Relax and Entertain in Style With a Social Membership At the Shady Canyon Golf Club

Looking for the perfect outdoor setting for your daughter’s wedding? Maybe a stately boardroom where you can close your next deal with impeccable style? How about a private dining room to host an upcoming family reunion or special birthday celebration?

These are only a few of the great benefits that go along with having a social membership at the private Shady Canyon Golf Club®, the centerpiece of the magnificent gated Shady Canyon® residential and golf reserve in the City of Irvine.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for people who want to enjoy many of the Club’s amenities and activities, as well as a variety of adult and family-oriented special events,” said Bob Leenhouts, Shady Canyon Golf Club general manager.

Open to Shady Canyon residents and non-residents alike, social memberships in the Shady Canyon Golf Club include use of the Main Clubhouse and the Swim and Fitness Center. Additionally, social members enjoy limited access to the Club’s Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf course when accompanied by golf members.

Perched on a scenic crest overlooking the golf course, the Main Clubhouse is a stunning Wallace Neff-inspired facility exhibiting graceful archways and pillars, dramatic cupolas and beautiful stonework. Inside this approximately 53,000-square-foot masterpiece, more archways, a grand fireplace, intricately beamed ceilings, and other rich wood detailing define a variety of dining and gathering spaces.

“The Shady Canyon Clubhouse is the perfect backdrop for any occasion,” said Leenhouts. “Whether you’re meeting friends for an impromptu dinner or marking a family milestone with a festive private celebration, this elegant, yet understated facility is always in good taste.”

The Clubhouse includes a Mixed Grille and Bar, private dining rooms that can be reserved for special family events, and outdoor dining terraces. With both a French chef and a sommelier, the Clubhouse offers gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine selection for lunch and dinner.

Also contributing to the Clubhouse’s inviting ambiance are a spacious and comfortably furnished living room, a private boardroom for business meetings and a fully stocked golf shop.

Just outside the Clubhouse, the Great Lawn is beautifully suited to outdoor weddings and other exclusive events for up to 300 people.

On the other side of the Great Lawn, Shady Canyon’s Swim and Fitness Center offers a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, bubbling spa and children’s wading pool. Inside the Center’s 6,700-square-foot, Santa Barbara colonial-style building, members enjoy state-of-the-art conditioning equipment, spa treatment rooms for individual pampering by skin and body care professionals, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms. Members can take advantage of the numerous classes offered such as Spin, Pilates and Yoga, as well as personal fitness training with the Center’s professional fitness staff.

Throughout the year, numerous Shady Canyon activities and special events provide many opportunities for socializing and making connections with other members. From the Harvest Festival and holiday functions to Casino Night and the Annual Wine Festival, these events invite members to feel a part of Shady Canyon’s elevated lifestyle. Children’s summer camps and swimming lessons, a competitive swim team, and many poolside events are also part of the fun.

“Having a social membership at Shady Canyon opens up a world of social and recreational opportunities set against truly breathtaking surroundings,” Leenhouts said.

Old-world inspired and meticulously planned, Shady Canyon is a magnificent gated enclave combining timeless architecture, peerless amenities and native splendor. Vintage oaks and sycamores provide continuity with the past, joined by newly planted oaks and sycamores that will be nurtured in this special place to their maturity. Dozens of grasses, shrubs, sages, and succulents also have been planted amid the homesites and shared amenities, contributing to the rural flavor. Rolled curbs and subtle lighting accentuate neighborhood walkways and shared gathering places. Many natural materials, including stone harvested from the Shady Canyon site, have been incorporated into low walls, bridges and creek beds.

The community is surrounded by 16,000 acres of natural sanctuary extending to the Pacific Ocean and managed by The Nature Conservancy as part of the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve®.

The custom homes and neighborhoods of Shady Canyon have been designed to complement the natural landscape, to be seamlessly at home amid sprawling hillsides and rugged ridgelines. Shady Canyon’s timeless architectural palette incorporates adaptations of Provence, Tuscan, Adobe Ranch, Santa Barbara, and Andalusian styling.

Less than a dozen custom homesites remain available for sale in Shady Canyon, offering the majesty and lifestyle advantages of this premier residential and golf community to only a few more privileged families. Homesites average half an acre, and select locations are adjacent to the Shady Canyon Golf Club and/or permanent open space.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about membership in the Shady Canyon Golf Club, contact Sherri Van Wagenen, Membership Director, at (949) 856-7012.

To visit Shady Canyon from the I-405 Freeway, exit south on Shady Canyon Drive and proceed approximately one mile to the Shady Canyon Gatehouse. Information is also available at