Roll Call: Bay Area Golfers


Good morning,

I wanted to create a space for Bay Area golfers to network, share information, ask questions, etc.

As for me, I just relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago. I’m looking to learn the local golf knowledge about all the courses, stores, swing doctors (teachers), etc… I’m very much looking forward to being able to golf year round…

Cheers and I look forward to connecting with Bay Area & Northern Cal folks on here!


Not a Bay Area local but work brings me there a half dozen or so times a year.

I am playing Pasatiempo in a few weeks and then have 24 hours to kill before a redeye back from SFO. Any suggestions as to a best plan of action for something a bit different? I have already used up my connections at Cal Club and Olympic in the past and just played Spyglass and Pacific Grove last trip out.

Are either of the Carmel Valley Ranch or Quail Lodge courses worth a look? Would I be better off just going up and playing Harding, Presidio, or Sharp Park? Love to hear any local feedback.


Carmel Valley Ranch has the more interesting design, but I’d give Quail Lodge the nod because of the walkability factor. It’s almost literally impossible to play CVR without a cart. Both are decent resort courses; neither is worth a special trip down to the Peninsula.

Post-redesign Poppy Hills is a great option, but if you’re not an NCGA member, the rates balloon quickly.

Harding, Presidio, and Sharp are all, in their different ways, compromised courses, but all offer good vibes. If I were you, I’d go with Sharp Park for the location, the history, and the opportunity to obsessively recreate MacKenzie’s original layout in your mind.


Hello from Pebble Beach. Not really Bay Area, but I suppose I qualify as NorCal. I’m a teacher, so I play a lot during the summer and not a lot for the rest of the year. Locally, I split my rounds between Pacific Grove, Poppy Hills, and Monterey Pines.


Don’t sleep on Bayonet. Great value 15 min from Pebble.


Hi all.

I just moved into the area about a two months ago. So, I’m looking for a course recommendation for this weekend. I have only played three tracks in the area so far.

Callippe Preserve
Cinnabar Hills
Crystal Springs

All have been in the hills. Which isn’t bad… but I’m looking for a Links track or Hybrid… I’m based in San Mateo… But I’m willing to drive an hour or so. What are my options?


Not quite Bay Area here… I’m Nor Nor cal… Humboldt County. Just wanted to throw Yocha Dehe out there as a recommendation for you guys. It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but only an hour from Sacramento. Just played there last week for the second time. Place is unbelievably pure and only costs 89$! It’s connected to cache creek casino and hotel, so if you like a little gambling there’s the option. Highly recommend.


Born and raised in Marin but currently attending the University of Wisconsin. Member at Olympic and Silverado, but my heart lies with Meadow


Hey guys, I’m from the North Bay/ Sonoma County. Making my way down for the At&t this weekend and trying to decide whether to play a sunday round at PG or Poppy. Never played either, what do you suggest?


Oakland here, play out of Berkeley CC (in El Cerrito.)

Playing Poppy Hills for the first time on Sat.


Bay Area native here. I’m in the East Bay (Danville)
Not a member at any courses, I just bounce to where ever I can find a good deal on a round. For those who don’t know about it has deals a numerous courses in the Bay Area (and other California locations).


Thanks Mofo313,

What did you think of Poppy Hills? I have played it a few times since you mentioned it back in Feb. Any other suggestions?



Wow. I would love to get a chance to check out Olympic… I have heard great things.


I’m going to check out Bayonet this weekend. Any other suggestions of tracks? Thanks.


Checking in from Sonoma, CA but currently attending New Mexico State University to become a Class A PGA Professional. For those going to Monterey Bayonet & Blackhorse is a must (I used to work out there) and for those in the Sonoma area Mare Island in Vallejo is a must. Founded in 1892 it’s rumored to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi, although I’ve heard other claim that title as well.


I really enjoyed it, thought it was a great deal for the price - forget the rate but, make sure you’re getting the NCGA member rate. It’s a visually impressive course, extremely playable - lots of options - and I’m looking forward to getting another crack at it.

Re: other suggestions - the newly reopened South course at Alameda is a fun track. It’s only been open a month or so, so they still have some finishing touches to take care of (not much in the way of yardages on sprinkler heads for example.) Fun layout, lots of closely mowed areas in the green complexes, so great options for playing around their large greens. Not a super difficult course but, a really fun track. Plus I think it’s ~$70 and may be less for NCGA members.


LA golfer here, but went to UC Santana Cruz…

Never played at Poppy, but want to knock that one out with Spanish Bay next time I go up.

The course at Wente Vineyards was a fun Norman course out in Livermore that I played last time I took my clubs up north.


Hey, hey. Checking in from the (East) Bay Area. I play out of Livermore.


Hey. What are your favorite tracks around Livermore?


I’m not in Livermore but the little Links 9 at Las Positas is a lot of fun if you’re close and you have minimal time. Really wish it was closer to my house. Great for working on short irons and wedges.