places to Play
"Immaculate greens... Best kept secret in California ... Through blue oaks and vineyards on rolling hills... Play this course at least once ... Fast greens and scenic" - Player Comments, Golf Digest Best Places to Play
Golf Digest 4 1/2 Stars - Since opening Hunter Ranch Golf Course has been awarded 4 to 4 1/2 stars every year by the readers of Golf Digest, making it one the highest rated course in all of California in Golf Digest "Best Places to Play" edition. Hunter Ranch joins a select group of golf clubs in California to receive a 4 1/2 star rating for the quality of the overall golf experience.
Honors & Awards
- 4 to 4 1/2 Star Rating, Golf Digest, Best Places to Play
- Top 10 Customer Satisfaction Facility, National Golf Foundation, 2002
- Golf Value "Worth the Green Fee" Award for Central California, Greenskeeper.org
- California Top 50, California Golf, 1999
- Paso Robles Beautification Award
A look back to the beginning...Shades of Australia in Central California
Reprinted from Golf Magazine June 1995
Located in San Luis Obispo County's wine country two hours south of Pebble Beach and 25 miles east of Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Hunter ranch is a year old track that harks back to the classic designs of Alister Mackenzie--with a decidedly Aussie twist. Developed by the owner of Sandpiper and La Purisima, two Santa Barbara-area courses ranked among the top public layouts in the state.
Hunter Ranch is a true rarity: An affordable, high-quality, daily fee layout without a brand-name designer label. Co-designers Ken Hunter and Mike McGinnis, assisted by a pair of superintendents, moved very little dirt in creating a strategic layout routed through century-old blue oak trees. Dozens of flash-faced bunkers (the Mackenzie influence) and liberally contoured, hand-shaped bent grass greens, several of them sited well above fairway level, mark the design.
Overlooking the oak-lined fairways, none of which run parallel, are are clubhouse and restaurant buildings designed to resemble Australian outback ranch houses. Somehow, the rough redwood siding, tin roofs, and spacious covered porches fit in here.