Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

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Experience a Golden Age championship golf course surrounded by the vineyards of California wine country and majestic redwood trees.





The Sonoma Golf Club’s championship course is open to members and guests of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California. The Spanish Colonial-style inn opened in 1927 and was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2014. The resort’s golf course was built at the foot of the Sonoma Mountain Range and is secluded by bordering vineyards.

Designed in 1928 by golf course architect Sam Whiting, the course is located less than a mile from the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Its 18-hole green stretches 7,103 yards through native oaks and redwoods. Whiting was a designer from the “Golden Age” of golf course architecture and built courses throughout California. The Sonoma course is one of several he designed that are still playable. The club describes the course as a fair but formidable test, with unique challenges designed to keep players focused. There is a distinctive set of par-3’s that offer a great diversity of aesthetic beauty and personal challenge. Three of them are over 200 yards from the back tees. The back nine offers reachable par-5 holes #13 and #16. The uphill #11 is a fun, short par 4 followed by the lengthy par-4 #12 hole that is difficult to stick in two. The finishing hole demands that players navigate a stretched dogleg with a prominent fairway bunker to a green guarded by huge oaks and fronted by a small creek.

Over the years, many famous golfers have tested their skills against Whiting’s venerable design at Sonoma. Among them were Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi and Tom Watson. The golf course at the Sonoma Mission Inn is as true to the tenets of the game of golf today as it was in 1928. Its classic layout offers strategic choices and challenges that excite golfers swinging graphite and titanium just as it did when they were carrying hickory and persimmon. The illustrious course was home to the Champions Tour season ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship over the years 2003 – 2009. The championship moved to another Whiting-designed golf course, the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, in 2010.

The golf club itself offers players a mission style clubhouse, with architecture that reflects the Spanish heritage of the Valley and echoes many of the area’s historic structures, including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. The interior exudes a warm atmosphere with its wooden beamed ceilings, mission style furnishings and open plan layout. Golfers are invited to relax on one of the exterior patios which offer uninterrupted views of the course and Mayacamas Mountains.

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