Last Quarter Feature: William Land Golf Course Turns 100 Years Old

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – William Land Golf Course is the oldest golf course in Sacramento and opened to the public on May 25, 1924.

That means it is now 100 years old.

“I think it has had a long life because of the location,” said Curt David, head golf professional and general manager of the course. “If you’ve never been to William Land Golf Course, this is one of the most unique places you will ever find.”

It is located in the middle of a park and has nine holes. Apparently it was always planned as a nine-hole golf course.

“Yes, I understand eighteen wasn’t mentioned,” David said. “We are on about 65 hectares, I believe somewhere around 160-170 for the entire park. Of course, the park has the zoo, the fairytale town, baseball fields, soccer fields and picnic areas. So he fit right in here originally for nine holes, I believe.”

Nine holes were enough for Al Geiberger.

Geiberger, winner of the 1966 PGA Championship, was the first golfer on the PGA Tour to shoot a round of 59.

“And this was his childhood course,” David smiled. “I grew up down the street and played here as a junior. I think he lived just a few blocks from the park.”

The park, like the golf course, is named in honor of William Land. Land, a businessman, served as mayor of Sacramento in 1898.

“He left this whole park to the city,” David said. “And I think he would be extremely proud of the way this facility in particular, and the park in general, has matured.

“We want to modernize the complex. We want to do some renovations and facelifts. Tees, greens, fairways… really a facelift for the next 100 years here.”