Los Serranos Country Club

By: Rick Corcoran

The Serranos Indians (Hill Dwellers) were the first inhabitants of this scenic area in the Chino Hills just outside Los Angeles, but little did they know that the land they called home would one day become “home” to golfers in the area. Los Serranos Country Club is open to the public as the original settlers would have wanted, because the beauty of the land should be shared by the masses, not the few. Beautiful is a word that only begins to describe the courses.

The land on which the 36 holes sit is in itself a history book of the surrounding area. Back in 1841, the Mexican government granted 47,000 acres to Don Antonio Maria Lugo. From there, his daughter sold 640 acres in 1869 to the sheriff, and a house was built on what is now the driving range.

In 1881, Richard Gird bought the land and lived in what was called the “Home Ranch.” 1925 brought the opening of the first 18 holes of the golf course, and the Home Ranch became the clubhouse. This all happened right on the Santa Fe Trail and Butterfield Stage Line that is near today’s Hwy. 71. The story continues on into 1953 when the Kramer Family took over the course and added 18-holes in 1964. Los Serranos goes way back and so do some of the tee boxes!

The blue tees put you against a course that measures 7,104 yards long. If that isn't enough, and you're one of those golfers where “size does matter,” then take a crack at “Jack's Black’s.” The owner of the club, Jack Kramer, wanted to create a test (nightmare?) for the big hitters, or people who think they are. What was created is now California’s longest golf course. The blacks (only played Monday through Friday) will take you to the outer limits of your looooong game. Try the number 7,470 on for size, that's what they play to, and please don’t forget the 135 slope rating and 76.1 course rating. Size doesn’t matter – yeah right!

If you can handle the first 17-holes, get ready for No. 18. Nicknamed “Mission Impossible,” this 673-yard beauty of a par-5 will make you sweat on the coolest of days. Normal golfers will enjoy the course for its rolling terrain and towering, century old eucalyptus forests. The greens are forgiving, but the trees aren’t. Keep it in the fairway, or bid farewell to par!

When I do these stories, I usually ask the question, “What are the keys to playing this course well?,” General Manager David Kramer had a very different answer for me. He didn't say anything about hitting the driver well or knocking your approach shots close, he just said, “Have fun and don't take the final score too seriously.” These are words we all should keep in mind more often.

The Kramer Family is devoted to making the game fun, and Los Serranos a place that's relaxing to come to. Family-owned extends out to the golf family they've created here. There is an inexpensive membership plan that gives a huge incentive for Mom's and Dad's to bring the kids out and play together. It's all about family here.

After your round, there is a 20,000 square foot clubhouse to kick back in, that can also host large parties and dinners. If you want to make some history on the course or just be a part of the history of the land, come out to Los Serranos and cherish the beauty of a place you can call home.