Stone Tree GC

Novato, CA (45 mins N of San Fran)

Golf Magazine /, 4/11

Travelin' Joe says, "Stone Tree ($85-$120; 415-209-6090) in Novato is a collaborative design effort spearheaded by Johnny Miller that features a flattish, hazard-filled front nine followed by a narrow, hilly back nine framed by oaks. Throughout are heavily contoured greens that get more three-puttable as the day (and afternoon breezes) advance. Often frustrating, but never boring, Stone Tree offers a twilight (after 2 pm) rate of $65 Monday through Thursday, up to $85 on the weekend."

Other Area Tracks To Play: Check out one of the Bay Area’s best values, Peacock Gap ($35-$75) in nearby San Rafael, a mature 52-year layout under new ownership. Short on overall length at 6,261 yards, this Billy Bell Jr. design was renovated by Forrest Richardson in 2007, helping to restore—and enhance—its classic virtues, from bunker shapes to strategy. Peacock Gap’s tranquil nature and low price tag ($35 to walk, Monday through Thursday, $25 after 2 p.m.) makes this a fun, scenic and affordable experience.

Where To Booze & Grub Nearby: Email me at the Contact Fat Guy link below, and I'll ask my wife's friend Kim, a local.