California gold country/sierra nevada 


Greenhorn Creek  (Angels Camp)

Teleli Golf Course  (Sonora)  Formerly Mountain Springs 

La Contenta  (Valley Springs)

River Creek  (Awahnee)

Wawona  (Yosemite National Park)

Greenhorn creek

Address:  711 McCauley Ranch Rd.  Angels Camp, Ca.  95222  Phone:  209-729-8111:  Website: 

Greenhorn Creek is a jewel.  it has just about all you would want in a golf course and is extremely playable and enjoyable.  There are forced carries, but those forced carries add to the flavor of the course and don't punish the golfer.  There are hills and bunkers and lakes but these only add to the beauty and enjoyment of the course.  My favorite hole is the par 5 4th where you have to hit your second shot over a low rock wall and my second favorite is the par 4 12th which demands an uphill drive and the fairway funnels into a narrow fairway up around the green.  Both are great holes.  The course is always in fantastic shape.  Play early because it tends to get hot up here during the summer months. 


Gold  6744 YRDS.  Rating 73.2  Slope 142:  Blue  6214 YRDS.  Men  Rating 71.0  Slope  Women  Rating 76.0  Slope 133:  Blue/White  6014 YRDS.  Rating 70.0  Slope 133:  White  5708 YRDS  Men  Rating 68.6  Slope 127  Women  Rating 73.4  Slope 134:  White/Red  5385 YRDS.  Women  Rating 72.1  Slope 129:  Red  5192 RDS. Rating 70.7  Slope 125:  Green  4887 YRDS.  Women  Rating 69.5  Slope 122


Green Fees:  $35-$105

Range:  Yes

Teleli Golf Club  (formerly Mountain Springs)

Address:  17566 Lime Kiln Rd.  Sonora, Ca.  95370  Phone:  209-532-1000:  Website:

This golf course used to be called Mountain Springs and recently changed ownership.  The new owners are the Tuolumne band of The Miwok Indian Tribe who own Black Oak Casino and Resort.  I sort of knew that this change of ownership was in the works and I think it is a good thing for the course. When I played the course some months back it needed a lot of work and the former owner wasn't taking care of the course as should have been.  Let's see what happens.  As far as the course goes, it is hilly and it is very important that you play the right tees for your game.  I am going to go back and play it again and I should have an updated report for you soon.  I'm not going to comment on the conditions of the course because I'm sure they have been updated.  I know the management company that is operating the course now with the new owners and they are very much into improving the quality of play at their managed golf courses as well a priding the best golfing experience possible for their guests.


White  6119 YRDS.  Men Rating 69.7  Slope 121  Women 130:  Gold  5580 YRDS.  Men  Rating 66.8  Slope 117  Women  Rating 72.5  Slope 127:  Red  5073 YRDS.  Women  Rating 69.3  Slope 122

Rates:  $39-$59

Range:  Yes

La Contenta

Address:  1653 Ca.  Rte. 26  Valley Springs, Ca  95252  Phone:  209-772-1081  Website:


This is another course that I have wanted to play and finally got the opportunity to do so.  The course is very hilly with water, but the water comes in places that make sense.  There are some fun holes on this course.  Two really stick out to me and those are the Par 3 13th and the Par 4 15th.  I will let you discover those holes for yourself.  I will say that there is never a dull moment when you play this course.  Its interesting and fun to play.


Black  6141 YRDS.  Men  Rating 70.3  Slope 133:  White  5832 YRDS.  Men  69.0  Slope 130  Women  Rating 74.1  Slope 133:  Gold  5244 YRDS.  Men  Rating 66.7  Slope 120  Women  Rating 70.9  Slope 126:  Red  4756 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.4  Slope 113  Women  Rating 68.1  Slope 121

Green Fees:  $29-$49

Range:  No (Nets)

River Creek Golf Course  (9 Holes)

address:  41709 Rd. 600  Awahnee, Ca.  93601  Phone:  559-683-5600  Website:  https:/  

OK, so I admit it.  I am always hesitant to play a nine hole golf course.  I really didn't want to make the drive up to Awahnee to play this course.  I'm glad I did.  This course is a treat to play and has two sets of tees so that you can play the two nines from different angles. It has some great holes on it and the great holes start with the first hole, a tricky par 5.  The course is basically flat, although there are some elevation changes and is easily walkable even though it is a mountain course.  Set your GPS so that you don't get lost trying to find this course as you kind of have to want to find it to find it but the hunt is well worth it.  It is a kick to play.


Play The 9 Holes Twice Par 72

Black  6280 YRDS. Rating  69.6  Slope 129:  Blue  6074 YRDS. Rating 68.8  Slope 126:  White  5784 YRDS.  Rating 67.2  Slope 124:  Yellow  5408 YRDS.  Rating 65.8  Slope 122:  Red  5130 YRDS.  Rating 64.6  Slope 119 

Green Fees:  $45-$48

Range:  Yes

Big Trees (Formerly Wawona) golf course yosemite national park

address:  2005 Wawona Station  Yosemite National Park, Ca.  95389  Phone:  209-375-6572  Website:

Yes, there is a golf course inside Yosemite National Park.  Its a 9 hole course built into a meadow a few miles into the southern gate of the park at what used to be know as Wawona.  I haven't been up there to play the course in many years, but it just doesn't change, but many times that's not a bad thing.  The course is a lot of fun to play.  It has its hills and one hole you have to use a periscope to see if the fairway in front of you is clear.  I remember the greens being fast.  Oh, and don't forget the tall pines that line most of the fairways.     

tees:  9 holes played twice

White  6004 YRDS.  Rating 68.7  Slope 124:  Red  5468 YRDS.  Men  Rating 66.4  Slope 120  Women  Rating 71.4  Slope 130

green fees:  $39 Plus Cart

Range:  No