Swinging the irons under the redwoods...
When: Golf is a year-round activity in Sonoma County. In January, February, and March most of the rainfall occurs.
Where: The centerpiece golf course in the Russian River area is the Northwood Golf Club. Designed in 1928 by Alister MacKenzie, of Augusta National and Cypress Point fame, along with Robert Hunter, this par 36 nine-hole course was created for the exclusive Bohemian Club and is incredibly scenic, studded with majestic redwood trees and lined by the lovely Russian River.
Now open to the public, this golf course remains one of the most stunningly beautiful and challenging golf courses anywhere, for amazingly inexpensive green fees. With a restaurant with bar, seasonal outdoor patio dining, a pro shop, a barber shop, and an Internet/coffee café, Northwood Golf Club is, for many golfers, enough reason alone to visit the Russian River area.
Bodega Harbour Links
21301 Heron Drive, Bodega Bay
Bodega Harbour Links offers 18 holes with panoramic ocean views. Partly designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr, this is a spectacular course. Semi-private, the green fees are expensive.
Healdsburg Golf Club
927 South Fitch Mountain Road, Healdsburg
A hilly course, offering beautiful views and inexpensive green fees.
Northwood Golf Club
19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio
Nine hole golf course, Par 36; Golf shop, lessons, Practice range
Sea Ranch Golf Links
49300 Highway One
Near the Mendocino border, an 18-hole Scottish links-style golf course, designed by Robert Muir Graves, has ocean views; green fees are moderate.
Sebastopol Golf Course
2881 Scott's Right-of-Way, Sebastopol
Scenic, nine-hole golf course; public, the green fees are inexpensive.
Windsor Golf Club1340 19th Hole Drive
Frequently the site of PGA Nike Tour events, provides a multitude of bunkers, a year-round creek, many lakes, and trees, all part of the play at this 18-hole public course with moderate green fees.
Pee Wee Golf
16101 Neeley Rd., Guerneville
Miniature Golf, Concessions, Bicycle Rentals; Open Weekends, spring & fall, daily summer