Teaching Methods For The Junior Golfer in Your House

Have you been trying to get your children into golf and it has turned out to be harder than expected.  The root of the problem could be that unlike nearly every other sport, you can’t just go play golf. Before you can play the game, or even step on a real golf course, you have to learn how to hit the ball, chip, and putt.  Since kids are not exactly into practice, this can make breaking into the sport even more difficult.

Make The Game Easier

Children and beginners simply feel the game of golf is too difficult. The first step would be to make the game easier to learn and play.  Earl Woods would have young Tiger Woods tee off from yardages far shorter than any of the standard boxes. He would then make up a new stroke count for par.  In other words, Tiger might play a 140 yard par 6. The result was that Tiger got used to breaking par from a very young age. Create attainable goals to measure yourself as golf is set up to measure against par. Setting up the course so there is a chance to make par may require you to start from a place other than even the red tees.

Let The Kids Call The Shots

Kids just want to have fun so let them call the shots! Let them explore the game on their own while you follow them around and explain the things they’re curious about. We understand every parent wants their child to learn the game the right way, however, allowing them to get a love for the sport is far more important.

Practice Makes Perfect

Take your child out for practice in the late evening or at a time when it’s not crowded. This will allow your child to hit and chase the ball without having to worry about holding up the group behind you. Tijeras Creek Golf Club offers a Junior Golf Pass that allows your child to play unlimited golf, it’s perfect for the junior golfer in your house. For more information on the Junior Golf Pass click HERE.  They are also now accepting registration for their 2018 Summer Junior Camps.  Sign up your Junior today by clicking HERE.

Tijeras Creek Golf Club employs only PGA & LPGA trained & certified teaching professionals. Our professionals are highly qualified in teaching methods and communication with students. All lessons held at Tijeras Creek Golf Club are guaranteed to each student’s complete satisfaction.  For more information on instruction and junior golf click HERE.


2018 Creek Card Offers Year-Round Saving for Golf for the Entire Foursome

F & B and merchandise discounts, Bonus Points, Tournament Club, and other additional benefits
sweeten the best deal for golf in the OC

Valid through March of 2019, the 2018 Creek Card is now on sale for only $169, and of the many rewarding benefits, the main draw is still reduced greens fees offered through the program. Plus, as always, the entire foursome receives the same low rates, which amount to roughly 40 percent below the regular rate. At that pace, it doesn’t take long for the Creek Card to pay for itself – and then some. It’s hands down the best way to play one of Orange County Californian’s best golf courses any time of the year, while saving a buck or two.

What’s New with the Creek Card

The complexion this popular program hasn’t changed much over the years, so it was way overdue for a few updates. The booking window is now up to five days in advance for tee times made online, in the golf shop or by phone. However, reservations made through the Tijeras Creek app may be booked up to six days in advance. The extra day is just one reason to download the app, GolfCash is another. This slick service saves time and money, a devastating one-two punch.

A new dynamic pricing structure will be in effect this year as well. In tune with the law of supply and demand, the prices fluctuate between less than the usual rates to slightly more when demand is high. This allows card members to play for the rate that best suits them.

Bonus Points:  Playing Golf Anywhere Else is Pointless

Another way the Creek Card saves money is through the Bonus Points program. Cardholders rack up Bonus Points for every dollar they spend throughout the facility that may be redeemed for, well, more golf along with merchandise at Tijeras Creek.

Get in the Action:  Join the Tournament Club

Also new this year, Tijeras Creek will field two teams in the OB Sports Team Championship. The top 10 Point Leaders from the Tournament Club will be the first to make the cut. Plus, four qualifiers from the stroke-play tournament in September earn a spot on the roster. The two teams will compete against teams from other OB Sports-managed clubs. And this is just one perk of the Tournament Club. It’s also a great way to have a little fun while playing competitive golf in a tournament setting.

Bounding Benefits

The balance of special deals offered through the Creek Card run the gamut from earlier access to twilight tee times to discounts at Spike’s Fish House. Replay rate of $40; savings on range balls; 20 percent off apparel, gloves, and headwear; 10 percent golf clubs, shoes, bags and golf balls; 10 percent off food items in TJ’s Cantina; and preferred seating for special events and Sunday Brunch are just a few. And those golfers who overdue it may also save a buck or two at AMP Sports Med & Recovery. Click here to view all as well as applicable terms and conditions.

Tijeras Creek Golf Club offers one of the best rounds of golf in Orange County, anchored by a Ted Robinson-design that weaves through tree-lined fairways and water features on the front nine, while running along sun-drenched ridges and through shady canyons on the back nine. And although the off-the-rack rates are reasonable given this elevated experience, the Creek Card makes it easier to enjoy all that this complete golf and lifestyle favorite has to offer. Click here to book a tee time today.

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Spend More Time on The Course and Less Time Searching for The Best Deal.

If you play at Tijeras Creek Golf Club year round, being a Creek cardholder is a no brainer. Although throughout the years the card has been offered, through customer feedback and course changes the value of the Creek Card has also evolved to fit the needs of the customers.  

As in the past, Creek Card members receive preferred rates throughout the year that saves you money. To view the preferred rates click HERE.  Green fees include a golf car.  Not only do you receive the lowest rate available, your buddies also receive this special rate when they golf with you.  Bring up to 3 guests and they also receive the best rate available.

Now starting in March and running through August 31st, as a card member you get to enjoy one hour earlier twilight times, allowing you to sneak a round in after work.  You save $5 in replay rounds with a replay rate of only $40. Let’s not forget about the opportunity to play in tournament club events. You will receive a chance to qualify for the 2018 Tijeras/OB Sports National Team Championship.  

If you’re an avid golfer, your golf clubs need to be in good condition. Clubs that are worn out or failing in some way are not only detrimental to your game, they could be downright dangerous. You always want to hit the first tee with a set of clubs that gives you confidence in your ability to play at the highest possible level.  As a creek card member you will receive 10% off regularly priced golf clubs, shoes, bags and golf balls. 20% off on regularly priced apparel, gloves and headwear.

The greatest value to the Creek Card is the bonus points you earn for playing golf.  Earn one point for every dollar spent on your green fee and merchandise towards a FREE round.  That’s right, earn points for dollars you spent on individual green fees at participating OB-Sports-managed facilities. For a full list of OB properties click HERE.  When using your travel benefits at other OB properties just mention you are a Member at Tijeras Creek Golf Club! Preferred rates at participating OB Sports managed facilities and affiliate courses including Monarch Beach Golf Links in Orange County, courses in Nevada, Arizona and Northern California and throughout the United States.



Our Card program offers the best rate for loyal players here at Tijeras Creek Golf Club and discounted rates when you travel to other OB Sports clubs. Plus, each course offers it’s own added benefits to allow you and your guests to experience more than just great golf!

For more information about the Creek Card or to purchase your card today click HERE.

Spring Into Playing More Golf!

This month we spring forward into daylight saving time. The origin of daylight saving time dates back much more than a century, when ancient civilizations adjusted their daily schedules to the sun. Britain introduced daylight saving time 100 years ago and was quickly followed by countries worldwide.

Love it or hate it, daylight saving is a reality for most of us except for the couple of States that don’t recognize daylight saving such as Arizona and Hawaii. For those that hate it, you have a lovely stubborn British campaigner (William Willett) you can thank. From an economic standpoint, daylight saving time is thought to help those in retail and sport.

William Willett, is credited as the “Champion” of Daylight Saving Time.  What many don’t know about him is that he was an avid golfer. Willett hated having to cut short his round when it got dark in the early evening.  This is one of the many reasons why he proposed to move the clock ahead an hour to preserve more daylight in the summer and was the foundation for the phrase, “Spring Ahead, Fall Back” and gave golfers like us more time to play after work, well into the evening.  Tijeras Creek Golf Club now offers, after work golf clinics.

For those of you that put the curtains up to block out the sun to sleep through the early morning sunrise, you now have an extra hour after work to get outdoors! It may be tough with one less hour of sleep and though daylight saving time may be a sign that spring is right around the corner, the takeaway is you now have more time to play golf! Click HERE to view available tee times at Tijeras Creek Golf Club.

With the extra time you have after your round, TJ’s Cantina is the place to be. Enjoy a bite and pair it with one of the twelve refreshing craft beers on tap, which complement a fully-stocked bar. Daily dining specials are featured on the menu and guests can enjoy dining out on the patio overlooking the 10th and 18th holes.


Tom Horaney Named General Manager of Tijeras Creek Golf Club

Longtime asst. general manager adds ‘personal’ touch to one of Southern California’s best golf clubs

Tijeras Creek Golf Club is a throwback in one unique way – it puts the “person” back into the club’s “personality.” And everyone on property – including the newly appointed General Manager, Tom Horaney – contributes to this all-but forgotten concept.

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Customer Service Leads the Way at Tijeras Creek Golf Club

Great customer service at Tijeras Creek Golf Club begins with the staff, which in several cases, has been with the club for decades running everything from tournaments and weddings to regular play. This provides the type of personalized service and friendship that used to be the hallmark of the game. Everybody knew the pro, and they leaned on him as the golf expert always at the ready for anything from a lesson to a quick update on the tour action that weekend.

Same goes for the barkeep. The traditional post-round whiskey is as old as the game itself, and the pal behind the bar did much more than pour the drink (neat, of course). He helped golfers commemorate good rounds or commiserate when things didn’t go well – as they often do. TJ’s Cantina feels like that type of place.

Tom Horaney Keeps the Tradition Alive

It is this genuine feel that lies at the heart of Tijeras Creek Golf Club’s appeal. Horaney’s appointment to General Manager is a great example.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this promotion to General Manager at such an esteemed Southern California golf club,” said Horaney. “Our loyal guests are second to none, our experienced staff is the best in the business, and we are set to take Tijeras Creek to another level.”

Since 2007, Horaney has served as Assistant General Manager, as well as Food & Beverage Manager at Tijeras Creek. Under his watch, the club has increased food and beverage revenue by more than 40 percent, thanks in part to recent clubhouse and cantina renovations. And not only is TJ’s Cantina hopping, total rounds have increased steadily during his tenure.

Approval from the Top

“With his invaluable experience in the many facets of the operation at Tijeras Creek during the last 10 years, Tom was the natural choice to lead the club into the future,” said Phil Green, COO of OB Sports, the management firm for Tijeras Creek Golf Club. “The golf club, and its fantastic cardholders, are in great hands with Tom leading the charge.”

Creating Celebrations That Become Treasured Memories

Top Reasons Why You Should Get Married at a Golf Course.

Last year, 6 of the 10 most popular dates to get engaged landed in December, according to a report from WeddingWire.com.  The Holidays are vastly approaching and this is a time of year when you spend quality time with family, making it a very popular season to get engaged. All the family is already together to witness the proposal, the ring, and celebrate!


As a couple in love getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of your life and having all your family and friends there to celebrate makes the occasion even that much more special. But once the celebrations are over it’s time to start planning.  With December being a popular month to get engaged and the average length of engagement is 14.5 months, seems like enough time to plan. However, not all engagements are that long, some are short. This means with the large number of couples getting engaged the competition to find the best venue can be stressful and often times over your budget.


The first step in the planning process is the vision you see for that special day. For most brides, the first step was completed years ago as a young child before she ever even met her groom. Picture your wedding ceremony with a Spanish motif, romantic fountain terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the golf course.  Tijeras Creek is the best kept secret in Orange County.  


You couldn’t ask for a more exquisite background than the scenic views offered from Tijeras Creek Golf Course.  Golf is taken very seriously around here, and we expect great views from every hole. As a result, your wedding photographer will be inspired by the numerous opportunities  for setting up great, memorable shots. Fun, silly photos with the groomsmen on the course, beautiful and romantic shots of the bride and groom and a complete wedding party picture with the beautiful green grass and bright blue sky as your backdrop.


Our facility accommodates groups up to 120 with a variety of buffet packages to choose from. You will have a dedicated Special Events Coordinator that will help with the planning of your bridal shower, afternoon tea, rehearsal dinner and reception or farewell champagne brunch. Additional services such as photography and professional video production, floral creation, hotel and resort accommodations and off-site activities are available. Having a in-house chef removes the worry of wondering if the caterer will be on time and not forget anything.  Let us assist you in designing a truly personal experience. To request additional information, click HERE.

It’s Pointless To Play Anywhere Else! The OC’s Best Golf Value.

Save Up To 40% All Year Long.


Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, just minutes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.  Tijeras Creek Golf Club opened in October 1990 and was designed by Ted Robinson.  The golf course is known as the tale of two nines.

We have a distinctive course layout here at Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The Course opens with a demanding front nine that is highlighted with shimmering water features that come into play in three out of the first nine holes.  The back nine holes are legendary for the breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes that wind through old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. In fact, hole number sixteen was voted one of Orange County’s best 18 Holes by members of the Southern California PGA. Click HERE to view our full course layout.

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Tijeras Creek Golf Course

Depending on the time of year, golf rates vary in price.  Booking your tee time online directly through our website will guarantee you will receive the best rate available.  Booking your tee time has never been quicker and easier, just choose your time and reserve! To view available tee times click HERE.  
To ensure you receive the lowest rate, your best option is to invest in our 2018 Creek Card.  The Creek Card allows you to receive preferred rates throughout the year and additional exclusive benefits which makes the Creek Card Membership Orange County’s best golf value.
It’s pointless to play anywhere else!  If you purchase the Creek Card today you will receive a number of great incentives including: best rate guaranteed for you and up to 3 guests, one hour earlier twilight times, $40 replay rates ($45 for non-members), play in tournament events, 20% off regularly priced apparel, headwear, gloves… 10% off regularly priced golf clubs, shoes, bags and golf balls.  
When you become a Creek Card member you  begin to collect bonus points.  Earn one point for every dollar spent on your green fee or merchandise purchased at the golf shop.  Card members may use bonus points for guests. Regular priced food items at TJ’s Cantina are 10% off (no alcohol and not combined with other offers).  Receive preferred seating for special events and Sunday brunch.
Travel benefits are available at any participating OB sports managed property.  Visit the OB Sports website for more details.  
To purchase a Creek Card online click HERE or call us at 949-238-2635.