I know we all have accused ourselves of playing schizophrenic golf, but have you ever played a golf course with a split personality? We soon discovered that even with our wildest, craziest shots, the personalities of the course at Timber Creek in Roseville made all the difference in our games.
Timber Creek Golf Course is 18 holes of fairly challenging golf that runs through the Del Webb Sun City enclave in Roseville. Reasonably priced at $43.00 with cart, the course offers 3 sets of tees for women players: the Gold at 5666 yards, the Red at 5208 yards, and the White at a very short 4278 yards. We were told to play the Red tees as those are the tees most women use. After playing we thought the course might do well to create combo tees as we had several holes where we could not hit drivers for fear of going through the fairways.
The journey at Sun City begins by traveling through a tunnel to the first tee where we discovered the typical Del Webb course, looking very much like its sister course in Palm Springs. Homes, evenly spaced, neatly line all the fairways. Holes feature man-made water hazards and trees planted where they will be most effective. The homes, which are out of bounds of course, tend to sit up higher than the fairways and greens to provide better views, but walking along the fairways can be a little claustrophobic.
The day was quite hot and the course necessarily quite wet. We really weren’t looking forward to the back nine, but thank goodness we pressed on.
As soon as we reached the 10th tee, we looked at each other in amazement. Did we take a wrong turn? Had we been transported to another golf course? This back nine at Timber Creek presents a completely different style of course. The fairways go where the land takes them naturally. They are lined with beautiful, mature oak trees and protected environmentally sensitive areas. The water has always been there in the form of a stream that runs across numbers 11 and 17 and affects several other holes. Even the cart paths from greens to the next tees wind through natural woods, not disturbing the existing landscape. The course does come back to its other personality on #17 where houses loomed above us on the left, but the expansive riparian area marked as a hazard on the right inadvertently reminded us of the schizophrenia of this course.
My brother, whom I have always accused of being schizophrenic, has always enjoyed playing Timber Creek. It showed in his game as he played well on both nines. Mary and I also enjoyed the day although our scores indicated that we must have felt more comfortable with the back nine personality. We regained our sanity by relaxing in the bright, newly renovated restaurant and bar area overlooking the practice area – recounting our many hits and misses.