Lone Tree Golf Course, located an hour east of San Francisco along the San Juaquin River Delta, is Northern California public golf at its finest. The course has unending scenic vistas located on the North and adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park. The Parkland course is characterized by rolling fairways lined with mature indigeneous trees. In 2019, this par-72 layout, converted all putting surfaces to "Champion Bermuda" a warm season grass. The surfaces have been ecstatically received by members and guests with putts rolling true and smooth whether in peak growth during Summer heat or during Winter dormancy where they lose their color but remain firm, fast and fun!
Fairway and greenside bunkers are modest in number, but strategic in position. We are excited, at this writing, Winter 2020, our golf course maintenance contractor, Sierra Golf Management, is in the middle of a greenside bunker renovation restoring the sand and drainage quality of our bunkers! In addition, major Tree pruning and clean up has been an additional Winter project that is making the Jewel of the Delta since 1934 shine even brighter.
Fairly open from the tee, Lone Tree offers up rewarding scores on many holes for all levels of players keeping the round fun. Reasonable green fees make Lone Tree one of the best values in the Bay Area and walkers are welcomed.
Lone Tree has a rich history in the area with an astounding number of the finest amateurs in Northern California calling the course home. The course hosts three different NCGA point events each year and local fine players fill the fields as well as other Nor Cal top Amateurs. The Antioch Golf Club is alive and vibrant at Lone Tree generally hosting two weekend tournaments per month and participating in NCGA "Team Play" competitions during the Summer filling both Thursday and Saturday teams. Senior golfers are mighty and energetic at this favorite area layout, with every Wednesday morning hosting an 8:00 am shotgun for the Senior Men's Group. Local Sons in Retirement groups frequenting the course regularly numerous times each year. Junior Golf is strongly embraced with Lone Tree being a proud participant in the First Tee of Contra Costa chapter, hosting 300+ participants annually with Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter programming plus additional Tournament Series, PGA Junior Leagues, and LPGA Girls Golf program.
Ladies programs are the biggest growing group of golfers at Lone Tree and league participation occurs on Tuesdays, during the Wednesday 8 AM Shotgun, and on Thursday evenings after 5 PM. Ladies specific golf clinics occur on the second Friday of every month Spring to Fall, and our Instruction program additionally hosts "Lady Only" clinics in the Spring and Summer.
One of Lone Tree's most popular occassions is Couples Golf Night. Hosted on the first Thursday of the month (Spring through Fall), couples come out and enjoy 9 holes of golf in an alternate shot format. Pairings generally find two other couples in the same group to enjoy the jovial format. Play is followed by scoring and tasty appetizers at the clubhouse and usually a good story or two to share by all. Additionally a Sunday Couples occurs, enjoying 18 holes and Lone Tree's famous Sunday Brunch, occuring usually onthe third Sunday of the month. In 2019 a "Newcomers Couples" was added and well received, with golfers newer to the game pairing up with buddies who are more familiar and again more fun had by all!
In 2004 Lone Tree opened a new Banquet and Event Center that has quickly become the premier facility for the East Bay area. Over 350 people can enjoy a fabulous setting that overlooks the nearby 18th green and adjacent reservoir. Banquets, weddings, anniversaries, business seminars, and parties abound with all enjoying the facilities comfort and the finest food around. A full service bar and restaurant are also available and are open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant patio area overlooking the 10th tee box and 18th green has become a local favorite for an afternoon lunch, an evening glass of wine, or Thursday "Music by the Green" starting in the Spring and running through September. Golfers also conveniently get breakfast items at the snack bar early in the mornings.
The golf pro shop has a boutique feel and provides a wide selection of golf apparel, shoes, equipment and accessories for men and women. Demo Days and clubfittings are part of our services so watch the Event Calendar for the next event and the latest equipment to test out!
Lone Tree boasts a large lighted driving range with target greens and numerous hitting stalls. Quality range balls are standard and the range is well lit for evening use. A spacious putting green, and additional short game practice area with greenside bunkers are all available to hone your golfing skills. While playing your round, Lone Tree provides beverage cart services for your favorite snack or beverage and phone orders can be called in available for pickup at the turn or delivery from the beverage cart.
Distances, rating and slope at Lone Tree golf course for men: 6,427yards (71.1/124); 6,102 (69.5/121); 5,804(68./118); 5,586 (67.0/116). Distance, rating and slope at Lone Tree golf course for woman: 6,427 yards (77.2/135); 6,102 (74.9/131); 5,804(73.3/128); 5,586 (72.1/126).
Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center is located at 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch, California. The course is open to the public all year round. For more information or to book your tee time, call Lone Tree at (925) 706-4220.
Other History Tidbits
Originally opening as a nine hole course, Lone Tree was built on open hillsides adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park and was defined by the grassy hills the course was set upon. Nine more holes were constructed in the early 1950's and through the years various trees were added which gave the course the definition it now knows. In 1990 the decision was made to redo the majority of green complexes to sand based greens, and the task was successfully undertaken. The current greens on holes #12 and 15 are not only from the original construction, but are the two smallest greens on the course requiring golfers to have sharp accuracy.
A little known history tid-bit.....
Back in the early days of Lone Tree there was a superb golfer by the name of Elmer Clites. The Antioch City Championship is named after Elmer and this tournament is a Northern California Golf Association Point event. Top amateurs come to play in this event each year from Monterey, Southern California, Sacramento and throughout the Bay Area. Local lore has it that Elmer would play with one of the greatest professional golfers of the era, Ben Hogan, when he was in Northern California. A testimony to Elmer's skill as a player comes from the comment that Mr. Hogan frequently made; "If I had Elmer's wedge and short game I would have certainly won several more majors".
Did you know?
- USGA Mid-Amateur Champion Terry Foreman practices and plays at Lone Tree and holds the competitive course record of 62.
- Diablo Creek, Boundary Oak, and Hiddenbrook, are in the same First Tee of Contra Costa chapter as Lone Tree and program Coaches can often be seen at various facilities.