Calaveras County Golf Courses

calaveras county golfLearn about the Calaveras County golf courses where you can enjoy a round of golf in the scenic foothills. There really are some great courses to choose from. Scroll down for details on each golf course and book a tee time soon.

Tip: When you call to make reservations, see if they offer any discounts or special packages. Many courses have deals that can save you money!

Calaveras County is also a great destination for wine tasting. Learn more about Calaveras County Wineries and combine a golf getaway with a wine tasting tour of this beautiful area. Consider planning a getaway that lets you enjoy golf one day and wine tasting the next. This is a scenic area with lots of small historic towns to explore and other fun things to do.


List of Golf Courses in Calaveras County


Forest Meadows Golf Course
Forest Meadows Golf Course
Address: 633 Forest Meadows Dr., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-3439
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Par: 60
Check out their website for special stay and play packages.



Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort

Address: Hwy. 4 and Greenhorn Creek Rd., Angeles Camp, CA
Telephone: (209) 736-8111
Designer: Robert Trent Jones II
Greenhorn Creek has been voted the “Best Playing Conditions” and “Best Value for the Green Fee” by Greenskeeper.org


La Contenta Golf Club
Address: 1653 Hwy. 26, Valley Springs, CA
Telephone: (209) 772-1081
Designer: Richard Bigler
Par: 72
La Contenta features a blend of meadow/valley fairways and rolling terrain highlighted by the dramatic drop of the signature 13th hole. It’s a fun course to play! Check out their website for specials!


Saddle Creek Golf CourseSaddlecreek Resort
Address: 1001 Saddle Creek Dr., Copperopolis, CA
Telephone: (209) 785-3701
Designer: Carter Morrish
Par: 72
In 1997, Golf Digest voted Saddle Creek the 7th Best New upscale golf course in the U.S. Golf Digest has also rated Saddle Creek four and a half stars. Only Pebble Beach is rated higher in California with five stars.


Sequoia Woods Country Club
Address: 1000 Cypress Point Drive, Arnold, California 95223
Telephone: 209-795-2141
Designer: Bob Baldock
Par: 70
Sequoia Woods offers beautiful scenery and challenging golf. Nestled in the western Sierra Nevada at a 4,000-foot elevation, many of the fairways are lined with tall pine trees. The golf course is usually closed during the two coldest months of the year due to snow.


Explore a Cave


The Sierra Foothills offer a variety of fascinating caverns just waiting to be explored. You will be amazed by impressive formations created by nature through the centuries.

A whole new underground world is waiting for you to discover at these caverns in California. Formations include stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, columns, curtains, flowstone, and helictites.

Tour options vary. Many tours are easy walking tours. You can also rappel down into the caverns. Explore the unlit portions of the cave using cave helmet lights. Take a short raft trip across a lake to reach caves. There are tours to fit everyone’s desire for adventure!


These caverns are open to the public for guided tours and are located in Calaveras County:

  • * California Caverns
    * Mercer Cavern
    * Moaning Caves

    Click Here to Learn More About These Caves


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    Amador County Golf Courses & More

    Amador County Golf CoursesDiscover Amador County golf courses. Escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Vacation in this scenic area of the Sierra Foothills.

    Amador County is a great destination for a mountain getaway. There are just two golf courses in the county, but lots of other things to do. Explore the antique shops of these small Gold Rush towns. Pan for gold. Tour a gold mine. Stay at an historic inn. Dine at unique restaurants. During the winter, you can ski or snowboard at Kirkwood Meadows Ski Resort.


    Amador County Golf Courses


    Castle Oaks Golf Club
    Address: 1000 Castle Oaks Dr., Ione, CA
    Telephone: (209) 274-0167
    Par: 71
    Designer: Brad Benz
    Castle Oaks Golf Club was named “Best Public Golf Course in Nor-Cal” by Golf Digest. Castle Oaks opened in 1994. It remains a Golf Digest Places to Play. It is a 4-Star rated course.

    Mace Meadow Golf Club
    Address: 26570 Fairway Dr., Pioneer, CA 95666
    Telephone: (209) 295-7020
    Par: 72
    Mace Meadow is located 19 miles east of Jackson on Scenic Highway 88. Play surrounded by tall oaks, towering ponderosa pine, douglas fir, and cedar trees. This a challenging course for golfers.


    Go Wine Tasting


    Amador County VineyardAmador County is famous for the many fabulous wineries that produce wine in the region. Amador is especially known for producing world class Zinfandel. Amador Zinfandels have a reputation for being big and bold. Wineries from regions of California will often purchase Zinfandel grapes from Amador growers. However, there are many other types of wines made in the area. Plan a trip to Amador Wineries and taste for yourself these delightful wines.

    Wineries are spread out throughout the county, but you don’t want to miss the beautiful Shenandoah Valley near the small town of Plymouth. Shenandoah Road is the main road through this region. There are many outstanding wineries in this area including Young’s Vineyard, Villa Toscano, Karmere Vineyards, Andis Wine, Helwig, and Borjon Winery.


    Explore Caverns


    Cave formations Explore the fascinating caverns located in the Sierra Foothills. There are a number of different caves that offer tours. This is especially fun during the hot summer months because it can be quite cool inside these deep limestone caves.

    Black Chasm is located in Amador County in the town of Volcano. They offer a guide tour that lasts about one hour. Additional activities include gold panning, gemstone mining, hiking, and geode cracking. There are three additional caverns located in nearby Calaveras County.


    Stay in a Unique Bed and Breakfast


    Foxes Inn - Sutter Creek, CaliforniaOur favorite place to spend the night in Amador County is Foxes Inn This charming Bed and Breakfast is located in the historic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek. Enjoy a uniquely decorated room, friendly hosts, and a delightful breakfast in the morning.

    Stroll the town exploring the shops, walk to wine tasting rooms, attend a live performance at the Sutter Creek Theater, or enjoy an ice cream cone at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium. There are many small shops and boutiques as well as antique shops with interesting things for sale. Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants —- all walking distance from the Foxes Inn.


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    #1 Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast

    Dunbar House 1880


    Calaveras County Bed and BreakfastLooking for a Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast? Dunbar House 1880  offers wine country accommodations in Calaveras County that will not disappoint you.

    Located in the charming and historic Gold Rush town of Murphys, Dunbar House is ideally located for a stay in the California Wine Country.

    You are within easy walking distance of 10 Calaveras wineries situated on and just off of Main Street in Murphys. You will have fun discovering the charming shops and restaurants near this great Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast.

    Dunbar House is a Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast that is rated four diamonds by the Automobile Association of American. Each of the 5 unique rooms is beautifully decorated and designed for pampering.

    Calaveras County - Wine Country Accommodations We stayed in a suite called Sugar Pine, which was tastefully decorated in blue and white with rose accents. The queen size bed faced a gas burning stove and a french door leading out to a private balcony surrounded by elm trees.

    The sitting area had 2 chairs, a small desk, and a table with 2 chairs. The flat screen television swiveled to face either the bed or the sitting area and DVDs were available in the library.

     
    Dunbar House Murphys
    After checking in on a rainy spring afternoon, we sat by the fire in the living room and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Lovely antiques added to the ambiance.


    Dunbar House MurphysThe owners of Dunbar House have included every amenity we could imagine. We enjoyed soaking in the six-foot claw tub with candles lit, drying ourselves off with warm towels heated on the towel warmer, and slipping into the robes and slippers provided.

    There was a plate of appetizers waiting for us and a bottle of wine. We enjoyed a nap in the luxurious bedding provided including a soft down comforter and four down pillows. (Usually we are telephoning housekeeping asking for more pillows.)

    Later we walked a block or two down Main Street and enjoyed a fabulous dinner at
    V Restaurant and Bar. This is a great choice for either lunch or dinner. It’s a small restaurant so make reservations to be on the safe side.

    Bed and Breakfast Calaveras CountyOn our return walk to Dunbar House, we could hear the sounds of crickets and the creek as it rolled along. It was a peaceful walk and a quiet night as we slept.

    We woke to the sounds of birds in the trees. The sun was out, the sky was blue and we enjoyed some time in the beautiful garden before eating breakfast.


    We had a choice of eating in the privacy of our own room or in the dining room. We decided to eat in the dining room where we had fun meeting the other guests of this Calaveras County bed and breakfast. The meal was delicious…..soufflé, a variety of fresh fruit, lemon bread, juice, tapioca in a chocolate boat, and marinated tomatoes.

    Breakfast at Dunbar House InnLater, as we drove down Main Street on our way to wine tasting, we saw people waiting outside a restaurant to be seated for breakfast and were thankful we had been served breakfast without such a wait.
    Everything about Dunbar House 1880 was a delight. It was immaculate and tastefully decorated. We truly felt pampered.

    We can enthusiastically recommend this Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast. . .it definitely offers high quality, unique Wine Country Accommodations in the Sierra Foothills. Dunbar House and Calaveras County is a wonderful part of the California Wine Country that you are sure to enjoy.

    Contact Information:
    Dunbar House
    Address: 271 Jones Street, Murphys, CA 95247
    Telephone: (800) 692-6006 or (209) 728-2897.


    Calaveras Vineyard If you are planning a trip to Calaveras County, you will want to

    check out our Calaveras Wineries Page We have winery information, pictures, links, recommendations, and a link to the winery map for Calaveras County Wineries. Start planning a wine country vacation today!


    Have you stayed at this Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast? If you have, please scroll down and leave a comment about your stay at Dunbar House.


    Fascinating Caverns in California

    California CavernsExplore fascinating California caverns located in the Sierra Foothills and be amazed by impressive formations created by nature through the centuries.

    A whole new underground world is waiting for you to discover at these caverns in California. Formations include stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, columns, curtains, flowstone, and helicites.

    Caving can be an exciting and for the whole family. Caverns of all ages can appreciate the natural wonders of these underground chambers.

    Most caves offer short 45 to 60 minute tours. Some also have longer tours and other activities available as well.

    Black Chasm (Amador County)
    Black Chasm15701 Pioneer-Volcano Road
    Volcano, CA 95689
    (209) 736-2708
    These caves offer a 50 minute guided walking tour. Additional activities include gold panning, gemstone mining, hiking, and geode cracking. Black Chasm was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1976 but did not open to the public until 2000. These caves feature rare pristine white helicites that are delicate and spiraling into interesting shapes with one resembling a Chinese dragon. These caves are amazing.

    Directions to Black Chasm: From the Amador town of Jackson, take Hwy. 88 east. At Pine Grove, turn left on Pine Grove-Volcano Road. Make a sharp right onto Pioneer-Volcano Road. Turn right about 100 feet down this road into the entrance.


    California Cavern (Calaveras County)
    California Caverns9565 Cave City Road
    Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
    (209) 736-2708
    You have a choice of tours at California Caverns. The shortest is the 60-80 minute Trail of Lights guided walking tour. You need reservations for their more adventurous tours. The Mammoth Cave Expedition is 3 hours long and will take you crawling, climbing, and sliding along the cave floors and walls. Even more challenging is the Middle Earth Expedition, which takes 4-5 hours. Visit areas of the cave illuminated only by cave helmet lights. This trip also includes a short rafting trip across Tom’s Lake. These caverns were discovered in 1849 by miners during the Gold Rush. Experience the beauty of these caves and hear tales about life during the California Gold Rush.

    Directions: From the Calaveras town of Angeles Camp, go north on Hwy. 49 to San Andreas. Turn right onto Mountain Road and drive 9 miles. Turn right on the second Michel Road turnoff. You will see a sign that says “California Cavern”. Follow the signs for about 2 miles to the entrance.


    Mercer Cavern (Calaveras County)
    Mercer Caverns1665 Sheep Ranch Road
    Murphys, CA 95247
    (209) 728-2101
    This facility has a guided 45 minute walking tour that descends 16 stories underground. The natural wonders of these caves will amaze you as you explore its seven major chambers. The first chamber you enter is 58 feet high and extends 200 feet long by 60 feet wide. The variety and beauty of the formations will make this cave tour an experience you will not forget.

    Directions: From Calaveras town of Murphys, turn off on Main Street onto Sheep Ranch Road for 1 mile to the entrance. After your cave tour, continue a short ways on Sheep Ranch Road, and you will find yourself at Stevenot Winery for complimentary wine tasting in their historic winery.


    Moaning CavernMoaning Caves (Calaveras County)
    5350 Moaning Cave Road
    Vallecito, CA 95251
    (866) 762-2837
    Moaning Cavern has been known for centuries as the cave that moaned. You can still hear its moaning sound today. The spectacular main chamber is large enough to hold the entire Statue of Liberty. The 45 minute guided Walk Tour descends a 100 foot spiral staircase. Or, you could opt to enter the cave via the 165 foot rope descent. The 3 hour Adventure Trip begins with an optional rappelling descent and allows you to explore the unlit and undeveloped areas of the cave.

    Moaning Cavern also offers an above ground adventure, a twin zip line. Race a friend or family member on their 1500-foot twin zip line, at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour, for the thrill of your life!

    Directions: From the Calaveras town of Angels Camp, go east on Hwy. 4. Turn right on Parrotts Ferry Road for 1 mile. Turn right on Moaning Cave Road. You will see park sign.


    If you have visited any of these caverns, please let us know what you thought. There’s a place below for comments.


    Yosemite Lodging – Where to Stay in Yosemite

    Yosemite National ParkExperience the spectacular beauty of Yosemite. Take advantage of Yosemite lodging. Accommodations at Yosemite National Park range from rustic camping under the stars all the way to upscale accommodations at a world class resort.

    Whichever accommodations you select for your stay at Yosemite, make reservations as early as possible. You can make reservations online or over the telephone. Reservations made through the park system can be made a year and one day in advance.

    Your Guide to Hiking Half Dome

    There are many different hikes in Yosemite. A challenging hike to the top of Half Dome is an unforgettable hike. If you are thinking of hiking Half Dome, click on this link to get tips to help make the hike more fun.


    Accommodations Within the Park


    Yosemite LodgingThe Alwahnee (Now called The Majestic Yosemite Hotel.)
    Telephone: (801) 559-5000
    Pamper yourself with luxurious accommodations at this elegant lodge. Surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, the Alwahnee is a wonderful place to stay for upscale Yosemite lodging. It was built in 1927 and is an Historical Landmark. It is centrally located in the Yosemite Valley.

    The hotel is known for its special events that are usually sold out well in advance. Two of these events include the annual Bracebridge Christmas Dinner and the Vintners Holiday. This is the crown jewel of Yosemite accommodations and will be the most expensive choice.

    Yosemite FallsYosemite Lodge at the Falls
    Telephone: (801) 559-5000
    Yosemite Lodge is located near the base of Yosemite Falls. Step out of your room and view the gorgeous scenery. The lodge has a restaurant, lounge, outdoor pool, bicycle rentals, and a free shuttle to locations throughout Yosemite Valley.

    Wawona Hotel
    Telephone: ((801) 559-5000
    Select from rooms with a private bath or rooms with a shared bathroom. The Wawona is a unique Victorian style lodge that is an historical landmark. Located 4 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite, it is a beautiful setting. Enjoy golfing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. It’s a 45 minute drive from here to Yosemite Valley.

    Curry Village
    Telephone: (801) 559-5000
    Both wooden and tent cabins are available in Curry Village. The free Yosemite Valley Shuttle stops here throughout the day. Curry Village has 5 dining options.

    Housekeeping Camp
    Telephone: (801) 559-5000
    Enjoy the fun of camping outdoors without all of the inconveniences of tent camping. Housekeeping camp is located in the Yosemite Valley along the Merced River. Relax on the beach and enjoy views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.

    Each unit can accommodate up to 6 people. There are no televisions or telephones, but each unit has 2 single bunk beds, a double bed, table, chairs, mirror, electric lights and an electrical outlet. You can cook your own meals here. Bathrooms are centrally located. Try for a cabin down by the river. It will be quieter. Rates range from $70-78.

    Hiking in YosemiteHigh Sierra Camps
    Telephone: (801) 559-5000
    These are extremely popular. If you are interested, sign up for the lottery beginning September 3 for reservations the following summer. You hike approximately 8 miles from one cabin to the next. Meal purchases are available. A great way to see Yosemite’s High Country without having to carry all of your supplies!

    Tent and RV Camping
    Telephone: (877) 444-6777
    Telephone for Group Camping: (877) 444-6777
    There are 13 campgrounds in Yosemite. Most campgrounds will have both tent and RV sites. Shower facilities are only available at Curry Village and Tuolumne Meadows. Group campsites can be found at Wawona throughout the year and during the summer at Hodgdon Meadow,Bridalveil Creek, and Tuolumne Meadows. Horse campsites are offered during the summer at Bridalveil Creek, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona.

    Four Seasons Vacation Homes
    Telephone: (866) 875-8456
    Located with the park, these vacation homes allow you to visit Yosemite yet enjoy the comforts of a home. These rentals are fully furnished. Many of the units have hot tubs and other amenities. Rates vary by the unit and the season.

    Redwood Vacation Homes
    Telephone: (866) 875-8456
    Vacation homes for rent within the park. Fully furnished homes with a variety of amenties. These vacation homes can accommodate from 2 to 17 people.

    Yosemite Lodging Outside the Park

    Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
    Telephone: (800) 514-2167
    Tenaya Lodge is an upscale resort rated 4 diamonds by AAA. It is located 2 miles from Yosemite’s south entrance and 33 miles from Yosemite Valley. They offer a wide selection of special packages that are worth taking considering for Yosemite lodging.


    Have you stayed overnight at any of these Yosemite Lodging options? If you have, please tell us about your experience at Yosemite.