The 10 Best Golf Courses in Sacramento
The rolling hills and open expanses of land surrounding California’s capital city are the perfect setting for an abundance of wineries, farms and golf courses. In fact, northern central California is one of the best destinations for golfers in the state! Sacramento boasts a number of manicured and scenic courses, each featuring a different combination of woodlands, sand bunkers and water features that are perfect for polishing up your game. While each offer a different challenge, there are several that stand apart from the rest — one might say they’re better than par.
Here are our ten favorite local destinations for a round of nine holes (or 18).
Sierra View Golf Course
Photo courtesy of Sierra View Golf Course
Sierra View Golf Course is consistently among the highest rated courses in the area, and it’s not tough to see why! The par 72 course was designed by famed golf course architect Jack Fleming in 1953, and boasts perfectly groomed greens, a walker friendly route, strategically placed water obstacles and bunkers, and gorgeous scenery. Names including Byron Nelson, Natalie Gulbis, Nick Watney, Ronald Reagan, Steve Bono and more have graced the course over the nearly 70 years of its existence. Try it for yourself, and then retire to the clubhouse for a refreshing drink!
Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Foothills lies Granite Bay Golf Club, a truly beautiful course with lush greenery, large shady trees and paved cart pathways. Here, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and its granite features, and access to three different restaurants — perfect for fueling up before or after the game. The course is committed to a brisk pace of play, so you’ll likely finish a round of 18 in under four hours.
North Ridge Country Club
Photo courtesy of The North Ridge Country Club
The North Ridge Country Club invites you to “come for the golf” and “stay for the friendships.” Indeed, the tight-knit community is certainly attractive to prospective members, but the sophisticated and scenic course is the main draw. The course was designed by William P. Bell in 1952 with support of his father, and boasts abundant trees and gardens, a challenging but walkable design and lush fairways. It’s the perfect setting for a leisurely round of golf with friends!
Mather Golf Course
The Mather Golf Course is located on a former Air Force Base, and features 18 holes with tree-lined fairways and medium sized greens. The championship-length course was designed by Jack Fleming, and with three tee boxes is perfect for golfers of all skill levels to brush up on their game. People are drawn here to experience the incredible landscape at an affordable price!
Photo courtesy of Bartley Cavanaugh
Bartley Cavanaugh is the youngest golf course in the Sacramento area, and also one of its most popular. The signature hole (#17) is a par-3, 107 yard challenge featuring an island green, and is as fun to play as it is daunting. Features such as this one make the course attractive to experienced golfers, but beginners will also find many opportunities to grow in the game without getting overly frustrated.
Photo courtesy of Teal Bend
The abundant trees surrounding the fairways at Teal Bend make for a more secluded golfing experience. The greenery means that you won’t be able to see the golfers playing on nearby holes, and you’ll feel like you have the course all to yourself! As if this isn’t enough, the course is always in incredible shape, and boasts challenging bunker placements and elevation changes.
Photo courtesy of Haggin Oaks
Haggin Oaks features two different championship golf courses, Alister Mackenzie and Arcade Creek. The variety is very attractive to golfers, who enjoy exploring the distinct layouts and different challenges each course has to offer, and has earned the facility a number of awards for overall quality. The Arcade Creek Course is more welcoming for beginners — the flat layout is open to be played as a nine-hole track or a full 18-hole regulation round. Alister MacKenzie, on the other hand, will cater to the experts and offers a more scenic, secluded golfing experience. In short, there’s something for everyone at this course!
Timber Creek and Sierra Pines
This beautifully maintained golf course provides experts and beginners alike with a scenic challenge through lush fairways and a variety of strategically placed obstacles. The course is consistently ranked among the top courses in the area — and it’s not tough to see why! 27 holes means that there are a number of ways to play the course. Even if you find yourself coming back again and again (we’re confident that you will), you will never grow bored.
William Land Golf Course
Photo courtesy of Jim Fitzpatrick via William Land Golf Course
William Land Golf Course is one of the oldest courses in the area, as well as one of the most prestigious. The 160-acre course was the vision of its namesake, who dedicated $250,000 to the creation of the William Land park and golf course, as well as another $200,000 to Sacramento’s poor. The course is a stunning tribute to the man who gave so much to our beloved city.
Bradshaw Ranch is the more popular course for beginners, as well as for those looking for a quick round to polish up their short came. The beautiful, public course features well-maintained bunkers and obstacles, and offers a friendly, never-too-crowded environment.
Time to Tee Off!
Where is your favorite golf course in the Sacramento area? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.