Around the Villages
Living here is a sports aficionado's paradise with the recreational activities of the Racquet Club of Irvine as well as the public Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course.
- Racquet Club of Irvine - The first and only private tennis and fitness facility in Irvine and one of the largest tennis clubs in Orange County.
- Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course - Designed by William Francis Bell, this course is situated along a coastal inlet with three lakes and is home to some of South Orange County’s most challenging greens.
Rancho San Joaquin
To the left of the entrance of Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course is a true piece of Irvine history. The home was commissioned by James Irvine I in 1868 as a place for him to stay when he visited the Irvine Ranch on business.
Known as the San Joaquin Ranch House with a kitchen, dining room, parlor, four bedrooms and a wraparound porch, it was built for $1,300 and was the first wooden house to be built between Anaheim and San Diego. With just the kitchen still intact having been torn down in 1971 during the grading of the golf course, the home today serves as a museum and reminder of Irvine’s rich history.
Filled with trails beneath towering sycamores, this large park is host to a nine-acre lake, bike paths, summer concerts and movie nights, and even model boat sailing.
With lush green hills, plenty of picnic areas with barbecue grills, and multiple playground areas for kids to rampage through, William R. Mason Regional Park truly has something for everyone.