What do you look for in a golf course?
A chance to get away from it all? Excellent putting surfaces? Good turf? A place where you won't lose a dozen balls? A management that values walking? A fast pace of play? Service? A place that honors the traditions of the game? Fun? As you'll discover on the other pages of this Web site, The Metropolitan Golf Links is a top-notch golf facility with all the 'bells and whistles.'
But the core of what makes The Metropolitan Golf Links so popular is the golf course, a Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design just to the south of Oakland's 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, The Metropolitan Golf Links is playable - and fun to play. In the tradition of the great links courses, The Metropolitan Golf Links is wide open. There's even some heather and clusters of native grasses to add to the ambiance.
But the fairways are mostly open and the greens are large and receptive so that even the high-handicapper can get around expeditiously. Golfers who play The 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.
The superintendent and his staff strive, especially in the summer, to keep the course fast and firm - just the way a links course should be.
The 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, The Metropolitan Golf Links has plenty to challenge the better golfer. Miller and Bliss have designed the course so that the low-handicapper will have to think his or her way around the course to score well.
The Metropolitan Golf Links is strong enough from the back tees to serve the needs of the Cal Bears Golf Program.
Walkers love The Metropolitan Golf Links. Greens are close to tees and the management welcomes walkers at any time. And with the management dedicated to maintaining the Bentgrass putting surfaces with no Poa Annua, it's always fun to chip and putt at The Metropolitan Golf Links.