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Play Under the Big Oaks at Bing Maloney

A round at Bing Maloney in South Sacramento offers you a relaxing and friendly day of golf on a championship course with a unique history. Our par-72 18-hole course was designed by M.J. McDonaugh, an associate of the famed golf architect Alister MacKenzie.

We offer traditional golf on tree-lined fairways where massive oaks create interesting tests for players. We often say about our course that “what you see here is what you get.” It’s a fair and playable course with no trick holes or gimmicks. This is classic, time-honored golf in the best sense, but with sloping greens that will challenge your short-game skills.You’ll start your round with a par-4 that is a slight dogleg left, playing at 397 yards from the back tees and 359 from the front. “You can get in trouble here off the right or the left,” said Andrew Wilson, General Manager at Bing Maloney. “And the green slopes from back to front.”

The par-3 No. 3, 140 yards from the back and 114 from the front, is one of the holes that golfers always remember when they play Bing Maloney. “You’re hitting over a lake to a small bean-shaped green with bunkers right and left,” Wilson said. “It’s the only water hole, though, on the course.”

Another memorable hole is the par-5 No. 6, 513 yards from the back and 452 from the front. “It’s one of the quirkier holes on the course,” said Wilson. “It runs next to an executive airport that formerly was the main airport in Sacramento. So a number of airport light standards run down the fairway and planes often fly toward you as you head down toward the green.” The hole is a dogleg right with trees on the right and the airport to the left.

You’ll find an interesting risk-reward situation on No. 10, a sharp dogleg left, par-4 measuring 387 yards from the back and 360 from the front. “The smart play here is to hit a fairway wood or iron down the middle off the tee and lay up for your approach to the green,” Wilson said. “But a lot of players try to cut the corner by playing their driver. If you do that, you’re in danger of driving through the fairway. You also have trees and a creek at the corner to contend with.”

But if you can hit a hook with your driver, you could safely end up with only a 100-yard approach shot to the green. This green, Wilson said, is “the most treacherous on the course” because it slopes heavily from back to front.

The 12th, 430 yards from the back and 414 from the front, is one of the tougher par-4s in Sacramento, according to Wilson. In fact, it plays as a par-5 for women. It’s a dogleg left with a gigantic heritage oak in the center of the fairway. “As you make your tee shot, you can go left of the tree and then possibly end up running into an out-of-bounds fence,” Wilson said. “Or you can take a fairway wood and try to pop your ball over the tree or you can go right though it’s longer that way.”

Another obstacle: The green is quite challenging with slopes going this way and that.

Toward the end of your round, you’ll encounter No. 16, a solid and classic par-3, measuring 162 yards from the back and 131 from the front. “You’ll also find a large bunker to the left,” Wilson said, “and a big oak tree in back of the green.”

Distances, Ratings and Slopes On the 18
Blue Tees 6569 yards (70.8/121)
White Tees 6297 yards (69.7/120)
Gold Tees 5870 yards (67.9/116)
Red Tees 5251 yards (69.5/119)

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