Grip It and Rip It
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East Bay golf’s toughest holes and easiest holes in one.
Golf enthusiasts know that Diablo Country is positively blanketed with courses. We asked the pros at local courses to describe the toughest holes in the area, as well as the holes that offer the best shot at scoring the elusive hole in one. Fore! >>>
Blackhawk Country Club
Toughest: Blackhawk has two courses. The third hole at the Lakeside course is a long 581-yard par 5 skirted by out-of-bounds areas. At the Falls course, the 15th hole, a 430-yard par 4, challenges with a tight green bordered by a creek in front and to the right.
Hole in One: Shoot for the 10th hole at Lakeside and the fourth hole at Falls.
599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville, (925) 736-6500, www.blackhawkcc.org.
The Bridges Golf Club
Toughest: The second hole is a par 4 with an extremely narrow fairway and green that requires an accurate tee shot.
Hole in One: The 15th hole is a par 3 that plays upwind and typically requires only a 7 or 8 iron to reach the green.
9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd., San Ramon, (925) 735-4253, www.thebridgesgolf.com .
Boundary Oak Golf Course
Toughest: The 14th hole, a 556-yard par 5 with a dogleg right, is equivalent to a PGA Tour hole.
Hole in One: The 10th hole.
3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-4775, www.boundaryoak.com .
Castlewood Country Club
Toughest: Castlewood has two courses. The fifth hole on the Hill course is an uphill 418-yard par 4 whose green slopes right to left. On the Valley course, the 15th is a 447-yard par 4 that requires shooting into the wind.
Hole in One: On the Hill, number six is a downhill shot, and the ball spins back on the green. On the Valley, the 14th hole has a narrow green and is harder when it’s windy, but it still sees quite a few aces.
707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton, (925) 846-2871, www.castlewoodcc.org .
Contra Costa Country Club
Toughest: The eighth hole is a 226-yard par 3 with a puny green that’s tough to hit.
Hole in One: Hole number five is just 137 yards downhill from the tees and has a big, flat, receptive green.
801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 798-7135, www.contracostacc.org.
The Course at Wente Vineyards
Toughest: The 18th hole, a 472-yard par 4 with a water obstacle front-right of the green.
Hole in One: The 14th hole has an elevated tee, no hidden obstacles, and plays easy.
5040 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2475, www.wentegolf.com.
Crow Canyon Country Club
Toughest: At the 190-yard par 3 sixth hole, the predominant wind blows left to right, sending many a ball to a watery grave in the pond to the right of the green.
Hole in One: Number 12, the course’s shortest par 3, has a little water on the right side but a large green to target.
711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville, (925) 735-5700, www.crow-canyon.com .
Diablo Country Club
Toughest: Hole number four is a 412-yard par 4 with a nearly 90-degree dogleg left and water and bunkers on the right.
Hole in One: The hole at number 16 is 181 yards from the back tees.
1700 Club House Rd., Diablo, (925) 837-9233, www.diablocc.com .
Moraga Country Club
Toughest: An undulating fairway, a hard-to-see green on the second shot, and out-of-bounds areas on the left and right of the green all make the 461-yard par 4 third hole awfully tough.
Hole in One: Number five is just 131 yards with a big, easy-to-hit green.
1600 St. Andrews Dr., Moraga, (925) 376-2200, www.moragacc.com.
Oakhurst Country Club
Toughest: Number 18 is a 435-yard par 4 that is shaped like a horseshoe. Your second shot carries over a large water hazard to a blind hill.
Hole in One: The 154-yard 13th hole is the shortest par 3 at Oakhurst, and hitting down from an elevated tee makes it play even shorter—more like 135 yards.
1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton,
(925) 672-9737, www.oakhurstcc.com .
Orinda Country Club
Toughest: The sixth hole is a 569-yard par 5 with a dogleg left that requires three accurate shots to reach the green.
Hole in One: The hole at number eight is just 120 yards downhill from the tees.
315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda, (925) 254-4313, www.orindacc.org .
Round Hill Country Club
Toughest: The 12th hole is a 420-yard par 4 with a dogleg right and an uphill green.
Hole in One: The seventh hole is 142 yards downhill from the tees.
3169 Round Hill Rd., Alamo, (925) 934-8211, www.rhcountryclub.com.
Ruby Hill Golf Club
Toughest: At the 450-yard par 4 15th,
you shoot uphill and into the wind. A ravine and creek separate the tee box
and fairway, and the same creek comes back around to split the fairway from
the green before circling around the green. Have fun!
Hole in One: Shoot right over the pond to the green on number six, a straightforward hole where you just can’t miss.
3400 W. Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton, (925) 417-5850, www.rubyhill.com .
Tilden Park Golf Course
Toughest: The first hole is a 410-yard par 4 that goes up a very big hill. The fairway slopes left to right and is lined on both sides by redwood trees.
Hole in One: The fourth hole shoots
over a creek, but there are no bunkers, and the hill behind the elevated green sends any balls shot long rolling back toward the flag.
Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Shasta
Road, Berkeley, (510) 848-7373,
www.ebparks.org . ■