Every July, the Sonoma County hamlet of Monte Rio, Calif. (pop. 1,152), becomes the backdrop for a two-week conclave of a secret all-male congregation known as the Bohemian Club. Just north of the forest grove where this society meets, on an elbow of the Russian River, lies Northwood Golf Club.
Designed in 1928 by Dr. Alister MacKenzie for members of the Bohemian fraternity, this 2,893-yard, 9-hole course is set in an ethereal glade, guarded by stands of redwoods. The routing tacks through the conifers, requiring deft hybrids and long irons off the tees and surgical approaches to tiny greens. The bones of MacKenzie’s design are still present in some of the greens while remnants of fairway bunkering endure as grass depressions strewn throughout the course.
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