Golf News for Thursday, April 18, 2013 | Courses

Golf Channel's GolfNow golfers rank best of the West

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golfers who book their tee times on GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time service operated by Golf Channel, recently ranked their favorite courses in five major California markets and Las Vegas. Courses ranked highest include challenging layouts created by highly respected designers, along with stunning ocean, mountain and valley landscapes.

Golfers who reserve a tee time using GolfNow have an opportunity to review a course and provide feedback based on their experience. Golfers can rate a course with one to five stars, write a review and read reviews from other golfers. There are more than two million registered GolfNow users.

The California golf courses that scored highest among golfers who posted ratings on are the Golf Club of California (Fallbrook), Cinnabar Hills (San Jose), Monarch Beach (Dana Point), Sierra Lakes (Fontana) and Moorpark Country Club (Moorpark). The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort received the highest rating among Las Vegas-area courses.

The Golf Club of California in Fallbrook is a member- and daily-fee facility where the course winds through ancient oaks, majestic sycamores and towering eucalyptus trees. “It’s a great design, always in better-than-average condition and has recently become my go-to place on weekdays,” John Cappel wrote as part of his review.

Located in the hills overlooking the Coyote Valley, in San Jose’s Silicon Valley, Cinnabar Hills offers 27 holes and six different 18-hole configurations. “This is the first course I look at whenever I'm booking online,” Joseph Funk wrote following a recent round. “It requires patience rather than aggression.”

Set along the dramatic bluffs of Southern California, Monarch Beach is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design that harkens to the Scottish links tradition. “I picked up a great $90 rate here, and it was the best money I've ever spent on a course. One par 5 on the front nine was about as difficult as I've ever played, but this course was so good I smiled the entire way,” Kevin Ericson of Glastonbury, Conn., wrote in a review.

In the shadow of the San Bernardino mountains, with creeks and lakes lining several fairways, Sierra Lakes is a Ted Robinson design that matches fun with a stiff test of golf. “This has become my new go-to course,” Matthew Scola of Rancho Cucamonga wrote in a review. “The course is in exceptional condition. The greens are amazing and roll very true.”

Moorpark offers spectacular panoramic views, including glimpses of the Channel Islands, from several elevated tee locations. Secluded in the canyons and citrus groves, the three distinct and returning nines are the work of the design team of Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. “I felt like I was at a PGA Tour course,” David Barros of Moorpark wrote after his round. “Challenging for sure, Moorpark is not for sissies.”

The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort offers three Pete Dye-designed courses: the Wolf, Snow Mountain and Sun Mountain. The trio features a mix of challenge, beauty, risk and reward. “You're hard pressed to find a course in Vegas as beautiful,” Diane Dunkin wrote in her review of Paiute. “Fairways look like green velvet.”

The top-10 rankings by market are compiled using GolfNow’s star rating system and are calculated based on the number of recommendations a course receives from reviewing golfers.

The ratings-and-reviews feature not only highlights a course’s overall star rating, but also provides the latest information on course conditions and difficulty, staff friendliness, pace of play and value as rated by other golfers. Since the GolfNow ratings and reviews service was launched in October, more than 33,000 golfers have submitted a course review. More information on these and other courses that are part of the GolfNow network is at

About GolfNow
GolfNow is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time reservation service. Using leading-edge technology, offers golfers more ways to stay connected to their favorite courses and tee times through the web, e-mail and iPhone and Android mobile apps. Golfers can go online 24/7, choose a course and pick a tee-time deal that fits their schedule and budget and book the tee time. Founded in 2001, GolfNow has expanded to more than 80 markets in North America, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Bermuda, providing tee-time access to more than 4,000 courses for more than 1.1 million registered users. GolfNow is powered by Golf Channel, which is seen in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies, as well as by, a leading golf destination on the Internet. GolfNow is part of’s online platform of Internet sites designed to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of the game. For more information, go to GolfNow and Golf Channel.


Bill Bryant, Bryant Marketing Communications, 678-366-3232

David Schaefer, Golf Channel, 407-355-4542