Guide to Golfing in Pleasant Hill


Golf has played a significant role in the lives of Californians for well over a century, with the state’s first golf course, Mare Island, established in 1892.

Golfing... in Northern California?

Why Yes!

While sunny San Diego or balmy Orange County may spring to mind when you think of premiere California golfing destinations, the northern part of the state—particularly, the Bay Area—also boasts an impressive array of public and private courses. And unlike their southern counterparts, these northern courses can be played year round in crisp, cool air.

Whether you are a beginner looking to practice your skills or an experienced player seeking a new challenge, you can find a suitable course in or near Pleasant Hill, California.

Here are 3 golf courses that we highly recommend, each one with its own unique blend of features and amenities. Read on to find out which course best meets your needs.

#1 Contra Costa Country Club

General description

This Vernon Macan-designed private 18-hole course opened in 1925. It winds among stands of native oak and eucalyptus interspersed with magnificent redwood and cedar trees and boasts amazing views of Mt. Diablo and beyond. This beautifully manicured course was recently remodeled to provide a more modern experience while holding true to its classic original lines. There are seven sets of tees to accommodate different skill levels.

Why You Will Love This Course

Anyone can play this course, but it does cater to the more serious player. The layout is challenging but fair and easily walkable. Programs are available for men, women, seniors and children.


New Robert Trent Jones II practice facility

• Extended range area

• 24 hitting stalls

• Dedicated putting and chipping greens

• Bunkers and hard-lies

Spacious clubhouse with pool and recreation area

Fully equipped / staffed golf shop

Location & Contact

Contra Costa Country Club

801 Golf Club Rd

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1101

United States

P: (925) 685-8288

#2 Buchanan Fields Golf Club

General Description

This well-maintained 9-hole course, designed by Robert Muir Graves, opened in 1955, making it one of the oldest public golf clubs in the East Bay. It is conveniently situated near the airport. The course offers 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Why You Will Love This Course

Those looking for a fun and affordable round of golf, with friendly and laid back staff to help you along the way. This 9-hole course is well-suited for beginners, with a straightforward layout and many par 3s.


• Driving range

• 18-hole putting course

• Pro shop

• Food and drinks available

Location & Contact

Buchanan Fields Golf Club

1091 Concord Ave.

Concord, CA 94520

P: (925) 682-1846

#3 Diablo Hills

General Description

This Robert Muir Graves public course is conveniently located off the I-680, a five-minute drive from downtown Walnut Creek. It been called the top 9-hole public golf course in northern California because of its length and challenging holes, and it is the only 9-hole course in the area boasting a par 5 hole. Players of all skill levels will find something to like about this course.

Why You Will Love This Course

If you are a group of players of varying skill levels looking for an affordable, interesting game and a fantastic meal afterwards, this is the place for you.

Featured Amenity: New Greenery Bar & Grill

• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

• Large selection of craft beers and extensive wine selection

• Outdoor patio with a superb view of Mt. Diablo

• Specials for Monday Night Football and other sporting events

• Karaoke nights

• Banquet and group events

Location & Contact

Diablo Hills Golf Course

1551 Marchbanks Drive

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

P: (925) 939-7372

Other Golf Courses near Pleasant Hill

Want to know more about golfing near Pleasant Hill? Here are a few other courses to check out in the East Bay area.

Diablo Creek in Concord is a mostly flat course, good for those looking to hone their game for length. It also features a popular sports bar.

Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek for stunning vistas, greens that are fast and hilly and a great restaurant.

Round Hill Country Club in Alamo has a challenging but very playable 18-hole course. The country club provides a full range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Golf Equipment & Apparel

On your way to golf and realize you forgot to pack your golf shoes? No worries, Golf Galaxy has everything you need, including shoes and equipment from top brands and a full range of apparel. You can find this store smack dab in the center of Pleasant Hill on 120 Crescent Drive.

More Things to Do in Pleasant Hill

From Pleasant Hill, you have access to the best of northern California: dazzling San Francisco, the lush and fertile Napa Valley, and the majestic Sierra Nevadas. Click here for the full scoop on things to do in the area.