Designed by legendary architect Robert Muir Graves, Franklin Canyon Golf Course presents 6,594 yards of challenging fun. Tight doglegs and expansive greens characterize these 18 holes, punctuated with two water hazards. There's also a driving range and practice bunker.
Mare Island Golf Club, whose 1892 founding makes it one of the oldest courses in the country, attracts golfers with breathtaking island scenery. Built near old Marine barracks, the course?which wasn't expanded into an 18-hole layout until 2000?originally sported sand greens, dry fairways, and a cast of unusual inhabitants including a Marine lieutenant's horse, who was drawn to the grounds by career aspirations of becoming a golf cart.
Today, the par-70 course begins with nine traditional, tree-lined holes before opening up on the back nine with a links-style layout designed by renowned Pacific Rim architect Robin Nelson. As golfers swing toward distant greens, views of San Pablo Bay and?on a clear day?the Golden Gate Bridge appear from certain vantages and sand-trap oases.
To perfect a backswing or spell out a marriage proposal with golf balls, players head to the 225-yard driving range with a bucket of balls. Patrons should arrive at least 20 minutes before tee times and can grab a bite in the restaurant or look for one of the 10 ammunition bunkers scattered throughout the course, which serve as a reminder of its connection to the military during World War I and II.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, known in the cleated world as the King and
winner of the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, designed the undulating ryegrass fairways at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. Ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Readers’ Choice Top 50 Public Courses in 2009, the course unfolds scenic views of rolling hills as players give their balls detailed directions, hand them compasses and trail mix, and send them hiking toward the pin. The 12th hole’s pin challenges orbs with one of the toughest locations on the course, and eight sand bunkers guard three sides of the 18th hole’s green. After working up a sweat, swingers can remove their gloves and Kevlar vests and celebrate or commiserate their score at The Grille, where diners gaze out over the greens while munching sandwiches and quaffing beer.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-72 course
* Length of 6,678 yards
* Course rating of 72.8
* Slope rating of 142
* 25 hitting stations at driving range
* See helpful course map and notes
Built in 1937, the Tilden Park Golf Course has some of the most stunning views in the Bay Area. You’ll be able to see the Oakland and San Francisco skylines while teeing off, but still feel a world away from their hustle and bustle. The SF Guardian named this 18-hole championship course the Best Golf Course for Oakland and the East Bay in 2010, and it’s easy to see why. The sixteenth hole, which overlooks the entire course, is particularly beautiful. There are instructional classes for all levels, either for individuals or groups, led by the course’s two PGA professionals or junior professionals. You can book your own tournament, fundraiser, corporate event, or private celebration, all of which include access to the superb banquet facilities.
Take your golf game to the next level with a set of clubs personalized for your swing. Mike is a guru of golf, and he has the skills and expertise needed to create the perfect clubs to fill your bag. When you walk through the door, you’ll feel like the only customer he’s ever had thanks to his dedicated customer service and seemingly endless supply of knowledge about what it’ll take to get your clubs just right. He’s got the attention to detail and dedication to perfection that is difficult to find in any form these days, so don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of his expertise and improve your handicap for extremely reasonable rates.
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Visit: 4+ hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Q&A with Roger Billings, PGA General Manager
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The 8th hole, a 198-yard par three (from the back tees), has been rated by Golf Digest magazine as one of the Most Fun Holes in America. Additionally, our golf shop was ranked as one of the 100 Best Golf Shops in America by Golf Shop Operations magazine.
What special training do you or your staff have?
I have over 30 years experience in golf-course operations and management. Additionally, we have other PGA golf professionals and apprentices on staff with years of experience in golf operations and instruction. Our food and beverage management team also has years of experience and expertise in culinary skills, as well as golf-course-restaurant and banquet operations.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
We have PGA teaching professionals on staff who can help you with private or group golf instruction.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our full-service golf course and banquet facility specializes in delivering first-class service and upscale food offerings for all type of banquet events, including golf-tournament awards luncheons or dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, quincea?eras, birthday parties, business luncheons, private dinner parties, etc.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Total length of 6,948 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 73.6 from the back tees
* Course slope of 137 from the back tees
* Four sets of tees per hole