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Forme001Forme001 Members Posts: 2

Heading to Sacramento this weekend and wondering what's a great course to play.

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  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan Members Posts: 684 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bite the bullet and make the 1 hour drive to Yocha Dehe.

    As far as the city muni’s I’m partial to Ancil Hoffman and Bartely Cavinaugh, but neither hold a candle to Yocha Dehe

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  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    If you are a member of a club you have a lot of options available to you. If not Yocha Dehe is the best public course available to you hands down. If you want more information just let me know.

  • commoditybrokercommoditybroker Folsom, CAMembers Posts: 57 ✭✭

    Darkhorse in Auburn. My favorite in the area.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @commoditybroker said:
    Darkhorse in Auburn. My favorite in the area.

    Darkhorse is a beautiful layout, but my experience has been that the course conditions have been less then stellar. The bunkers have not been great, and I feel the overall management has been lacking the last few years. Far too many stories start out with, " I got to the first green and realized that they had just been punched. No mention at all by the pro shop or staff and no apology offered." Granted you can play there for $30 if you look around for a tee time, so at that price point it might be considered a bargain. If I had one round to play and money wasn't part of the equation I would probably go with The Ridge on a similar price point, but Winchester is a superior course in the area, but you will be paying 4x the cost to play there.

  • mizzyplayermizzyplayer Members Posts: 31 ✭✭

    Yocha is a fantastic course in terms of shape, generous fairways, not a lot of trouble to get into. Ancil is not in the same shape as Yocha, but is a tougher test of your golf game. Ancil is tough in every way, but is not unfair. Narrow fairways with bigger greens and larger fairways with smaller greens, a very good test. Cherry island is only 6500Y but is a great track with a layout that challenges you to hit all kinds of shots. Cherry isn't always in the best shape, but the greens usually run pretty nice due to low traffic. Auburn Valley is probably my favorite course, but its in worse shape every month it seems like. Will be a sad day if AV ever closes

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @mizzyplayer said:
    Yocha is a fantastic course in terms of shape, generous fairways, not a lot of trouble to get into. Ancil is not in the same shape as Yocha, but is a tougher test of your golf game. Ancil is tough in every way, but is not unfair. Narrow fairways with bigger greens and larger fairways with smaller greens, a very good test. Cherry island is only 6500Y but is a great track with a layout that challenges you to hit all kinds of shots. Cherry isn't always in the best shape, but the greens usually run pretty nice due to low traffic. Auburn Valley is probably my favorite course, but its in worse shape every month it seems like. Will be a sad day if AV ever closes

    Agree with you there. Course conditions can get dicey, especially as we approach the hot summer months here in the valley. All that being said if someone was traveling to the area for just one round and didn't have access to private courses I would send them to Yocha, Winchester, then probably Catta Vedera. In that order, assuming money was not an issue.

  • mizzyplayermizzyplayer Members Posts: 31 ✭✭

    @Dsevans8 said:

    @mizzyplayer said:
    Yocha is a fantastic course in terms of shape, generous fairways, not a lot of trouble to get into. Ancil is not in the same shape as Yocha, but is a tougher test of your golf game. Ancil is tough in every way, but is not unfair. Narrow fairways with bigger greens and larger fairways with smaller greens, a very good test. Cherry island is only 6500Y but is a great track with a layout that challenges you to hit all kinds of shots. Cherry isn't always in the best shape, but the greens usually run pretty nice due to low traffic. Auburn Valley is probably my favorite course, but its in worse shape every month it seems like. Will be a sad day if AV ever closes

    Agree with you there. Course conditions can get dicey, especially as we approach the hot summer months here in the valley. All that being said if someone was traveling to the area for just one round and didn't have access to private courses I would send them to Yocha, Winchester, then probably Catta Vedera. In that order, assuming money was not an issue.

    Its been a few years since I've been to Winchester, before they killed all the greens, but I've heard they are in great shape. I would agree that there is probably not a better bet than Yocha. I think that only courses that compete with Yocha are in the Truckee area, like Old Greenwood and Gray's Crossing. Catta is **** good and probably where I would join first if I lived close enough. I live 5 minutes from Ancil, so its a no brainer, I just wish they were in better shape.

  • oldmotoroldmotor Members Posts: 96 ✭✭✭

    @commoditybroker said:
    Darkhorse in Auburn. My favorite in the area.

    Well, Darkhorse was just sold and currently closed for upgrades. I hear they are reworking the bunkers which has been needed for years. Hopefully it turns out well.

  • commoditybrokercommoditybroker Folsom, CAMembers Posts: 57 ✭✭

    Wow re DarkHorse. Hopefully this bodes well for its future condition. Course has great bones.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @mizzyplayer You are right about Truckee area courses. I also would recommend Whitehawk Ranch and Grizzly Ranch if you want to head up the mountain and enjoy some golf, wonderful courses and have great deals in the spring and fall seasons.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭
    edited Jun 6, 2019 2:45pm #12

    @oldmotor When did Darkhorse sell? I feel like it's been sold a couple times in the last 6 years and was supposed to be upgraded. Do you know who purchased it? Couldn't find any info online. Thanks

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  • mark174acemark174ace Members Posts: 145 ✭✭✭

    @commoditybroker said:
    Wow re DarkHorse. Hopefully this bodes well for its future condition. Course has great bones.

    I love Darkhorse so it would make me really happy if they repaired the bunkers. They are so bad I will not challenge the pin unless I absolutely love the yardage. I moved last weekend so this Saturday I am treating myself to playing Coyote Moon and Old Greenwood.

  • oldmotoroldmotor Members Posts: 96 ✭✭✭

    @Dsevans8 said:
    @oldmotor When did Darkhorse sell? I feel like it's been sold a couple times in the last 6 years and was supposed to be upgraded. Do you know who purchased it? Couldn't find any info online. Thanks

    I was at the Ridge playing earlier this week and that was all the talk from the guys that play there. I just heard them talking about it.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @oldmotor said:

    @Dsevans8 said:
    @oldmotor When did Darkhorse sell? I feel like it's been sold a couple times in the last 6 years and was supposed to be upgraded. Do you know who purchased it? Couldn't find any info online. Thanks

    I was at the Ridge playing earlier this week and that was all the talk from the guys that play there. I just heard them talking about it.

    Interesting... I really hope that it was sold and that they are able to put the money into that is necessary. I think it is a beautiful course and fun layout, and it's a shame that course conditions have suffered the way they have.

  • oldmotoroldmotor Members Posts: 96 ✭✭✭

    Interesting... I really hope that it was sold and that they are able to put the money into that is necessary. I think it is a beautiful course and fun layout, and it's a shame that course conditions have suffered the way they have.

    Here is what one of the members at my home course shared with us. He apparently contacted the new owner.

    Hey Guys…

    I actually have had the opportunity to exchange emails with the new Darkhorse owner, Randy. He indicated that are hopeful to have most of the deferred maintenance addressed by the end of Summer and start focusing on the next phase of work – opening a restaurant and brewery/tap room at Darkhorse. Here’s a little of what he shared with me:

    We are more of a logging operation right now than a golf operation. A decade of neglect has left dozens of old dead trees on the course that require removal. Cart path bridges are destroyed and all need replacement. Pumps that operate streams and rivers all need replacement or installation. The golf course was actually never completed in 2002. We have completed or repairs several pumps already and have streams and waterfalls working now that nobody has ever seen at Darkhorse. Stone stairways to tee boxes that nobody knew existed. The list goes on.

    I expect the work to take months not weeks. Closing the course was the only option available. We couldn't see a way to work golfers through the mess.

    By the end of the summer we should have a good handle on things and be ready to move onto the next phase of work which does include the opening of a restaurant and brewery / tap room on the property.

    So, while it may take awhile, it all sounds very promising that Darkhorse will be a much improved golfing destination. Hopefully, the course can reopen by late/end of Summer. And who knows, maybe 2020 will mark the year a real clubhouse restaurant breaks ground.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    This is great news, course should be one of the best in the area!

  • Lenny2Lenny2 Members Posts: 50 ✭✭

    I am from Sac originally and I was a member at
    Del Paso and it is the best course in a 50 mile radius. I heard they recently lowered the initiation and dues. If you can swing it that’s the spot. They have had Senior tour events there in the past. I also like Serrano in Eldorado hills and Winchester country club up past auburn.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @Lenny2 When you factor in the history, course conditions, and overall variety of the holes on the course I agree that Del Paso is the best course in the area. Not sure how hard it is to get on via reciprocal or having your head pro call and see if they will allow you to play it. Any idea?

  • trilinkrealtytrilinkrealty Members Posts: 24 ✭✭

    Turkey Creek is my favorite right up the street in Lincoln. Darkhorse also very good. Haggin Oaks has a public McKenzie right in town. Catta Verdara is REALLY nice and open to public during the week

    I hear Yocha and Winchester are some of the best but not made it there yet.

  • titleistektitleistek Members Posts: 70 ✭✭

    Yocha, Winchester, dark horse, turkey my ranking

  • mark174acemark174ace Members Posts: 145 ✭✭✭

    The renovations look good at Darkhorse. They have been overhauling the bunkers and in the process lining them with that capillary concrete. They have posted some photo and video updates on their twitter page.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    @mark174ace said:
    The renovations look good at Darkhorse. They have been overhauling the bunkers and in the process lining them with that capillary concrete. They have posted some photo and video updates on their twitter page.

    Yeah I saw those videos... I called and they said $89 and only open Saturday and Sunday for the next few months. I'm excited to give it a try once it opens back up full time.

  • mark174acemark174ace Members Posts: 145 ✭✭✭

    They are punching the greens this week according to the website so probably best to stay for a couple of weeks. I am going to wait until all the renovations are complete before I play there. It has always been my favorite course within an hour of Sac regardless of the conditions, but with the renovations it should be awesome.

    The condition of the bunkers has always held Darkhorse back. I always played away from the bunkers unless I really like the yardage to the hole. It was almost a double penalty being in most of the bunkers just like Castle Oaks.

  • Dsevans8Dsevans8 Members Posts: 280 ✭✭✭✭

    Agreed. Always loved the course layout and just the general ambiance and vibe that you get while playing there. I will wait until they complete all their renovations so that I can give it a fair evaluation.

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