Winchester Country Club represents one of the last collaborations between Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who co-designed this elegant layout that unfolds across 223 forested acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills above Sacramento. The design also incorporates such natural features as streams, lakes, and granite outcroppings. Five sets of tees and generous fairways create playing options for golfers of every ability.
One of our challenges at Winchester was to design natural golf holes on an occasionally steep site, while creating a golf course worthy of its dramatic setting. As one solution, we built rock retaining walls that helped bolster certain areas of play and simultaneously added an aesthetic element to the landscape. Another challenge was to seamlessly integrate the course with 385 home sites ranging from one to six acres. The result is a natural golf course where the environment dominates-evidenced by the deer and other wildlife that visit and reside there.
Winchester plays through three distinct topographies, starting out in steep woodlands, emerging into rolling prairies, and winding amid natural rock outcroppings. It encompasses several crossings over wetlands and ravines and requires shots shaped around towering evergreens. Three of the par threes stretch to over 200 yards and call for daring carries from the back tees, which play to 7,144 yards.
The golf course finishes below a 35,000 sq. ft. clubhouse built in the style of European hunting lodges. Inside, the Jones Library provides a perfect location for a board meeting or private dinner, at which players can look out over the course and revisit their rugged-yet-refined Western golf adventure.