Northwood Golf Club

4.3846000000 4.4 stars from 5 (26)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 2893 yards
  • Slope: 114
  • Rating: 33.9
  • Layout

  • 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio, California 95462, Sonoma County
  • (707) 865-1116
  • (707) 865-1290
  • northwoodgolf.com
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Year built: 1928
Architect(s): Alister MacKenzie (1928), Robert Hunter (1928)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent/Poa Annua
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 36 2893 yards 33.9 114
Red 36 2506 yards 34.5 121
Gold 36 1983 yards 30.0 100

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 26 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

24 out of 24 reviews


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"some holes too short"


Akira2's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

agree with all laudatory reviews: beautiful setting, smell of redwood in the air, well kept conditions despite drought, etc., etc.
one demerit for me - reflecting my personal preference for the driver and not a fair criticism of the course itself - was that some holes were too short.

otherwise, beautifully laid out and well maintained. worth playing here at least once.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Never spent so much time during a round looking up"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
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Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What a special place. Northwood GC is, located on the Russian River in Sonoma and the heart of Redwoods country. It's probably the world's most accessible and affordable Alister Mackenzie design. Northwood is a short, small 9-holer that is wonderfully casual. The holes that play through magnificent redwoods are an absolute joy. The yardage isn't much: about 2600 yards for 9 holes, but each hole is a little different, and the small greens roll wonderfully. There are even two par 5s, which might be the only times it actually makes sense to hit a driver out here. Other holes are narrow and doglegging, so if you can't shape your shots, prepare to hear the echoing of golf ball striking 8-foot-thick redwood.

What I truly adore about this place is how casual and welcoming it is to both true golfers and vacationers just interested in trying out the game. Sleeves seem optional. My wife and I, fresh off a busy afternoon in wine country, decided to stop by for a peek around and a drink on the patio. Naturally, within about 10 minutes I had talked her into playing 9 with me. We were wearing our workout clothes, but no matter, and got two super twilight tee times and a set of clubs for $36. We got around in about 80 minutes. Golf seemed practically secondary compared to the chance to walk beneath the trees in evening twilight.

I suspect, when you pass by Northwood on River Road, you'll want to stop in and see what the fuss is all about. You'll love every step. Just be sure to look down and know where you're going once in awhile.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Commented on 10/02/2014

Played here many times over the past few decades and I agree that this place is a gem. Proof positive that golf can be great on a course that isn't 7k yards or has invested (wasted?) millions.


"Great value for the money!"


Zippps03's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/8/2013
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Reviewed on

Wonderful scenic course in among the Redwoods. Overall a great experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow play, almost 3 hours for 9 holes. Beautiful location and course is in good shape for the price."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/6/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like the location, we have friends in Guerneville, so it's fun to stop here for 9 holes before heading to their place. Price is good, though they tried to charge me $27 instead of the $23 quoted on Golfnow, though we straightened it out without too much effort. Slow play is the big problem, there were 5 groups on the number 2 hole, one on green, one on fairway and 3 on tee box waiting. Seems like this always happens there, so if you go play at Northwood you'd better expect it or you will get very bothered right when your round is getting started.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Well kept"


u000003105996's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/12/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Extremely slow play. Five players in a group some with no clubs. Players hit 2 and 3 balls per shot. Marshall's ride around and say nothing. Great course but Extremely SLOW!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"course was in great shape! The staff were very accomodating and friendly!"


jballachey's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/7/2013
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Reviewed on

course was in great shape! The staff were very accomodating and friendly! What a beautiful setting!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Quiet amongst the redwoods."


kaiserct's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/6/2013
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Reviewed on

Only 2 sounds; the rat-it-tat of the woodpeckers, and the clunk of balls off the trunks of the redwoods. Fun course, goofy looking homes along the fairways, great sandwiches at the bar.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Wow! This is what golf would be like in heaven."


johnnybefit's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/4/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular course and easy to walk. I would walk this course even if I didn't play golf. Golf makes it ten times better. You talk about fun - this is it. I would not miss this course. I was homesick for my golf buddies. This place is unreal. Golf pro is cool and the place rocks.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best course for the money"


mlhardisty2013's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/1/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

best short nine hole course in sonoma county. use mother nature to your advantage(bounce ball off the three's for better spot on the fairway if you can get lucky bounce off the tree)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


"Not for slicers."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/21/2013
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Reviewed on

Beautiful Alistair MacKenzie course laid out among tragically tall redwoods. The tallest rough on the planet. Not to be missed by the romantic golfer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The best 9 hole course I've ever played."


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/17/2013
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Reviewed on

The course is magnificent shape. Tall redwoods guard tight fairways making shot selection critical. Greens are excellent and well maintained. A great course that can be played again and isn't tiring.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Spectacular"


bigpink's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/5/2013
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Reviewed on

This is a Real Gem for the Area. It was orignally built for the Bohemeians , big bussiness leaders, politions, and heads of States. They still use it one to two weeks a year, but we get to enjoy it everyday. I love the staff as well as the course! This is what I consider my Home Course. The Redwood forest it's located in is Spectacular !!!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best 9 holer I've played"


abrusati2001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2013
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Reviewed on

Fantastic, challenging course. Impossible to play only once.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice nine hole course"


u000005769355's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/23/2013
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Reviewed on

Nice course pace of plat is good green need a little time to play great


Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"beautiful Mackenzie design set in redwoods"


wil1mer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/17/2013
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Reviewed on

Were sanding the greens so we had to play several temporary holes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This is among the most picturesque courses in America"


uGHNJ3151GH's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/10/2013
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Reviewed on

The journey through the redwoods is beautiful as long as you hit it straight. This is the most beautiful 9 hole inland course imaginable.
There is sufficient challenge that the expert golf, as well as the average player can have a lot of fun. IMO, it is best for the raw beginners to play elsewhere because of the looming trees everywhere that are unforgiving to the stray shot. Consequentially, weekend play can be too slow. I played on a Wednesday and and my threesome finished in less than 1 3/4 hours. This course is worth the experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great 9 hole wonder"


u000004937890's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/1/2013
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Reviewed on

What a delightful course tucked among redwoods. It was about 95 degrees that day but playing among the shaded redwoods kept us cool. Cost for me was only $33.00 walking. Course was in beautiful condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course is beautifully cut into a forest like setting"


JASON6801517's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/1/2013
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Reviewed on

The coursewas pretty nice. The greens could use a little love. Wonderful atmosphere, loved all the trees. You definitly pay the price if you are off line or a little wild. Was told it gets pretty busy in the summer and to book a week or two ahead of time. Will go back again. A long 9 hole course, par of 35.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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