Moreno Valley Rach Golf Club in Southern California’s Inland Empire, designed by the legendary Pete Dye, opened in 1988 and was such a demanding layout that it hosted events on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour’s triple-A circuit.
However, the classic 27-hole facility fell victim to the difficult economic and maintenance problems that hit the golf industry during the recession that hit the United States more than 10 years ago, and was shut down in 2014.
However, the Bridge Group bought the property and restored the Valley and Mountain nines into a dramatic 18-hole course, which reopened last August as Rancho Del Sol Golf Club.
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“It was closed for six years and was all overgrown,” said Head Pro Cory Camilleri, who oversaw the reopening after serving at Chinook Winds Golf Resort and Salishan Golf Resort in Oregon. “High weeds in the fairways, sand on the greens and grass in the bunkers.
“We did very well for the first six months we were open, although things have tailed off lately because of the heat. We have the best greens in the area, pure bent grass greens.
“And you just say, ‘Pete Dye,’ and that sells it.”
Rancho Del Sol plays to 6,553 yards from the back tees and a par of 71, although there are six tee boxes that make the course playable for golfers of all abilities.
The Lake Course is used for disc golf and is a walking course.
“There’s still a possibility that the Lake Course could be reopened for golf, but I just see don’t that happening,” Camilleri said.
To Camilleri, the signature hole at Rancho Del Sol is the first, a challenging 458-yard par-4 that is guarded by water on the left side of the green.
In fact, water comes into play on three of the first four holes, plus No. 7.
“No. 1 is a difficult hole to start with, and then you have to deal with the water, too,” Camilleri said. “Just a tough par-4.”
The best holes on the Mountain Course, are the last three which all play downhill on Mt. Russell to the clubhouse, starting with a classic par-3 that measures 173 yards, with a bunker guarding the right side of the green.
Following are the par-4, 536-yard 17th hole and another par-3 that measures 168 yards, the 18th having been shortened from a par-4 because of construction. The last three holes also offer spectacular views of Moreno Valley and San Bernardino Mountain range in the distance.
The dramatic finish is part of the reason Rancho Del Sol is billed as “The new gem of the Inland Empire!”
Rancho Del Sol Golf Club
28095 John F Kennedy Dr.,
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Phone: (951) 455 – 4545