The Metropolitan Golf Links

3.8267000000 3.8 stars from 5 (202)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6959 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

  • 10051 Doolittle Dr., Oakland, CA 94603, Alameda County
  • (510) 569-5555
  • (510) 562-6129
  • www.playmetro.com
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Year built: 2003
Architect(s): Fred Bliss, Johnny Miller
Type: Public

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6959 yards 73.8 131
Blue 72 6529 yards 71.8 128
White 72 6069 yards 69.8 121
White (W) 72 6069 yards 73.8 124
Red 72 5565 yards 67.5 116
Red (W) 72 5565 yards 71.0 118
Gold (W) 72 5099 yards 68.5 114

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 202 Reviews
5 stars:
34
4 stars:
120
3 stars:
34
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

174 out of 195 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals walkers advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Weekend golf at its worst"


Michael6739538's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Too bad this beautiful course that is in fantastic shape has to suffer with incredibly slow play. 5+45 to play 18 holes is just wrong. Maybe if there were marshals on the course moving things along play would be quicker. Skip this course on the weekends. I've played here before during the week and it played must faster.

Great practice facility and staff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Links golf in Oakland? You betcha..."


ebeer72's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Metro is an East Bay gem. California isn't known for links style design, and there are few options if you're looking. A bit surprising for a Johnny Miller course, not the target design punishing misses style I associate with him. Tall grasses, fairway undulation, and pot style bunkers with an almost unnatural magnetism for golf balls are what you'll find. Contoured greens make for fun putting, but the greens are more rolling and sloped as opposed to 'top shelf, bottom shelf". Embrace your ground game, running shots from 50+yds are very well accepted by most greens. And bring your knock down shots....winds here can move the course from moderate to very difficult. Pace can be slow...fescue rough can hide golf balls, keep it in the fairway. The Grill has good food, but be sure to call in if you want something at the turn...nothing comes out quickly, but when it's delicious when you get it. Very friendly staff, nice putting green, and super practice facility.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Unbelievable Drainage"


jjswalwell's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Considering the amount of rain we've had in the bay area, this course was in incredible shape. We had a huge storm the night before and morning of the rain but there were only a couple of holes that had ponding on the course. Some of the fairways were close to dry...amazing! The wind made an already challenging course really challenging. The pace of play is always a little slow here, but considering this is the only playable course after rain I was just happy to be golfing.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good condition following wet days"


jimhillis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played here mid-day 2/15 and I was surprised at the good condition of the course. I was expecting it to be soggier. Most of the sand traps were mud and/or water, so that could be improved. But overall, considering how much rain the Bay Area has had over the last month, I was very happy with the conditions.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Happy w/ (partial) round.....considering...."


u000003835256's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A late tee-time. 1:42, but backed up a bit so went off at 1:50. Gave us 3:20 minutes of play before dark. Pace a bit slow, but not bad. Finished 13 holes. Knowing this course is one of the 2 best draining public courses in SF/Bay Area, despite our 5+ days of torrential rains up to 2 days before I decided to go for it due to the very good weekend deal on GolfNow. The course was in very playable condition (w/ exception of most bunkers). Really enjoyed myself playing w/ 3 exceptional golfers and great guys (one ex-NCAA player and 2 hi-school team members). Approx. a 30 minute drive from home, so well worth the effort just to get out in the fresh air and sunshine for a very enjoyable 13 holes.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Incentivizing Faster Play"


ksveinsson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played during Black Friday 2016 and the course was offering incentives to speed up play with the goal of finishing the round in 4:30. We didn't finish in that time, but because the slow play wasn't our fault, we still received fast play "bonuses" for a free bucket of range balls, one-time access to the short game practice area and a $0.01 beer at the end of the round.

Otherwise, the greens were in good shape and rolled true. Great course and definitely one of the better muni courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Links course"


Robert7358862's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Metro offers a challenge because there's typically a very light and comfortable breeze off the San Francisco/Oakland Bay where the courses is located .

The back 9 is rough with long par 5s and water hazards.

An enjoyable play for golfers of all skill levels.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Course conditions"


u000006900659's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always one of my favorite munis in the bay area. The course has been affected by the drought with parched fairways, etc. However, the greens are in good shape which I would rate an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great change of pace"


Gamercer1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We were in San Francisco for a conference and had an opportunity to play Metropolitan links. Booked on GolfNow for a very reasonable rate. The Uber ride there and back was more than our greens fees. Got there early on a Monday morning and the starter let us go right away. Course was in very good shape. Being a links style course you really have to depend on the directional markers in the fairway to know where to go. Very enjoyable layout, quite a bit of variety for this style of course. Starter was very informative and helpful. Counter guy could use some work. Overall I would recommend this course for anyone visiting the area that wants a nice round, not too far from the city.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


TomBollinger's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Pace of play was horrible. It was fleet week and that might have something to do with it but it just took too long. Over 5 hours to play the course. One of the golfers in our group actually got hit in the fairway by a ball from the group behind us.

It was a hot day and thankfully they had water coolers at most holes. Did not see the cart person at all today. Could have made some good money considering how hot it was.

Set up is fairly good except a few holes where it crosses paths in front of the tee box. Course conditions were good and the practice facility looks very impressive.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of play"


MorenoSimonova's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a beautiful day course was in good shape our tee time was at 8:44 it wasn't crowded for a Sunday I had two foursomes in front of us and the foursome up front had at least two hes empty in front of them, least to say we waited at least 5 minutes to tee off almost every hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always enjoy"


sallopr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Metro is really good course to test all your skills. This Monday had very little players and we finished in four hours which was a bonus.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"We had fun."


LANDAFISH's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm not good, so this course was a challenge for me. But, I think it's a course that I could improve my score on as I become more familiar with it.

I hadn't played it in maybe 3 years. I was working then, so I played on the weekend when it was croded and they were trying to push everybody along. Yesterday was much more relaxed and much more fun. Now that I'm retired and plan on more frequent play here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First time at Metro"


Don2877809's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Greens were still recovering from aeration so a little bumpy. Wind was not blowing so play was easier from what I've been told. Overall a fun day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good links type course"


Ravi6940639's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Metropolitan is a good golf course. It is links style design. Pace of play is great. It is like you have been transported to Scotland.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"In the Rotation"


David6634166's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There isn't a bad hole at Metropolitan. I played the ball down and only once got a bad lie in the fairway. The greens had recently been aerated, so putting was slow and a little bumpy, but not horrible. From the white tees you can take a lot of trouble out of play, but from further back its a really good test of every club in your bag. I'm keeping this course in my regular rotation.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A good course with good value"


KennethCWong's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff and the course is well maintained.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was in great condition"


njsaelee's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course for the second time and both times, the greens were in great condition. Typical windy afternoon, but that was expected. Tougher course than it looks, but the game is tough anyway. Would go back again soon!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"good variety of holes."


u000003845815's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

windy but a good variety of holes


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice link course"


cfewang22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, very friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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