Located approximately 90 minutes northeast of San Francisco, the 11,000-acre property of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has become a full-fledged destination since opening its doors in 1985. Pronounced “Yo-cha Dee-hee,” the property features a hotel casino called Cache Creek Casino Resort (which added a new 459-room South Tower last October, enhancing existing stay-and-play options), a spa, restaurants, an entertainment venue, and a superb course that is ranked No. 18 on Golfweek’s 2020 Best 50 Casino Courses.Sacramento-based architect and former PGA Tour pro Brad Bell created the layout, taking care to safeguard any sacred grounds. He worked with Tribal Council members to create hole names in the native Patwin language, starting with the first hole, “Sul Sah” (Eagle Eye), aptly named, as the tee box is perched 160 feet above the fairway and provides a panoramic vista of the valley floor.Wildlife is the prevalent theme on the majority of holes, with names such as “Watak Kewe” (Frog’s House), “Tiwidl” (Rattlesnake), “Sedeo” (Coyote), “Pehtino Hoya” (Animal Gathering Place), and finally “Selai” (Bear) for the 18th hole, so named because of its standing as the No. 2 handicap hole on the course.
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