Nestled within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the course at Dark Horse Golf Club is set within a former 1,100-acre cattle ranch where natural changes in elevation were used by architect Keith Foster to route the fairways in a most engaging manner.
One of the more underrated architects is Keith Foster. His work has clearly showed first-rate results -- both on the private and public side. And he has done exemplary work in bringing back to life classic courses -- see Eastward Ho! as one great example and to a lesser extent his work at the old-time gem Apawamis in Westchester County, NY, to name just two.
Dark Horse has breathtaking terrain -- plenty of movement. The opening five holes are attention grabbers extraordinaire. There's movement in the terrain and a wonderful mixture of different length and par designations.
It amazes me how the greater Sacramento area is often forgotten by many people who come to the State and simply head to the major metro areas with LA, SF and SD leading the way.
Dark Horse is aptly named -- because so few pay attention. I guess -- out of sight can mean out of mind for those have not sampled the leading facilities in around the State's Capital.
Anyone making the trek via I-80 to/from the Bay Area and Reno should stop and see firsthand. Public golf in the Golden State is quite competitive and the Foster design is clearly one with plenty of punch and pizzazz.
M. James Ward