Golf in Orinda

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Grayson Woods Golf Course

Pleasant Hill

$6 $3

With Mount Diablo as a backdrop, golf complex offers an 18-hole putting course and 9-hole, par-3 course characterized by large greens

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Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Downtown

$20 $13

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Each hitting bay has a GC2 Smart Camera launch monitor, which provides statistical feedback to help goflers make corrective adjustments

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Mare Island Golf Course

Vallejo

$116 $57

Oldest course west of the Mississippi River features distinctive topography on the front and back nines, as well as a range and a pro shop

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Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club

Eagle Vines Vineyard & Golf Club

$178 $99

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Surrounded by 27 acres of working vineyards, 18-hole course fills the Napa Valley countryside with a layout designed by Johnny Miller

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San Bruno Golf Center

San Bruno

$110 $55

PGA pro David Suh breaks down swings and offers corrective advice to develop consistent, dependable swing mechanics

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The Golf Club at Roddy Ranch

Roddy Ranch

$140 $55

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18-hole links-style course on converted cattle ranch

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Dennis Mitchell Golf

Burlingame

$120 $59

Professional instructor who has taught PGA and LPGA players helps golfers step up their game

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Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center

Burlingame

$150 $75

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Indoor/outdoor facility with full-length driving range hosts lessons with Dave Atchison, whose years of teaching include time at UCLA & UCSB

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Fremont Park Golf & Practice Center

$125 $59

PGA professional Ren Chang incorporates 20+ years of golf prowess to enhance swing mechanics and lower scores

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Mark S. Macy Golf Instruction

Country Drives

$295 $145

An instructor brings three decades of golf experience to relaxed lessons that hone the skills of students of all skill levels

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The Golf Club at Rio Vista

Rio Vista

$120 $49

Dramatic elevation changes, intersecting waterways, and strategically placed sand traps characterize the course

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Napa Golf Course

Kennedy Park

$53 $27

18-hole, par 72 course; rolling hills, mature oaks and pines, and waterways; driving range and 10,000 square-foot practice green

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Sunnyvale Golf Course

Sunnyvale

$102 $72

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Relatively flat course sprinkles the layout with tree-lined fairways, bunkers, and ponds that come into play

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Chris Roffi, LPGA

Santa Clara

$120 $59

Groups of two and three learn to improve their swings and scores with the help of a PGA professional

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Pruneridge Golf Club

Santa Clara

$48 $20

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A combination of soccer and golf involves kicking a regulation soccer ball into oversized holes on a shortened course

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Pruneridge Golf Club

Santa Clara

$240 $139

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Punch card for 10 or 25 rounds on nine-hole, par 31 golf course

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GolfSmarts

Santa Clara

$125 $39

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Instructor evaluates pupils’ swing with video-analysis software before coaching them on form during a recorded session

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Blackberry Farm Golf Course

Cupertino

$38 $22

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Course measures 1,544 yards and challenges short iron and putting skills with narrow fairways and small greens

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Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

San Jose

$210 $109

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Three 9-hole layouts showcase a spectrum of topography variance, including rolling hills, elevation changes, and intersecting waterways

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Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course

Mayfair

$34 $19

9-hole executive course with bunkers, crisp fairways, and ponds lined with cattails

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Washoe Creek Golf Course

Petaluma

$43 $21

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Golfers enjoy day of unlimited play at two scaled-down nine-hole layouts with an included pull cart before unwinding with a beer or soda

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Elkhorn Golf Club

Stockton

$57.50 $39

Tyee 007 bentgrass greens—the same used by US Open site The Olympic Club—can be mowed low and quick, and roll true and smooth

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Golf4fun

Davis

$30 $15

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Golfers absorb score-shaving advice from instructor Ken Sawitzky during lessons that include driving range and on-course practice

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Micke Grove Golf Links

Lodi

$84 $45

Links-style layout pits players against eight lakes, 42 sand bunkers, and a 14th hole that features a 179-yard-long water hazard

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Castle Oaks Golf Club

Ione

$110 $59

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Par 71 course designed by architect Brad Benz rolls across historic Preston farmland for 6,739 water-kissed, oak-lined yards

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Helmed by founder Tom Rezendes, NorCal Golf Academy’s LPGA, PGA, and TPI-certified professional instructors believe that there are infinite ways to swing a golf club. In this spirit, they help each student find his or her own best approach, taking into account physical limitations to craft goals that are as lofty as the berries on a berry bush. The indoor facility’s wealth of technology helps the teachers create such individualized road maps with K-Vest motion analysis—a system that uses wireless sensors to assess movement patterns—and Flight Scope and Trackman radar launch monitors, which depict ball flight on flat-screen HDTVs.

The LPGA and PGA professionals take all this information into account while offering recommendations. Operating on the premise that there is no such thing as a quick fix and that overall fitness is key to a good game, they also focus on adding new drills over time, and encourage students to participate in the facility’s golf fitness classes. The specially designed workouts can help golfers build a solid swing and generate the muscle needed to fight off water-hazard gators.

2094 Mt Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.

This final hole caps a breathtaking four-hole finishing sequence that rides the high ground, offering gorgeous vistas without sacrificing course play. At 259 yards, the 15th hole dazzles with tee-box views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge, but its greatest gift to golfers is a high-risk chance to drive the green (pro tip: keep your driver in the bag; there's less room than you think).

Alongside the championship course, Lake Chabot unfurls a 9-hole, par-3 layout for golfers seeking a shorter round. Shaded by towering trees, the course arcs over the same elevation changes that shape its 18-hole counterpart. Before rounds at either layout, it's not a bad idea to warm up at the driving range and putting green. The Spanish-style clubhouse is also home to the Chabot Cafe, where guests can replenish and enjoy sandwiches artfully skewered with golf tees.

Championship Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course
  • Length of 6,006 yards from the tips
  • Course rating of 69.5 from the tips
  • Slope rating of 124 from the tips
  • Three tee options available
11400 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland,
CA
US

Golf legends Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss teamed up to design the course at Metropolitan Golf Links, and were rewarded with numerous accolades, such as the 2010 ELGA Chapter Award for Public Facilities from the GCSA of Northern California and Golf Digest. To achieve their links-style vision, the golf gurus incorporated the natural contours of the land and covered the terrain with omnipresent sand traps and modern turf hybrids. The result whisks golfers around a labyrinthine layout complete with straightaways, doglegs, and double doglegs, each made more difficult by heavy breezes that blow in from San Francisco Bay, which can disrupt shots and ground scorecard paper airplanes.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,959 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 73.8 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 131 from the back tees
  • Five sets of tees per hole
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Though Metropolitan Golf Links sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

10051 Doolittle Drive
Oakland,
CA
US

As the sun rises over the emerald greens and fairways of Grayson Woods Golf Course, the shadows cast by Mount Diablo in the east recede and players tee up to test their mettle against the challenging par-27 course. Each of the course’s nine holes is nestled between trees and water hazards, raising the stakes and level of difficulty for junior, adult, and senior players alike. Alongside the main course, players develop their orb-rolling stroke on an 18-hole putting course that sits atop an ultra-modern surface free of divots, dirt clods, and rigs drilling for untapped sources of iced-tea-lemonade. The staff, which includes a PGA professional and an LPGA professional, offers private lessons to give improving players an edge at regularly scheduled tournaments such as the Junior-Senior Open and Ladies’ Day. Lessons from their high tech teaching academy are available upon request.

400 Iron Hill St
Pleasant Hill,
CA
US

While idly discussing the prospect of creating a miniature-golf course festooned with elaborate art installations, Michael Taft realized that he couldn’t think of a single putt-putt course in the Bay Area. Fast-forwarding to his retirement plan of owning a small business, Taft snapped up an abandoned video store and enlisted artistic friends and local craftspeople to make his dream a reality. Subpar Miniature Golf’s map of handcrafted holes has players putting their way through Bay Area landmarks, including an Altamont Pass windmill and the Golden Gate Bridge, tricked out with loop-the-loops. A sprawling, hand-drawn mural wraps its way around the room, depicting scenes of NoCal life and tricking gullible coyotes into trying to sprint through the walls.

Subpar Miniature Golf’s ever-growing arcade area keeps button-smashers busy with vintage pinball machines and a pair of air-hockey tables, contributing to Taft's dream of turning the space into a family institution and community fixture. As he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Every once in a while, you'll hear a giant cheer in the back by a group that sunk a (great) putt. It makes me feel really good, like 'We did that. That's us.'"

1511 Park St
Alameda,
CA
US

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.

680 Bollinger Canyon Way
San Ramon,
CA
US