Mather Golf Course provides the perfect round of golf all year round. Located on a former Air Force base, there are 18 holes of tree lined open fairways and medium sized greens. Designed by Jack Fleming in 1959, Mather Golf Course continues to attract golfers of all skill levels. This championship length par 72 has three tee boxes that provide the opportunity to test your skills and will challenge how much of a long ball hitter you are.
Registered with the Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Mather Golf Course was one of the first twenty-five courses in California to become fully designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Your day will begin with a straight shot par 4 that has a narrow fairway and a handful of small bunkers that will test accuracy. This is a great opening hole for the long ball hitter, allowing the opportunity for an opening birdie.
On No. 3 you will notice that this beautiful par 3 offers a huge green to hit if you can keep it in between the two bunkers that are guarding it. 145 yards is all that is keeping you from that second birdie of the day. This hole provides the chance to look like a pro no matter what your skill level is.
When you get to the end of the front nine and make the turn, after you get your beverage refilled of course, you will find hole 10 which is a sharp dogleg left. You will need to play a straight tee shot along the left side, and this will leave you a long iron approach to a well protected green.
Hole #11 a short par three that throws every obstacle on the course at you. A huge lake sits right in the middle of the fairway as the perfect shot will put you on the green; anything short of that and you will be hitting out of sand or digging through your bag for another ball.
On #12 you will experience the shortest par 5 on the course and have a great opportunity to get one stroke back. The left side of the fairway offers more level lies for shots at the green. Be sure to adjust for shots drifting to the right off a side hill lie. Stay below the hole for a birdie or eagle putt.
After you sink that putt that drops the strokes off your card, you will arrive at hole #13, “Our 285 yard par four signature hole is framed by trees and reachable in one with a mighty tee shot. If you gamble and miss the green though, you can almost guarantee a bogey” said Paul Henderson, General Manager of Mather Golf Course.
No. 16 is the longest hole on the course. A slight dogleg left, you will need a solid drive, a great second shot and a difficult uphill third shot to reach the large sloping green. A small bunker then becomes your last obstacle on this 528-yard par 5 that personifies the open fairway theme given to you by Mather Golf Course.
On No. 17 you can admire the view from the tee and then hit your best drive of the day, you’ll need it- stay right of center to avoid being blocked out by trees at the corner of the dogleg. If you can reach the green in two- you’ll be rewarded with a friendly putting surface.
To wrap up your great round, No 18 is a deceptively short hole. Maintain your focus; a right to left tee shot will leave a mid to short iron in. An approach aimed at the middle of the green is your safest bet.
“For a military course its pretty solid. Nice variety of holes and fun to play. The price of green fees is a great value for the Sacramento area.”
The incredible landscape and environmentally sound surroundings make Mather
Golf Course a must play when in the Sacramento Area.
Come and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer at Mather Golf Course.
This former Air Force base course was taken over by the county. Initially in poor shape, in part due to drought years in California, the course has steadily improved over the past 10 years. Initially hosting Air Force golfers, the holes from the tips can be long. For the most part very straight forward lay out. 13 is a short drivable green but you have to get through the funnel of trees at about 100 yards out. During the California Air show you can be treated to a fly over by the air show. Even on regular days there can be Air National Guard, Fed Ex and other planes landing over your head.