Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club - Royal Lytham/Carnoustie Ratings & Reviews
15 days ago
I am extremely happy with the entire process. I hated the course when I first started playing it. Why? It was hard... 27 holes and the course will make you better. Great Staff and the course is always in great condition. Never a wait, fast rounds... Great bunch of golfers if you want to pair up.
almost 3 years ago
Oddly enough I hadn't even been aware of Bella Collina's existence until the week I had joined late September of this year, but I'm quite glad I did. Having spent 16 years living in Palm Springs, San Diego for 6, and Orange County for 10 years, 3 of which I spent working at Pelican Hill in Newport.. I'm very familiar with the courses Southern California has to offer. Without a doubt, this club is worth considering if you're looking for a private golf membership here in O.C.
The staff is very friendly and personable aside from quite accommodating and exceptional overall in their customer service. Everyone is welcoming and smiling from the front gate check-in to the pro-shop & cart staff..even the groundskeepers take the time to smile and wave which creeps me out in a way, but is pleasant nevertheless. The food quality is surprisingly superb even by my standards, and with the exception of the macaroni and cheese..which I think is horrible, everything I've had has been delightfully delicious and I often find myself stopping by on days I didn't have time to golf, simply to enjoy a meal and the relaxing atmosphere, which is actually quite scenic and serene for an inland property from the ocean.
When it comes to the golf here, I"ll start with the practice facilities. I'm not a huge fan of the driving range as it slopes down and away from the hitting area so you can't really see how far you're landing anything over roughly 190 yards, and it would be ideal if they could put up a few lights to keep it open later, but it works well enough and the large 2 tier chipping green and practice bunker makes up for it to an extent in my mind anyhow. The putting green isn't the most interesting, but it rolls really well and at least has a bit of length to it.
The 3 Gary Player Designed 9-Hole Tracks (Muirfield, Royal Lytham, & Carnoustie) here at Bella Collina might not appeal to everyone on paper as any pair of them is fairly short even from the tips, and looking at the hole layout, it all looks straight forward..without a lot of water hazards, but a surplus of bunkers. I was skeptical before playing the course that I would quickly get bored with the holes or just not be challenged enough by it over time, but after a few rounds, I was surprised. Jay the superintendent does a ridiculously good job maintaining this course and all 27 of the greens have day after day been some of the fastest and most true rolling ones I've played in my life. Embarassingly enough as I am a skilled putter and have averaged just under 2 putts per hole this year, the first hole of Members Championship this month, I managed to 5 putt...which I am fairly certain I've never done in my life. Yeah, laugh it up. Anyway, aside from the speed/quality of the greens and course overall, the biggest selling point has been the pace of play and the availability of tee times. 95% of the time, I show up without any reservation and regardless what day of the week it is, I rarely have to wait more than 20 minutes, and once I'm on if playing alone, I've averaged 49 minutes per 9 holes. I've played 36 holes at Bella on a weekend faster than you can play 14 holes at Pelican Hill on the South Course any day of week..and that if anything is worth being a member here.
The initiation cost is relatively low and definitely fair, and the monthly dues are very affordable at just slightly higher than the cost of a single prime rate round at Pelican Hill, and if I'm not mistaken they don't even feel the need to lock you into an annual commitment as I believe you're welcome to end your membership with a months notice. The place sells itself really.. but you should have Ashley the Membership Director show you around anyway.
Age 33 Hdcp Index: 6.7
Coto de Caza, Ca
about 3 years ago
Best greens in Orange County by far 12 on stimp meter
bunkers good fairways good ruff good
Jay the greens keeper etc does an incredible job
Austin Graham the professional golfer plays here when he is not on tour what an incredible talent and great man too. I was lucky to get to play with him last Sunday he shot 65 from the tips.
The private showers are good the health club is perfect for after golf to have a mini work out and stretch
The food is good recently I had wild elk which was amazing and they had wild salmon
Bottom line the place is great and thus far I've played here about 100 rounds with average time per 18 of about 3.5 hours and since they have 27 holes we usually play 27 in 5 hours
The Head Pro Brian Hollenbeck is the best Head pro that I have ever had this is my third Country club and I have also been a member of two resorts he is levels beyond . Grateful for Brian the greenskeeper Jay the pace of play and the food too
Very grateful to be at Bella Collina Golf Club in San Clemente as crazy as this sounds I feel lucky to have found the place