San Juan Oaks Golf Club

Updated: June 11, 2004, 2:29 PM ET
Golf Digest

San Juan Oaks
Hole No. 14, a 397 yard, par-4 is one of the more unique holes on the course.

Golf Digest's Best Places to Play rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Need To Know
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
3825 Union Road
Hollister, CA 95023

One of the first courses designed by Fred Couples (along with Gene Bates) San Juan Oaks boasts a dramatic foothill setting of mature oak trees and rolling hills where the front nine plays through a valley dotted by lakes, streams and native grasslands. Conversely, the back nine at times rises some 200 feet above the valley floor, providing spectacular views of the California countryside.

One of the most unique holes on the course is No. 14, where players must choose between two separate fairways split by a creek. Those with Couples-like talent will try the left side, which is narrow with a large bunker that must be carried. A tough tee shot, but one that will leave a short shot to the green. The right fairway is more open but plays uphill and longer.