#1 The dramatic starting hole provides an excellent taste of things to come. It features an elevated tee with views of Mt. Diablo and Shell Ridge. Stay left to avoid the natural creek bed along the right side, and avoid the long bunker to the left guarding the large, well protected green.
#2 This challenging par three requires a tee shot over a water hazard and a grove of trees. A beautiful oak on the right and a bunker on the left frame the large green. Choose your club wisely and keep the ball below the flag stick, as the green slopes from back-to-front.
#3 Playing long, uphill and into the wind, the gorgeous third favors long hitters who have a good chance at birdie. Stay left on the fairway to avoid the trees and fairway bunker, but the real danger here is the dance floor. With traps left, back and right, this green can be truly diabolical.
#4 While not long from the tips, the fourth is a most difficult hole. There is a slight dogleg left, while trees and a green side bunker snag errant shots. Keep your drive down the right for a comfortable approach in two. And whatever you do, don't go left on this hole.
#5 The beautiful downhill fifth is all about club selection, pin placement and the breeze. More aces are recorded here than on the other par threes, but trouble quickly finds those who choose the wrong club. A shot to the left of the green will be sure to kick back right.
#6 A long, meandering par five through oak and eucalyptus, the sixth crests a hill and then, runs downhill before ascending again to an elevated green. Keep your tee shot left of the lone fairway bunker to improve your odds of saving par. Great views to Mt. Diablo will make the sixth a summer favorite. Approach shots left of this hole will result in high numbers. Risk vs. reward is tested here and par is a good score.
#7 Majestic eucalyptus run from tee to green along the uphill seventh, where a spectacular heritage oak guards the right side of the green. The severely sloping green, guarded by the oak, bunkers and hazard left, is among the most daunting on the course and a real threat to the scorecard.
#8 Number eight is the toughest and longest par three on the course, requiring a well struck wood or long iron from the elevated tee box. Deep bunkers await shots that miss this shallow two-tiered green. A shot played between the cart path and left of the green will end nicely.
#9 The ninth is not only a beautiful walk back toward the clubhouse, but an enticing birdie opportunity for the longer hitter. Beware the two new bunkers in the fairway, as well as the trap complex that so carefully guard the gently sloping green. A new bunker has been added in the back of the green (below).
#10 Number ten plays like a roller coaster; up, down and up again to a green protected by a well positioned front bunker. The challenge here is navigating the well treed fairway. Red cherry trees ringing the back of the back of the tenth shower the green with blossoms in the spring before turning dark red summer-to-fall. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
#11 With ten varieties of trees, the eleventh is one of the course's most stunning. It is also one of the most challenging. Fairway traps left only hint at challenges to follow, including a fast, two-tiered green with nothing but trouble front and back. Be proud of par here.
#12 Twelve is a short and sweet Par #3 now and features a massive oak tree near the tee box; a landmark since the club's founding. This hole is a change from the previous design and along with #17, completely new. Views to Mt. Diablo and surrounding hills will distract the golfer on the green, which slopes hard back-to-front. A small bunker left will challenge the most proficient "beach bandits."
#13 Thirteen is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Left is out of bounds, and a deep water hazard with tall oaks to traverse separates the fairway from an elevated green with a steeply sloping front. Loft your second shot high, and avoid a new bunker right for the best birdie opportunity.
#14 A fairly straight-forward par three, fourteen offers relief and scoring opportunities, along with sensational views of the mountain. Deep bunkers short left and a steep hillside right await straying shots. Still, a tee shot below the hole should give a solid chance at birdie.
#15 At the highest point on the course, the par 5 fifteenth provides spectacular views to mountain and valley. This tee shot will test your nerve with O.B. left and a steep sloping fairway which, runs right and away from the hole. You will need an accurate drive to get on in three shots or go at it in 2 shots at your peril. This long and often treacherous green is famous for deceptive breaks. Club selection on the approach is key. For long hitters, this may be the best birdie opportunity on the back nine. Avoid the "false" bunkers and use the slope to the left of the green.
#16 Picture perfect from the tee, this hole features a slight dogleg left that runs uphill and into a breeze. Try to get past the corner for the best approach, but beware a new fairway bunker off the tee. A short second shot to one of the most beautiful green complexes on the course--a labyrinth of sand and grass bunkers that protect all sides.
#17 Seventeen is one of the great, pure holes in Northern California. Now a Par 5, the entire length plays uphill into a prevailing wind; a late round test for the weary player here. New fairway bunkers (pictured) have been added. Hug the left edge of the fairway for a shorter approach to an uphill and narrow green. Defended by bunkers left and back of green; avoid a steep slope that will punish any shot long of the new 17th green.
#18 The beautiful finishing hole is a solid and satisfying end to the course. Out of bounds left, a right sloping fairway, and trees on both sides challenge from tee to approach. A magnificent oak protects and shades the green, making for a dramatic finishing stage for handshakes and congratulations all around.