Forest Meadows Golf Course

3.7611352941 3.8 stars from 5 (31)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 33
  • Length: 2423 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 63.5
  • Layout

  • 633 Forest Meadows Dr, Murphys, California 95247, Calaveras County
  • (209) 728-3439
  • (209) 728-3430
  • www.murphys9.com

Year built: 1974
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1972), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1974)
Type: Public
Style: Executive
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $10
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 33 2423 yards 63.5 119
Red 33 2118 yards 62.2 108

Formerly known as Murphys 9 Golf Course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 31 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
14
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

28 out of 31 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals 9-hole rounds   Challenges include narrow fairways elevation changes  

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"Mountain Gem!"


Gremlingolfer's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2019
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

My dog and I were headed to the mountains to go on a hike but instead we stopped off at this Par 3 course just off Highway 4 and decided to get our hike in here. It was 8 am on a weekday morning and I was the 2nd person on the course. I paid for 18 holes for $18. Not bad! Courtney in the shop is the GM and was extremely sweet

- Fun little 9 hole layout with a mixture of short par 4s and challenging par 3s.

- I was impressed with the condition of the course considering there was snow on the ground for most of the winter. In the shade, there were some wet spots, but the conditions were nice in the sun as you can see in my pics. Greens weren't too bad!

- Community is rallying around to try to save the course which is kind of sad.

On Mondays they have a $10 all you can play deal where you leave $10 in the mailbox and just go play

Overall, something fun to do if you are vacationing up here in the summer and want to kill a couple hours. Very enjoyable experience and glad I stopped off and played


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"All by myself"


u576628998's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were perfect, not too fast. Carts and cart paths a little roughed. Fairways are narrow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fairways"


u000005868117's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were great but the rest of the course was in terrible condition, bumpy and not in great condition


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



u3432297's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great little hidden gem of a course."


u000005208507's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great little hidden gem of a course. For the price, this was far more than an excellent deal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Struggling"


philinda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great little track, who has been forced to close 9 and is really working hard to keep the front 9 open..I don't understand the politics, but a group of homeowners and other volunteers have ponied up some money and time to keep a great old course open and playable. Greens are stills very good, fairways are pretty good, bunkers need work. Tight fairways and overhanging oaks are a great equalizer for the guys who like to just grip it and rip it. Views and surrounding forest are a treat. Affordable golf in the area is at a minimum, and I just hope Forest Meadows can hang on. The on line articles about the corse being permanatly closed are obviously premature. Nice selection of cold draft beer available after your round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Murphys 9"


u000007235647's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in good shape price is right. Had a good lunch afterwards too


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"great for beginners"


hapigolfer's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

This is not an RT Jones, Jr. course anymore. It was originally. It had 13 par 3s of varying length and elevation changes, 1 par 5 and 4 par 4s, large undulating and fast greens, and high rough around them. But the new owners hacked up the course by cutting it back to 9 holes, and combined difficult par 3s to make easy par 4s. The greens are smaller and they putt slow but they are in good shape, the sand traps are smaller and some are removed and the high rough was eliminated. It's a good course for beginners because you can take your time and not feel you are holding up other players. that is because play is usually very light.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Murphys 9 Golf Course on 06/26/2017:

Hi Irving, thank you for taking the time to review our course. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the course layout. We are pleased to hear, however, that you enjoyed the pace of play and our staff. Your thoughts have been passed along to the appropriate team, so we can make necessary improvements. We hope to earn your business again and see you back for a better round.


nygiantss's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great for the price"


kurtwatson44's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played this course with my wife. Its a fantastic course for the price. Its more challenging than you would think. You have to play golf here. It doesn't allow big hitters just to wail away and play from the rough. You need to play some actual golf shots. At the same time, my wife loved it. Its not overly tough on high handicappers. We played !8 and even though I shot 80, I loved every minute. The only downfall is the cartpath. A bit rough would be and understatement. It felt like an off-road course. But it doesn't take away from the enjoyement.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Place for beginners"


u000002697163's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. The course was in good shape. Greens were in good shape, fairways were in good shape and sandtraps were like most courses these days, very little sand. This course is great for beginners and seniors, not too hard. This course is in an area of retirees, to far to travel for a round of golf and the course is just right for the people in that area. I got a deal for $15. through Golfnow and that is pretty much what I would pay if I played it again. If I lived in the area it would be a nice course to play but not a course I would travel to. I would play it again if I was in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Staying alive"


philinda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's obvious this course has seen better days, but the staff is trying hard to keep the remaining nine in playable condition. Greens are actually quite good, fairways are playable despite drought and some uneven watering. Staff is super friendly, carts are clean and sound (cart paths are really rough). Overall, a very beautiful setting which I hope stays open - not many other affordable choices in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Signage is Challenging"


GaryCBaker's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Signage and cart paths need work
Otherwise beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice outing"


dufferjim2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My husband and I came to play this course because of the setting, and the fact that although I am disabled with spine problems, I am able to enjoy this course. The price is hard to beat. I have played here with a friend of mine and we also had a great time. I have told numerous people when I play on other courses how great this course is. I look forward to playing many more rounds at Forest Meadows, or Murphys 9. A great place to play!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect 9"


dornbush125485's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great 9 hole course. 1st Tee gets your attention with a visually narrow Par 5 so you know that this isn't a Small layout. Serious Golf but really fun. Great for all levels of players. Go Play thus one!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Better than ever"


powerstringer2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was sad to see the back nine go but wow did they do a good job of pulling it together in nine holes. I played two days in a row. Shot 4 over one day and 9 over the next, It has some really challenging par threes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"2014 dec"


terradrive2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2014
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course fairways were a bit rough. Greens were very good. Course short, but challenging.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Views"


Erin2544038's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a phenomenal time at Forest Meadows. The greens were in good condition. There were several holes with great views of the mountains and valley. We were the only ones on the course which was nice to not feel rushed through the game. I had a great time and highly recommend anyone to play Forset Meadows.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course."


larryb10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Makes for a nice golf day and some demanding par three's.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"thank you"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

pro shop had reservation. no delays to first tee.
your service is uncomplicated and efficient.
excellent. will utilize your service again. will relate to friends your service.

thank you again

david simons


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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