1001 Saddle Creek Drive,
Copperopolis, California 95228
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
45 miles NE of Modesto / 5 miles S of Copperopolis
From Stockton, on the I-5, take exit 473 and head east on the Crosstown Freeway (Route 4). Follow Route 4, direction Copperopolis for approx 35 miles. 1 mile before Copperopolis, turn right into Olive ranch Rd, then right again into Little John Road. Follow Little John Road for approx 4 miles to Saddle Creek.
The Golf Club at Copper Valley (formerly Saddle Creek Golf Resort): Located in a master-planned community, but not at all impacted by housing, this very natural, scenic and challenging layout provides visitors with an excellent golfing stop-over if you are heading out to Yosemite National Park.
Laid out in two expansive nine-hole loops, the well-maintained course is at times open, at others more tree-lined, and occupies pleasantly undulating terrain. Occasionally the elevation changes are more pronounced. Several tightish tee shots will need to find their way down avenues of small oak trees, and past plenty of grass-topped bunkers. Also to be avoided are many neatly trimmed bunkers that guard the top-quality, large, undulating greens.
With water hazards dangerously threatening on about half the holes (more so on the back-nine), your overall course management and shot-making will need to be on song to score well here. Presenting a haven of peace and tranquillity, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, Copper Valley provides picturesque views onto surrounding partly-wooded hills, which stretch away to the wonderful Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance.
Pick of the holes: the long, uphill par-4 6th, the par-4 16th and the water-protected, downhill par-3 11th are three notables to look out for in this impressive collection of golf holes.
Stay&Play at Copper Valley: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Although a 2-hour drive from the Bay Area, Copper Valley is ideally located as a stop-over on your way to and from Yosemite National Park. The Park is a stunning wilderness sanctuary of spectacular granite cliffs and domes (including El Capitan, Sentinel Rock and Half Dome), waterfalls, clear streams and giant Sequoia groves. Yosemite was a focal point in the development of the National Park concept, owing to the work of people like John Muir and Galen Clark.
Close to Copper Valley is the small town of Copperopolis. Unlike most mining towns in the area, Copperopolis' claim to fame was copper rather than gold. The town grew rapidly in the 1860s, fuelled by the need for copper during the American Civil War (1861-1865) to make bullets. The copper was sent to Stockton and then to San Francisco, where it was loaded onto ships and taken around Cape Horn before finally arriving in smelters on the East Coast.
1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, CA 95228
+1 (209)785 7400Visit website
The many pleasures of the Sierra Foothills and this Castle & Cooke Community resort, are enhanced by a soothing and relaxing stay in Saddle Creek's Lodge Bungalows, located just a short walk from the Saddle Creek Lodge. Each Bungalow offers a master suite with its own bathroom, and a second bedroom and bathroom. The Bungalows have a welcoming sense of spaciousness with lofted ceilings, and fully-equipped kitchens.
LPGA Tour Championship: the CME Group Tour Championship brings the curtain down on the LPGA Tour’s 2020 season at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida (Dec 17-20).
Race to Dubai: the European Tour’s season-long Order of Merit comes to its conclusion in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (Dec 10-13).
Peter Alliss: accomplished player, Ryder Cup star, course designer, writer, humourist and commentator, this legend of the game will be greatly missed by his legions of followers … golfers and armchair golf enthusiasts alike.
Angela Stanford: major championship winner and Solheim Cup star, records an impressive win in her home state of Texas in the Volunteers of America Classic.
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
You can subscribe to the Where2Golf channel on YT if you like to see more video content. You'll find a "Subscribe" button on any of our YouTube videos. Or if you want a quick and direct access subscribe here. Once done, any new published videos will show up in your Subscriptions feed.