Etched into the hills of Livermore Valley wine country, the award-winning Poppy Ridge Golf Course challenges fairway-navigators to conquer its 27-hole, Scottish heath-inspired layout. The course's four sets of tees per hole help golfers adjust for their skill levels, and master architect Rees Jones's extensive bunkering makes the sparingly used quicksand trap that much more surprising.
Las Positas Golf Course opened for play in 1966, but it's a much different course now than it was then. For one, several renovations have been made to the original 18 over the years, including a major one in 2011 and 2012 that saw the construction of 5 entirely new holes, 12 redesigned tee boxes, and a new cart path that doesn't assume all golf carts are amphibious. Secondly, a new par-3 course was added in 2012, consisting of 9 links-style holes. Las Positas also offers a full service golf shop with five golf professional on staff as well as an assortment of equipment and attire. After a round on either course, players can stop at Beeb's Sports Bar and Grill or log some more practice time on the driving range or putting greens.
Set amid a stretch of hilly terrain, Canyon Lakes Golf Course's 18-hole course offers a player-friendly layout with scenic views of Mount Diablo and the San Ramon Valley. Throughout the course, towering pine trees and treacherous sand traps constrict the fairways, eager to ensnare errant golf balls or 7-iron medal detectors looking for buried treasure. When not taking on the challenges of the undulating course, golfers can head to Canyon Lakes' adobe-style clubhouse, which serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day and breakfast from 6:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.