Category Archives: The Ranch at Laguna Beach


The RanchLB: Harvest Restaurant Has Arrived – Take Our Virtual Tour

In October, The Ranch at Laguna Beach golf resort finally opened up its much anticipated Harvest restaurant, one of the final pieces of its nearly two-year renovation project. As with everything at The Ranch, the overall quality and attention to detail are impeccable.

What follows is a photo tour that will take you through the lobby, bar, patio and restaurant. The restaurant overlooks the No. 1 fairway and has huge windows that open toward the course and make the restaurant open air and seems to make the golf and restaurant experiences seamless. And we’re calling this the new best table in golf.


Take a look around in our virtual tour and make sure to check out Harvest the next time you’re in Laguna Beach. You won’t be disappointed with the restaurant or anything else about this unique golf resort experience that’s rapidly rocketing up the Trip Advisor ratings for Orange County.







And we close with blog’s standard review of The Ranch: It rocks.


TheRanchLB: Join Us For A Travel Twitter Party!

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Just in time for summer we’re holding a Twitter party about luxury travel and family travel at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Join us on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (PST) and you’ll have a chance to win fabulous stays at our resort, which is about to complete a two-year renovation. You come enjoy the resort, restaurant, spa and nine-hole golf course that is making us one of the hottest destinations in Orange County.

Throughout the night, you’ll have the chance to win one of the following 3 prizes:

– A 2-night stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach with breakfast and choice of Golf or Spa for 2
– A 1-night stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach with breakfast for 2
– A 1-night stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach with breakfast for 2 and a Hobie sponsored SUP lesson

Want to win? All of the questions are listed at the link below, with answers to the prize questions found on The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s website. Be sure to check it out!

Follow this link – – to register and make sure to follow the hashtag #RanchLB. Good luck!


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The RanchLB: Touring The Treehouse Suite

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The luxurious and secluded Treehouse suite at The Ranch at Laguna Beach is nested high above the grounds overlooking the No. 1 green and surrounded by windows – a perfect honeymoon stay, family vacation destination, or memorable couples resort solution.

The two-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,600 square-foot suite offers an expansive wrap-around deck, full gourmet kitchen, living and dining space, and floor to ceiling windows. Also, included is the specialty Treehouse Gazebo for entertaining or personal enjoyment. Views from this perch are nothing short of dreamy!


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– Master Bedroom – King Bed and Full Bathroom (Oversized walk-in shower and dual vanities)

– Guest Bedroom – Queen Bed and Full Bathroom (Shower/Tub combination)


– Full gourmet kitchen, including: stove, oven, microwave, espresso machine and refrigerator

– Full bathroom with Shower (Downstairs)

– Dedicated Ranch Hand to assist with guest needs

– Exclusive use of a four-person personal Golf Cart

– Complimentary beach gear upon request, including chairs and umbrella


– Access to adjoining Gazebo

– Personally monogrammed robe

– Signature Ranch bedding and Italian linens


– Tuvalu-designed coastal ranch estate quality furnishings

– In-room coffee machine with a selection of coffee and tea

– State-of-the-art technology, including complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, 3 LCD TVs (49″ – 48″), universal charging station for phones and tablets

– Twice-daily housekeeping, including turndown service

– A refrigerator stocked with beverages and snacks daily

– Each guest receives a monogrammed robe to keep


– A plush private patio that seats 4 to 6 comfortably

– Key Card Gate access to the Treehouse

– Complimentary valet/self-parking.

– No resort fee.

Go to to reserve.

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The Treehouse at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

The story in Southland Golf:

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is on the back nine of its plan to become the coolest nine-hole resort course in the country.

More than two years of renovation and construction will finally come to an end this summer (May/June) when project opens its remaining guest rooms, spa and the building housing its Harvest restaurant, front desk and banquet and ballroom spaces. The de facto Presidential Suite, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Treehouse – the remodeled former course owners’ home overlooking the No. 1 green – come online in Feb.

The Ranch debuted its first 62 hotel rooms last summer. While operating with those rooms, a patio to host breakfast and lunch, a pool, a pantry, a golf shop and the course, the resort has rocketed up the local rankings on Trip Advisor, reports Jim Tolbert, The RanchLB’s Director of Sales Marketing.

“We up to No. 5 (out of 22 resorts/hotels) in Laguna on Trip Advisor,” Tolbert said, “and that’s with only half the resorted completed during our preview period. Everything we’ve opened has been very well received.”


Tolbert said the original preview goal for The Ranch’s marketing was to expand its tourist draw to a 150-mile radius to complement its strong local following. He said the property has already exceeded that goal and gone global.

“We’re getting people from all over,” he said. “We’ve had people from Germany to Great Britain to Arizona, and we had many folks from the East Coast over the holidays.”

After making a turn off the Pacific Coast Highway in South Laguna and taking a quarter-mile drive east from the ocean, guests are greeted by a vast expanse of canyon. That’s the scenic corridor that surrounds the winding nine-hole course.

Tolbert says guests are awed by the unexpected beauty of the canyon first and the rooms, decorated in a coastal ranch and beach cottage theme with a lot of local flavor, such as artwork of Laguna, complete the dazzling first impression.

“They walk into the room, their mouths open and their eyes get wide,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing to watch peoples’ reaction to this place.”


The final plan to renovate the former Laguna Beach country club was approved by city officials in April of 2014. The clean-up and restoration of the course, built in the 1950s and suffering from neglect, was the first priority.

The course has enjoyed a strong local golf following for decades and caterers to all levels of players – and couples. (The course held a Valentine’s tournament in February.)

To foster a golf culture at the property, free 15- and 30-minute lessons are offered.

One of the beauties of having a nine-hole course, Tolbert said, is that it’s inviting to first-timers and plays fast at a time when time (slow play) is an issue at many courses nationwide.

“Golf is part of the culture of the place and the guest experience,” he said. “Our course isn’t intimidating so people should feel comfortable giving golf a try.”

The course is among the most walkable anywhere and offers a mix of par 3s and 4s and the discovery of wildlife, including deer midway through your round, along the way.

Besides golf, the resort has become a big dining draw for the food as well as the canyon views, Tolbert said. He notes that a number of menu ingredients will be grown on site at the Harvest Garden.

“It’s American-style cuisine using fresh California ingredients. We supplement the menu with things grown in the garden here on property,” he said. “Every dish is full of flavor and the items themselves are relatively simple but technically perfect.”

Tolbert praised the talents and creativity of chefs Camron Woods and Mary Catherine Woods.

Tolbert said the opening of the Harvest restaurant will only boost The RanchLB’s reputation as a local dining and social destination and make the resort even more formidable in the competitive local market.

“It’s going to be the coolest resort in Orange County for sure.”


View of the Treehouse from the course

March Southland


The RanchLB: A Sweet Winter Special

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If you haven’t yet experienced the renovated and remodeled Ranch at Laguna Beach, here’s a sweet opportunity. They’re offering 2-for-1 weekday stays (Sun.-Thurs.) and tossing in a free round of golf for two.

It would make the perfect winter golf getaway for couples in OC/LA/SD looking to get away but still stay close. You will enjoy. Call 888.364.5248 to reserve your stay today.

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More Fun W/Instagram Course Layout Pages

Last week, I added a new tool to my social media toolbox when I began dabbling with the new Layout feature on Instagram.

For those aren’t familiar, Layout, as it suggests, arranges your photos into layout templates that you can manipulate to create collages. Those who know me know this is the kind of thing that can send me down a creative rabbit hole for hours – or days – and it did. I’m still experimenting and exploring as the possibilities became apparent.

My immediate application was for my golf course photos. I’ve received many compliments on them in the history of the blog – thank you – and sometimes for how I present them on social. Well, here’s the best way yet. The possibilities are far beyond just what I’m showing you here, but here are some samples for courses you should recognize from golfing in San Diego and following the blog.

What I immediately love about this is that when someone asks me about a local course, I can kick them one of these layouts because I think they capture the experience between than a single shot or series can.

Hope you like these. Get used to them because I can see manifest uses for this feature to enhance the visual presentation of the blog.

In case you aren’t following at Instagram: @socalgolfblog. I already have a veritable trove of videos and photos over there – and much more to come.



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Hawaii – Kapalua and Manele Bay

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The Ranch LB: 9 for 9 – Nine Films That Capture A Day At The Ranch At Laguna Beach

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Taking a bit of inspiration from ESPN’s popular 30 for 30 documentary series, we present 9 for 9 – nine short videos that capture the experience of playing the nine holes at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. As you’ll see there’s much to see, do and discover during your day at The Ranch – and after. Have we mentioned the course is a quarter mile from the ocean?

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The RanchLB: Nine Great Reasons To Golf The Ranch At Laguna Beach

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It’s Only Nine Holes! – At a time when time is the reason so many cite for not having enough time for golf, The RanchLB provides the perfect golf antidote. It just takes just over two hours to play the nine holes at Ben Brown’s Golf Course. Even the busiest lives can find time for that, right?

And it’s nine holes that will require you to hit most of the clubs in your bag, which makes it great for your overall game improvement whether you’re a beginner or you’re a veteran looking for a tune up.
What follows are eight more reasons the Ranch is the coolest nine-hole course in the country.

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A Good Walk – Always – Good walking courses are hard to find in SoCal. Well, you just found one – and it’s one of the best.

Laid out through a canyon, walking the course is a tranquil golf stroll that provides an evolving view of the landscape. Every hole reveals a new facet and adds to your appreciation of the truly unique setting, which is a combination of national park and a tropical island. The RanchLB really is its own little golf ecosystem.

Discovering it on foot provides great exercise and adds a natural pacing to your game, which is how the game was meant to be played.

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To Discover Our “Wild” Side – Did you know there are deer in Laguna Beach? At least three families live on the course and are often seen grazing around the fourth green and fifth tee. You’ll find wildlife on the ground, in the sky and swimming in our streams at The RanchLB, something that only adds to the ambience of our little golf nirvana.

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Now On The No. 1 Tee: Breakfast/Lunch – You can enjoy breakfast or lunch on our patio overlooking the course before or after your round. At no other course in SoCal can you sit this close to the action. Our “gallery” is growing as more and more people discover, among other things, one of the best breakfasts in Orange County. And dinner will soon be added to the menu. Our restaurant, Harvest, opens in 2016.

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Stay and Play – Also in 2016, you’ll be able stay and play once our 97 hotel rooms, some of which overlook the course, come online. A stay at The Ranch will include free 15-min. lesson/swing analysis (by appointment) to make sure you get the most out of your round. We have a golf course culture we want you to be able to participate in to the fullest.

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Stay and Swim – But if you stay, and do or don’t play, there’s always the ocean. We’re a quarter-mile – a quick golf cart ride – from the wonders of the Pacific Ocean. And if you do venture to the beach, we suggest you stick around for sunset: Laguna Beach has some of the best.

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Life In Laguna – The RanchLB celebrates the good life in Laguna Beach and wants you to partake. The city’s many restaurants and shops are nearby and allow you to experience the unique culture of our quaint beach community. Many artists make their homes here, and you can sample their work in many galleries and other venues. The Laguna nightlife is equally artistically alive with musical acts performing throughout town.

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Thirsty Thursday – Our popular local happy hour is just one of several themed nights at the course, which also hosts musical guests and movie nights. We aim to provide a complete entertainment experience during your escape to The RanchLB, whether it’s for a day or an extended stay.

You Don’t Have To Stop At Nine – There’s no stop sign posted after the ninth green. You’re welcome to keep going. In fact, if you’re playing it for the first time, you might want to try again. Clubbing the pars 3 in particular can take two or three rounds to get right and varies due to the ocean breeze that sails through the canyon.

And if you didn’t see the deer on your first go-round, a second nine might be mandatory. A birdie, a deer and then maybe a beer … now that sounds like the perfect round at The RanchLB.

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SCGA: The Return Of The Ranch

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Here’s my piece about The Ranch at Laguna Beach in the digital edition of the Southern California Golf Association Magazine. Again, thrilled with how this turned out.

If you haven’t discovered The Ranch yet, I highly recommend. It truly is the coolest nine-hole golf course in the country.

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