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Getting To Know: Saddle Creek Resort

An Interview and Insights With Bob Higgins, General Manager

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Bob Higgins who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Situated in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra region just two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 hours from Sacramento, Saddle Creek Resort is located in the heart of the Copper Valley in Copperopolis. Golfers will discover stunning vistas of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, while an ethereal collection of shimmering lakes, native trees, indigenous grasses and 100 bunkers provides a challenging, thought-provoking experience from tee to green. To create an atmosphere of tranquility and isolation, golf course architect Carter Morrish devised a routing in which no two holes run parallel to each other.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
A great design and challenge for golfers of all abilities, Saddle Creek is a one-of-a-kind "must play" golf course.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Avoid the hazards and take an extra club on the uphill holes. Golfers should approach with a conservative strategy for course management when playing for the first time. Keep the ball in play to avoid a big number!

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Saddle Creek is consistently ranked by Golfweek as one of the top 15 "Best Courses You Can Play."

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
"Miller's Cabin," hole 11, par 3, 151 yards

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is 14 because it is challenging and scenic.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Steak sandwich

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Carlos Corona, 62

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6828
Slope: 137
Rating: 137

More Information
Saddle Creek Resort
1001 Saddle Creek Drive
Copperopolis, CA 95228

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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