The Golf Club at Copper Valley

1001 Saddle Creek Drive,

Copperopolis, California 95228

  • Office

    +1 (209) 785 3700
  • Pro shop

    +1 (888) 852 5787 (toll free)
  • Golf pro

    Geoff Podgorny (Head Golf Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and woodland.

  • Designer:

    Carter Morrish

SSS or slope






How to get there:

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

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1996

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.

List of courses: Around San Francisco


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (April thru' Oct): Mon-Fri $69; weekends $99. Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Practice facilities


Did you know?

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.


  • Saddle Creek Resort

    1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, CA 95228

    +1 (209)785 7400

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Saddle Creek

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:


Find a course



124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

Who's Who

Nelly Korda: won the Mizuho Americas Open (May 16-19) at Liberty National GC, continuing her extraordinary form in LPGA events. This was her sixth win in seven starts in 2024.

Xander Schauffele: recorded his first major championship win, and second record-equalling low score of 62 in a major. Only he, Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry have achieved this feat in a men’s major championship.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Prince's Golf Club, Kent (UK)

Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

Stay&Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available

Popular videos

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.

Hamburger GC - Falkenstein, Germany

WINSTONgolf - Links course

Littlestone Golf Club (Kent, UK)