Teed it up with GK Gurus sixpez (Keith) and Iscraaatch (Ian) on Friday, 7/21.
This is a sensational golf course and likely one of the most unique courses I have ever played. It’s a Par 70 … hidden gem … must play. It’s tucked into the Northern California harbor coastline of Bodega Bay. A beautiful, secluded, small city/community well known as the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds.” The course provides very visible ocean views on every hole with holes #16 and #17 carved into environmentally sensitive wetlands where golfers are required to park their golf carts and walk those two holes.
I posted a video on Greenskeeper.org Facebook and Instagram to view that experience. It is something to behold. The conditions of the golf course are excellent. Lush fairways and rough, smooth rolling firm greens, quality bunkers and tees. We were fortunate to catch the course on a clear day and the photos I took/posted are spectacular. They have a small practice putting green and no driving range – so it’s not a place to work on your off the course. On the course, you’ll need every aspect of your game to handle the many elevation changes, tight fairways, ocean breezes and challenging green complexes.
They have a nice size clubhouse and restaurant detached from the golf Pro-shop/snack bar that was the original golf Pro-shop and now a gym. Ian bought me a breakfast burrito at the turn (thanks bud), that was big and delicious. The staff was very friendly and our pace of play was under 4 hours. I was so impressed with this place, I’m envisioning a GK Plays outing there. Would be a wonderful area to spend a weekend and tee it up. But don’t wait for that to happen. If you get a chance to play this course, jump on it.
Enjoyed a great round this morning with JohnnyGk and Iscraaatch. We were the first group off at 7:00 on an incredibly clear, but chilly and rather windy, morning. We enjoyed a relaxed sub-4-hour pace with nobody pushing from behind. Johnny and I might have spent more time taking pictures than playing! Thanks so much to the Bodega Harbour staff for having us out today and treating us so well.
The conditions were very good tee to green. The tee boxes were nice. The fairways were excellent. Really like the turf here that provides some rollout, but fluffy lies to hit from. The rough was mostly good other than some bare or gopher mound areas scattered throughout. The primary rough wasn’t too much trouble, but there was plenty of the deep, deep stuff around the outer edges. Some areas were recently trimmed, so you might be able to find your ball and play it. In other areas, good luck! The greens were pretty good, maybe some inconsistencies and bumps here and there, rolling at medium/quick speeds (downhill/uphill such a huge factor here). I wasn’t in any bunkers, but most looked nicely maintained.
This was my second time here, with the first being probably 10+ years ago. That day, it was socked in by fog. I wasn’t able to enjoy the views, but I absolutely fell in love with the course and the seaside vibe (couldn’t see the ocean much then, but could smell the salty air and hear the foghorn, sea lions and waves crashing on the beach). As much as I enjoyed that first experience, today was 100 times even better! The wind presented a definite challenge, but I was able to soak in the incredible views on every single hole and really see the dramatic contours of the layout. Stunning, unique, challenging, etc. etc. etc. Just a wonderful experience I’ll never forget. One of California’s best hidden gems and a must-play if you ask me!