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Golf in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:00 PM

Journey at Pechanga (951/770-4653; is the new, championship course, designed by Arthur Hills, through awe-inspiring terrain that rises and falls a breathtaking 300 feet in 18 holes; it has rightfully been called "an unforgettable romp." GOLF Magazine ranked it quot;4th Best New Course You Can Play" in 2009, and has added Journey to their top 30 courses in California. LINKS Magazine has placed Journey in its "Top 10 Best Casino Courses," and  GolfWeek has included Journey, among U.S. courses on its "Best Resort Course" list, while Southland Golf readers place Journey as their favorite Clubhouse and Resort and shower Journey with accolades for Best Experience, Best Scenery, and Best Practice Facility. Looking down from the tee box on the signature, 435-yard, 6th hole provides an absolutely stunning vista; the par 4 hole has a spectacular 175-foot drop - the largest elevation drop on a California course. Golfers meander along a spectacular boulder-strewn mountain and through stands of mature California live oaks equipped with state-of-the-art GPS systems with course tips. 18 holes; 7,219 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, locker rooms, pro lessons, tournaments, 517-guestroom Pechanga Resort & Casino (golf packages), Journey's End restaurant, Journey a' la Carte snack bar, Journey's Lounge.

Temecula Creek Inn (951/694-1000;,Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country's original, prestigious course, features 27 holes of championship golf surrounded by 350 acres of rustic, natural beauty. A recent recipient of the coveted Four Star rating in Golf Digest's "Places to Play" guide, each of the three, distinctive nines offers a secluded layout where the fairways are lined with century-old oak trees. From the traditional adjoining fairways of the Creek Course, to the scenic beauty of the Oaks, to the dramatic elevation changes of the precision-demanding Stonehouse, each serves up challenge and reward. With course designs by Ted Robinson Sr. and Dick Rossen, strategic bunkering and dramatic water features abound. 27 holes; 6,784 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, pro lessons, tournaments, 130-guestroom Temecula Creek Inn (golf packages), Temet Grill restauant and Lounge.

Cross Creek Golf Club (951/505-3402; is described by its legendary course designer, Arthur Hills, as "an absolutely beautiful site with plenty of variety and challenge for golfers of all abilities." The course is a recipient of 4 1/2 stars in [italics>>> Golf Digest's "Places to Play" guide. Amazingly just 5 minutes uphill from Downtown Old Town Temecula - pristine golf is played in a secluded, natural environment where groves of age-old oak and sycamore trees, and rippling creeks provide intriguing scenery. The first five holes border Sycamore Creek, bringing water into play early. The demanding par 4 Hole 9 has a large pond to the left of the green, and can decide many front 9 wagers.  The signature 17th hole is a spectacular downhill par 3 that crosses Sycamore Creek to an elevated green. 18 holes; 6,853 yards; par 72. Golf shop, driving range, golf lessons, tournaments, Clubhouse Grille cafe'.

The Legends Golf Club (formerly Temeku Hills; 951/694-9998;, a Ted Robinson design, was opened in 1995 to rave reviews and since freshly updated by P. Dye. The topography is rolling with five lakes, numerous doglegs, and beautiful, challenging greens. The signature Hole 10 is a 365-yard, par 4, requiring an approach shot to an extremely undulating peninsular green. 18 holes; 6,636 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Golf shop, driving range, tournaments, The Grille Room restaurant.

Red Hawk Golf Club (951/302-3850; is a Ron Fream designed course with gentle contours that present a wonderful challenge for golfers of every level. Rated 7th best among California's public golf courses by [italics>>> Golf Today, the par 3 Hole 8 is one of the only island greens in Southern California. 18 holes; 7,110 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Golf shop, driving range, golf instruction, tournaments, Rico's Cantina 19th hole bar and grill.

The Golf Club at Rancho California (formerly The SCGA Golf Club, 951/677-7446; was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and features hilly terrain, wide fairways, strategic bunkering, and large landing areas. With a championship layout that was voted to several "Best Public Course" lists and is known as one of the finest competitive venues in golf, it has been the host to SCGA Championships and qualifying events for USGA, SCGA, and PGA tournaments. 18 holes; 7,036 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Golf shop, driving range, golf lessons, Grill Room restaurant; lodging/golf packages with Embassy Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course (760/731-6803; was initially designed by William H. Johnson then redesigned by Ted Robinson Sr., and boasts a 4-star rating in [italics>>> Golf Digest's "Places to Play" guide. The championship course is accented with towering oaks, sycamores, and elms lining most fairways, mountain views as a backdrop, and challenges at every turn. The front nine starts on traditional pakland; the back nine climbs into the foothills. 18 holes; 6,502 yards from the longest tees; par 72. Pro shop, driving range, pro lessons, Aquaterra restaurant and lounge.

Golfers of all abilities enjoy a great learning experience with  Temecula Valley Golf School (800/996-2283; Conducted at Journey at Pechanga (considered one of California's finest golf courses), instruction is both at the range and on-course. Two to 5 day golf school with 1-to-1 and 2-to-1 student-teacher ratio is available as well as private package lessons that include use of a digital video system. Each day of the golf school includes 3 hours of instruction and video on the range and short game area, plus 9-hole playing lesson.


Casual, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is located just 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1 1/2 hours from Los Angeles. For more information about the three inviting destinations that contribute to a full, robust experience -- Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino -- please go to, join "Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country" on Facebook, and follow @Visit_Temecula on Twitter; or call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.

Please note: Information is believed to be accurate but may be subject to change.