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  1. Have only played Wolf Creek of the three courses reviewed. I understand both sides of this discussion. WC is not a course I could play regularly, but the one time I played it years ago I had fun. The best description I’ve ever read is that WC is ‘eye candy’.
  2. ‘I don't see,’ he said deadpan, ‘any need for a tree on a golf course’.” – Alistair Cooke on Bobby Jones
  3. If you’re willing to splurge, Pasatiempo is great. Wente Vineyards is fun & affordable. Las Positas just northwest of Wente is pleasant but flat. Did not not care for the Ocean course at Half Moon Bay. Overpriced & cramped.
  4. Played Desert Canyon in Orondo & it’s okay. Maybe spend another day at Gamble instead?
  5. I like Salish Cliffs but considering driving from Federal Way / Sea-Tac I’d play the Home Course. But if you’re playing 2 rounds on Saturday, why not play both? (Also check out the Home Course stay & play packages for Dupont hotels.)
  6. in July 2017 played Columbia-Edgewater. The course felt cramped, with an unusual ‘berm’ or earthen wall that ran north - south near some of the holes. While my buddy & I didn’t think much of the course, we did like the pool, pleasant nine hole par 3 course, adequate driving range, & the really friendly vibe in the clubhouse.
  7. San Clemente Municipal GC is walkable, inexpensive, & has a fun back nine that goes up into the hillside.(The front nine is pleasant but flat.)
  8. Oak Quarry in Riverside is good.
  9. I would pick Spyglass for the 2d course (or as others have said, Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz or the improved Poppy Hills are very good.). Don’t like Spanish Bay. You may not need a caddie, because PB is an easy walk, with the next tee close to the last green. Since the greens are quite small, reading them is not onerous.
  10. Haven’t played Sheep Ranch in its present iteration but 15 years ago it was the flattest golf land at the resort. So with caddies for all rounds you should be fine. Trails is the only one that makes my legs feel stressed. (Not sure you need a caddie for the Preserve ?)
  11. I played Sherwood once in 2005 (before the most recent renovation) & Saticoy once in 2011. While both courses were fun, mostly fair & challenging, I preferred Saticoy because was tighter & more interesting. (Maybe my intense dislike for Sherwood’s finishing hole also was a factor.) However, Sherwood in the spring was the best smelling course I’ve played, because the flowers were really in bloom.
  12. ryu123

    Orinda Golf

    Berkeley CC in El Cerrito is a nice parkland course with some elevation changes. Formerly named Mira Vista, the club has a low key vibe. To the south, Ruby Hill Club near Pleasanton is routed through a subdivision & is solid (but not remarkable). Good practice area. TPC Stonebrae in Hayward is built on the side of a steep hill, is often windy, & in my view a bit goofy. Las Positas in Livermore is decent but very flat. A better pick in that area is Wente Vineyards.
  13. Bzimmer, you book directly through the Reservations staff at the resort. (They are very kind & helpful.) As for packages, the resort offers off-season 'combo' deals for two golfers between Thanksgiving & early April. The combos include golf, lodging, breakfast plus dinner, for two, three & four day stays. Contact Reservations for the details & pricing (varies depending on month). A powercart is available if the player has a permanent disability & provides documentation, pays for the green fee, cart fee plus a caddie to drive.
  14. Played Crosswater, both Pronghorn courses, & Tetherow years ago. Really liked Pronghorn Nicklaus; thought the Fazio course was just okay & perhaps not worth the $$. Tetherow is built on the side of a steep hill; found the holes kind of goofy. Crosswater is dead flat (except for a few raised-up tee boxes) & maybe I played the wrong tees but hit so many mid iron layups off the tees that it was monotonous. Still, one of the best conditioned courses I ever played. (Not on your list but really enjoyed the Glaze Meadow course at Black Butte Ranch, Juniper, & Aspen Lakes.)
  15. ryu123


    Update: apparently Sagebrush has been sold recently & may open again. Since the private club model didn’t work, a daily fee venture seems logical. The course played firm & fast (like a links) with the biggest greens outside of Old Macdonald and a really fun mountainside routing.
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