Redhawk Golf Club
Redhawk is a challenging course that has been a staple in the Temecula Valley since it opened in 1991. The course has the early 90s feel in some parts and was a particular course when it first opened. It is not quite what it used to be, but it is differentiated by a unique design in some parts.
From the tips, Redhawk is a good challenge at 7079 yards; the course has a 74.2-course rating and 140 slope. Fortunately, several sets of tees at Redhawk can provide a dramatically different setup. The front nine starts with some straightforward but challenging holes. The third hole is a risk-reward hole with water coming into play at around 290, so a layup is needed, or you can opt to reach the tiny fairway to the lake’s right.
There are several tough long par 4s at Redhawk, particularly the 5th hole, which has one of the most ridiculous setups I have ever seen from the back tees. The tee shot directs you virtually out of bounds and requires a high draw to get around the trees to the fairway. At Redhawk, the back tees need you to work the ball both ways on demand, or you can quickly get in a lot of trouble.
The eighth hole is the signature, an island green with an Augusta-like bridge connecting the green. It is a large island green with several bunkers and undoubtedly the signature hole at Redhawk. A close second would be the island green on the 12th hole surrounded by sand—another great par 3. Redhawk is known for its par 3s. Pretty much any of them could be a signature hole at any other course. The 17th is another notable par 3, with a straight drop downhill with lots of good views of Temecula.
Redhawk requires you to think your way around the course, and the greens are very undulating; 4-tiered greens and some of the most severe tiered you will ever see are at Redhawk. The course is full of untapped potential, the driving range is reasonably good, and there is a beautiful waterfall that runs down to the 18th green. Redhawk also has good facilities with beautiful Spanish-style buildings that give the course a nice feel. The conditions are playable but nothing special. If there were, Redhawk would be a great course.