Northwood is a hidden gem of a course, a 9 holer designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1931, located in the Russian River area close to Bohemian Grove. McKenzie designed this course as a private men's club between his work on Cypress Point and Augusta National. Eventually the course became open to the public, and it's a treat to play, even though you're playing the same layout twice for an 18 hole round.
It's fairly tight, but short at 5,786 yards, 114 slope from the back tees, and a 67.8 course rating. The par 4's are moderate, and if you have precision, long driving skills, and a good short game, you will have the course record. It's a pleasure to play in a peaceful environment through the redwoods, even though it's along busy Hwy 116.
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