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 Post subject: Wildhawk Golf Club, Sacramento, CA
PostPosted: November 5th, 2009, 3:10 pm 
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Played this course this past weekend with DaveT319, Livegolf and CaddyJoe77. The course is not long by today's standards (tips are 6718 yards 70.9 rating, 125 slope), but is a fun layout and presents interesting holes.

The course was in great condition with fairways that were mostly firm for roll, but had a few softer spots which allowed nice divots with the wedges. The fairways are not super narrow and there are lots of areas where the higher handicappers can miss their tee shots but still recover by going through trees or chipping back to the fairway.

As it is a valley course, there are very large elevation changes, but on a few holes, there are dips of 30 feet or so. When building the course, they took advantage of the earth and moved it around to create nice valley's for many of the fairways, which means that if you are off-line, you will find yourself on the mounds on the sides as the ball will not come down from those mounds. The greens were not terribly fast unless you were putting down the hill, but they were receptive to spin and would allow the ball to check-up nicely. They do have some testy breaks on the greens as some of them have quite a bit of variation in the slope. There were plenty of bunkers, of which, I was able to stay out of completely, but Dave and Joe said that they had some firm, wet sand under the dry top-coat. There are houses down the right side of #2 and left side of #8, but those are the only holes where the houses are in-play off the tee.

There are a few holes that have water hazards to attempt to suck the ball into, the first being the pretty par 3 #4 with the creek on the left. The 16th is a short par 4 with the green on the other side of the lake that forces a carry of at least 268 from the back tees and on 18, a 300 yard center or left side drive will put you in the creek (from the back tees) and then you have water all the way down the right side of the fairway from there to the green.

The weekday rate of $31 to walk is very reasonable and the weekend rate isn't bad either (it was under $50 with a cart).

Overall, it's a fun course that I would say can be enjoyed by most people as it isn't super long or super difficult.

2nd Tee, par 4 (one of two holes with houses that could come into play):
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4th hole, par 3 with water short and left:
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Brian (Livegolf) taking his tee shot on 4:
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Dave (DaveT319) taking his tee shot on the short par 4 hole 5:
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Brian's tee shot on 9:
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Looking from the right rough on 9 toward the green:
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View from the tee box on #11:
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Joe (CaddyJoe77) hitting his tee shot on #11 (they have the tee boxes as far back as they can get here):
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Brian hitting his approach on 11:
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Brian, saying "Get down, you biatch" to his ball on 11:
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Joe's ball sitting in a divot on 11:
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Looking back toward the tee box on #13:
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Joe's tee shot on #16:
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Approach on #16:
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View of the water on #16:
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Joe's approach shot on #16:
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Dave's par saver on #16:
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Brian's second shot on the par 5 #18. Much further left or longer and both Dave and Brian would have been in the creek:
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Looking at the green and water (range in the background) on #18:
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Dave's practice swing for his chip:
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Looking back at the fairway on 18:
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 Post subject: Re: Wildhawk Golf Club, Sacramento, CA
PostPosted: November 5th, 2009, 10:23 pm 
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God, it's awful the amount of weight I had put on at that time. Yuck!

Really liked the course also. Of course, shooting 1-over par the first time you see a place can kind of influence your opinion of it. But really nicely maintained and a good layout. We'll have to go back there sometime.

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Wildhawk Golf Club, Sacramento, CA
PostPosted: November 9th, 2009, 11:47 pm 
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Thanks for the pictures, looks like a fun course.


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