Best Golf Courses In Sacramento

August 8, 2015 5:00 AM

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Sacramento enjoys a reputation as a recreational wonderland, and this is the month to golf till you drop. The only question is where you’ll tee up. The choices are many, and this is a short list of places to yell “Fore!”
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Bing Maloney Golf Course
6801 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-2283

For the last 50 years, Bing Maloney has brought smiles to golfers. The design is classic and the offerings here are many. Two courses are complemented with a driving range, a great chipping green and sand bunker. The putting green will put you to the test, and hopefully improve your score. Perfect for beginners and experts to hone their skills on the links. Families have learned and golfed here since opening day.

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Credit: PROLisa Suender/Flickr

Haggin Oaks
3645 Fulton Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 481-4653

In 1938, Ben Hogan won his first $35 here as a pro, during the Sacramento Open. The list of greats who cut their teeth here is a long one. Improve your game at one of 100 hitting stations on the award-winning driving range. Make sure you’re going out with the right clubs by checking into the clubfitting center. The pro shop is impressive, with a complete line of everything golf. Take lessons, relax and enjoy this great course year-round.

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Credit: Janice Marie Foote/Flickr

William Land Golf Course
1701 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 277-1207

Golfers have been enjoying this gem, the first golf course in Sacramento, since 1924. Sign up for group or private instruction, which are available to all ages of aspiring golfers. Here is a really awesome deal. For $5, seven days a week, play as many holes as you can during the last hour of open time on the course. Walk and golf till the sun sets. That’s in addition to the regular hours, great pro shop and a spectacular  and challenging course for everyone.

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Mini Golf Summer DateMather Golf Course
4103 Zinfandel Drive
Mather, CA 95655
(916) 364-4354

Jack Fleming designed this beauty in 1957. At that time, it was all part of the sprawling Mather Air Force Base. The 18 holes here will test your skills, including your long ball status. First up is a fine par-4, great for the long ball and ending in a truly tuned up green. Since each hole will require your best, a trip to the pro shop may be in the cards, as well as lessons and tournaments. The Navigator Cafe will take care of you foodie needs. Meet your buddies here and enjoy an August day hitting your best on a true part of Air Force history.

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(Photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Davis Golf Course
24439 Fairway Drive
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-4010

Take a short drive over the Yolo Causeway and treat yourself to a day on the links in Davis, a spectacular setting for 18 holes. The course has a driving range, putting greens and is home to many hard-fought tournaments. You need to line up your shots carefully — water features will greet you on 15 of those 18 holes, which simply adds to the joy of the day. The greens are a challenge, which will put you and your putter to the test. Lessons for all by PGA instructors makes the drive well worth it for any level player.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at

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