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Fore! Golf Yosemite and Two Other Great Courses in the Beautiful Sierra Nevada

Program Number: 17247RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2013 - 6/21/2013; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Oakhurst, California
Price starting at: $975.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Golf; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Improve your game amongst a splendid sample of Central California's finest foothill golf courses. Play three courses that show off the area's diversity. While here, take a break from putting and driving and join us for a guided bus tour of Yosemite. Experience the breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley from famous Glacier Point and snap a photo at of the iconic locations in Yosemite Valley. Walk up to Bridalveil Falls, catch the first glimpse of half dome from tunnel view, feel the spray of Yosemite falls, and bask in the great shadow of El Capitan. To wrap up the golf extravaganza, dine at the Victorian style historic Wawona hotel for an elegant, relaxing finish.




Highlights

• Expert Golf instruction from Senior Pro’s at two courses in the beautiful Sierra Nevada.
• Off the course, explore Yosemite’s natural wonders and its historic grand hotels.
• Play Wawona GC, one of the few organic golf courses in the United States and a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day. Includes 36 holes of golf and 1-2 hours instruction time. Cart included; club rentals available but not included.




Date Specific Information

6-16-2013, 9-28-2014

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Coordinated by Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.




Oakhurst

With Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada just out the backdoor, Oakhurst is an active community and gateway to the region’s many natural splendors, including fine hiking trails and native wildlife.



Accommodations
Clean, comfortable, rustic conference center on 162 forested acres, walking trails on-site. Rooms are without televisions or telephones (both available in main lodge). Free WiFi throughout.
Meals and Lodgings
   Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
  Oakhurst, CA 5 nights
 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Access to sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM if we've just had a group depart.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however class is offered in the morning, and your program ends after lunch.
  Contact info: 43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, are climate-controlled and have hair dryers. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
  Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Wireless internet is available in Lyles Hall and on Lyles Hall deck. (Bring your own laptop.) Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Unfortunately as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Unfortunately as a conference center we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times due to other groups having our facility booked.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00 pm (but not earlier than 2:00 pm nor later than 6:00 pm). Program Orientation Begins at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after lunch at 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We begin preparing for your arrival long before you get here, and your personal information is vital in assisting us. Please return your Health Form, Supplemental Information and Liability Release Forms to us no later than 3 weeks prior to the program start date. CALL US if you haven't received program materials; they are mailed to you no less than 6 weeks prior to the program, usually sooner.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available directly in front of lodge rooms. All rooms have ground-floor entry.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Oakhurst, CA
  Nearest city or town:  ECCO is 4 miles from the center of Oakhurst.
  Nearest highway: ECCO is set back 1 mile from Hwy 41.
  Nearest airport:  Fresno-Yosemite International
  From End of Program
  Location: Oakhurst, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fresno, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ECCO
phone: 559-683-8162
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 - subject to change until reservation is confirmed
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

   

ECCO highly recommends renting a vehicle if at all possible, for free time options. ECCO shuttle is available only on program opening/closing days; maximum capacity is 4 persons. Other private transportation companies are available in our area; call Kristen at 559/683-8162 for names and contact information.

 
Driving Directions
  From Eastern Sierra Nevada: **THIS ROUTE IS WEATHER-DEPENDENT. Do not plan on this route without checking weather and road conditions. It is generally closed from November through May. Take Hwy 120 west from Lee Vining through Tioga Pass and on to the intersection at Crane Flat. Turn left at Crane Flat (toward Yosemite Valley). Turn left at intersection with Hwy 140. Turn right at Pohono Bridge. Turn right at Hwy 41 intersection, toward Wawona/Oakhurst. Stay on Hwy 41 to the south entrance. Stay on Hwy 41 13 miles. Watch carefully for the ECCO (Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst) sign--or the Christ Church sign. Turn left and follow signs 1 mile back to conference center. Note: the ECCO sign is difficult to see going southbound from Yosemite. If you pass the Sierra Sky Ranch sign, you've gone too far south. Turn around and watch for the ECCO sign (more visible going northbound).
  From Northern California Take Hwy 99 south. Exit on Hwy 140 east (toward Yosemite). At the intersection with Hwy 49, turn right. Hwy 49 dead ends at Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. Turn left on Hwy 41. ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From San Francisco Airport Take Hwy 101 south to Gilroy. Exit eastbound on Hwy 152 and stay on 152 until it merges southbound with Hwy 99. Exit on Hwy 145. At the end of the offramp turn left. Go over the freeway and turn right. Turn right again on Cleveland Avenue. Continue on Cleveland about a mile to 145. Turn left on 145. Go about 20 miles then turn left on Hwy 41. Once you drop down into Oakhurst ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From Southern California ECCO can be reached by car from Southern California by taking highway 5 north to 99, then take Hwy 41 north toward Yosemite in Fresno. Once you drop down into Oakhurst ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From Yosemite Valley ECCO is approximately 1-1/2 hours from Yosemite Valley. As you exit YV, follow the signs toward Hwy 41. As you travel out of the park, you will pass the turnoff for Glacier Point and Badger Pass as well as the Wawona Hotel. Exit through the south gate of the park and continue on Hwy 41. ECCO is on the left approximately 12 miles south. Our sign may be difficult to see from that direction, so watch for the Christ Church sign. Turn left there and follow the signs to ECCO about a mile back.
Elevation Note: ECCO's elevation is approx. 3,100 ft. On field trips bus may stop at an elevation of 6,000 ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival between 3 to 5 p.m. - Welcome to our home!/Get-Acquainted Social Hour & Orientation
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Arrive To: We're delighted you've decided to join us. Please plan to arrive between 3 to 5 p.m. (Not earlier than 2 p.m., please, nor later than 6 p.m.--our staff is available to assist you during those hours only.)
 Afternoon: Make your way to Lyles Dining Hall at 5 p.m. for a get-acquainted social hour and brief orientation. We'll get to know each other, and our staff will let you know where everything is, what our meal procedures are, as well as emergency contact information and the location of the message board. We'll ask for questions and make sure you get them answered.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. Dinner features a delicious main entrée of beef, chicken, fish or pasta, along with potatoes or rice, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert. Please note that only one entree selection is served per meal. Dinner is served until 6:20 p.m.
 Evening: After dinner, we will have the remainder of our orientation session followed by introductions. The balance of the evening is left free for you to relax after your day's journey. Cards, games & puzzles are available for your enjoyment.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Begin our day with instruction from a PGA/LPGA Professional. We will than begin with our first round of golf at the River Creek Golf Course.
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall. An ECCO breakfast buffet may include French toast, waffles or pancakes accompanied by sausage or bacon. Standard items include eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruits, toast or muffins and yogurt.
 Morning: We're off for our first round of golf, at beautiful River Creek Golf Course in Ahwahnee. A jewel of a course, featuring rolling hills and undulating greens, guarded by beautiful oaks and towering pines, it offers a complete Pro shop as well as PGA and LPGA certified instructors. You'll play 9 holes of golf, taking advantage of the expertise of River Creek's excellent staff.
 Lunch: Return to ECCO for lunch. Lunch may include a sandwich bar or a hot entrée. These may be offered with a homemade soup of the day and salad bar, along with a dessert.
 Afternoon: Following lunch, take time to explore the surrounding area. Your group leaders will help you decide where you want to go--places such as Nelder Grove, Mariposa Grove, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Fresno Flats, etc. Of course, we invite you to enjoy the tranquility of our grounds. Enjoy a good book, take a walk, work a puzzle or watch satellite TV in our main dining room.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Hall. Dinner features a delicious main entrée of beef, chicken, fish or pasta, along with potatoes or rice, vegetables, salad bar, rolls and dessert.
 Evening: Evening program - Each evening's program may consist of a video or a live birds of prey display and discussion or living history presentation. Each program is approximately 45 minutes long.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip - Yosemite Valley/Historic Ahwahnee Hotel Tour
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall, to enable us to get an early start on our field trip to Yosemite Valley
 Morning: 7:45 a.m. Board bus for Yosemite Valley. Bus departs at 8:00 a.m. or as soon as everyone is aboard. Your instructor/field trip guide continues her natural history lessons as you travel with examples in the field. You'll see The drive from ECCO is approx. 1-1/2 hours over a winding road. Motion sickness medication may be helpful so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Queen of National Parks. If mobility is an issue, please contact coordinator for further information. At this time of year Yosemite's waterfalls are at their spectacular best, while Half Dome and the high country mountains still retain their snowy mantles. This is the quintessential Yosemite captured in world-famous photos. Even if you've been here before, you'll see the park's glory with new eyes--enlightened by the passion and knowledge of our superb instructors. Stops will be made at Tunnel View (that famous first glimpse of Half Dome), Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Bridge and Yosemite Lodge.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon Enjoy a sack lunch in Yosemite Valley.
 Afternoon: After lunch your field trip guide will lead you on a tour of the magnificent Ahwahnee Hotel, where you'll marvel at the architecture, the basketry displays and the history inherent within its walls. If you'd prefer to explore other areas (such as the Ansel Adams Gallery, Indian Village & Museum, Visitor's Center, Yosemite Falls, etc., your group leader will assist you in planning your afternoon. Arrive at the appointed meeting place at the time designated by your group leader to board the bus for return to ECCO. Stops will be made along the way at Gates of the Valley and Tunnel View. You will arrive back at ECCO between 5 and 5:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Bus departs Yosemite Valley for return to ECCO. You will arrive at ECCO at approximately 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at ECCO
 Evening: Evening program after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Play 18 holes of golf at the Sierra Meadows Golf Course. This will be your second lesson with a PGA/LPGA Professional.
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: Refine your golf game with 18 holes at Sierra Meadows Golf Course in Ahwahnee. Sierra Meadows Country Club is set in a valley of mature oaks, tall pines and majestic cedar trees, and is just miles from Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake. Ideally situated above the fog of the Central Valley and below the snow line of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sierra Meadows is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Central Valley. Open year-round, our 18-hole Sierra Meadows course will sufficiently challenge the experienced golfer while still allowing the novice golfer to enjoy himself. Sierra Meadows Course The 18-hole Golf Course has recently completed a $2-million dollar facelift. Many of the tees and fairways have been rebuilt, making the course fun for golfers of all levels. In addition, players will enjoy riding in our new fleet of Precedent Club Car electric golf carts. Our Signature Hole, Number 5 is a challenging par 3 that requires a 175 yard drive across water to a beautifully manicured Green. To nurture your game, golfers will find a full-length turf practice driving range, a large-scale putting green, a chipping green and an amply stocked golf shop.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sierra Meadows Country Club
 Afternoon: Continue at Sierra Meadows; take advantage of the driving range, learn from the Pros.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall
 Evening: Evening program after dinner
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Golf in Yosemite National Park
(Thursday, June 20)

Note: Play the beautiful Wawona Golf Course



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: In the morning, after breakfast, learn more about Yosemite natural history from our instructor.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: 12:45 p.m. Board the bus for a short journey up to Wawona, where you will have the opportunity to golf at the first regulation course in the Sierra Nevada when it opened in 1918, and has provided golfers challenging but rewarding rounds ever since. Designed by Walter G. Favarque to blend seamlessly into its spectacular surroundings, this nine-hole, par-35 national park golf course measures 3,050 yards and includes two par-five holes and three par-three holes. Different tee positions per side provide a par-70, 18-hole format. Golfers of every level enjoy the rolling terrain, variety of challenging holes and tranquil setting of this historic course. This Yosemite golf course is one of the few organic golf courses in the United States and is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. No pesticides are applied to the course and only reclaimed gray water is used for watering the greens. Those who prefer not to golf might enjoy a delightful trek around the meadow. The loop is approximately 3 miles and is mostly level.
 Dinner: 5:45 p.m. Return to ECCO for Dinner
 Evening: Evening program after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure Day
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: We hate to say "goodbye," but it's that time. We've left you with enough time to plan another day in Yosemite National Park or the opportunity to explore other areas of our beautiful Sierra Nevada--perhaps Nelder Grove, the Scenic Byway or the quaint town of Mariposa. We hope you'll come back again to enjoy another of our programs.
 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Farewell lunch in Lyles Dining Hall
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) Bass Lake
Fish or swim in Bass Lake's beautiful blue waters. For additional information, visit www.basslakechamber.com/
  Mariposa History Center
This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years. For additional information, visit mariposamuseum.com/
  California State Mining & Mineral Museum
One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country. For additional information, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
  Glacier Point
Glacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort. For additional information, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_Point
  Mariposa Grove
Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the Twenty Five largest Giant Sequoias in the world. For additional information, visit www.yosemite.ca.us/mariposa_grove_of_giant_sequoias/
  Nelder Grove
We find Nelder Grove the most peaceful and soothing of the Yosemite-area giant sequoia groves. It's in a narrow draw with a brook flowing through the center of it, and besides the giant sequoias, you'll find lots of other big evergreens, especially cedars, plus several dogwoods. For additional information, visit www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/nelder-grove/nelder-grove.htm
  Sierra Mono Indian Museum
The North Fork Mono Families first incorporated in 1966 to form the Sierra Mono Museum for the purpose of preserving Tribal history. The museum offers both static and living history experience. The doors have been open to the public since 1971. Permanent collections include a wide variety of Native American baskets and cultural artifacts. Also on display is the Tettleton Wildlife Diorama Collection consisting of over 100 freestanding taxidermy animals of North America and Asia. Other collections include historical photographs, cultural items, beadwork and weapons. Our gift shop is stocked with locally made authentic Indian Crafts, books and gifts. Every Thursday, Elders gather to weave, bead and dine on potluck lunch. During the fall they can be found cracking acorn for holiday events or cleaning Sourberry and Redbud sticks for weaving supplies. Guided tours offer a walk through the collections, stories, songs, and nature walk with signage explaining usage of indigenous plants. Classes in language and Basketry are held throughout the year. Visiting the museum offers a glimpse at Mono Indian lifestyles of yesterday and today. For additional information, visit www.sierramonomuseum.org/
  Golfing
1) River Creek Golf Course - www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com/ - 9-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 2) Sierra Meadows Country Club - www.sierrameadows.com/ - 18-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 3) Wawona Golf Course - www.yosemitepark.com/activities_warmweatheractivities_golfing.aspx - 20 miles from ECCO, within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park
  Oakhurst, CA Bass Lake
Fish or swim in Bass Lake (a 15-minute drive)
  California Mining & Mineral Museum
In Mariposa, about 30 minutes from Oakhurst. One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country. For additional information, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
  Glacier Point
Glacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort. For additional information, visit www.yosemitefun.com/glacier_point.htm
  Golf
Golf in Oakhurst (15 minutes) - River Creek Golf Course - www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com/ Sierra Meadows Country Club - www.sierrameadows.com/ Wawona Golf Course (inside Yosemite National Park) - www.yosemitepark.com/activities_warmweatheractivities_golfing.aspx For additional information, visit See above
  Hiking Opportunities
The Sierra Nevada foothills and the southern area of Yosemite National Park abound with hiking opportunities, on trails of varying lengths and difficulty: Way of the Mono - at Bass Lake - a 1 mile self-interpretive loop Nelder Grove: Shadow of the Giants Trail - 1 mile self-interpretive loop open late spring through fall; also in Nelder Grove: the trail to the Bull Buck tree. This magnificient specimen of a Giant Sequoia tree reaches a height of 246 feet (75 m) and has a ground-level circumference of 100 feet (30 m)
  Mariposa History Center
In Mariposa, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years. For additional information, visit mariposamuseum.com/
  Nelder Grove
About 7 miles from ECCO, this is your opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some ancient giant sequoias. Shadow of the Giants is an easy one-mile walking trail. For additional information, visit www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/nelder-grove/nelder-grove.htm
  Sierra Mono Museum
In North Fork, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This Indian-owned and operated museum features one of the finest collections of Indian basketry around. For additional information, visit www.sierramonomuseum.org/
  Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemite Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks felled the timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The Sierra National Forest's majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time. The Jenny Cars may operate at times when the Narrow Gauge is not available. For additional information, visit www.ymsprr.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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