Home to multiple golf courses, set in spectacular scenery, the Gold Country is a wonderful place to tee up. Pair your golfing trip with historic Gold Rush towns, great wine and food and you’re on to a winning combination. Here we offer a golfing itinerary through Calaveras’ Gold Country.
Head out of Stockton east on Highway 4, approximately 1 ½ hours South of Sacramento.
Arrive in Calaveras County
The Golf Club at Copper Valley – This semi-private championship golf course designed by Carter Morris is surrounded by shimmering lakes and wetlands, sturdy native oak trees and indigenous grasses and offers dramatic views of the Sierras and Yosemite. The feeling of tranquility is enhanced by the fact that no two holes run parallel to each other. It is consistently ranked among California’s top courses and currently ranked by Golfweek Magazine as #23 on the list of Best Courses You Can Play in California 2021. 6,800 yards.
Dinner at Verona 18 @ The Golf Club at Copper Valley
The dining room overlooks the 9th green, with spectacular views of the foothills that will relax you from the moment you arrive. Appointed in classical “prairie style” with an open floor plan and towering cathedral ceilings, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture is one of the few Indigenous American Styles developed by a creative group of Chicago Architects known collectively as the “prairie school.”
OR drive 7 minutes to Copperopolis Town Square to
Griff’s BBQ and Grill serves up slow smoked BBQ, steaks, ribs, sandwiches and more. Using only fresh ingredients, their menu is prepared on-site every day. Enjoy wine and beer on tap, tender ribs, 14-hour pulled pork sandwich and the best BBQ sauce in town! Experience Copperopolis history played out through the rustic décor of hand-hewn beams, copper mining artifacts and reclaimed lumber from throughout Calaveras County.
Lodging at the Copperopolis Town Square
The Gateway Hotel provides a unique experience due to the different layout, views, and size of each room. Not only do they support your trip by giving you a cozy spot to sleep at night, but also have 12 Tesla Super Chargers to charge up your Tesla overnight.
OR Drive 20 minutes east on Highway 4 to Angels Camp.
Check in at Worldmark, The Caddyshack, or other great lodging at Greenhorn Creek Resort. Overlooking fairways and the Clubhouse, guests will enjoy the selection of comfortable accommodations available at the Resort at Greenhorn Creek. In several buildings around an attractive hilltop site, these spacious villas are available in one and two bedroom units, with kitchens, fireplaces, balconies and possible sleeping capacities of up to 6 persons. The Resort at Greenhorn Creek is a full service facility with swimming pools, tennis courts, family entertainment area and a workout room; these villas are the perfect getaway!
Enjoy dinner at beautiful Camps overlooking the rolling hills and beautiful fairways. Serving local and regional award winning wines, cocktails, and a chef-driven menu, this is the perfect way to wind down from a day on the green.
DAY 2: 18 holes @ Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp
Breakfast at Baldis in Copperopolis or Angels Creek Cafe in Angels Camp. Take in 18 holes at Greenhorn Creek. Lunch in downtown Angels Camp, at Cascabel or Cruscos, then tour historic downtown and visit the Angels Camp Museum.
18 holes at Greenhorn Creek Golf Course
Greenhorn Creek is an award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Jr. redesigned championship golf course located in the Sierra Foothills of Angels Camp, the center of California’s Gold Rush history. This 6,740-yard, par 72 layout wanders through clusters of 200 year-old oak trees and over a once busy tract of underground gold mines. Changing elevations along with natural and man-made hazards, such as a stone farmer’s wall, ancient Chinese oven and a variety of water hazards will challenge every golfer’s skill level.
Drive 15 minutes east on Highway 4 to historic downtown Murphys.
Enjoy lunch or dinner in the heart of charming, historic downtown Murphys on the patio at Murphys Historic Hotel Restaurant beneath shady trees in a picturesque setting. Known for its award-winning prime rib, rack of lamb and fried chicken, the Murphys Hotel Restaurant is a favorite of locals and offers pairings with Calaveras wines for each course. Enjoy a self-guided tour of charming, historic downtown Murphys with its nearly two dozen wine tasting rooms, and boutique shops.
Drive just 5 minutes out of town to
Ironstone Vineyards. Take a guided tour (available daily 1:30 pm – meet in the Tasting Room) of the beautifully manicured grounds and facilities of Calaveras’ largest vineyard. Or take a self-guided tour at your own pace. See the outdoor amphitheater, demonstration kitchen, ballroom with the pipe organ, used for silent movie nights, the massive wine cave and the tasting room and deli. Be sure to also visit the heritage museum with its massive crystalline gold specimen and jewelry store.
Day 3: 9 Holes @ Forest Meadows Golf Course, Murphys OR 18 Holes @ Sequoia Woods Golf Club, Arnold
Breakfast at Grounds to start your day fully nourished, or grab a quick, light bite at Aria Bakery in downtown.
Drive 10 minutes east on Highway 4
Forest Meadows Golf Course: A 9-hole course surrounded by spectacular giant pines, great oaks, towering cedars and running creeks – creating an idyllic setting for a round of golf. Perfect for every level of golf fan.
Or drive 10 minutes more on Highway 4 to Arnold
Sequoia Woods Country Club: An 18-hole course in a beautiful mountain setting bringing golfers challenging play and fabulous views. The course was designed by well-known architect Bob Baldock, and the par 70 course is suitable for all levels of players.
Play golf in the morning, then drive to Dorrington to The Lube Room for an amazing burger, then drive back to Calaveras Big Trees State Park to walk the 1.5 mile loop through the big giant trees.
Enjoy a great dinner at Sequoia Woods Country Club and stay for live music that’s usually booked on the weekends. Or, for make reservations at Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen where you can choose to sit in the cozy dining room next to the fireplace or out on the patio looking up at the stars surrounded by the pines.
Stay the night in Arnold at the Timberline Lodge or the Meadowmont Inn where you can relax after a great day on the links. Looking for another bed and breakfast? Arnold Black Bear Inn will definitely take care of you, probably even pamper you a bit.
Breakfast at Heart & Soul Country Kitchen before heading back down the mountain. Play 18 holes at La Contenta Golf Club in Valley Springs – honored by Golf Digest and continues to improve as one of Northern California’s best public/semi-private golf clubs. This championship course features rolling terrain, beautiful vistas and wonderful course layout to make your round a total joy.
Before you head back home, stop at Hawg Dawgs for artisan dogs and burgers in a fun atmosphere.
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