Looking for a scenic and challenging place to
tee off? Grab the clubs and head out to Pleasanton’s new Callippe
Preserve Golf Course, an 18-hole, 145-acre public course that boasts
spectacular views and an environmentally friendly layout.
The Callippe Silverspot butterfly is an endangered species in the
Tri-Valley, and the new course was created with preservation in mind.
Thirty acres of the site are set aside as habitat for the butterfly.
Cost: $20 million for the course, $40 million for the project, which includes the clubhouse and natural habitat preserves.
Architect: Brian Costello of JMP Golf Design Group in Belmont, the firm that designed the Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch.
Number of plantings: 700 trees and 26,000 pounds of grass seedlings.
What you’ll see: Breathtaking views of Mount Diablo, and, if you’re lucky, red-legged tree frogs and tiger salamanders.
Toughest hole: 18. Narrow with a long approach, you have to clear two channels to reach the green.
Greens fees: weekdays for Pleasanton residents, $36, non-residents, $42; weekends, residents $51, non-residents, $60. 8500 Clubhouse Dr., Pleasanton, (925) 426-6666, www.playcallippe.com .