5549 Bridgehead Road
Oakley, CA 94561
Phone: (925) 755-1222
Fax: (925) 755-1221
The management stresses on the course which is a mix of rye and Kentucky, hand-mown bent grass complete with bunkers and water hazards. And when Golf Digest gives Shadow Lake a four star rating, the euphoria rises. Professional golfers are always around, so don't be surprised if they come over and give you a golf tip or two. The Troon Challenge also draws a huge crowd. The restaurant, Baird's Crossing Bar and Grille, serves a round of courses after a hard day's golf. Tee times vary.
Gifted with a rich natural heritage, abundant coal reserves, splendid flora and fauna and a remarkable history, the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve attracts hordes of visitors from all over the world, year after year. Explore the woodsy areas, or take a stroll in one of the glades and experience the true beauty of nature at this preserve. If you are lucky, you will come upon relics of the Native Americans who had made this place their home. Explore the scenic terrains of the area by setting up camps along the hills or simply enjoy the beauty of the barnyards, and be amazed by what used to be a cattle ranch. Take an extensive tour of the region and you will discover that the preserve was once a rich avenue for sand mining, as well. This former coal mine hosts a wide range of local events from time to time. Open from 8am. Check website or call The Sidney Flat Visitor Center for more details.
The Hastings Adobe is a historic home and is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This private house cannot be accessed by general public, but one can catch a glimpse of its exteriors.
This park contains some beautiful wilderness with dozens of hiking trails that reach over 3,000 feet in elevation. At this height, it is needless to say that the park offers unsurpassed views of the San Francisco Bay Area and as far away as Yosemite. The mountain and surrounding areas were originally home to over 20 different tribes of Native Americans, including the Ohlone and Bay Miwok. In fact, in these tribes creation myth, the mountain was the point of creation. Today, the park's Summit Museum and Visitor Center features a variety of exhibits and literature on the park and local history.
The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial stands eloquently as a memorial dedicated to the people who died in the horrifying Port Chicago disaster. The memorial has immense monumental value and is a part of the Concord Naval Weapons Station. This memorial is a poignant reminder of the disastrous effects that a war can inflict on any nation.
The Old Borges Ranch is a historically significant district that was originally a family ranch owned by Frank Borges. This historical ranch forms the core of the Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space events and is now a ranger station. Open to all, visitors can explore the on-site home, farming machinery and other objects prevalent in that era. Check website for details.
If you are a nature enthusiast, taking a trip to The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a great way to explore 2.5 acres of a flora kingdom. This botanical garden offers a number of tour packages that take you through a range of interesting plant species. You can also choose to attend some of the informative workshops held here and interact with eminent biologists. Check the website for the list of closing days.
Established in 1988, this museum in California is known for its rare collection of classic and unique automobiles. This massive glass and granite structure houses more than 120 classic cars dating back from the 1890s. It showcases one of the earliest works of automobile art on its granite and mirror rooms. Whether it is grand antique cars or high speed racers, a Franklin, Ferrari, Mercer or Mercedes, you would find a varied collection here. The museum also has conference rooms that can be hired for meetings and gatherings. Check their website for timings and other information.
The John F. Kennedy University lies in the city of Pleasant Hill in California. This nonprofit establishment has three colleges under its wing. Founded in 1964, the strength of the faculty is around 700 and they enroll about 1600 students per year. Besides the College of Undergraduate Studies, College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the College of Law, they have also founded an Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership to stimulate young leaders and entrepreneurs to lead their own companies. This university is also a pioneer in social work. Visitors and potential students are welcome to the university on Open Days. Check website for timings.
Gardens at Heather Farm is located in Walnut Creek, California. It is a six-acre (2.42-hectare) property with stunnings views of Mount Diablo. It is open to visitors on all seven days of the week. Some of the gardens here at Heather Farm are Black Pine Garden, Butterfly Garden, Sensory Garden, Native Plant Garden, Mother's Garden, Diablo Ascent Garden, Cowden Rose Garden, and many more.
Perfect for a leisurely afternoon, Downtown Pleasant Hill offers visitors a chance to explore the many retail outlets, stores, restaurants and recreational spaces while strolling around the area. From beauty salons, theatres, cinemas, cafe's, speciality stores and more, it's easy to while away a few hours here. With plenty of available options, stop by Downtown Pleasant Hill for a pleasant time with family or friends.
Diablo Valley College (DVC) dates back to the year 1949, when it began as the East Contra Costa Junior College, a publicly owned two-year community college. It was rechristened as DVC in 1958 and is one of the most prized institutions of the Contra Costa Community College District in Pleasant Hill. A verdant campus, well-qualified faculty, excellent infrastructure and expansive educational programs and courses are some of the features of this wonderful college. Besides academics, DVC strives for excellence in art and culture, athletics and other sports. DVC's Information Center is one of the most well-equipped of such centers in the district. Visit website for information on courses, admission procedures and more.