How Our Wonderful Golf Club Came to Be
Built in 1952 on a 125-acre site, Bing Maloney was named in memory of John B. “Bing” Maloney, former superintendent of the City of Sacramento’s Recreation Department. Maloney was instrumental in persuading the city to build the course.
Back in May of 1947, he had written to city officials about the need for an 18-hole facility in the city.
“Our principal problem,” he said at the time, “lies in the fact that the William Land Course (the existing Sacramento course at the time) is only a 9-hole layout. A 9-hole layout is simply not a golf course in that a game of golf consists of playing 18 holes.”
William Land was then so overcrowded on weekends and holidays that the city recognized the need to build a new course. By a unanimous vote the City Council agreed to name the course in Maloney’s honor.
Originally built for $250,000, excluding the cost of the land and clubhouse, Bing Maloney was designed by a veteran city employee, Michael J. McDonaugh.
McDonaugh had been an associate of Alister MacKenzie, the renowned golf designer of the first part of the 20th century. In fact, McDonaugh worked on the construction crew that had built Cypress Point and Pasa Tiempo golf courses and the Alister MacKenzie course at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento.
McDonaugh, who was also appointed the golf-course superintendent at Bing Maloney, laid out the course on a championship basis with a par of 72.
An executive 9-hole golf course was added in 1988 and provides a wonderful facility for juniors, seniors or for those wishing to brush up on their short game.
Since 1952, an estimated 3 million rounds of golf have been played at Bing Maloney. Some 100,000 rounds a year are played on our two courses. Bing Maloney Golf Complex is open to the public and offers many amenities, including a 40- station, night-lighted driving range for lessons or practice, practice putting greens, a full-service café, tournament scoreboard and barbecue areas.
Our well-stocked pro shop also offers the latest in name brand golf equipment, apparel, golf balls, shoes and accessories.