With lots of elevated tees affording great views and hilly terrain, The Golf Club at Rancho California is a championship caliber test that's sure to appease all kinds of golfers. The course, which opened for play in 1971 as Murrieta Golf Club, has endured through ownership changes to remain one of Southern California's best competitive venues. In 1994, the Southern California Golf Association bought the course, and it became SCGA Golf Club. It was the home of the California State Open and other professional and high-level amateur events. Today, The Golf Club at Rancho California is a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course that plays 7,036 yards and a course rating of 74.6. But it has five sets of tees, starting at just over 5,000 yards, so all levels of players can enjoy the layout. The Golf Club at Rancho California has many interesting and challenging holes. The par-4 third, for example, is one of the holes with great views from an elevated tee that looks down on the fairway and lake below with mountains in the background. The no. 2 handicap hole, the 12th, plays more than 400 yards with water all down the left side of this dogleg. And the 18th, another dogleg left, plays nearly 450 yards from the back tee. The club also has excellent practice facilities with a full driving range, short-game area and practice putting green. Inside the clubhouse is a very well-stocked golf shop, restaurant and wedding, and banquet facilities.