Opening in 2002, Shady Canyon is a Tom Fazio design in Irvine, just south of Los Angeles. Fazio said his “ultimate goal is to have it appear as if nothing has been done, that the layout is completely natural.” At Shady Canyon, the course weaves through the canyon, with native brush and streams lining many holes, giving the layout the natural feel that Fazio strived for. Many of the greens have a significant amount of slope, often creating numerous distinct sections. If you’re not on the proper section, you’ll face a difficult two-putt.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 200th, 2017-'18.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 20, 2007-'12. Ranked inside the top 25, 2005, 2013-'16. Ranked inside the top 30, 2003, 2017-'20.
2023-'24 ranking: 30th.
Previous ranking: 32nd.
Highest ranking: 13th, 2011-'12.