Among the most popular golf venues in Orange County, Black Gold Golf Club offers a well-conditioned, challenging, and scenic golf course. Designed by Arthur Hills, the course features elevated tees, beautiful fairways and water features, strategic bunkering and a wide variety of holes. Golfers can even see parts of the Newport Beach coastline as well as Catalina Island on a clear day. The par-71 course, which opened in 2001, plays 6,756 yards from the tips, but there are four other sets of tees, starting at 4,937 yards. The course is laid out over 219 acres and runs the length of the Vista Del Verde, creating one memorable hole after another. There are a few blind shots, and plenty of rolling topography. The no. 1 handicap hole is the fifth, a 449-yard par 4. The tee shot plays over a native area to a fairly generous fairway, ending at a green with two large bunkers on the left. The course has a nice collection of par 3 holes as well. And the 18th is a very memorable par 5s. It starts with an uphill tee shot to a fairway that's 265 yards to reach from the back tees. From there, most golfers will lay up short of the water to set up a third shot to the green, but big hitters might take it on it two, making it a great risk-reward hole. Besides the golf course, Black Gold has excellent practice facilities that include a range, short-game area and practice putting green. There's a beautiful golf shop in the clubhouse. And Black Gold's restaurant, Derrick's Grill, offers indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the 18th hole. The menu includes full breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and desserts, like warmed peach cobbler.