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When is the Opening Day for Sierra Star Golf Course?

The birds are chiming in synchronization. The grass is peaking up through the snow. The warm air is consistent, and the springtime mountain air fresh.

This is golf season in Mammoth, and it is right around the corner once again.

Choose a golf experience when staying at one of our Mammoth Lakes rentals. Our condos in Mammoth Lakes get you connected to one of the finest destinations in the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are staggering sights at every turn. Gorgeous green vistas for golfing the days away. This is the ideal alternative to playing golf in the tropics of Florida. In Mammoth, you can enjoy the rugged reality of golfing at high altitude.

Undoubtedly, the area’s best course is the Sierra Star Golf Course. The below is our guide to the golf season in Mammoth and what to expect from the Sierra Star.

View of mountains at Mammoth Sierra Star Golf Course

The Sierra Star golf season generally runs from late May to early October. This coincides with the area’s official summer season, from May through October.

The exact opening day for the Sierra Star Golf Course depends on the weather, but this year the course will be opening June 7th. This gives you time to plan out your vacation to Mammoth and schedule a time to start the golf season right in the California mountains.

Woman on golf cart at the Sierra Star Golf Course

The Sierra Star Layout

Designed by Cal Olsen and built in 1999, the Mammoth Sierra Star Golf Course layout is ideal for experienced players. This 18-hole, par-70 course runs through mostly bent greens, with rye and bluegrass fairways for that extra padding. The fairways are often lined with trees to add an extra dimension to the game. You can take advantage of practice and chipping green lawn, with swing nets, club rentals, and more.

For players who speak the golf language, the course rating and slope come in at 65.6/116 white 71/133 black. Black tees play to 6,708 yards, blue tees 5,980 yards, white tees 5,430 yards, and red tees 4,912/4,802 yards.

The entire course is a full mile and a half (8,000 feet) above sea level and the highest-elevation 18-hole golf course in California. It boasts one of the highest in the entire United States.

Sand trap shaped like bear paw

The Challenge

For better or worse, the course is extremely challenging. Even avid players will have a tough time navigating numerous traps, like false fronts, backs, and humps. The course is demanding, but rewarding.

To top it all off, the course is actually hard to navigate simply due to its elevation. Players accustomed to low elevation may have a tough time staying fully “in it.” We recommend visiting the course after at least a day in the mountains. Rent a cart and use your in-house professional to help get through the high terrain.

Sierra Star Golf Tee times run from 7 am to about 3-4 pm, weather pending. Call ahead for all tee times as well as information in upcoming Sierra Star events.

Pond at Sierra Star Golf Course

The Views

The game may be a challenge and the season shorter than we’d like, but the experience of playing golf in the mountains is unbeatable. Visitors have reported wildlife, such as deer and black bears. Others have discussed inspiring views of the Sherwin Range waterfalls and relaxing post-game breaks at the clubhouse.

Skiers like to come during the winter, but our deluxe condos for skiing are just as good during the spring and summer. They attract a different crowd during the warmer months. Here, you’ll be surrounded by avid and enthusiastic golfers who are there to test their mettle on one of the region’s most challenging courses.

Reach out to us for more details on our available Mammoth Mountain vacation rentals. We have more than 75 different properties, each with its own special something.


Info@1849MountainRentals.com(760) 934-7525
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826 Lakeview Blvd (POB 835)
Mammoth Lakes, California


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