tively wide and tree-lined fairways, seven lakes and a creek, Las Positas is an un- derrated course. The recently renovated municipal facility is public golf at its best, with low fees, good service and an interesting layout that one can play dozens of times and not get bored. Designed by Robert
GIVEN ITS QUALITY AND DISCOUNTED FEES, POPPY RIDGE IS DEFINITELY THE BEST DEAL IN THE VALLEY— IF YOU’RE AN NCGA MEMBER.
A big oak guards the right side of the green and a steep slope on the left feeds an errant shot into oblivion. The last hole, a 472-
yard par 4, is a beast, with a fairway divided by a creek and a green set beside a large pond. But a round at Wente doesn’t have to end with thoughts of the
Pro V1 that dribbled into the water. There’s a patio overlooking the 18th for a beverage and sandwich, or the nearby award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, considered one of the best places to dine in Liver- more and a destination unto itself.
Muir Graves and opened in 1967, the par-72 course stretches out to 6,800 yards, featuring several dogleg fair- ways that beg you to work the ball left and right. The conditioning is a cut above most municipal courses, with bright white sand in the refurbished bunkers. The highest weekday
rate is $38, $46 for week- ends and holidays, and there are discounts for age groups,