January 3, 2017

Mayacama Golf Club

Santa Rosa, Calif. / 6,785 yards, Par 72 / Points: 60.8360
Mayacama GC holes 1 and 18
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99. Mayacama Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus (2001)

A bold Jack Nicklaus design that explores every facet of the oak-dotted hillsides above Santa Rosa, Mayacama slipped off America's 100 Greatest in 2015, to No. 101, and returned to the list this time, despite having lost its putting surface turf in early 2016. The greens, rebuilt and reseeded, are fine now, and the course has never looked better. Watersheds and gulches figure prominently in the layout, which has some dramatically elevated tees and four stunning, gambling par 5s.

100 Greatest History: Ranked 2005-2014 and since 2017. Highest ranking: No. 66, 2007-2008. Previous ranking: No. 101

Panelist comments:
“It's a wonderful Jack Nicklaus design with beautiful vistas and elevation changes. The well-manicured, landscaped course is teeming with wildlife -- adding to the charm of the secluded and peaceful property. Each hole is secluded from the next, which adds to the setting and the tranquil environment. ”

“Exhilarating shots into many greens. Very natural, mountainous terrain was used skillfully to create demanding approaches into greens well-designed into the land.”

“I loved the setting, ambience and scenery. Very effective use of topography and stream channels to combine for good design variety with holes moving in various directions, and up and down hills.”

“A fantastic walk through these hills and up to these tee boxes with significant elevation change. It's actually a stout physical test -- good cardio for five hours.”

“The par 5s, as a group, could be stronger. Only one offers a scenario where you'd really go for it. Mostly, they're lay-ups. Who wants to hit a 5, 6, or even a 9-iron as a second shot on a par 5?”

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Hole Nos. 1 and 18

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Hole Nos. 4 and 5

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Hole No. 14

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Hole No. 18