Old Brockway Golf Course
Rated as one of the Top 10 Golf Courses in Northern California by Golf Today Magazine, Old Brockway does not disappoint. Built in 1926 by Harry Comstock and Scottish architect John Duncan Dunn, Old Brockway offers more than 3,400 yards of quality, albeit challenging, golf for everyone from the recreational hacker to the scratch golfer. It also was the site of the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament in 1934-35, which is now known as the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The course is family owned and proudly applies organic management practices. It also was the first 9-hole golf course in the country to be named an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The par 5, 7th hole plays at 555 yards down a long cathedral of evergreen trees. This hole requires two long, accurate shots to have a chance at par. Most players will reach the green in three only to find a challenging, protected green that severely slopes. The hole is likely to test anyone’s golfing mettle.
The par 3, 3rd hole measures 199 yards from the tips and is one of the prettiest par 3s in the Sierra. It also is a fairly challenging hole with the green protected in the front by a deep bunker, which is difficult to get out of regardless of where you land. The green is medium sized, but undulating, which makes for difficult reads. Even with a well-struck iron from the tee box, you will still need two good putts to save par.
Old Brockway has a driving range adjacent to the 9th hole or behind Safeway along with a putting green and pro shop. The clubhouse includes the Mountain Mo’s restaurant, which is a great place to eat and get a drink before, after or during your round. Local mini passes are being sold for $250 and includes 40 percent off green fees anytime and every Wednesday, and if you bring a guest, they play free.
Old Brockway is located at 7900 N. Lake Blvd., King’s Beach. For reservations and tee times, call (530) 546-9909. Additional information may be found at oldbrockway.com.