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Tri-Valley’s Toughest Golf Courses

It’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Tri-Valley golf – which ones do you choose?

The Sunny Side of the Bay is perfect for golf – and it has an abundance of courses to prove it. Which ones are absolute musts for true aficionados? Take a look at our list!

Livermore’s famous Poppy Ridge course brings a taste of Scotland’s famous courses to the Tri-Valley with its heathland-worthy 27-hole design by Rees Jones. Open to the public (although members enjoy steep discounts), the four sets of tees offer spectacular views. Impressive bunkering gives these greens an authentic links feel, and the separate nines allow for all levels of play, from beginner to pro-level.

The popular Callippe Preserve in Pleasanton is clever in its design, pushing its players to think out of the box as they navigate some tricky holes around the Happy Valley Creek. The most famous? The dramatic par 5 18th hole, which combines creek space with enormous oak trees and challenging bunkers.

The private club Ruby Hill sits in the heart of Livermore – on land once used as a winery, appropriately. When the course opened in 1996, thanks to the muscle of some major heavyweights, it was officially the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course in all of northern California.