Since 1958, players have migrated to Cordova Golf Course in order to try their hands, woods, and putters at the public course's 18 holes and to calibrate their swings at the driving range or with lessons. PGA professional Jacob Marta tailors swing instruction to an individual's needs and physical limitations, helping golfers attain their own natural, repeatable swing motion. Creating a comfortable, encouraging atmosphere, Jacob also takes his instruction onto the course, where he helps players knock strokes off their scorecards.
Spanning about 4,832 yards, the course challenges golfers of all skill levels with well placed trees and three lakes boasting the combined gravitational pull of a small planet. A smooth cart path allows players to ferry their clubs swiftly from hole to hole, or head over to the clubhouse to catch a drink or meal at Stu's Bar & Grill. Cordova Golf Course also houses an illuminated driving range where golfers can launch Srixon range balls or calcified tangerines off of grass and mat hitting areas.
Golf balls blast off from tee boxes before falling gently onto the greens at Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course, where players can hone short-game skills across a nine-hole, par 3 layout with holes ranging from 84 to 218 yards in length. Confident swings are rewarded on the third and fourth holes, where tee shots must soar above ponds and get clearance from earthworm air-traffic controllers in order to reach the green safely. Golfers looking to improve their swing can head to the pro shop to stock up on the latest gear.
Antelope Greens Golf Course challenges experienced and novice players alike as its par-58 executive course draws them through up to 3,250 yards of landmarks, from an island green to a 70-yard downhill hole girded by bunkers and a creek. Rented golf carts zip through the sinuous landscape, dropping off golfers by their desired tees and taunting hitchhiking caddies. A course map offers an aerial view of the 18 holes, their landscape of watery obstacles, and an all-grass driving range where Groupon customers can exchange two tokens for 80 golf balls or a tarot reading.
#####Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course Designed by Perry Dye—the third-generation course architect of the prolific Dye family—Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course weaves its 6,158-yard layout through ponds and pines. With its 96 acres nestled along the Sacramento River, the course features undulating greens and water on seven holes to make hearts thump and drivers quake inside their head covers. On the par 3 17th—the course's signature hole and a near replica of the PGA-stumping Sawgrass 17th—golfers must land their tee shots on a treacherous island green. This par 71 layout pairs with practice facilities that include a hitting cage with complimentary practice balls, a chipping area, and a practice green. Course at a Glance:
A 27-hole complex comprised of a championship-length 18-hole course, a 9-hole executive layout, and a multifaceted practice area, Bing Maloney Golf Course raises clubbers from beginner to pro. Generous fairways characterize the 18-hole layout, though the course still boasts a handful of tricky tee shots. At the par 4 12th hole—a 440-yarder considered one of the course's most difficult—golfers must wrap their drives around the outstretched catchers' mitts of an immense oak tree to have a decent look at the distant green. Bing Maloney's 9-hole executive course lets golfers hunt pins in pared-down, time-efficient rounds, and its 40-station, lighted driving range hosts swing sessions during the day and after hours. Course at a Glance:
In 1965, the twists and traps of Ancil Hoffman Golf Course were born from the brain of course architect William Francis Bell. Bell's approximately 200 course designs also include the South Course at Torrey Pines, a La Jolla course that was selected to host the U.S. Open in 2008. Ancil Hoffman is replete with watery views, including lateral water hazards on holes 1 and 10. Additionally, the Merle Priddy Memorial grass driving range runs next to the American River, offering golfers a place to perfect their swings using Nike practice balls. Practice facilities also include two large putting and chipping greens.
Led by PGA director of golf instruction Eric Pollard, the instructional programming at the course is based on a teaching method Pollard designed himself after years working with California golf instructors Eddie Merrins and Carl Welty. In addition to adult lessons, Ancil Hoffman Golf Course offers camps where juniors can develop their swings and grow into kilts made of the family tartan under the watch of a professional instructor.
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In five decades as a golf-course architect, the late Robert Muir Graves put his stamp on more than 800 golf courses worldwide. His artistry is on full display at Cherry Island Golf Course, where he sculpted shapely fairways and greens into the scenic wetlands of Elverta. Throughout the course, Graves balanced holes pocked with streams and ponds with more straight-away tracks, where the only threat of water comes from the clouds and the open mouths of pelicans flying overhead. The course's hardest-rated hole, the par-4 seventh, is a titan of a hole. Though it only measures 391 yards from the tips, a pond runs from the right side of the fairway to the front of the green, imperiling golf balls on both tee shots and approaches.
Before testing their mettle on the links, golfers can get their timing down at a driving range with grass and artificial tees. The practice facility also encompasses two putting greens where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the putting surfaces without having to drive their cart onto the first green.
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