Built in 1917, this 9-hole golf course was designed by Walter G. Fovarque. The par-35 course is 3,050 yards long, and the ... More
Wawona Golf Course
Built in 1917, this 9-hole golf course was designed by Walter G. Fovarque. The par-35 course is 3,050 yards long, and the fairways pass between meadows. The trick is to keep your mind on your game because you may discover you are being watched by deer or distracted by the magnificent views. By all means, book your tee time in advance of your trip.
Wawona Golf Course is an historic jewel of a course in the mid-Sierra. The first golf course in the Sierra, Wawona is a 9-hole layout (with dual tees for playing 18) that offers variety and challenge for the golfer whose game emphasizes shot-making, not just banging it long. Shorter than most modern courses, at 3,050 yards for 9 holes, Wawona offers two par-5 holes and three par-3s - and every hole is interesting and memorable.
I have played Wawona once a year for the last few years, during an annual late October trip to the area. It's always great fun - the scenery is beautiful, and the course offers challenging - and unique - holes (when was the last time you saw a periscope on a golf course? Wawona has on on the 5th hole to allow you to see over the rise that renders the fairway a blind shot).
The rates are reasonable - $25.50 for 9 holes on the weekend - and the atmosphere is laid-back. I look forward to my annual outing here, and only wish that I could make it up here more often - even with the 4-hour drive from the Bay Area!
i played on good friday, 2007. the course had just opened for the season shortly before, after a dry winter. first on the course,i watched my putts roostertail on the dewy greens (they were slow at 9 a.m.). the weather was unbelievably beautiful, shirtsleeves by 9:15. the setting is just lovely, with large trees along the fairways and danger everywhere (moisture makes it hard for the staff to mow many areas-u.s. open roughs). today there were few others on the course, it was great to walk unhurried through the trees. not the longest of courses, but tricky rough, so you have to be on your game... at thiry bucks for 18, i didn't think that for four hours of fun it was too expensive at all (re:the other comment)
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