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“A Great Place to Play” 4 of 5 stars
Review of DarkHorse Golf Club

DarkHorse Golf Club
13450 Combie Road, Auburn, CA 95602-8917
530-269-7900
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Owner description: Challenging Keith Foster-designed layout features 18 holes stretching 7,031 yards with more than six ponds and eight streams coming into play.
Quincy, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Play”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I have played quite a few golf courses over the years and including Bandon Dunes and Spyglass and find that Darkhorse is just several notches below these other courses. Darkhorse is under new ownership and it's very apparent that the new owners are going to bring the course back to a very positive playing experience. It was apparent that the previous owners had deferred golf course maintenance due to budget constraints, such as not maintaining the bunkers and not watering the grass on a regular basis. The new owners are making a concerted effort to bring the course back to it's original excellent playing conditions. There is a sticker on the golf carts reminding players to play from the tees that are best suited to their individual games in order to make the golf experience a positive one. Please follow that advise. The landing areas are wide enough for players of all abilities so no one has to struggle with placing their drives. Also, the average player is going to have difficulty hitting every drive in the most desirable location. This course is set up so MOST drives don't land in very bad lies. (Unless of course you happen to hit a banana slice or hook the ball into the next fairway). Each hole is unique and this course is definitely not a cookie cutter layout. We did find the fairways to be very wet and the lies in the fairways were very tight, so you will have to hit the ball precisely in order to get it onto or near the green in regulation in order to make birdie or par. The course will improve with the maintenance that it deserves.

Visited February 2013
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Roseville, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Great lay out...upkeep needs attention”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very intereting curse to play with many elivation changes and beautiful scenery...but the attention to detail is missing. Tee and greens need help...I'll return because I enjoy the beauty and accept the patchey tee area and ball marks....The staff are all great!!!! Mike

Visited September 2012
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“Friendly Help and Challenging Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Geno and his team are amazing! What a beautiful and more than challenging 18 holes. You can even order lunch from your cart to eat at club house or "to go".....

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“spectacular!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

this course is absolutely amazing! wow my husband who is an avid golfer loved Darkhorse! It was a very tough course, but well worth the trip! the greens are fast as everyone has said. we lost a few balls... had a wonderful time! The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful! we will be back!

Visited September 2012
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Calif.
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful and fun course!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This course was one of two that I played for a PWGA tournament. The scenery is beautiful and the course was in good shape (although the greens weren't in as good of shape as they were at The Ridge). The staff were very friendly and helpful and I would definitely play and recommend this course again.

Visited June 2012
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