Northwood Golf Club
Never spent so much time during a round looking up
What a special place. Northwood GC is, located on the Russian River in Sonoma and the heart of Redwoods country. It's probably the world's most accessible and affordable Alister Mackenzie design. Northwood is a short, small 9-holer that is wonderfully casual. The holes that play through magnificent redwoods are an absolute joy. The yardage isn't much: about 2600 yards for 9 holes, but each hole is a little different, and the small greens roll wonderfully. There are even two par 5s, which might be the only times it actually makes sense to hit a driver out here. Other holes are narrow and doglegging, so if you can't shape your shots, prepare to hear the echoing of golf ball striking 8-foot-thick redwood.
What I truly adore about this place is how casual and welcoming it is to both true golfers and vacationers just interested in trying out the game. Sleeves seem optional. My wife and I, fresh off a busy afternoon in wine country, decided to stop by for a peek around and a drink on the patio. Naturally, within about 10 minutes I had talked her into playing 9 with me. We were wearing our workout clothes, but no matter, and got two super twilight tee times and a set of clubs for $36. We got around in about 80 minutes. Golf seemed practically secondary compared to the chance to walk beneath the trees in evening twilight.
I suspect, when you pass by Northwood on River Road, you'll want to stop in and see what the fuss is all about. You'll love every step. Just be sure to look down and know where you're going once in awhile.
September 29, 2014
Great value for the money!
Wonderful scenic course in among the Redwoods. Overall a great experience.
July 9, 2013
Slow play, almost 3 hours for 9 holes. Beautiful location and course is in good shape for the price.
I like the location, we have friends in Guerneville, so it's fun to stop here for 9 holes before heading to their place. Price is good, though they tried to charge me $27 instead of the $23 quoted on Golfnow, though we straightened it out without too much effort. Slow play is the big problem, there were 5 groups on the number 2 hole, one on green, one on fairway and 3 on tee box waiting. Seems like this always happens there, so if you go play at Northwood you'd better expect it or you will get very bothered right when your round is getting started.
July 7, 2013
Great 9 hole wonder
What a delightful course tucked among redwoods. It was about 95 degrees that day but playing among the shaded redwoods kept us cool. Cost for me was only $33.00 walking. Course was in beautiful condition.
July 6, 2013
Wow! This is what golf would be like in heaven.
Spectacular course and easy to walk. I would walk this course even if I didn't play golf. Golf makes it ten times better. You talk about fun - this is it. I would not miss this course. I was homesick for my golf buddies. This place is unreal. Golf pro is cool and the place rocks.
June 14, 2013
Extremely slow play. Five players in a group some with no clubs. Players hit 2 and 3 balls per shot. Marshall's ride around and say nothing. Great course but Extremely SLOW!
June 13, 2013
This is the best 9 hole course in northern cal. The redwood trees, ferns everywhere, the wine country. This place is magical
June 11, 2013
course was in great shape! The staff were very accomodating and friendly!
course was in great shape! The staff were very accomodating and friendly! What a beautiful setting!
June 10, 2013