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Sonoma Golf Club

17700 Arnold Drive,

Sonoma, California 95476

  • Office

    +1 (707) 996 0300
  • Pro shop

    +1 (707) 939 4100
  • Golf pro

    Tony Marshall (PGA, Head Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and vineyards

  • Designer:

    Sam Whiting

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7103
6138
5555
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75.2
70
71.9

Location

Latitude:

38.313835

Longitude:

-122.500514

How to get there:

40 miles N of San Francisco

From centre of Sonoma follow Route 12 (Sonoma Hwy) north, direction Boyes Hot Springs. After 1.5 miles turn right on Sonoma Hwy. After approx 2 miles turn left into Boyes Blvd. After 1 mile at traffic lights turn right into Arnold Drive. After 300 yds turn left into Country Club Drive and enter Golf Club.

Sonoma Golf Club

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

Est. 1928

Sonoma Golf Club: Resonating with the area's finest wines, golf architect Sam Whiting has etched a golf course of the highest quality onto the scenic and blissfully tranquil environment of the Sonoma Valley. The balance and blend of long and short holes is underscored by the layout's smooth contours, stylish bunkering and the presence of many fine old oak trees liberally dotted around the relatively open terrain.

Exuding an air of classical timelessness, while also keeping pace with the modern game, the layout creates a perfect rhythm as you move through the round. From the front-nine outer loop, you can inspect the progress of the grapes in neighbouring vineyards, and admire the tree-clad slopes of the Sonoma and Mayacama mountain ranges. The inner back-nine loop is every bit as good as the outer, also combining gentle elevation changes, good-width rolling fairways and plenty more of that stylish yet threatening bunkering.

The distinctive collection of par-3s joins the rest of the layout in laying down a worthy challenge to golfers of all abilities. Three of these "short" holes measure over 200 yards from the back tees!

In common with sampling the area's finest wines, completing a round at Sonoma is to indulge in an unforgettable experience. Understated simplicity and a lack of extravagant embellishments typically confers a distinctive edge on many classic golf courses. Sonoma is an excellent case in point.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Resort guests staying at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa can book to play on weekdays and weekends.

No outside visitor play available.

Green fees

Resort guest fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): $225. Golf cart included.

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

Other information

Walking permitted.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

During the 1920s "golden age" of golf development in northern California, course architect Sam Whiting transformed the former J.K. Bigelow ranch into an 18-hole jewel. The layout, known at first as the Sonoma Mission Inn Golf & Country Club, capitalised on the historic lore and romance of the Sonoma Valley. Since that time, the course has hosted many top-level tournaments, including the Champions Tour's prestigious season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Sonoma GC).

The nearby Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa owes its existence to the underground hot mineral waters in this area, first discovered by native Americans. In 1840, Dr T.M. Leavenworth, an eccentric San Francisco physician, was the first to commercially develop the hot springs.

In 1895, Capt H.E. Boyes, an enterprising young Englishman, acquired some land hereabouts, drilled a well, and struck 112-degree water at 70 feet. Within five years, he had built the Boyes Hot Springs Hotel into a successful venture where well-to-do San Franciscans "took the waters" at the finest hot mineral water resort in California. In 1923, a fire destroyed the hotel. Four years later the current Inn rose from the ashes as an architecturally accurate replica of a California Mission.

Where2Stay

  • The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa5-star

    100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, California 95476

    +1 (707) 938 9000

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    Of the luxury hotels and resorts in Sonoma Valley and neighboring Napa Valley, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is perhaps the ultimate wine country destination. An oasis with spa, golf and award winning restaurants, including the Inn's renowned signature restaurant, Santé. The Resort is one of the country's only luxury spa resorts with its own source of thermal mineral water, which comes from Sonoma Valley's natural mineral hot springs.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Sonoma

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Eagle Vines; Chardonnay; Silverado; StoneTree

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