This is one of those courses that people either love or hate. Although it eats me up and spits me out, I keep coming back here because I love the challenge, scenery and value. It simply has some spectacular holes, with a few that are probably the toughest in northern California (#2, #8, & #12 in particular if playing back tees).
There is no driving range, just a very nice putting green, so suggest you hit balls at the Los Lagos driving range if you want to warm up (10 min. away). The front 9 is way more difficult than the front, so don't get too discouraged when you're halfway done.
Two other suggestions:
1. Stock your bag with lots of balls, because there are a few holes that if you don't hit the fairway, your ball will disappear over a 100 foot cliff.
2. Don't get tempted to look for your lost ball as there are rattlesnakes and ticks.
3. Don't beat yourself up, just have fun. I play the back tees with a friend and we have a rule on the first tee to "hit until you're happy" as it's a downhill shot with a 230 yard carry to the fairway).
After the round, be sure to enjoy a drink, some hors d'oeuvres, or dinner at the club house. There's a good selection of draft beer and the food is really good.
Enjoy, and remember what Tiger Woods once said to an amateur friend, "You're not good enough to get upset."
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