Mare Island Golf Club

3.6643000000 3.7 stars from 5 (283)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6150 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 69.8
  • Layout

  • 1800 Club Dr, Vallejo, CA 94592
  • (707) 562-4653
  • (707) 562-8891
  • www.mareislandgolfclub.com
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Year built: 1892
Architect(s): Robin Nelson (2000)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Greens: Blue Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6150 yards 69.8 124
White 70 5788 yards 68.0 121
White (W) 70 5788 yards 74.0 122
Red (W) 70 4832 yards 68.7 133

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 283 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
141
3 stars:
49
2 stars:
25
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

232 out of 281 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 05/18/2017:

Thank you!

"Rough needs to be squared away"


lawsonbob's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I golf here every week. Although fairways and greens have come back, work needs to be done on roughs, which should be a gradation from the smooth fairways. On some holes you're already in four-inch high grass just a yard off the fairway. Even worse is the clover and fescule runners, again just off the fairway. I've been losing balls on the second and 14th holes that hit in the fairway.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 05/15/2017:

Thank you for your feedback, we will forward this onto our staff. We can ussure you our maintenance staff works incredible hard to keep the course in the best possible conditions.

"Beautiful Views"


alreardon's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is surrounded by water as the name implies. The front is tough with up and down shots winding up through the hills.

The back 9 is very straight forward.

This is not a long course so very fair for woman, getting on in regulation.

I look forward to playing this course often during my stay in Vallejo.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/11/2017

Thank you for the four star review! We appreciate your time to provide feedback regarding your recent visit with us! Enjoy hitting the greens at Mare Island on your visit!



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/11/2017

Thank you gynomik for the four star rating!


"Solid golf experience"


melman123's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've been playing here since it was a 9 hole military course - the the redesign was done well -

I have no complaints about course conditions - The greens were as good as they have ever been- Keep the ball in the fairways - or you will be punished - My twosome was sent right out when we checked in - pace of play was good - 2 groups ahead of us waved us through - we tend to play fast so that was pleasant -

finished in about 4 hours


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/05/2017

Thank you melman123 for being part of the Mare Island Golf Club family. We appreciate your feed back and review. Hope to see you hit the green at Mare Island again soon!


"Mare Island golf"


uWDCE8681WD's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Considering all the rain that we have had in the Napa/Sonoma areas, Mare Island is extrememly playable. Where the courses are still doing cart path only, it is a real treat to be able to drive on the course. the play was midday and it was very fast finishing the round in a bit under 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2017

Thank you uWDCE8681WD for the five star review! We are pleased to hear that you had a great time from your recent visit at Mare Island. Hope to see you again this season!


"Poor course conditions"


sergi0's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

My group had taken Mare Island out of our rotation for a year due to the poor course conditions. We played again recently and, unfortunately, the management has done nothing to improve the conditions of the course. I love the course layout, so it was very sad to see that the owners of this course are not doing much besides watering and mowing.

Specific issues:

No sand in bunkers. They are just dirt. A number of bunkers are full of weeds. Dead spots on some greens. No divot mix was available to fill in divots.

I found out that the course was purchased by some developers in the past few years who want to put a hotel next to the course. It seems like the owners won't put any money into the course until they can build a hotel.

We play a lot of golf around the bay area and Mare Island is definitely in the worst condition of any course I've seen. It's sad because it could be a great course if it was well maintained.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Ehhh"


Mark6471965's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here many times. I love the course layout it's always challenging. However the pace of play when I played was not so great. Never saw a marshal and was stuck behind a foursome that probably plays there every week or weekend.. Last the greens where garbage. With all the water California has received this year they weren't in good condition at all.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/21/2017

Hello Mark6471965, we are disappointed to hear your expectations weren't met at the course. Hope you can join us at Mare Island again this season.


"Somethings good, some not so much"


lawsonbob's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is a good value, with senior and club rates. Fairways and greens are looking good again. Decent shots are penalized however due to overgrown roughs and anise weeds.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/07/2017

Thank you Lawsonbob for the review. We are sorry to hear that the course conditions were poor. This is not the standard that we are trying to achieve and will make sure to pass this note along. Thanks for playing the course and we hope to see you again!


"Mare Island - a good challenge at a fair price"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although not a top tier course, the layout is always a challenge. Magnificent views. Good rains have helped the course green up. Staff is friendly. Practice facilities limited.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/04/2017

Thank you kgfulton for the review and feedback regarding your last visit at Mare Island! We hope you can join us again this season.



wtsharp's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 03/22/2017:

Thank you "wtsharp"!

"Mare island golf"


u7100216's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in bad shape. The rough is out of control. If your ball rolls off the fairway, it's lost. The sand traps are like cement. The gps on their app did not work. They had a party group on before my tee time and there was a cart with three females just driving around without clubs. They were acting silly. They should not have been given a cart to cruise around. They could of gotten hurt. It's definitely not worth regular price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Love the challenge of this course"


iburns's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The pace of play was so bad we had to skip two holes to keep on schedule, even though there was a marshal going around they were more interested in keeping the carts off the fairway due to wet conditions.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/10/2017

Thank you iBurns for the review! We are pleased to hear you loved the challenge of this course. Tee off with us again soon.


"Excellent condition for the season"


Kok2741972's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staffs, course in beautiful conditions, cart on fairways (rare for the time of the year) , very few muddy spots, nice pace of play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 03/06/2017:

Hey "Kok2741972" thank you so much for the 5* review! We appreciate the kind words about our course and staff and look forward to having you back out here again soon.

"Hot Deals bring out poor course ediquette"


jeffmangum's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Very wet in places do to recent storms. We still used carts on the front nine fairways....90* rule on back 9.Group in front of us was SLOW...drinking, music, chasing balls everywhere. Even coming all the way back to pick up my longest shots in the fairway. They were constantly running their carts up and back the fairway on almost every hole. Of course NO Marshal. Greens were in good shape. Nice day and course was in pretty good shape. A shame three people had no courtesy for others on the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 03/06/2017:

Hey "jeffmangum" we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry that the group in front of you was so disrespectful. Thank you for following the 90 degree rule and we hope to see you again soon.

"Hidden Gem"


GHodges5082's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rarely do I come across a course that is as interesting as the Mare Island Golf Club course in Vallejo. This course is built into the hills near the Mare Island Shipyard and is far from the same ole same ole of simple straightaway predictable muni tracks. Do yourself a favor and play one of the more interesting courses anywhere in this area for a steal of a deal on greens fees and cart. You won't regret the drive once you get onto the course. Highly recommend!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/03/2017

Thanks so much GHodgens for the great review and feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an awesome time at the course. We hope to see you hit the greens at Mare Island again soon.


"good challenging course"


treeranger's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape, except for the sand traps. After this very wet winter they haven't had time to get a new load of sand in them. They play like hard ground right now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 03/13/2017:

Hey "treeranger" thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and providing us with your feedback! Come back and see us again soon.

"A day at Mare"


Bigwalt63's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was a bit muddy but playable went out late sunday.Course was empty .i believe the price should be lowered for twilight.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/14/2017

Thanks for the review, Bigwalt63! We hope you can come out to the course when it's a little bit drier. Come back and see us again soon!



u000003487490's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Mare Island Golf Club on 02/01/2017:

Thank you "u000003487490"!


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