The dramatic starting hole provides an excellent taste of things to come. It features an elevated tee with views to Mt. Diablo and Shell Ridge. Stay left to avoid the natural creek bed along the right side, and avoid the bunker guarding the large, well-protected green.
This challenging par three requires a tee shot over a water hazard and a grove of trees. A beautiful oak on the right and a bunker on the left frame the large green. Choose your club wisely and keep the ball below the flagstick, as the green slopes from back-to-front.
Playing long, uphill and into the wind, the gorgeous third favors long hitters – who have a good chance at birdie. Stay left on the fairway to avoid the trees, but the real danger here is the dance floor. Multi-level, with traps front and right, the green can be truly diabolical.
While only 400 yards from the tips, the fourth is the number one handicap hole. There is a slight dogleft left, and traps and trees at every turn to snag errant shots. Keep your drive down the right to reach the green in two. And whatever you do, don’t go left on the approach.
The beautiful downhill fifth is all about club selection, pin placement and the breeze. More aces are recorded here than on the other par threes, but trouble quickly finds those who choose the wrong club. Nevertheless, this is one of the best opportunities to get one back.
A long, meandering par five through oak and eucalyptus, the sixth crests a hill and then runs downhill before ascending again to an elevated green. Keep your tee shot left of the lone fairway tree to improve your odds of saving par. Great views to Mt. Diablo make the sixth a summer favorite.
Majestic eucalyptus run from tee-to-green along the uphill seventh, where a spectacular heritage oak frames the backside of the green. The severely sloping green, guarded by bunkers left and right, is among the most daunting on the course, and a real threat to the scorecard.
Number eight is the toughest and longest par three on the course, requiring a well-struck wood or long iron from the elevated tee box. Deep bunkers await shots that miss the two-tiered green right and long, while a beautiful deciduous oak guards the left.
The ninth is not only a beautiful walk back toward the clubhouse, but an enticing birdie opportunity for the longer hitter. Beware the two bunkers down the right, as well as the trap complexes that so carefully guard the gently sloping green.
Number ten plays down and up to a green protected by a long bunker on the short side. The challenge here is navigating the well-treed fairway. Red cherry trees ringing the back of the tenth shower the green with blossoms in the spring before turning dark red summer-to-fall.
With ten varieties of trees, the eleventh is one of the course’s most stunning. It’s also one of the most challenging. Double fairway traps left only hint at challenges to follow, including a fast, two-tiered green with nothing but trouble on the left side. Be proud of par here.
Twelve is short and sweet, featuring a giant oak in the center of the fairway – a landmark since the club’s founding. Despite the blind dogleg left, there are birdie opportunities. Views to Mt. Diablo and the hills will distract the golfer on the green, which slopes hard back-to-front.
Thirteen is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Left is out of bounds, and a deep water hazard with tall oaks to traverse separates the fairway from an elevated green with a steeply sloping front. Loft your second shot high, and stay below and to the right for the best putting opportunity.
A fairly straightforward par three, fourteen offers relief and scoring opportunities, along with sensational views of the mountain. A deep bunker short left and a steep hillside right await straying shots. Still, a tee shot below the hole should give a solid chance at birdie.
With spectacular views to mountain and valley, fifteen is a stately par five running down to a long and often treacherous green famous for deceptive breaks. Club selection on the approach is key. For long hitters, this may be the best birdie opportunity on the back nine.
Picture perfect from the tee, sixteen features a slight dogleg left that runs uphill and into a breeze. Try to get past the corner for the best approach to one of the most beautiful green complexes on the course – a labyrinth of sand and grass bunkers that protect all sides.
Seventeen is one of the great, pure holes in Northern California. The entire length plays uphill into a prevailing wind, a late-round test for the weary player here. Hug the left edge of the fairway for a short approach to the narrow green defended, by traps left and a steep bank right.
The beautiful finishing hole is a solid and satisfying end to the course. Out-of-bounds left, a right-sloping fairway, and trees on both sides challenge from tee to approach. A magnificent oak protects and shades the green, making for a dramatic finishing stage for handshakes and congratulations all around.