IMG_6297 (1)Elephant Rocks Golf Course was another pleasant surprise in this little town.  We had no problem getting a tee time at the last minute so we loaded up our sticks and made the 10 minute trip to the course.  First off, it’s a weird name for a golf course, right?  Well, it turns out it is named for some rather large, and kinda elephant looking lava rocks that stand near the entrance to the course. The building that houses the golf shop and restaurant is an old stone building that was built in 1932 and contributes to the very rustic and casual feel of the place.  The first few holes wind through pine tree lined fairways and eventually spills out into some wide open panoramic fields before eventually finishing back up through the hills and trees to a  dramatic downhill par 3 finish.  Several holes on the course offered views (in May) of the snow capped San Francisco peaks in the distance.

The golf course conditions were good, not great, but pretty much what you would expect for a small town golf course.  The overall experience and feel of the course was perfect for the day we wanted – casual, serene, relaxed and fun.  Most of the course is right in front of you but there  were a couple challenging holes, most notably the long par 5 17th.  I would say it is the best course in town but it is, in fact, the only course in town. …It’s probably the only course within 30 miles.  The rates were reasonable and even better if you play later in the day.  Overall it was a great course that we will be back to play again!  Great finish to the weekend!