|The Golf Club at Rio Vista|
|Written by Joe Giguere|
The Golf Club at Rio Vista is a true golf treasure found in the heart of Northern California near the Sacramento River Delta in Solano County. Numerous water features, excellent conditions and the challenging but fair design are just a few of the many reasons to play The Golf Club at Rio Vista.
The name Rio Vista, or "river view," is indicative of the wide open scenery, golden rolling hills and glorious peaks that make the backdrop for every swing. The championship 18-hole golf course was designed by veteran and renowned architect Ted Robinson Sr. and has been listed as a Golf Digest – Best Places to Play multiple times.
The imaginative layout in this unique setting where river delta meets rolling hills incorporates lengthy open fairways and generous but challenging greens that test the avid golfer and welcome the novice. The Golf Club at Rio Vista spans over 6,800 yards from the Championship tees and 5,300 from the Forward tees. With a rating of 73.6 and slope of 131, it is a true test for any level of golfer. Carved from the tranquil lands along the Sacramento River Delta, the golf course challenges the player with a number of shots around strategically placed water features that are signature to the course design. Four teeing areas allow playability for every skill level and create an experience memorable for all.
Located in Northern California's wine region, Rio Vista is located mid-way between San Francisco and Sacramento, about one hour east of the Bay Area and 40 minutes south of Sacramento.
I found this course through a friend. He found it through a online tee time website, GolfNow.com. On a Saturday, we paid $25 with a cart before 8am! This course is well worth the money. When arriving, you go through a gated community. Secluded off highway 12 near Lodi, this course is definately off the path but worth the drive. First impressions are the best and this course has it all. Lush fairways, challenging dog legs, plenty of water (lakes and rivers), good placement of bunkers and the greens are very well kept. With some fairways/holes sunken the winds of the valley can make it even more challenging.
I shot a 89. With having 2 penalty strokes, 1 due to a water shot and 1 OB and plenty of time in the bunkers, I should have been in the low 80s. But this makes me want to go back there again and challenge myself and push it to meet my goals. I recommend this course to anyone that wants a nice place to play, that is well kept, a little drive away but really worth every minute of it. I have made this course one of my top 10 places to play ion the Central Valley. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this one.
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