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Sonoma County: Come for the wine; stay for the golf

Smooth greens and towering redwoods meet at Northwood Golf Course in Monte Rio, in Sonoma County.

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Sonoma County is a vintage California golf destination. With a mild climate that encourages year-round play, fantastic off-the-fairway diversions, and a stunning natural setting, Sonoma County cards a winning score for golf travelers of every index and inclination.

Those who appreciate the traditions of the game as well as the playing of it will find Sonoma County links designed by such golf luminaries as Alister Mackenzie, Robert Muir Graves, Ted Robinson, and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Course layouts include a classic Scottish links, manicured fairways cut into rolling foothills, an exacting test through redwood-lined fairways, and many other dramatic designs. Terrain varies from ocean headlands to scenic wetlands where birdies (the winged kind) are plentiful. 

Sonoma County features playful resort courses for beginners and challenging links for pin-seekers chasing par.

Sonoma County offers exceptional value for the golf traveler.  Here, a round of golf is not the big-ticket, high-pressure extravaganza it has become in many other golf vacation locales. Advance tee times are not needed at many of Sonoma County’s courses.

Whether you are looking for panoramic seaside courses or rolling parkland studded with oaks, redwoods, and eucalyptus, Sonoma County is a four-season golf destination. Like a well-structured Cabernet, golf just keeps getting better in Sonoma County.

Find all Sonoma County golf courses here. Find a favorite golf getaway itinerary here.