Shady Canyon Golf Club takes the perfect approach

World-class design and world-class location meet at Shady Canyon Golf Club.

World-class design and world-class location meet at Shady Canyon Golf Club.

The 300-acre course, nestled in a valley of protected wildlands, reflects the driving principle of its famed designer Tom Fazio: that a golf course should “appear as if nothing has been done, that the layout is completely natural.”

Hailed as one of the best courses in America by Golf Digest, Shady Canyon remains scenic, rugged, unspoiled.

“Shady Canyon is possibly as good a golf course as we’ve ever done and as good as any course there ever is,” says Fazio, who laid out the course in 2001.

Few golf course designers have left a bigger mark on modern golf than Fazio, who designed nearly a quarter of Golf Digest’s list of America’s 200 greatest courses – more than any designer.


Respecting the land

His respect for the land is why Irvine Company sought Fazio’s services in designing Shady Canyon – as well as Pelican Hill Golf Club’s North Course, Pelican Hill Golf Club’s South Course and Oak Creek Golf Club.

Like so many truly memorable courses, Shady Canyon is a golf course that offers a different experience each time you tee up.

Fairways follow the natural contours of the valley, offering spectacular views of hillsides that lead through 16,000 acres of protected coastal open space.

This is how Fazio describes the first hole: “A cascading stream flows down from the green to tee. Majestic sycamores define the left side of the hole, while a massive hillside with natural vegetation defines the right. With the stream narrowing the area in front of the green, an accurate approach shot is essential.”

43,000-square-foot clubhouse

Shady Canyon Golf Club epitomizes the game at its best, from its design to its setting to its amenities. The private club includes a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse with executive chef, banquet rooms, spa and fitness center.

Fazio sums it up this way: “I want people to leave with, ‘This is as good as any golf experience I’ve ever had,’ no matter where it is.”