Golfers discovered a treasure in the hills of Orange County above Yorba Linda when Black Gold Golf Club, designed by noted architect Arthur Hills, opened in 2001.
The par-71 course plays to 6,756 yards over 219 acres of rolling terrain that once was an oil field owned by Shell Oil Co. It has a slope of 133 and a course rating of 73.1.
A unique feature of the course is back-to-back par-3 holes at Nos. 7 and 8, plus another at No. 10, separated by the par-4, 410-yard ninth. The 220-yard eighth probably is the best of par-3s and plays longer than the yardage the tee shot is into the prevailing wind.
And the views at Black Gold Golf Club are worth the greens fees.
On a clear day, Santa Catalina Island is visible 20 out in the Pacific Ocean, while Disneyland can be seen in the middle of Orange County.
But golfers go to Black Gold for the memorable golf.
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