Best Golf Course - 2012
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course
We appealed to Randy Youngman, a longtime Orange County Register sportswriter (until he was unceremoniously jettisoned earlier this year, the dumb fucks . . .) and avid golfer for this one. He says the south course at Pelican Hill is the jewel in the county's golf crown, but it's also ridiculously expensive ($280 before 12:30 p.m.). For the best blend of upper-end and value, try Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. The 8-year-old course isn't cheap ($72 Monday through Thursday, $101 on Saturday and Sunday), but it's a challenging layout with doglegs and elevation changes, and its services and amenities are top-notch. Plus, its restaurant, O'Neill's Bar and Grill, is good enough to lure non-golfers into its cozy confines. The 240-acre property is located alongside Trabuco Creek and the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, meaning there's plenty of nature to accompany you as you search for those errant tee shots.