Even before they started keeping score, golfers relished "getting a birdie," which involved luring a chicken into the open with an egg-colored ball and then hypnotizing it with argyle pants. Conquer gullible poultry with today's Groupon: for $53, you and a friend get 18 holes of golf, cart included, at Lake Chabot Golf Course in Oakland (a $106 value). Providing peepers with panoramic scene-scapes of the Oakland area, Bay Bridge, and the course's titular body of water, Lake Chabot Golf Course has been attracting ball bashers to its 27-hole club kingdom since 1923. Recent course reseeding, fertilization, and irrigation system upgrades have elevated the green-seeking experience, which ends with a par-six, 673-yard 18th hole. Test your aim, patience, and ball-related sorcery skills before motoring to the renovated, Spanish-style clubhouse for a spell of food, libations, and a discussion of Bobby Jones's signature no-hands swing technique.
Reviewers are mixed on the terrain but praise the diversity of options on the course. Yelpers give Lake Chabot Golf Course a 3.5-star average.
Lake Chabot Golf Course
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
11450 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland, California 94605Get Directions