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It’s starting to feel like summer out there, and that’s because Summer is nearly here. How will your kids spend their summer? We’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these Junior Summer Camps at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.

South County Golf Academy

Join Brian Schippel for great, well-rounded golf programs for ages 3-17 that will keep kids active and engaged.

Camps are designed for all ability levels and will cover all aspects of the game from putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, course management, rules and etiquette, and golf fitness. We have created the best practices for allowing any level of golfer to excel to the next level in a fun and safe environment. Our goal is to make each kid love the game of golf!

Price for the week includes: Range balls, Loaner Golf Clubs (if needed), Prizes, and a whole lot of fun on the golf course!

Camp Dates (Ages 7-17)

Monday – Friday
(8AM- 12 PM)
$300/ Week

June 25th – June 29th
July 9th – July 13th
July 23rd – July 27th
August 6th – August 10th

High School Summer Camp
$400
July 30th – August 2nd

Register and secure your spot, because spots fill up quickly
http://www.southcountygolfacademy.com/register-ages-7-17

For more information or questions visit our website, www.SouthCountyGolfAcademy.com

Matsumura Golf

Summer Golf Program for Children ages 7-15

Join Seiko and Aki Matsumura with Matsumura Golf at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club for a fun and engaging summer youth golf program with a flexible schedule.

Want to get your child into golf classes this summer but busy with vacations and family in town? Have your junior come to one class or multiple classes for the months of June and July/August. Studies show that frequent repetition that is spaced out is the most efficient way to learn and is better for long-term retention.

Students of this program will:

  • Have fun and enjoy golfing in a comfortable learning environment
  • Stay active throughout the summer
  • Have the opportunity to do frequent sessions for faster development
  • Develop friendships
  • Build consistent training habits
  • Learn the game of a lifetime

These summer classes also transition into our fall program.

For more information, please click here (https://www.seikoonoue.com/summer-junior-golf-program/) or contact Seiko at 213-587-1434

Coaches
Aki Matsumura, PGA
Seiko Matsumura, PGA

Five Great Reasons To Play Arroyo Trabuco

Since it opened in 2004, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club has been home to some of the best golf played in Orange County and Southern California. Designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Lehman and well-respected local course architect Casey O’Callaghan, our course offers five sets of tee boxes, playing for 5,045-7,000 yards in a park-like setting which offers something for every level of golfer. How much challenge are you ready for?

What follows is an overview of our playing experience that offers some insight into what it’s like to play a round with us. Who’s ready to tee it up? Let’s go.


Or come on by and experience the course for yourself.

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The Sound of Silence

If you like your golf with a side of peace and tranquility, we’re the destination for you! Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the I-5, you’ll discover our course, which is bordered by a hiking trail and surrounded by nature. The only house in sight is our clubhouse. We truly are an escape, be it for golf or dining – or both! Our patio overlooks the 18th green and a pond and provides a serene setting to enjoy a meal, a drink and/or quality time with friends and family. There are no bad days or bogeys on our 19th Hole.

Bring Your Driver – and Swing Away

Arroyo Trabuco is unlike some target golf courses in the area, or those that require a lot of local knowledge, in that our course is pretty straightforward. See it. Hit it. You’ll find our opening holes especially inviting. They offer spacious fairways and generous greens while remaining challenging. You can grip and rip and hopefully get off to a strong start while playing holes over mostly flat terrain for the first five holes. That’s about to change.

Up, Up, Up

Number 6 at Arroyo Trabuco

No. 6

Our short, strategic par-4 6th plays straight uphill and is a local favorite for its risk/reward properties. You can safely play for position off the tee or press your luck and go for the green. Everything from eagle to double bogey is in play here depending on your strategy.

No. 6 also starts a climb above the canyon where a series of holes await with breathtaking views that combine the thrill of elevation changes with the challenge of forced carries that demand your best in terms of shot making and strategy. You may reconsider how you club a few holes after playing them a time or two.

The vistas provide previews of the holes to come, particularly at the turn, where holes 10, 11 and 12 are all simultaneously in view. But don’t get ahead of yourself. One hole at a time is plenty as you negotiate a stretch of our course that’s as potentially scoreable as it is beautiful.

View of holes 9, 10, and 11 at Arroyo Trabuco

No. 9, 10, 11

No. 13

As you begin your descent, you come to a real visual change of pace. For the first time in your round, you see water at the aesthetically pleasing par-3 13th. A sizeable pond guards the right side of this risk/reward mid-length hole. Do you risk the water, which has a reputation for being a bit of a ball magnet, and go for the pin or do you take a safer route and take advantage of the spacious bail out area to the right? You’ll likely be asking yourself on the tee: Am I feeling lucky? Your answer will likely decide the outcome.

Number 13 at Arroyo Trabuco

No. 13

Finish Strong

Like any great book or movie, a great golf course should provide a memorable and satisfying finish – and our course provides one. Arroyo Trabuco closes with a 1-2 punch of a challenging par 4 and scoreable par 5, both sharing a common boundary lake – the one you see from our patio.
The setting for a memorable finish is in place. Will you write a winning ending or a tear-jerker? Much as our course begins, two welcoming fairways await. Two well-struck drives will put you in Position A to bag a birdie on the way home and give you a winning walk-off to your round with us. We’ll often have staff waiting for you at the 18th green to shake your hand, clean your clubs – and welcome you to come try it again.

Anyone in the mood for 36?

Number 18 at Arroyo Trabuco

No. 18

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Arroyo Trabuco Announces New Superintendent Michael Wolpoff

In January, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club welcomed new superintendent Michael Wolpoff to the staff to oversee golf course maintenance and set a new standard for course conditions at our club.

Wolpoff is a Michigan native and previously worked at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, Red Sky Golf Club in Colorado and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Wolpoff began his new position at Arroyo Trabuco on Jan. 2nd and said he inherited a course he admires and for which he sees great potential.

“It’s an inviting course and a fun course,” he said. “It’ll be even more fun when we get the conditions closer to where we’d like to see it.”

One of Wolpoff’s goals is to achieve consistent course conditions throughout the year – and he said golfers will notice a difference in how the course plays.

“Water management is going to be a big part of it,” he said. “We’re not going to get down to brown and dry, but we’re going to aim to keep things firmer and faster with fewer wet spots to drive through.”

Maintaining premium green conditions will be a priority. “We have made a huge commitment to our guests to improve the putting surfaces and keeping them consistent. I think we’ve got a good game plan for healthy greens throughout the year,” he said. “After looking at what’s been done in the past, I think we can be pretty successful in that regard.”

Since his arrival, Wolpoff has been active on social media. You can follow him on Twitter (@atgcsuper). Wolpoff said his goal is to better communicate current course conditions to golfers, meaning such things as course projects, frost delays, etc. Take a look at the tweet embedded below.

“I’m trying to post things that are interesting and relevant to what’s going on,” he said.

Book a tee time to take a look at some of the improvements that have already been made.

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Arroyo Trabuco and Michael Block are Ready for The Farmers

The PGA tour is back in San Diego with the Farmers Insurance Open. The tournament begins tomorrow at Torrey Pines golf course in La Jolla. Our very own Head Golf Professional Michael Block is among the competitors. Corey Ross caught up with Michael to get some insight into his strategy and to see how he’s feeling ahead of the tournament.

Michael will tee off at 10:00am with Beau Hossler, also from Mission Viejo, and Andrew Yun. You can keep an eye on Michael and the tournament on the golf channel, coverage starts at Noon tomorrow.

Watch More: Michael has added a new club to his bag ahead of the tournament, find out all about it on our Facebook Page, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club on Facebook. While you’re there, join us in wishing good luck to Michael and leave a comment.


There’s nothing like watching some golf to get you in the mood for hitting the course. Book a round at Arroyo Trabuco and stick around to watch the tournament action in O’Neill’s Bar & Grill.

2018 Memberships Available at Arroyo Trabuco

We have opened up membership for the 2018 Member’s Club. And, you don’t have to wait for all your perks to kick in. Your benefits kick in as soon as you sign up and last for an entire year from the purchase date.

The Member’s Club is a chance for us to reward our loyal golfers. The program unlocks access to numerous benefits, discounts, and all our best offers.

Member’s Club – $199 Annually

MEMBER RATES*

REGULAR

MEMBER

MEMBER-GUEST

PRIME TIME
MON-THURS $85 $65 $70
SENIOR MON-THURS $65 $58 $63
FRIDAY $100 $75 $80
SENIOR FRIDAY (Before 10am) $75 $68 $73
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $115 $95 $100
TWILIGHT
MON-THURS $65 $55 $58
FRIDAY $75 $60 $63
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $90 $70 $73
SUPER TWILIGHT
MON-THURS $50 $40 $45
FRIDAY $50 $40 $45
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $50 $40 $45

*Rates subject to change

Additional Benefits:

  • Up to three (3) guests play at a discounted guest rate
  • Daily discounts on green fees
  • Twilight & Super Twilight start 1-hour early
  • FREE End of the year tournament for qualifiers (top 24)
  • A complimentary Twilight round of golf(any day)

Plus member only events, a $50 range card, advanced tee times, discounts on food and in the golf shop, an optional GHIN membership add-on and more. Find out about all the benefits, click the button below.

Family Program – $109 (add-on)

We love families who golf together. We hope you will share your love of golf with your children so they can experience the benefits and joys of golf for their lifetime. That’s why we created the family program. Get all the same benefits as the Player Program and then some. Find out more, click the button.

If you were a member last year, you can renew your Membership for just $179.

The Course is in Great Shape. Looking Good!

2017 at Arroyo Trabuco has been a great year and – since the current course condition is excellent – it’s set to finish on a high.

It all started last winter and then continued on with this year’s record breaking rainfall.

“It never got cool this winter so our turf never really went dormant,” the club’s director of golf, Geoff Cram said. “And then you had fresh water on top of it, so it’s incredibly green.”

Golf courses across Southern California experienced relief from years of drought this year because of the heavy rains. Many courses experienced better conditions than they had seen in years. But, going through those years of drought had a benefit too. Golf courses have had to adapt and be more efficient with less water. With new water saving strategies, these great course conditions last even longer. As witnessed this year.

This December conditions at Arroyo Trabuco are top notch! Finish the year on a high and check out the greenery:

Arroyo Trabuco’s “Ace” Basks In Rare Hole-In-One Success

The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one are estimated at 12,500 to 1. Jimmy Shea’s story starts there before the math gets much more interesting.

Hole in One – May 7th 2017 Hole No. 8, 149 yards, 7 iron

Hole in One – July 9th 2018 Hole No 8, 155 yards, 7 iron

Shea’s first hole-in-one at Arroyo Trabuco came on May 7th on No. 8. His second came two months later … on No. 8. Same hole. Same pin location. Same club. Same playing partner.

What are odds?

Shea briefly tried to calculate the odds of his good fortune and then stopped, choosing instead to bask in his newfound semi-celebrity status in the clubhouse and his new nickname.

“They call me Ace around the clubhouse now,” Shea said with a laugh. “And I’ve two hole-in-one plaques in the clubhouse. That’s pretty cool.”

Shea is a member at Arroyo and has been playing the course for seven or eight years, often with his Saturday playing partner, Randy Voss, who witnessed both hole-in-ones and reported them on Facebook, adding that Shea “should probably have a bench named after him.”

Get your next hole-in-one at Arroyo Trabuco:

Voss and Shea were paired up as singles around six years ago, Shea said, and have been Saturday playing partners ever since. The pair was playing together when Shea scored his first ace from 149 yards with a 7-iron, a feat first unrealized because the hole was tucked behind a bunker.

“We couldn’t find the ball, so we looked in the hole and there it was. We did a simple high-five and walked off. There was no one else around to see or share it with,” Shea said, adding, “You kind of want an audience around when these things happen.”

The second time in July, Shea did. But once again, the pair was unsure of the outcome of Shea’s 7-iron. “But we did see it go over the bunker.”

This time, however, Course Host Jayro Guillen was stationed near the green. He walked over and the plucked the ball from the cup to confirm the ace.

While there’s obviously an element of luck involved, Shea says the outcomes confirm that the hole fits his shot shape. In fact, Shea said he recently just missed a three-peat.

“I hit a fade on the hole and hitting into the wind seems to help. It’s perfect for my shot shape.”

Shea also credited his playing partner.

“Randy’s my good-luck charm,” he said.

Perhaps the only downside to his run of aces at No. 8, Shea said, is that a comfortable tee shot has become a pressure situation.

“Anything less than an ace isn’t good,” he said with a laugh.

Shea has now had three hole-in-ones in his career. And he’s not ruling out a fourth, possibly again at No. 8.

“The confidence is definitely there now.”

 

No. 8 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

2017 British Open Preview

Here at Arroyo Trabuco we are eagerly awaiting the British Open.

As the pros travel overseas to Royal Birkdale for the year’s third major, the name of the championship seems particularly fitting – The Open.

In a year lacking a dominate player, parity has become the norm on a wide-open Tour. That’s best illustrated by the majors, where we’ve now seen eight straight first-time major champions after Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open.

Will a former champion step forward to claim the Claret Jug or will first-timers continue to break through? And if so, who? Rickie Fowler? John Rahm? Tommy Fleetwood? Hideki Matsuyama?

Last year, it was Henrik Stenson’s turn after an epic duel with Phil Mickelson, who opened the tournament with a 63 and lost to Stenson’s 63 on Sunday. Conditions don’t seem so conducive for scoring this year. Blustery weather is in the forecast.

Who will weather the weather and the unique tests of links golf? We’ll start to find out on Thurs. Here’s a look at the top storylines going into the week.

Major Parity

Rookies rule right now when it comes to major championships. But rather than celebrate the depth of the Tour, the media has instead clamored for someone to seize the season.

A year ago, Dustin Johnson began a run of dominance after a win at the U.S. Open that led to him being named Player of the Year. If you had to vote right now, who’d it be? Rookie John Rahm? He’s one of the few to have multiple victories and consistent strong showings on Tour. Otherwise, many of the Tour’s best have either been hampered by injuries or inconsistency.

Stenson is among those having a ho-hum season. If he can get his game together, he has a chance to be the first repeat Open champion since Padraig Harrington in 2008-09.

But eyes will also be on last year’s runner-up because of …

Phil’s Major Change

Mickelson stunned the golf world after the U.S. Open (he didn’t play because of his daughter’s graduation) when he announced the end of his relationship with long-time caddy Jim “Bones” MacKay, who was on the bag when Phil won his last major at the British in 2013.

This time, Mickelson’s brother Tim will be on the bag and MacKay will be in the booth working for the Golf Channel. Having listened to MacKay on a few Callaway Golf podcasts, I for one am excited to hear his unique take on the game and insights from 25 years of touring with Mickelson. (What’s the over/under on Phil stories told during the tournament?)

Will the change help Mickelson rediscover his winning ways? He hasn’t won any Tour event since that victory in 2013, even though he’s played some of the most consistent golf of his career.

After skipping the U.S. Open, will Mickelson be rested or rusty? He’s professed a new-found love of links golf. Will it love him back again this week?

Can Rickie Shake His Case Of The Sundays?

Fowler was in contention on Sunday at the Masters and the U.S. Open – and never made a charge. Similarly, he failed to make a move Sunday at the Scottish Open.

A few analysts criticized Fowler for overly conservative play on Sunday at the U.S. Open. Will he find the formula to finally contend and close at Royal Birkdale?

At just age 28, Fowler finds himself carrying the mantle of best player to have never won a major. Will he change that at the Open or carry the title onto the PGA Championship and maybe into 2018? Sunday will be the key if Fowler contends again. Will he muster the effort to finally conquer a major?

When It’s Breezy …

It hardly seems like an Open without a spot of weather. This year, the forecast is dry but high winds are predicted.

Will that forecast favor the Europeans, who are used to these conditions, or possible a Texan (Jordan Spieth?) also accustomed to playing in the wind?

Given the usual penchant for parity that comes with the bounces and breaks of links golf, a windy forecast makes a wildcard winner seem an even more likely outcome.

Where’s The Beef?

Heavily bearded Brit Andrew “Beef” Johnston became a cult hero during last year’s Open and a running subplot amidst the Mickelson/Stenson duel.

Playing on home soil, Johnston is likely to have a sizeable and vocal gallery this week. That actually seems the only safe prediction coming into a week where the Tour and trophy are there for the taking if someone can rise to the occasion like Stenson did a year ago. As always, it’ll be great fun to watch it all start to unfold across the pond on Thurs.

Come on by and catch some of the Open at O’Neill’s Bar and Grill with fellow golf fans. And since golf is more fun to watch after you’ve played a round you should probably…

Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Coming To Arroyo Trabuco in August

The South County Club Academy and Arroyo Trabuco are excited to host the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, the nation’s largest junior golf tour, in August. Click the button below to sign up your junior now for this exclusive event on Aug. 15-16.

The tour is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It was founded in 2007 “with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 8-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one,” according to www.hjgt.org.

The tour is open to both male and female players who compete in individual and team competitions. Juniors compete in six divisions. They are: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys under 10, Girls 14-18, and Girls Under 13.

The event at Arroyo will feature stroke play and team competitions. See the flyer for tournament details.

The entry fee is $259 for members and $309 for non-members.

This is the first time the tour has come to Arroyo Trabuco and South County Golf Academy Director of Instruction Brian Schippel said it’s a unique opportunity for local juniors.

“We are honored to be partnered with this tour as it makes its way to the West Coast,” he said. “We are impressed with their ability to run professional, and college-type events, and are excited to bring that to our students.

 

2017 U.S. Open Preview

Like Chambers Bay in 2015, Erin Hills is a first-time U.S. Open venue and a relative unknown to the pros as it has little tournament history. It hosted a U.S. Amateur in 2011 as a preparation for the Open.

The heavily bunkered, tree-less course, which opened in 2006, by description sounds comparable to Oakmont, last year’s U.S. Open venue, where Dustin Johnson’s length and short-game prowess powered him to a break through major championship.

That win catapulted Johnson to the most dominant stretch of his career and the world No. 1 ranking. That momentum was stalled at the Masters after a freak fall caused him to withdraw with a back injury. Can he return to form on a course that will play to his strengths – namely length? Or will another big bomber raise the trophy?

Today we start to find out. Here’s a look at the leading storylines heading into the first U.S. Open ever in the state of Wisconsin.

The Unknown

The knowns are these: the rough is thick and the course is long, because that’s what a traditional U.S. Open setup is. But practically everything else about the longest course in U.S. Open history (7,741 yards) remains a mystery.

The pros will be using their practice rounds to get used to the new layout and particularly its treacherous bunkers, of which there are three types, the nuances of its rolling terrain and the sight lines for a number of blind semi-blind approaches.

The course is such an unknown that ESPN golf analyst Andy North, a Wisconsin native, gave a 30-shot range for predicting the winning score.

“We really don’t know if it’s going to be closer to 15-over or 15-under,” he said.

Of note: the last major played in Wisconsin, the 2015 PGA at Whistling Straits, saw Jason Day post a major championship scoring record of 20-under.

Will someone solve Erin Hills and go on a similar birdie binge or will it be a week that sees a barrage of bogeys? We seem to have a true wildcard course on our hands, but there’s no such mystery about the favorite: It’s Dustin Johnson.

A Double For D.J.?

There hasn’t been repeat champion at the U.S Open since Curtis Strange defended in 1989. Will the 117th Open see Johnson snap that streak?

The fairways are reportedly twice as wide as the ones Johnson dominated at Oakmont a year ago, so the set-up is friendly to his prodigious length, but it’s his improved wedge and short game that has really been the game changer for his 2017 dominance.

Johnson, however, hasn’t seemed to have quite the same sharpness since returning to competition after the Masters. He missed the cut at his last event (the Memorial), but some analysts viewed that as a blessing in disguise because it allowed him to get a head start on his Open preparation.

We’ll soon see if that extra preparation pays off and Johnson can reclaim the dominating form he had going into the Masters, before which he had reeled off three straight victories.

If D.J. is right, are you betting against him? His putting has improved as well this year and he’s part of a Tour trend.

How They Roll

Rory McIlroy is the latest to add a mallet putter to his bag in a last-minute equipment change this week. The mallet is becoming the preferred style on Tour. Putting is always key, but a hot putter could really get on a roll this week due to the impeccable course conditions.

Erin Hills has been closed since October to ensure premium conditions for the Open, especially on the greens, which, unlike Chambers Bay, are yielding compliments from the pros. The pros who figure out the greens the fastest could gain an early edge. Martin Kaymer solved Pinehurst once by putting from off the greens. That option isn’t available this week, but steady putting will still be crucial.

Who will wield the magic wand that will lead to victory this week? Will it be a past major winner or a championship newcomer like it has been in the previous six majors?

Break On Through, Part 7?

Sergio Garcia’s win at the Masters pushed the streak of first-time major winners to six. Can another first-timer get hot and continue the streak? Rickie Fowler? John Rahm? Justin Thomas?

Understandably, the Tour’s top bombers dominate the list of favorites. Will one of them prevail if D.J. can’t recapture his A game? If bogeys abound, it could turn into a real scramble (think British Open) and the bounces could favor another first-timer.

But if U.S. Open experience prevails …

Can recent history repeat?

Before D.J., the previous three U.S. Open winners were Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose. Rory McIlroy is also a past champion and the holder of the Open scoring record, 16-under in 2011.

Rose is on something akin to a major hot streak of his own. He finished runner-up to Garcia at Augusta and previously won the gold medal in the Rio Olympics playing under course conditions that sound a bit similar to what he’ll be facing this week at Erin Hills. GolfWeek actually has Rose listed as its No. 2 pick behind D.J. and ahead of Jason Day to raise the trophy this week (that’s a TaylorMade trio, by the way) and then rounds out its top five with Spieth and McIlroy.

Will one of the favorites prevail or will major-victory rookies resume their rise at the majors? We’ll start to get some clues when the major fun begins on Thurs.

Join us to watch the tournament unfold in O’Neill’s Bar and Grill. And, since you’re coming to Arroyo Trabuco anyways, might as well play a round of golf…