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Johnny Miller

What do you look for in a golf course?

A chance to get away from it all? Excellent putting surfaces? A walkable and well-draining course? A place where you won't lose a dozen balls? Great service? Somewhere fun? As you'll discover on the other pages of this website, Metropolitan Golf Links is a top-notch golf facility that offers all of these things! Come enjoy Metro where we boast some of the finest greens in the East Bay along with some of the best-draining conditions around!

The core of what makes Metropolitan Golf Links so popular is the golf course, a Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design located next door to Oakland International Airport.

The original site boasted some gentle undulation; Miller and Bliss augmented the site and dramatically improved the drainage by covering the original landscape with two feet of sand then growing the latest turf hybrids. When other nearby courses are flooded or muddy, Metropolitan Golf Links is playable - and fun to play. In the tradition of the great links courses, Metropolitan Golf Links is wide open. There's even some heather and clusters of native grasses to add to the ambiance.

The fairways are mostly open and the USGA-spec greens are large and receptive so that even the high-handicapper can get around expeditiously. Golfers who play Metropolitan Golf Links frequently know to find the correct part of the green for their approach shots and learn to putt the undulating green surfaces.

Metro's longtime Director of Agronomy and his team strive, especially in the summer, to keep the course fast and firm - just the way a links course should be.

Metropolitan Golf Links is not overly bunkered and there are only a few water hazards that come into play. Yet with winds coming in off San Francisco Bay, Metropolitan Golf Links has plenty to challenge the most skilled golfers. Miller and Bliss designed the course so that the low-handicapper will have to think his or her way around the course to score well.

Walkers love Metropolitan Golf Links. Greens are close to tees and the layout is friendly for an enjoyable round carrying or utilizing a pull cart. Electric carts with GPS are also available to rent!

If you haven't played Metropolitan Golf Links and we sound like the type of course you would really enjoy, book a tee time call us at 510-569-5555, or stop by! Reservations are available up to two weeks in advance and discounts are available for Oakland residents with ID, seniors, and juniors! 

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