Category Archives: The Ranch at Laguna Beach


Photo/Video Post: A Saturday Sunset In Laguna


This was taken last Saturday in Laguna Beach, near Montage, not far from the beach entrance off PCH for The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

I’ve been sharing this photo during my travels around SoCal this week and it has inspired awe and glowing reviews from a populace used to seeing beautiful sunsets.

I believe it’s one of the five best I’ve ever seen. What makes it special is the thin cloud layer hanging just above the ocean that split the sunset in two before. I’ve seen this awesome effect before – in fact, my first sunset living in CA was one of these – but I’ve never seen it so close to the water. I’m calling this the snowman sunset.

I took these photos and video perched atop a rock in the ocean, which also helped get the shots. Sometimes you sense a sunset scenario early that has the makings of true greatness. This was one of those. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

If you’re staying at The Ranch, know this beach location is just a short golf cart ride and brief beach walk away. How much more awesomely close to awesome can you get? Enjoy and don’t forget to share your photo at @theranchlb.

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The Ranch At LB: There’s a Twitter Party on Wed., and You’re Invited

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From our friends at Kitchen Play PR:

Join The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Kitchen PLAY, for a #GolfLaguna Twitter Party. We’re teaming up with two talented golf bloggers, Corey Ross (@socalgolfblog) and James Hills (@mantripping), for a chat about all things golf at The Ranch at Laguna Beach!

Throughout the night, we’ll be giving attendees the chance to win some great onsite experiences at The Ranch itself. Be one of our 3 lucky winners and you could win a one-night stay at the resort or a round of golf for two (2 golf prizes available)! Plus we’ll have plenty of golf accessories from The Ranch to hand out as well (golf balls, shirts, towels, club covers and more!).

Want to win? Check out the prize questions at our EventBrite registration page , then head over to do a little research on The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s website!

Then join us for #GolfLaguna!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

6:00 PST / 9:00 PM EST

Follow the hashtag #GolfLaguna

Register at our Eventbrite page to be eligible to win, and for giveaway guidelines.

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Photo Post: Ben Brown’s Golf Course In Laguna

I made a completely pleasant golf discovery last weekend that I wanted to share with you.

I was invited to play the nine-hole Ben Brown’s Golf Course at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. This is one of those local-secret courses, but it’s too good not to share. From the online description, I gathered little about the course I was about to play after being invited. I recalled a course sign being where this supposedly was – a mile from the ocean off PCH, just past Dana Point – but I’d never heard anyone talk about it.

Finding it is the first issue, though my phone app. got me there no problem. But the turn-in is sparsely and confusingly signed (what’s Aliso Creek?) and easy to miss, especially if you’re still fixated on the ocean.

But what you discover will surprise and amaze you. It’s a beautiful nine-hole layout that wanders through an incredible canyon setting. Every hole is a discovery of fun golf and wonderful scenery, including caves, that’s best taken in on two feet as this course, a SoCal rarity, is completely walkable. In fact, hardly anyone rode the day we played.

The course stretches to 2,221 yards from the blues and presents a fun mix of alternating par 3s and 4s that makes you work through most of your bag. The course and greens were in impeccable shape and provided enough tough holes to keep things interesting. There are at least two holes, both involving creek carries, here you’ve got to play at least twice to figure out how to club right. And I definitely recommend looping this course twice, mostly because it’ll take you no time at all. The pace was terrific here, too.

Oh, and when you arrive you hear rumors about deer. Sure enough, we saw them on our second nine. Deer in Laguna. Who knew?

Anyway, this is where I power down my fingers and let the photos do the talking. Here’s a glimpse of a great, and somewhat undiscovered, south Orange County golf experience.


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(Zoom in if you can’t see the moon.)

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