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2015 Cigars & Golf Journey “Fun golf courses to play”

Tahquitz Creek Resort Golf Course Palm Springs, CA


Famed designer Ted Robinson Sr. applied his philosophy of letting nature take it course in 1995 for the City of Palm Springs.  This modern desert layout rivals most other desert courses in the valley for it uniqueness, use of natural surroundings, and playability.  Ted Robinson and his environmentally friendly concepts are held true with this design. The use of natural draught tolerant desert landscape, reclaimed irrigation, and recycled materials like used tires for mounding are an intricate part of the Resort.

The layout features an island fairway, multiple water features combined with flowers and magnificent views of surrounding mountains.  Most noted for it’s fairness to all golfers, the Resort is just over 6,700 yards has 4 set of tees for various handicaps and can play as short as 5,200 yards.

This links style course has 2 holes that share a large green and consist of holes that go out towards the San Jacinto Mountains and return home to the clubhouse reminiscent of an “old country” design.  Running parallel to the Palm Canyon Wash it also has 3 holes that play over the Tahquitz Canyon wash.

Tahquitz Creek Resort Golf Course Palm Springs, CA 
1885 Golf Club Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 20 minutes
Condition of Course: Good
Staff Friendliness: Good
Difficulty: Fair
Condition Overall: A Great Course To Play
Recommended: Yes


Bethpage Black Course Farmingdale, NY


The Black Course is a difficult and challenging course that should be played only by low-handicap golfers. The course is for walkers only and its slope rating is one of the highest in the northeast. Anyone who has played will tell you it is a true test of golf skill and physical endurance. This was one of the last courses designed by master golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, and is said by many to be his finest work. The Black Course served as the site of the 102nd U.S. Open Championship in 2002, and again at the 109th U.S. Open in 2009. The Barclays is scheduled to be played here in 2012, adding another major event to the list played at Bethpage. The narrow fairways, high roughs, well placed bunkers and small greens help to make this an extremely difficult course. It regularly ranks among the best courses in the country. Golfweek rated it the #1 best municipal course for 09-10, and again in 10-11, and it made their list of the top 100 classic American golf courses. It also made the Golf Digest’s top 100 American public and private course list in 2005, and was number 7 on their Top 100 American Public Courses. Golf Magazine included it on their Top 100 Courses in the World, and ranked it 10th in the Top Courses Since 1959. Every serious golfer should test their skills, and what better place to do it than the Black?

Information about Golf Registration and Reservations at Bethpage State Park
I. How to Register into the Automated Telephone
Reservation System
To make golf reservations at Bethpage State Park you must be registered in the automated telephone reservation system. There are two ways to register:
1. In Person
Individuals can register in person at the Bethpage clubhouse. Please bring a valid driver’s license or DMV issued identification.
2. By Fax
New York State Residents: Fax a copy of a New York State DMV identification card (driver’s license or non-driver identification card) to 516-753-0413. The following information must be included on the copy of the identification: name, date of birth, the driver’s license or non-driver identification’s number and expiration date, as well as a telephone number where we can reach you. The driver or non-driver license’s identification number will be the reservation access number. Registration can be confirmed by calling the reservation system and entering the number.
Non-New York State Residents: Fax a copy of a state driver’s license or DMV identification card to 516-753-0413. The following information must be included on the copy of your identification: name, date of birth, your driver or non-driver license’s identification number and expiration date, and a telephone number and email address where we can reach you. The system will generate the registrant’s registration number. Registrants will be contacted with their number. Registration can be confirmed by calling the reservation system and entering the issued number.
IMPORTANT: Please print clearly. Illegible requests cannot be processed.
II. How to Make a Reservation
Reservation telephone number: 516-249-0707
New York State Residents: Once registered to use the automated reservation telephone system, a tee time reservation can be made seven days in advance, beginning at 7pm EST for the Black Course and 7:30pm EST for all other courses. Reservations can be made at anytime during the seven day period, until 11:50pm EST the day before.
Non-New York State Residents: Once registered to use the automated reservation telephone system, a tee time reservation can be made two days in advance, beginning at 7pm EST for the Black Course and 7:30pm EST for all other courses. Reservations can be made at anytime during the two day period, until 11:50pm EST the day before.
Please note: There is a $5.00 per player reservation fee. Tickets must be purchased one hour prior to the reserved tee time. Late arrivals risk loss of reservation, and the assessment of a no-show fee. Allow plenty of travel time.
III. Cancellation or Modification Policy
All reservation cancelations, modifications or changes must be made prior to 11:59 pm two days prior to the play date. Any changes made to the reservation one day prior to the play date (even if that is the day you made the reservation) will be charged a $5.00 fee per change.
No-Show Fee
A $15.00 per player no-show fee will be charged for individuals failing to claim a reservation on the day of play without cancelling it.
IV. Black Course Restrictions
Reservations on the Black course are limited to one reservation per person per month.

Bethpage State Park Public Golf Course

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 50 minutes

Condition of Course: Excellent


Staff Friendliness: Good

Difficulty: Difficult

Condition Overall: A Great Course to Play

Recommended: Yes

Presidio Golf Course and Clubhouse San Francisco, CA


The prestigious Presidio Golf Course opened for public play in 1995 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nation’s top public courses. Located just minutes from downtown San Francisco, this 18-hole course plays 6,500 yards of challenging golf winding through beautiful Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees in The City’s trademark hills.

Course Layout

Designed with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers, this 18-hole “hilly” golf course offers a unique challenge for golfers of all abilities. Originally designed by Robert Wood Johnstone, the course was expanded in 1910 by Johnstone in collaboration with William McEwan, and then was redesigned and lengthened by the British firm of Fowler & Simpson in 1921.

Hours of Operation

The golf course is open to public play every day from dawn to dusk.

The Clubhouse

Unique and beautifully appointed, the Clubhouse is tucked into the oldest part of the Presidio Forest and offers a warm and pleasant atmosphere for daily lunch, weekend brunch, private banquets, and receptions.

Whether you are planning a special corporate event, a fun social celebration, or an intimate wedding reception, the Clubhouse at the Presidio Golf Course is the perfect location for your unique event.

Designed with a Craftsman-style architecture, the Clubhouse features rich cherry wood paneling, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a large limestone fireplace, and French doors offering sweeping views of the golf course and Presidio.

Our dedicated staff is here to assist you in planning all aspects of your event. We’ll listen to your needs, make creative suggestions to enhance your event, and help guide you in planning a successful and memorable event. We abide by the highest standards of service and offer the best in hospitality.

Presidio Golf Course San Francisco, CA.

300 Finley Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 5 hrs. 15 minutes

Condition of Course: Excellent

Value: $125.00 / Military $64.00

Staff Friendliness: Good

Difficulty: Challenging

Condition Overall: A Great Course to Play

Recommended: Yes

Metropolitan Golf Links Oakland, CA.


If you want to find out what makes playing what Johnny Miller describes as an ‘American Links,’ come play The Metropolitan Golf Links.

“Metropolitan Golf Links will test all level of players and will become a championship-links that offers a great golf experience and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.”
Johnny Miller
As you’ll discover on the other pages of this site, Metropolitan Golf Links is a top-notch golf facility with all the ‘bells and whistles.’ But the core of what makes Metropolitan Golf Links so popular is the golf course, a Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design just south of Oakland International Airport. The original site boasted some gentle undulation; Miller and Bliss augmented the site and dramatically improved the drainage by covering the original landscape with two feet of sand then growing the latest turf hybrids. When other nearby courses are overly wet or carts are restricted to the path for weeks, Metropolitan Golf Links is playable—and always fun to play!
In the tradition of the great links courses, Metropolitan Golf Links is wide open. There’s even some heather and clusters of native grasses to add to the ambiance. But the fairways are mostly open and the greens are large and receptive so that even the high-handicapper can get around expeditiously. Golfers who play Metropolitan Golf Links frequently know to find the correct part of the green for their approach shots and learn to putt the undulating green surfaces. The maintenance team strive, especially in the summer, to keep the course fast and firm—just the way a links course should be.
Metropolitan Golf Links is not overly bunkered and there are only a few water hazards that come into play. Yet with winds coming in off the San Francisco Bay, Metropolitan Golf Links has plenty to challenge the better golfer. Miller and Bliss have designed the course so that the low-handicapper will have to think his or her way around the course to score well. With six sets of tees to chose from, Metropolitan Golf Links offers a fun and challenging course for golfers of all skill levels!
Metropolitan Golf Links Oakland, CA.
10051 Doolittle Dr, Oakland, CA 94603
Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 45 minutes

Condition of Course: Excellent

Value: $64.00 / Military $62.00

Staff Friendliness: Good

Difficulty: Challenging

Condition Overall: A Great Course to Play

Recommended: Yes

Reflection Bay Golf Club Lake Las Vegas, NV


Reflection Bay Golf Club in Lake Las Vegas

Reflection Bay Golf Club is set on luxurious Lake Las Vegas, located 15 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip. A 320 acre man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas is the centerpiece of this high-end residential resort community. Built in 1998, Reflection Bay Golf Club was designed by 18 time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. The course is designated as a prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, the only such course located in the state of Nevada. Reflection Bay played host to the Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge from 1998 to 2007, showcasing the talents of such champions as Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, John Daly and Phil Mickelson.

The lavish 32,000-square-foot clubhouse features a full golf shop, as well as casual and fine dining. The facilities at Reflection Bay provide the perfect setting for VIP golf groups, corporate outings, celebrations and weddings. In addition to world-class golf and dining facilities, Reflection Bay offers some truly unique lifestyle experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lakeyachts. We also feature one of the most unique concert experiences in the world, as our floating stage turns Reflection Bay into a beachside venue like no other.

 Lake Las Vegas Golf Shop

 Lake Las Vegas Golf Shop features a golf shop staffed by PGA professionals and stocked with merchandise from all the top brands in golf. Whether you are looking for a souvenir of your visit or you need to be outfitted head to toe, we have it all. The Reflection Bay golf shop has a wide selection of gear, apparel, headwear, and lifestyle items that feature the prestigious Reflection Bay Golf Club logo. In addition, we offer state-of-the-art clubs, equipment and footwear from the top manufacturers in golf.No clubs, no shoes, no problem. We have the latest clubs and shoes available for rent.

Looking for a gift for the golfer in your family or forgot to grab a memento on your last visit? Check out our golf shop for select items and gift cards available for purchase.

Lake Las Vegas Restaurants

The clubhouse at Reflection Bay Golf Club provides multiple dining experiences, from fine dining for your wedding or celebration to a casual beer after your round of golf. With multiple dining options and a full service kitchen and bar, our clubhouse is a great location to watch the big game, have lunch with friends, or meet for happy hour. In addition, we have beautiful outdoor patio seating with amazing views of the Las Vegas sunset.

For special events, the Reflection Bay clubhouse can be transformed into one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious wedding and special event venues. If a big casino banquet room is not your style, our intimate setting provides the perfect atmosphere to host friends and family on your big day. Trade that stuffy banquet hall for a beach side ceremony looking out over Reflection Bay. Conclude the ceremony with a ride on the La Contessa yacht and a champagne toast to the new couple before returning to the clubhouse for your reception. Reflection Bay offers a truly unique wedding experience unlike any in Las Vegas.

Reflection Bay Golf Club
75 Monte Lago Blvd Henderson, NV 89011

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 35 minutes

Condition of Course: Excellent

Value: $65.00 – $175.00 Clack County Resident & non resident

Staff Friendliness: Good

Difficulty: Challenging

Condition Overall: A Must Play Golf Course

Recommended: Yes

Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, CA. “Signature 18 hole Course”


Las Positas Golf Course is a Robert Muir Graves design opened in 1966.  A 27 hole facility located in the Livermore Wine Country, the Signature 18 hole Course is a par 72 stretching a very walkable 6,723 yards.  Since its opening, Las Positas Golf Course has gone through 2 major renovations, with the most recent in 2011/2012.  The beautiful white sand bunkers are only the beginning of the recent $6 million dollar renovation.  The Signature 18 has 5 new holes, 12 redesigned tee boxes, potable water on all greens, new drainage, new cart paths, new landscaping and a $250,000 new ‘Beeb’s at the Turn’ located at the 10th tee box are only a few of the beautiful updates waiting for you.

The 2012 renovated Signature 18 hole Course is a par 72, playing 5,324 yards at the forward red tees.  It stretches to a very walkable yet challenging 6,723 yards at the black tee.

Players will experience 5 new holes, a spectacular renovation of all the bunkers with new drainage and beautiful white sand, redesigned and leveled tee boxes, and a new 10th tee snack bar to meet your needs as you make the turn.

 Las Positas Golf Course Signature 18
917 Clubhouse Dr. Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 455-7820

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 50 minutes.

Condition of Course: Good.

Value: $39.00 – $48.00 Resident & non resident.

Staff Friendliness: Good.

Difficulty: Skill level for all ages.

Condition Overall: A fun golf course to play.

Recommended: Yes.

El Dorado Park Golf Course in Longbeach, CA. “Home to the prestigious Long Beach Open”


Located in a uniquely picturesque corner of Long Beach, California, El Dorado Park Golf Course features uninterrupted views of lush, stunning landscapes at every turn. Designed by golf legend Ted Robinson, Sr. and built in 1962, this 6,921-yard, par 72 is home to the prestigious Long Beach Open and incorporates utter serenity with an engaging championship course, complete with immaculate practice facilities, instruction from certified PGA Professionals, and beautiful event venues. Ranked among GolfLink’s Top 100 Golf Courses in 2008 and named Wedding Wire’s Best of 2012, our team of dedicated catering and event staff will gladly assist you through the planning and execution of your special day. Sitting cozy amidst rolling greens and majestic trees, El Dorado Park Golf Course is truly the ideal locale for hosting tournament fundraisers, elegant events, or simply a relaxing day on the green.

El Dorado Park Golf Course offers instruction for students of all ages and levels in the Long Beach area looking to refine their golf skills and strategy. From private lessons to group clinics, the curriculum is customized by our PGA Professionals to suit the needs and objectives of each student, helping each golfer achieve his/her goals while improving fundamentals and connecting with others who share a passion for the game.

El Dorado Park Golf Course

Rio Bayamon public golf course in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.


Centrally located in metropolitan area, the ‘Rio Bayamon golf course” is part of the busy Paseo Lineal recreational system that bears his name.  Originally a project emerges as an environmental initiative for reforestation and erosion control for the river basin, today is complemented by leisure and learning as well as being a component of sustainable economic development.

We have different gastronomic offers, sports shop and an activity room with capacity for 200 people.

“The best family and sporting atmosphere will find it here, you there!”

The first public golf course in the northern area of ​​Puerto Rico has been designed and built by staff of the Municipality of Bayamon. The resort features 18 holes, “Clubhouse,” “Putting Green”, “Chipping Green” and “Driving Range”.

 Rio Bayamon Golf Course

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 3 hrs. 40 minutes.

Condition of Course: Fare.

Value: $45.00 Resident & $65.00 non resident.

Staff Friendliness: Great.

Difficulty: Skill level for all ages.

Condition Overall: A fun golf course to play for the money.

Recommended: Yes.

Hunter Ranch Golf Course, Paso Robles, CA. “Tucked in the rolling hills of Paso Robles”


Design, layout and style. Stands of century-old blue oaks and sparkling lakes frame your views, while a challenging and fun layout tests your mettle. Gently rolling terrain and undulating, well-bunkered greens are designed in the tradition of classic courses such as Augusta National, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Hunter Ranch’s routing is an easy walk or a pleasant ride, with freshly manicured fairways on 18 gorgeously designed holes that are both thrilling and fun for novices and skilled players alike.

Located in San Luis Obispo County’s wine country two hours south of Pebble Beach and 25 miles east of Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Hunter ranch is a year old track that harks back to the classic designs of Alister Mackenzie–with a decidedly Aussie twist. Developed by the owner of Sandpiper and La Purisima, two Santa Barbara-area courses ranked among the top public layouts in the state.

Hunter Ranch is a true rarity: An affordable, high-quality, daily fee layout without a brand-name designer label. Co-designers Ken Hunter and Mike McGinnis, assisted by a pair of superintendents, moved very little dirt in creating a strategic layout routed through century-old blue oak trees. Dozens of flash-faced bunkers (the Mackenzie influence) and liberally contoured, hand-shaped bent grass greens, several of them sited well above fairway level, mark the design.

Overlooking the oak-lined fairways, none of which run parallel, are are clubhouse and restaurant buildings designed to resemble Australian outback ranch houses. Somehow, the rough redwood siding, tin roofs, and spacious covered porches fit in here.

Hunter Ranch Golf Course Paso Robles, CA.

4041 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 35 minutes.

Condition of Course: Great.

Value: $49/$63.00 Members & $86/$106.00 non resident M-F/S-S.

Staff Friendliness: Great.

Difficulty: Skill level for all ages.

Condition Overall: A chanllenging and  fun golf course to play.

Recommended: Yes.

Eagle Vines Vineyards and Golf Club Napa Valley, CA. “Beautiful landscape of the Napa Valley”


 Eagle Vines Vineyards and Golf Club is the premiere Napa Valley golf course situated in the foothills with vineyard views in every direction. Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club was founded on the belief that nature and golf were meant to co-exist in magnificent harmony; Eagle Vines has made a profound commitment to protecting the extraordinary natural environment of the beautiful Napa Valley. Eagle Vines Golf Club is the perfect blend of a first-rate facility highlighted by a challenging golf course tucked into the beautiful landscape of the Napa Valley.

Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa Valley is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Designed in part by the World Golf Hall of Famer, Johnny Miller, this Napa Golf Club is not only challenging, but an excellent way to indulge all the senses. Spend a day here at Eagle Vines’ golf course and it may quickly become one of your favorite Bay Area golf courses. Just an hour away from Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Rosa you can’t go wrong with a great day out golfing in Napa Valley at Eagle Vines Golf Club. We do have a membership, but we are open to the public. The Grill at Eagle Vines has excellent ambiance with its panoramic views of the golf course and it offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as, a full bar.

Eagle Vines is one of the very few golf courses that is not surrounded by homes, it’s just pure golf in nature. Click here for golf rates or to book tee times online. We hope you enjoy your golfing experience at Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club in the Napa Valley!


The Grill at Eagle Vines Golf Club is one of the best kept secrets in the Napa Valley.  We are located at the gateway to downtown Napa, where chefs dare to dazzle your culinary experience with fresh, local ingredients.  The Grill Restaurant is a great place to relax after a round of golf, on a lunch break or dining out.  Enjoy floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of the golf course, lakes, vineyards and waterfalls.  Take advantage of our full bar and enjoy our outdoor patio located adjacent to the 18th fairway.  Our professional staff is always there with a smile to ensure your satisfaction.


Exclusive only to the Eagle Vines Golf Club our estate grown Chardonnay comes from the holes on #11 and #12.  Our Cabernet Sauvignon is made from the grapes on hole #7.  Enjoy a glass, or bottle with your group after your round.  New vintages just released 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Chardonnay Reserve.  Also enjoy our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Eagle Vines Golf Club  American Canyon, CA.
580 S Kelly Rd, American Canyon, CA 94503

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 45 minutes.

Skywest Golf Course in Hayward, CA. “Par-72 municipal course”


Aficionados of traditional golf (at traditional prices) will find a highly agreeable experience awaiting them at Skywest Golf Course in Hayward. Bob Baldock designed this par-72 municipal course along classic lines when it debuted in 1964. Tree-lined fairways can cause the usual kinds of trouble for errant tee shots, though large greens tend to play true.

The par-3s all play long at 140-200 yards, and two lakes insist that you pay them attention on the front and back nines. The three former tee placements (6,789 yards from the back) were recently augmented by a new 5,406, par-73 option from the front. The back 9’s bent grass greens have just been rebuilt to complement the dramatic 6,000 square foot clubhouse that opened in 2005. What hasn’t changed are the incredible rates that can get you on the course with a cart for as low as $25 weekdays—with many other specials that can sweeten your day.

Skywest Golf Course Hayward, CA.

1401 Golf Course Road, Hayward, CA 94541

Pace of Play 18 Holes: 4 hrs. 40 minutes.

Condition of Course: Good.

Value: $49/$63.00 Members & $86/$106.00 non resident M-F/S-S.

Staff Friendliness: Good.

Difficulty: Skill level for all ages.

Condition Overall: A challenging and  fun golf course to play.

Recommended: Yes.

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