Sculptured, Creekside, 18-Hole Executive Golf in Cupertino
10700 Clubhouse Lane, Cupertino CA 95014
Built in 1961 and designed by Clark Glasson, Deep Cliff's 18-hole, par-60 executive course is nestled in the Cupertino foothills. A short course (at only 3,358 yards), Deep Cliff is recommended by many course reviewers as a good starting point for beginners.
Enjoy a Round of Golf in San Jose
2995 Tuers Road, San Jose CA 95121
Carefully integrated into the gorgeous Coyote Creek habitat, Los Lagos Golf Course offers affordable play on a unique, environmentally friendly par-68 course designed for all levels of players. Nine par-threes, four par-fours and five-par fives are ideal for both drivers and long iron play, and golfers will have ample opportunity to really dial in their short games. The Los Lagos Golf Course is complete with a state-of-the-art facility and a beautiful setting for special events.
Aptos Seascape Golf Course
610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA
Opened in 1958, Seascape's 18-hole, par-72 course in the Monterey Peninsula hillsides offers a picturesque oceanside golfing experience. Collared shirts must be worn at all times.
Blackberry Farm Golf Course
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA
Green fees at Blackberry Farm's nine-hole, par-29 course are in the $12-$14 range.
Boulder Creek Golf Course and Resort
16901 Big Basin Highway, Boulder Creek, CA
Opened in 1961 and designed by architect Jack Fleming, Boulder Creek is located in the Big Basin Redwoods and consists of a par-65 course for men and a par-67 for women.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
23600 McKean Road, San Jose, CA
Cinnabar Hills is one of the South Bay's most popular courses. Designed by architect John Harbottle III, the 18-hole, par-72 course is divided into three nines: the Canyon, the Lake and the Mountain.
Crystal Springs Golf Course
6650 Golf Course Drive, Burlingame, CA
Opened in 1920 and designed by architect Herbert Fowler, Crystal Springs' 18-hole, par-72 course offers a scenic view of the Crystal Springs Reservoir and is located on a federal wildlife reserve, so it is surrounded by deer, bobcats, foxes and hawks.
De Laveaga Golf Course
401 Upper Park Road Box A, Santa Cruz, CA
De Laveaga's 18-hole, par-72 course opened in 1970. Features include a lighted driving range and putting greens.
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
2951 Club Drive, Gilroy, CA
Designed by Golfplan architects David Dale and Ron Fream (with consulting firm Johnny Miller Design), Eagle Ridge's 18-hole course is said to offer "a country-club-for-a-day experience." Features include lessons from PGA instructors, putting greens and a full driving range with grass stalls.
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
2000 Fairway Drive, Half Moon Bay, CA
Designed by architect Arthur Hills, Half Moon Bay Golf Links overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers two 18-hole courses. Tennis shoes are acceptable, but metal spikes are not permitted.
917 Clubhouse Drive, Livermore, CA
Opened in 1966 and designed by architect Robert Muir Graves, Las Positas offers an 18-hole course and a nine-hole executive course. Soft spikes are required.
Pajaro Valley Golf Club
967 Salinas Rd., Watsonville CA 95076
18-hole par 72, 6,218 yards
Portions of this wide open public course nestled into the rolling hills of Watsonville dip into the Elkhorn Slough Wildlife reserve, and the views of the Pajaro Valley from several of the courses elevated tees are exceptional. A challenging course welcoming players of all skill levels. Weekdays, $45; twilight after 1pm $32; Weekends, $65, $40. Pajaro Valley also offers a daily sundown special at 3pm for $16.
18 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz, CA
Pasatiempo's 18-hole, par-70 course was designed in the 1920s by Alister McKenzie, who later took his design for Pasatiempo and used it as the basis for the Augusta National course. The dress code is strict--no denim or T-shirts are allowed.
Pleasant Hills Golf and Country Club
2050 South White Road, San Jose, CA
Built in 1960 and designed by Henry Duino, Pleasant Hills' 18-hole, 72-par course features fast greens and narrow fairways.
Poppy Hills Golf Course
3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA
Opened for play in 1986 and designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Poppy Hills' 18-hole, par-72 venue is the first American golf course ever owned by an amateur golf association (the Northern California Golf Association). The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am takes place at Poppy Hills. The dress code is strict--all players are required to wear shirts with sleeves and collars, and shorts must have an inseam of at least four inches.
Poppy Ridge Golf Course
4280 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA
Designed by acclaimed architect Rees Jones and opened in 1996, Poppy Ridge's 27-hole, par-72 course is located in the Livermore foothills. The dress code is strict--all players are required to wear shirts with sleeves and collars, and shorts must have an inseam of at least four inches.
Pruneridge Golf Club
400 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara, CA
Pruneridge's nine-hole facility is very popular with beginners.
Ridgemark Golf Course
3800 Airline Highway, Hollister, CA
Designed by Richard Bigler and first built in 1972, Ridgemark offers two 18-hole, par-72 courses within the foothills of the Gabilan and Diablo mountain ranges. Amenities include a practice range and putting greens.
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
3825 Union Road, Hollister, CA
Opened in 1996 and designed by PGA touring pro Fred Couples and architect Gene Bates, San Juan Oaks offers five sets of tees on an 18-hole layout that measures more than 7,100 yards from the back tees and 4,770 from the front. Soft spikes are required. Smoking on the course is prohibited.
San Jose Municipal Golf Course
1560 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA
The 18-hole, 72-par San Jose Municipal Golf Course is popular with beginners. Amenities include a two-deck, lighted driving range and separate putting, chipping and bunker practice greens.
Santa Teresa Golf Club
260 Bernal Road, San Jose, CA
Santa Teresa Golf Club consists of an 18-hole, par-71 regulation course and a nine-hole, 27-par course. Amenities include a full driving range and separate putting, chipping and bunker practice greens.
Shoreline Golf Links
2940 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA
Shoreline's 18-hole, 72-par course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and built in 1983. Amenities include a full-service driving range and separate putting and chipping practice greens.
Spring Hills Golf Course
31 Smith Rd., Watsonville CA 95076
18-hole par 71, 6,015 yards
Designed by Ben Harmon in the 1960s, Spring Hills Golf Course is a sprawling course built on Pajaro ValleyÕs ranch lands. Despite it's relatively short yardage, this South Bay golf course plays quite long, especially if you're not finding the fairways. Hazards and wilderness-like OB are abundant. The signature 18th hole beside the clubhouse is a tempting short downhill par-4 with a water hazard lining the green that threatens any straight-on approach. Weekdays, $30; Friday, $32; Weekends, $40. Twilight rates and weekly junior and senior specials are also available.
Spring Valley Golf Course
3441 Calaveras Road, Milpitas, CA
Spring Valley's 18-hole, 70-par course was built in 1960 and is located in the hills above Milpitas.
Summitpointe Golf Course
1500 Country Club Drive, Milpitas, CA
Built in 1968, Summitpointe's 18-hole, 72-par course consists of a hilly front nine and a flat-terrained back nine. Water hazards come into play on some holes. The dress code calls for collared shirts and no denim.
Sunnyvale Municipal Course
605 Macara Ave, Sunnyvale, CA
The 18-hole, 70-par Sunnyvale Municipal Course offers a rewarding experience for golfers looking forward to such challenges as bunkers, doglegs and lakes.
Sunken Gardens Golf Course
1010 S. Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA
A nine-hole executive course, Sunken Gardens is recommended by many course reviewers as an ideal course for beginners because of its shorter-length holes and ample putting greens.
Chuck Corica Memorial Golf Complex
1 Clubhouse Memorial Road, Alameda CA 94501
Earl Fry Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6141 yards
Jack Clark Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6559 yards
One of the largest and most frequented public golf complexes in California, offering two 18-hole championship courses, the popular MIF Albright Executive is a 9-hole course with a fully lit driving range. Despite a flat landscape, the often-windy conditions and numerous hazards require great skill. Big hitters will salivate over the long, open fairways of both 18-hole courses. Weekdays (18-hole courses), $28 for non-residents; Weekends, $31. Twilight rates available after 3pm. Nine-hole, $8-$10 and junior and senior rates are available.
Round Hill Golf and Country Club
3169 Round Hill Road, Alamo CA 94507
A private 18-hole
course in the San Ramon Valley, this East Bay golf course hosts numerous Bay Area golf events and tournaments including the annual Round Hill Invitational.
Lone Tree Golf Course
4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch CA 94509
Course details: 18-hole par 73, 6481 yards.
This recently opened East Bay golf course was co-designed by LPGA star Patty Sheehan and has a reputation for being rather crowded on the weekends. This is partially due to the great value the course provides. Green fees are in the $15-$25 range, and the fairways, greens and bunkers are known to be consistently in top condition. The course is walkable, yet even with a cart you won't pay more than $50 on weekends. Offers views of the delta from elevated greens and tees.
Tilden Park Golf Course
Grizzly Peak and Shasta Road, Berkeley CA 94708
Course details: 18-hole par 70, 6,294 yards.
Opened in 1938, this public course remains a challenging and picturesque East Bay golf attraction. Located in the wooded Berkeley Hills, it's not uncommon to spot deer and various other forms of wildlife strolling the fairways. Accurate players will see lower scores at Tilden. The course is currently hosting the NIKE Golf Learning Center, offering professional instruction for individuals and groups. Weekdays, $30; twilight 3pm, $22; Weekends $27-$51; $15 after 5pm daily.
Brentwood Country Club
1740 Balfour Rd. Brentwood CA 94513
Course details: 18-hole par 72, 6,248 yards.
On the fringes of Contra Costa County, the Brentwood Country Club offers a high-end East Bay golf experience. The course is lined by the Summerset Homes subdivision, and strict rules about dress code, cart paths, and "home striking" are enforced. A pricey round, but the feel of a private, posh country club is what you pay for and get in spades. Green fees climb into the high $60-$70 price range on weekends.
Shadow Lakes Golf Club
401 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood CA 94513
Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6,710 yards.
Along the lines of it's Brentwood counter part, Shadow Lakes is also a top of the line golf experience. Designed by Gary Roger Baird, the course offers long, challenging holes of varying landscape and elevation. Green fees are $70 M-Thurs., and $90 Fri-Sun. Price includes cart, yardage book, bag tag, and practice balls.
Discovery Bay Country Club
1475 Clubhouse Dr., Byron CA 94514
Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6,552 yards.
This exclusive private course was designed by Ted Robinson, and opened in 1986. Call for information regarding guest policies and fees.
Castro Valley Golf Courses
Willow Park Golf Course
17007 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley CA 94546
Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6,201 yards
Winding through the hills below Lake Chabot, this short East Bay golf course is surrounded by wildlife and intersected by creeks that come into play. Tends to be crowded on the weekends as great course value is a factor. Weekdays, $23; Friday, $25; Weekends, $32.
Oakhurst Country Club
1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton CA 94517
18-hole par 72, 6,739 yards
Designed by Ron Fream and opened in 1990, this fairly new and private course is difficult. Long hitters will fair better, but lots of hills and tough sloping lies make this East Bay golf course widely popular with more serious golfers. Call for fees and information on public tee times.
Buchanan Fields Golf Course
1091 Concord Ave., Concord CA 94520
Course details: 9-hole, par 62, 3,864 yards
Challenging and long for a 9-hole course. Play the back tees the second time through for the par 62 rating over 18 holes. Water comes into play frequently.
Diablo Creek Golf Course
4050 Port Chicago Highway, Concord CA 94520
Course details: 18-hole par 72, 6,866 yards
This long muni course offers wide, flat fairways and plenty of water hazards. Big hitters will love it, but the greens are huge and have a reputation for sluggishness. Weekdays, $22 non-resident; weekends, $30 non-resident. Junior and twilight specials vary.
Blackhawk Country Club
599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville CA 94506
510.736.6565 (Lake Course)
510.736.6550 (Falls Course)
Course details: 18-hole par 72
Two private championship courses, each traditionally designed with narrow fairways and lots of water coming into play. Both courses are difficult and exceptionally maintained. This is an exclusive and very private club, so call ahead for any info.
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silverlake Dr., Danville CA 94526
Course details: 18-hole par 69, 5,949 yards
A private, short, 18-hole golf course at the base of Mt. Diablo and considered by many to be the toughest short course in the Bay Area. Another Ted Robinson design, this little gem is dotted with fairway bunkers and lined with water hazards. Call for guest policy and fee info.
Diablo Country Club
1700 Clubhouse Rd., Diablo CA 94528
Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6,589 yards
Another private and prestigious East Bay course in the shadow of Mount Diablo. Challenging par-3s are the trademark of this track. Call for guest policy and fee info.
Mira Vista Country Club
7901 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito CA 94530
Course details: 18-hole par 71, 6,501 yards
Established in the early 1920's, this private course has endured the major economic and military crisis of the 20th century and remained one of the most storied and difficult golf links in the Bay Area. Offering spectacular views of San Francisco and the Bay Area from its rolling fairways, Mira Vista in its current form was designed by Scotsman William Watson. For membership info contact course General Manager Robert Sparks at 510.233.7550.
Wine Country & Marin County Golf Courses
The Links at Bodega Harbour - SanFrancisco.com Editor's Pick
21301 Herron Dr., Bodega Bay CA 94923
This Scottish links-style course set along the cliffs of Bodega Bay draws comparisons to several other world-class California seaside gems-- Pebble Beach and Sandpiper to name a few. This Marin County golf course is a perennial finisher for California's top ten golf courses and the 18th hole at Bodega has been named the toughest golf hole in California by Golf Digest. This is a must play Northern California course. Green fees are in the $45-$75 range.
San Geronimo Golf Course
5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo CA 94963
Just 10 miles west of San Rafael, this course became available to the public in 1996. Set in the canyons of Marin County's coastal mountains, this course offers plenty of scenery and natural challenges. San Geronimo Golf Course received a Robert Muir Graves facelift in 1988, and the conditions are always top notch. Green fees are in the $30-$65 range.
Stone Tree Golf Club
9 Stonetree Lane, Novato CA 94945
Bearing the mark of famed PGA Tour personality Johnny Miller as well as architects Frank "Sandy" Tatum and Fred Bliss, this immaculate Marin County golf course just 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge is the pride of public courses in Marin County. Having opened in 2000, the course is near perfect shape. Measuring 6,810 from the tips, Stone Tree is a challenge for even scratch golfers. Green fees are in the $65-$115 range for a country club style experience.
Aetna Springs Golf Course
1600 Aetna Springs Rd., Pope Valley CA 94567
This nine-hole golf course measuring 2,686 yards is arguably the oldest golf course in California, though historical records remain slightly unclear as to the actual dates golf was first played in Pope Valley. Aetna Springs Golf Course was officially founded in 1895. Green fees are in the $12-$22 range.
Chardonnay Golf Club
2555 Jameson Canyon Rd., Hwy. 12, Napa CA 94558
This is one of the premier golf facilities in Northern California. Featuring the private Club Shakespeare Course (7,001 yards) and the public Vineyards Course (6,816 yards). Both courses are four-star tracks and feature amazing views, top-notch conditions and challenging plays for every level of golfer. The Club Shakespeare Course is host to numerous PGA Qualifying events, as well as an annual PGA Champions Tour event. Green fees for the Vineyards course are in the $55-$95 range.
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy., Vallejo CA 94591
Hiddenbrooke is just off Interstate 80 north of downtown Vallejo. Set amid luxury homes and rolling hills, this high end public golf course plays hoist to the annual Samsung LPGA World Golf Championship event, attracting the world's top female golf pros. Hiddenbrooke's difficulty is in its elevation changes and large, undulating greens. This Marin County golf course is definitely a course where good putting is essential to score at all. Green fees are in the $50-$75 range.
Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park
2295 Streblow Dr., Napa CA 94558
This municipal course has undergone numerous improvements over the last decade, improving the quality of the course as well as adding difficulty. Originally opened in 1967, the course at Kennedy Park features a combination of tree-lined fairways and links style wide-open play. Green fees are in the $30-$40 range.
Silverado Country Club and Resort
1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa CA 94558
This resort offers two four-star championship courses, the North (6,900 yards) and the South (6,685 yards). Both courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and each features innovative hazard placements, terrific vistas and tees for all levels of golfer. Both the PGA and Champions Tour have hosted events at Silverado in the past. Green fees are in the $75-$135 range, but it's a resort quality golfing experience you're paying for.
Rooster Run Golf Club
2301 E. Washington St., Petaluma CA 94954
This golf course, located on the outskirts of rural Petaluma, is considered one of the best golf values in Northern California. Rooster Run is a three-star course designed by Fred Bliss and opened in 1998. Since then it's become a popular Sonoma County course featuring plenty of water and sparse tree placements. The course features a rarity for the area, an island green on the par-3 sixth. Green fees are in the $32-$50 range.
Bennett Valley Golf Course
3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa CA 95405
Bennett Valley is a heavily played municipal course in central Santa Rosa. For the amount of play it hosts, Bennett Valley is in terrific shape. Ben Harmon designed the course, which opened in 1969. Green fees are a bargain for golf in the area at $10-$25, not bad for a three-star golf course.
Adobe Creek Golf Club
1901 Frates Rd., Petaluma CA 94954
This Robert Trent Jones Jr. design opened in 1990, and measures 6,886 yards from the championship tees. Fairly flat, this Wine Country course makes up what it lacks in elevation change with tricky water and sand placements. The vistas of the course are typical for the region-- spectacular. Green fees for this three-and-a-half star Marin course are in the $35-$75 range.
Foxtail Golf Club
100 Golf Course Dr., Rohnert Park CA 94928
Foxtail features two 18-hole championship tracks, the par-72, 6,851 yard North Course and the par-71, 6,492 yard South Course. Both courses have undergone extensive upgrades in the last decade drawing wide acclaim from Bay Area golfers. Water and sand come into play on nearly every hole, and mature Redwoods line the fairways. Green fees are in the $20-$50 range.
The Oakmont Golf Club
7025 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa CA 95409
This popular facility features a par-72, 6,379 yard championship course (West) and a par-63 18-hole shorter track (East). Architect Ted Robinson designed the wide-open fairways of the West course. Oakmont features terrific views of the hills and mountains surrounding the "Valley of the Moon," just west of Santa Rosa. Green fees are in the $35-$50 range.
Sonoma Golf Club
17700 Arnold Dr., Sonoma CA 95476
This mostly private Sonoma golf course is a five-star golf resort destination for those seeking the best in not only playing conditions, but accommodations as well. Non-members are allowed to play as guests of the four-star resort hotel adjacent to the course. Measuring 7,087 from the professional tees, this world-class track will give the top 30 money winners on the Champions Tour all they can handle when it hosts the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2004. Rates vary seasonally and on availability.