It’s nice to have options, which is what players get at Mile Square Golf Course because of its two layouts.
The Classic, which opened in 1969, got a companion when the Players opened in 2001. Together they provide a solid one-two punch in Fountain Valley for golfers looking for moderate green fees and surprisingly good conditions.
The Classic course, which was refurbished during construction of the Players, is one of the Southland’s most tree-lined courses. The layout has an old-school feel in both yardage and appearance. At 6,714 yards from the tips, the course sets up nicely for all skills levels because of its wide fairways and fairly flat greens.
The Players, on the other hand, provides a contrast because of its different topography. The greens and fairways at the newer course are full of undulations, and water comes into play or is visible on a dozen holes. At 6,750 yards from the tips, it isn’t long by today’s standards, but players must be adept with their short game to score well.
Both courses are the design of course architect David Rainville.
“We find that there’s a pretty even balance as far as popularity between the two courses,” says general manager Scott Chaffin, who estimates that each course gets about 80,000 rounds a year. “There are still a lot of diehard Classic fans, but the Players has also gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
A fun stretch of holes on the Players is nos. 4-6. The trio starts with a 128-yard par 3 that requires a tee shot over water, followed by a short par 5 with the same lake waiting to accept drives that stray too far right. A 187-yard par 3 that completes the stretch is notable because of the five bunkers that guard the multi-tiered green.
On the Classic, the 350-yard, par-4 14th hole provides big hitters with a risk-reward option because of a lake that affects strategy off the tee. One of the more challenging holes on the layout is the 370-yard, par-4 11th because of an elevated green that affects club selection on approach shots.
Chaffin says both courses get the same amount of attention regarding maintenance and care, likely why they’re often cited by players for being in good shape.
“We get a lot of compliments as far as the condition of both courses,” he says. “We take a lot of pride in that.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Rating and slope for the Classic course
Rating and slope for the Players course
Cost in dollars for green fees Monday-Thursday at the Classic and Players, respectively
Cost in dollars for either course on weekends and holidays
Length in yards of No. 4 on the Players, the shortest hole on the property
Length in yards of No. 10 on the Classic, the longest hole on the property
Number of teeing areas on the driving range
Number of guests that can be accommodated by the site’s banquet and ballroom facilities