Another Course Coming to Northern California

Construction is underway on the second 18 holes at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in San Juan Bautista, California. San Juan Bautista is located about 30 minutes from the Silicon Valley. Like its original sister layout, the new course is a collaboration between architect Gene Bates and well-known PGA Tour player, Fred Couples.

The first Bates-Couples at San Juan Oaks is an upscale daily-fee 18-holer that opened in 1997. It has grown so popular that starting times are often booked 30 days in advance. The group developing the project, San Juan Oaks Development, and its financial partner, Nikko Capital, expect the strong demand to carry over to the second course.

While the first San Juan Oaks layout is strictly golf, the new course will be part of a residential project that will include a hotel. Bates has designed the two layouts to be complementary, with nine holes at lower elevations and the second nine stretching into surrounding foothills. The terrain features rolling hills and a scenic valley dotted with large oak trees. A re-circulating stream will wind through the course.

The new course will feature an unusual 3-3-3 layout (three of each par) for each nine. The site lent itself to three par-3s, three par-4s and three par-5s, but the configuration also meets Bates’ goal of trying different things and utilizing unorthodox designs.

To book a tee time at San Juan Oaks, call 831/636-6113.