6-Day Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary – Self Drive

Discover the vast year-round adventures of California’s Sierra Foothills on a fun golf and adventure 6-day, self-driving tour. Calaveras County, in the heart of California’s historic Gold Country, is dotted with charming, historic towns like Angels Camp, Murphys and Mokelumne Hill. With five championship golf courses at varying elevations and multiple mountain sports recreation opportunities. Calaveras County offers the ultimate in golf and adventure.

Saddle Creek Golf Resort

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 1: Arrival, Check-in & Dinner

Historic Downtown Murphys | Lisa Boulton

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 2: Golf, Shopping, Wine & Food

  • BREAKFAST at Copper Grille
  • PLAY a morning round of golf at Saddle Creek Resort on their 18 hole championship course. Saddle Creek Resort is truly a golf resort for players and couples of all levels. The golf resort features 18 scenic holes and is ranked 8th by Golf Week Magazine for Best Public Access Courses in California. Only Pebble Beach is rated higher in California with five stars.
  • VISIT Copperopolis Town Square for sightseeing & shopping
  • CHECK OUT of resort
  • DRIVE 30 minutes to historic downtown Murphys
  • EXPLORE wine and food in historic Murphys- which features 23 wine tasting rooms all within strolling distance
  • CHECK IN at the Cottages in Greenhorn Creek
  • Optional dining at CAMPS Restaurant, Greenhorn Creek Resort
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Calaveras big tree state park – Sierra Rec Magazine

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 3 – Explore, Golf & Big Trees Sate Park

  • BREAKFAST at CAMPS Restaurant, Greenhorn Creek Resort
  • PLAY a morning round of golf at Greenhorn Creek’s 18 hole championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr and designated one of California’s top 10 golf courses by California Magazine in 2015. This 6,740-yard, par 72 layout wanders through clusters of 200 year-old oak trees and over a once busy tract of underground gold mines.  Changing elevations along with natural and man-made hazards, such as a stone farmer’s wall, ancient Chinese oven and a variety of water hazards will challenge every golfer’s skill level.
    Lunch and CHECK OUT of resort
  • DRIVE 5 minutes to the Angels Camp Museum and see their large display of antique carriages and Mark Twain exhibit
  • DRIVE 2 minutes to historic downtown Angels Camp for shopping & sightseeing
  • DRIVE 30 minutes to Arnold
  • CHECK IN at Arnold Black Bear Inn
  • EXPLORE Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold
  • Play a twilight round of golf at Sequoia Woods Country Club, a challenging 18-hole course in a beautiful mountain setting. Guests at the Black Bear Inn receive golf privileges at this Private Country Club golf course. Nestled in the western Sierra Nevada at a 4,000-foot elevation, this course makes dramatic use of the local terrain, combining the natural meadows and slopes of the first nine holes with the narrowed, pine tree-lined fairways of the second nine. The resulting course brings golfers challenging play and fabulous views. OR, if you have less time, enjoy Forest Meadows Golf Course’s Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed 9-hole course.
  • PICK UP picnic with wine from Black Bear Inn
  • DRIVE 15 minutes to Brice Station Vineyards for magical outdoor theater:  Shakespeare on the Vine with your picnic (wine from Brice Station is available for purchase at the venue)
  • Return to Black Bear Inn.
Ironstone Vineyards – tasting room entrance | Lisa Boulton

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 4: Museum, Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting & Beer

  • BREAKFAST at Arnold Black Bear Inn
  • EXPLORE Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, Arnold or hike part of the Arnold Rim Trail from the Logging Museum trailhead
  • PICK UP picnic lunch from Arnold Black Bear Inn
  • CHECK OUT of Arnold Black Bear Inn
  • DRIVE 15 minutes to Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys
  • TOUR Ironstone Vineyards museum with its 44lb crystalline gold nugget (the largest ever found)  gift shop, manicured grounds & wine cave
  • TASTE wine and beer in downtown Murphys with its two-dozen wine tasting rooms and beer tasting options
  • CHECK IN to the Victoria Inn, Murphys
  • DINE at V Restaurant

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 5: Museum, Cave Tours, Rappel, Zip Lines & Live Music

Calaveras County Museum Complex, historic San Andreas | Lisa Boulton

Calaveras Golf Adventure Itinerary DAY 6: Explore Calaveras History, Lunch & Return

  • CHECK OUT of the Victoria Inn
  • Grab some fresh baked pastries and coffee from Aria Bakery in downtown Murphys before hitting the road.
  • Head north on Highway 49, to San Andreas
  • EXPLORE the Calaveras County Museum, courtroom and jail on historic Main Street, San Andreas.
  • Next door, check out the Gallery Store  – home to the Calaveras Arts Council and the creations of many Calaveras artists and craftsmen.
  • DRIVE 1/2 hour, continuing north on Highway 49, to explore Mokelumne Hill’s historic Main Street.
  • LUNCH at the Hotel Léger Restaurant and Saloon or Renegade Winery For the more adventurous, be sure to get a ghost hunting kit from the front desk at the Hotel Léger and explore this interesting historic property.
  • DRIVE 2-1/2 hours to San Francisco
Historic Hotel Léger | Rick E Martin


Publisher of Sierra Rec Magazine. An avid hiker and explorer of mountain lifestyle and adventure. I love to discover new trails, hike along rivers and hang a hammock along the shores of a mountain lake. I often great people on the trail and have found some of my favorite places from the advice of people I meet in the Wilderness. I love the sierra and just like sharing what I know.

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