Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $25, you get an 18-hole round of golf and a bucket of balls at the Sierra Meadows Country Club in Ahwahnee.
Set in the foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the rolling greens of Sierra Meadows Country Club play host to both novice and experienced golfers with 18 well-tended holes on this par-72 championship course. The course’s signature par three fifth hole dips into the Earth at a 178-yard distance from the tee box, requiring precision and a club designed to hit the ball exactly 178 yards. Sharpen driving skills at the range with a small bucket of balls before or after a round.
Sierra Meadows treats its players to nourishment at the Four Tears Café, where growling stomachs happily gorge on lunch fare and libations near the antique fireplace. The outdoor Sunset Terrace wraps weary feet in relaxation blankets and feeds eyes to sweeping views of the course.
Sierra Meadows RV Park
Located next to the Sierra Meadows Country Club, Sierra Meadows RV Park sits at an elevation of 2,425 feet. From that height, it surveys a variety of national landmarks and sites, including Yosemite National Park and the Bass Lake recreation area. Nestled amidst this scenic beauty, the RV Park boasts a rustic setting with a volleyball court, laundry and shower facilities, and wireless-Internet access.
Adjacent to the RV Park is the golf course at the Sierra Meadows Country Club, which is cleaved into a mountain valley populated with mature oaks, pines, and cedars, producing a spectacular course yielding a gauntlet of obstacles. Nestled between the blanket of fog of the Central Valley below and snow higher up in the Sierra Nevadas, the 18-hole course stays open throughout the year so long as the fog and snow don't engage in water-cycle turf war. The par-3 fifth hole, the course's signature designed hole, combines mountainous scenery with the treachery of a 175-yard tee shot over a lake onto a contoured green, forcing golfers to select their club wisely or risk sending the ball into the watery abyss.
Prior to a round or after a dramatic finish, players can head to the driving range's turf hitting surfaces to smash balls at targets or take aim at an unassuming mountain peak. Large putting and chipping greens provide ample space for short-game improvement.
Course at a Glance: 18-hole, par-72 courseLength of 6,389 yards from back teesThree sets of tees per hole
46516 Opah Dr.
Ahwahnee, California 93601Get Directions