Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rancho Duarte Golf Course - Executive


1000 Las Lomas Road
Duarte, CA  91010
(626) 357-9981

9 holes (par 31)
Yardage: 1,635 yards
Hours: 7.30am-dusk
Green fees: weekdays $12, weekends $17

Rancho Duarte is a 9 hole executive golf course located in Duarte - just off the 210 freeway. There is a parking lot with ample parking. In addition to the course, there is a small pro shop a nice bar/ cafe area with shade and couches and a driving range. I did not see a putting green, but I did not use the practice facilities.

We played at a peak time - Saturday morning. It was not crazy busy, but there were a fair number of people out on the course. That being said, the pace was good. Everyone placed at a good speed and we completed our 9 holes (4 ball) in exactly 2 hours.

The course is well designed. It is surrounded by houses and as we were finishing up, we heard a group a few holes behind smash a window. There are a good mixture of holes which allows you to use a lot of clubs in your bag. Not a driver or a 3 wood much though - as the longest hole is 329 yards, and the second longest 244 yards. You start with a short 68 yard hole and then the holes build up in distance. There are four short par 4's on the course. The longest par 3 hole is 143 yards. Which makes this course a good one of beginners or people looking to take a step up from the short "pitch-n-putt" courses. Or looking to bridge their game from short courses to full length courses. 

There were no real hazards on the course other than the trees. There were a lot of trees which came into play. No water and a couple of token sand traps. These traps were not really in play though and were not well kept. The course flowed well but is somewhat open. Some of the benches by the tee boxes were in dangerous locations with no fence to protect you - especially hole 7. Several times while waiting errant tee shots from hole 8 came whizzing by.


The course was in decent condition; above average. The greens were large and in nice shape. They ran fast and were sloped which made putting challenging. The grass was generally well watered and green colored with the odd dry patch.

Richie says... "A nice executive golf course with a good variation of holes. One of the better courses in the area. You get to use a lot of different clubs in the bag. Remember to bring your sunscreen, it gets hot out there!"

Hole by Hole

Hole 1 - 68 yards
Hole 2 - 112 yards
Hole 3 - 329 yards (par 4)
Hole 3 - 2nd shot (100 yards out)
Hole 4 - 143 yards
Hole 4 - green
Hole 5 - 282 yards (par 4)
Hole 5 - 2nd shot (100 yards out)
Hole 6 - 126 yards 
Hole 7 - 109 yards

Hole 8 - 222 yards (par 4)
Hole 8 - 2nd shot (50 yards out)
Hole 9 - 244 yards (par 4)
Hole 9 - 2nd shot (100 yards out)



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