Originally Posted by mchepp
Callippe is exactly as you described it. Nice course at a fair price. The 18th is a bit of a let down as it doesn't match the rest of the course, but 17 really good holes. The East Bay has some really nice options. Livermore has Poppy Ridge which is really nice and Wente which is an awesome Norman design. Wente is one of my favorite courses in the Bay Area.
San Fran is a bit of let down golf wise unless you can get yourself on a private venue like Olympic or SFGC. Harding Park is really nice but it is really expensive and you could get a weather day where you freeze your butt off in the middle of summer and it is right next to a gun range, which means guns can fire in the backswing, the first time it happens it is a bit unnerving.
Half Moon Bay is nice. Bay Area has a good amount of courses to play.
Originally Posted by bplewis24
Callippe and Poppy Ridge seem like good options. Both are around 1.6 hours from me. I've heard Poppy Ridge is nice. Are you guys NCGA Members? Looks like Poppy gives a discounted rate for NGCA.
Prices look very fair. SoCal courses seem more expensive in comparison and typically are on less acreage. The driving ranges especially are really cramped, at least compared to Sacramento courses.
Anyway, I've invited a few more bay area and Sacramento guys to the group so hopefully some of them will take notice soon. First order of business is recruiting!
Originally Posted by Mr Smell Good
Used to work at a winery in Avila Beach about 15 minutes from there.
I would be interested in going to the bay area to play a round of golf with some guys here. I might not be as good as you guys though. Some nice courses in this area too. We could get a Sacramento group going within the Norcal group.
I've only played Wente once a few years ago in the beginning of summer and think it's a jewel of a course tucked away.
Agree that San Francisco doesn't have that many good courses unless you have Olympic or SFGC access. Presidio, IMO, has been torn up since they introduced the twilight Player's Club and has been pretty overrated since.
I haven't played any courses in Sacramento but would like to make a trip out there to try them out. Haggin Oaks is the first course that comes to mind.
I'll also get some buddies of mine to see if they can come along. We should also start discussing some dates. I know Brandon is mostly busy in mid-October, so just to put a prospective date out there, I'm thinking the weekend of October 26 or 27. Also, seems that Callippe would definitely be a good starter course for our first outing.