One of Fred Couples and architect Brian Curley's finest collaborations, Talega Golf Club, which sits above the "Spanish Village by the Sea," is a challenging, yet gorgeous golf course in an incredible setting. Always in great shape, the course is located in the hills above San Clemente, just three miles from the Pacific Ocean. The 6,951-yard par 72 is certainly a championship test with several difficult par 3s and par 5s. The signature Couples design has five of each, so there is great variety. The fifth hole is a 228-yard par 3 that plays mostly over water and is a candidate for one of Talega's signature holes. Another possibility for the prettiest hole is the finishing hole, the par-4 18th, with an approach that plays over the lake to a green well guarded by bunkers. The course has lots of elevation change, mountain views and elevated greens that make each hole unique. In addition to the golf course, Talega, which is open to the public, also has excellent practice facilities that include a driving range, short game area and practice green. Talega Golf Club. also has a large Spanish-style clubhouse that can accommodate more than 200 guests for weddings, banquets and tournaments. Golfers and guests can also enjoy a variety of lunch and dinner items at the Signature Grille while taking in golf course views on its large patio. A large, well-stocked golf shop that carries the latest in apparel, accessories and equipment can also be found in the clubhouse.?