Diablo Creek Shining Thanks to Recent Renovations

By Ray Brewer, Contributor

CONCORD, Calif. - The Diablo Creek Golf Course can be compared to that old 1962 Chevy.

Like the Chevy, Diablo Creek is a classic. And just like the Chevy, Diablo Creek needed a little work done under the hood to remain in prime condition.

The course was designed by Robert Muir Graves and opened to the public for the first time in 1962. With the city of Concord growing by leaps and bounds, the facility has grown as well - developing into a premier 18-hole facility.

And in the recent eight months, the city has shelled out a great deal of money to preserve the course as one of the Bay areas finest.

For starters, they installed new drainage and carts paths, so that in the typical wet winters, power carts will be available for all to make the outing easier.

This par-71, 6,800 course with a rating of 72.2 and a slope of 122 also had some structural renovations.

They redesigned the first three greens, making them more challenging, with deeper bunkers and more severe slopes.

In fact, hole No. 3 is the one that gives golfers the biggest struggle - a six would honestly by a great score on this par-5, 660-yard hole. Your tee shot off No. 3 plays into a consistent Bay area wind and has to cross two lakes before landing on the fairway.

Talk about a challenge. One hole, 660-yards long and two separate water hazards.

The three new holes add to what was already one of Northern California's biggest challenges.

"Water comes into play on six holes in front nine," retail manager Tony Breithaupt said. "It's a challenging course that is really flat.

There is usually a little breeze going through all of the time that adds to the challenge of the length…You need a lot of control on the back nine."

Diablo Creek has three different sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels.

"It's just a good, challenging course that is fun for everyone," Breithaupt said. "We usually get a lot of play because we are such good condition."

Diablo Creek also offers other holes that can help increase a golfer's score. Holes Nos. 6 and 15 provide several opportunities to ruin a perfectly respectable outing.

No. 6 is 564-yard par-5, which just like hole No. 3, has the extra challenge of trying to deal with the lake. On this hole, it's best to be conservative off the tee box and not go for broke with your driver.

Hole No. 15 is a tricky par-4 that is a deceiving 392-yards long.

Diablo Creek Golf Course
4050 Port Chicago Hwy
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 686-6262
Call up to 7 days in advance as early as 6 a.m.

Ray Brewer, Contributor

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