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4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
5.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
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17 out of 17 reviews
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4.8
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Layout
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 6826 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.9
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Saddle Creek Resort
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6826 yards 72.9 136
Blue 72 6426 yards 70.9 131
Combo Blue/White 72 6258 yards 70.3 129
White 72 6035 yards 69.4 126
White (W) 72 6035 yards 75.8 139
Gold 72 5293 yards 66.3 119
Gold (W) 72 5293 yards 71.9 129
Combo Gold/Red (W) 72 4991 yards 70.3 124
Red (W) 72 4486 yards 67.1 116
Red (W) 72 4486 yards 67.1 116
Scorecard for Saddle Creek 1
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.1/137 401 430 483 202 373 415 151 522 387 3364 413 145 334 554 241 369 442 401 540 3439 6803
Black/Blue M: 72.3/135 388 430 483 202 373 390 151 522 366 3305 402 145 334 530 218 369 408 401 520 3327 6632
Blue M: 71.6/132 388 410 470 184 331 390 142 508 366 3189 402 132 317 530 218 354 408 370 520 3251 6440
Blue/White M: 71.0/129 328 410 470 184 331 390 142 508 366 3129 367 132 317 530 182 354 408 370 478 3138 6267
White M: 70.0/126 W: 75.2/138 328 391 444 166 321 380 136 482 356 3004 367 122 308 484 182 343 398 354 478 3036 6040
Gold M: 66.5/121 W: 71.0/130 287 315 403 142 287 346 119 407 325 2631 327 100 286 429 147 303 334 301 441 2668 5299
Gold/Red M: 65.2/117 W: 69.6/123 287 315 403 142 287 278 119 407 241 2479 327 100 222 429 147 303 334 301 358 2521 5000
Red M: 63.4/114 W: 66.5/116 247 279 364 96 247 278 93 374 241 2219 271 87 222 422 116 240 285 265 358 2266 4485
Handicap 13 1 15 9 11 3 17 7 5 4 14 16 6 8 18 2 12 10
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 1 11 15 9 5 17 7 3 6 10 12 2 16 18 4 8 14

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Greens Zoysia turf target
Golf Season Year round
Architect Carter Morrish (1996) Roy Bechtol (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire

Reviews

4.6
17 Reviews (17)
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth the Drive

Does not matter which route to get there it was a very scenic drive...The course is fun to play with elevation changes just enough to keep you thinking. We could play this every week!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course. Excellent layout. Well kept fairways.

Friendly staff. Excellent golf carts. Course was well maintained with great fairways. I’m sure the greens are spectacular based on their shapes and undulations but unfortunately we played after they had aerated the greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Time

First time playing and had a great time. I would play here anytime. Challanging but fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course!

Saddle Creek is a fun course. It has a nice variety of holes. Lots of tee choices including combo tees with ratings. It was very windy which made it really challenging. We'll definitely be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Mountain View’s!

“Saddle Creek Golf Club” ...nice greens and immaculate fairways...would play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent All--around Course

A little difficult for the High handicapper, so we played from the White Tees. The Back 9 plays a lot tougher than the Front 9, as there are more uphill shots into the greens, and more forced carries. The course is in excellent condition, staff was friendly, and the lunch after was excellent. Great price as I got a reciprocal with my Country Club.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Conditions slipping

I hope its just early in their season, but the course conditions are slipping here. I've played this 5 or more times and the conditions for last two are noticeably worse.
The course layout and scenery are awesome. The staff is extremely good. Food at the clubhouse restaurant is above average (which is good because there is nothing else nearby).
The bunkers (and its well bunkered) are awful. They either have drainage issues in the bunkers or need to adjust sprinklers because even late in the afternoon there is mud and standing water in the mostly dirt bunkers. The greens played much slower than I recall them previously playing. The tee boxes were in good but not great shape.
I'm hoping they can staff up and address what are easily fixable issues because the track is awesome.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course.

Morning shotgun was delayed 30 mins by frost. Group behind us were 4 women who were all members. They were right on us the entire round and even called the pro shop to complain. Marshall basically followed us for 9 holes. We played in 4 hours as a foursome so don't know what else we could've done to play faster.. Other than that annoyance the course was in great shape and the layout is pretty challenging but easy to score if you are able to keep it straight. Definitely recommend playing here if you have the chance.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Beautiful course

Peaceful, walkable course in the oak studded foothills. Fairways are wide open where a few holes require water carry, and houses do not crowd the fairways. Greens are generous. Pace of play will be slower during months with shot gun starts and full tee sheets. Lots of wildlife and views of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good Times

$80
Fast greens true and smooth. Ice on 1&10. Ice water about every other hole. Chilled towels delivered on back 9. Yes it was really hot. Starter got us off early as booked players were late.

Great course nice clubhouse
Only downside was over watering making a few bad areas.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Find serenity at Saddle Creek

To golfers like me stuck in the traffic jams and the stress of the high cost of living in the Bay Area, Saddle Creek is the ultimate value-oriented escape.
It's tucked away in tiny Copperopolis in Calaveras County among the foothills of the Sierras. Inside the gated community are welcoming resort-style amenities that help public golfers feel like a member during their visit or stay.
Golfers staying in the plush Lodge Bungalows can simply park their car and never leave. The staff will deliver a golf cart to your door for your round.
Even if you aren't playing, the clubhouse and its fine Copper Grille restaurant and the practice area are all centrally located within walking distance. The fitness center complex, located a short drive away, features an outdoor pool and hot tub perfect for the family, along with outdoor horseshoe pits, tennis courts and bocce ball courts.
The course, designed by Carter Morrish, is the center of this universe. It rolls up and down the surrounding hills amid dozens of spectacular homes. No two holes run parallel to one another. The wide fairways are generous, but if you do go astray, tall fescue will devour your ball. Uphill holes (such as no. 6 and no. 10) and the approach shots over water on the par-5 eighth and the par-4 ninth holes are the toughest challenges.
It's about as close to a five-star golf experience as a hidden gem can get.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great use of natural surroundings

It doesn’t take long on the course at Saddle Creek to realize this is a special layout. Set in the rolling foothills of Copperopolis (“Copper” to the locals) the course fully utilizes the natural elevation changes and grasslands to create a very challenging yet playable course.

I think my favorite feature of this track is that each hole is a fully contained individual course element. If you hook or slice wide of the rough, there is no waste area or “backup fairway” from another hole playing back the other way. There are literally no two holes adjacent to one another. Instead there is just natural grass that I’d guess average between 18 and 24 inches high. In other words, if you miss wide right or left, get into your bag because you are not likely finding, let alone playing, that ball. However, what this creates, is the feeling – at almost all times – that it is just you and the golf course; and this is great. Because, really, who wouldn’t want their own private golf course… and this is how playing Saddle Creek feels.

All of that said, most holes have generous enough landing areas (and an ample first cut of rough) so that, by and large, you won’t get into that much trouble. There are a few long carries off the tee that, frankly, in previous years would have intimidated me. For example, I don’t think I’d want to be anything short of 180 of the tee on #17 and most of that is over a grassy waste area from which you simply are not getting your ball back. Yes, you should be able to routinely clear that, but standing there looking at it, it can be a bit intimidating.

None of this should push a player away from Saddle Creek. It’s challenging, yes, but it is a beautiful course that is ultimately playable for all but the most casual golfer. And there are some opportunities to really feel good about your game. When I stuck the green about 15 feet from the pin on the par 3 (182, from the whites) 14th hole I felt like I had hit the shot of my life, and you can’t get that feeling without a little challenge present.

I chose to walk the course, and that might be a bit much for some. As mentioned above it winds through the hills with a decent amount of elevation change and some longer treks between holes. It’s certainly walkable and I’m glad I did, but it’s worth noting that I don’t think anyone would classify it as a “walk in the park.”

The staff was friendly and engaging, showing genuine interest in me and my travels. I really enjoyed my interactions with everyone I met from Saddle Creek. This is certainly a course I recommend, and another one that I would make the effort to return and play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Only 1 Previous Review of Saddle Creek?!

I can only imagine that the reasoning behind this is that golfers don't want to give away the secret to what a fine resort and course are tucked away in a little town called Copperopolis! Well, I don't either so here goes.

Stay Away! I did the stay and play package and it was... "terrible". Got two rounds of 18, breakfast overlooking the 9th green (pictured) and a 1 night stay where the practice putting green was 5 feet from the back door of my well appointed bungalow (yuck!) The online price was unbelievable, so I called them to confirm it. Hint: Off season weekday for way under $200. Can I say it was $158? Well, I just did, so there! Don't take advantage of this! The course fairways and bunkers are well kept and in amazing condition. (If you are into that sort of thing... ) Most don't like that, so stay home! There are lots of sloping challenges, water hazards and course wildlife (pictured). Wild turkeys on a golf course? C'mon now! Couldn't concentrate on my shots for 3 holes after seeing this. All I could think about was pairing them up with gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce! Nearly ruined my game!

The staff were all warm and welcoming. Pro shop was super friendly, starter gave me tips for the course, restaurant had great food/view (pictured) and gave me the option of taking it to go. Heck, I was even given a smile and greeting from the greens keepers! With that attitude, how do they expect to keep this place running?! Oh and my golf cart was waiting for me at the front door for my morning round. Again, the nerve!

Seriously though the only negative, and the starter warned me of this: the rough is very rough. This may be due to the crazy rainy season this year and they haven't been able to give it a proper mowing? So I wound up losing a lot of balls. I have to admit though, I don't have much patience to look for lost balls, 30-45 seconds tops.

To reiterate, you shouldn't come and stay or play golf here. That way you won't regret not spending a lot of money, not playing a really top notch, well conditioned / challenging course and meeting the great staff out there off the beaten path. You're probably much better off doing a stay and play for $300 or $400 in Monterey or Palm Springs. Yeah, that's what you should do......

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great condition

Out of the way but worth it. Course in great condition, especially after 3 days of heavy rain. Interesting, challenging layout. Staff very accommodating and food excellent. Very nice bungalows to stay in, with play / stay packages.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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