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We enjoy playing historic golf courses with authentic 100 year old wooden shafted clubs. We are an easygoing, no pressure, hit-it-and-go-hit-it-again group of players and have a lot of fun trading stories, clubs, and history.

We have several loaner sets and invite the curious to come experience the past and join our family of Northern California Hickory Golfers.

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NorCal Hickory Latest Happenings

2018 Monterey Hickory Classic - May 4th - 6th

2018 Monterey Hickory Classic
May 4th - May 6th

Monterey Pines GC - Pacific Grove GL - Old Del Monte GC

The NorCal Hickory group invites you to participate in the 5th annual Monterey Hickory Classic to be held Friday May 4th through Sunday May 6th on the historic and picturesque Monterey Peninsula.

In accordance with the Auld Golf Society rules and tournament guidelines, this unique event aspires to promote the authentic hickory golf experience by celebrating past traditions such as the dreaded stymie and other nuances of the Auld style of play. An exciting 3 day match play extravaganza contested over 3 local Monterey courses, contestants will be encouraged to play original antique period appropriate clubs as well as a hickory-era dimpled ball.

Competitors will be seeded by handicap index into flights of 8 players to play 18 holes per day of elimination match play. Winners will move on to play winners and eliminated players will get a second chance in a consolation bracket for each flight. Additional details can be read in the comment section below.

A celebration of golf as it was meant to be played, we are seeking like-minded players. Contact us if you share our vision and would enjoy participating in this event, or pass the word along to a friend. We hope you are able to join us and look forward to sharing this unique experience with our family of friends.

~ NorCal Hickory Group

831) 247-3447

Cost = $190
  • Includes all green fees for 3 days of golf
  • Sleeve of commemorative McIntyre golf balls
  • Gross/Net Skins game on Friday & Saturday
  • Awards
* Skin pot dependent on # of entries. $400 = full field of 32 players.
* Carts if desired to be purchased separately at courses.
* Deadline for entry and monies received is Sunday April 15th, 2018.

Limited field of 32 players.
Players as of Feb 18th:
  1. James Edwards-Bishop
  2. Chuck McCollum
  3. Rylee Stovall
  4. Matt Stovall
  5. Ray Tokareff
  6. Mike Kosich
  7. Steve Viskochil
  8. Kris Surano
  9. Kristian Kerr
  10. Devin Harmala
  11. Pat Anderson
  12. Jim von Lossow
  13. Roberta Robbins
  14. Martin Pool
  15. Bob Kotowski
  16. Rudy Kastelic
  17. Steve Malmquist
  18. Dan Vordale
  19. John Quickstad
  20. Jack Hammel
  21. John Sweeney
  22. Tim Bell
  23. Michael Scott
  24. Tim England
  25. Stacy Brown
  26. Steve Henneuse

Friday – May 4th 11:30 - Monterey Pines Golf Course
Just a few steps from Del Monte, this wonderful hidden gem, is a blast for hickory. The course has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation with perhaps some of the best putting surfaces in the region. Maybe a bit easy, at Par 69 and a mere 4900 yards, the course is very flat and forgiving. Everyone has the potential for a career day here, so expect plenty of fireworks and surprise upsets!

NEW: Friday
Included in your entry = gross/net skins + closest to the pin #8 (77 yards).


Saturday – May 5th 11:30 - Pacific Grove Golf Links
While the much touted and picturesque back nine ocean holes steal the attention, the front nine’s strategic features tend to get overlooked. Course designer Chandler Egan might best represent the days of old, in the hallmark green complexes of #3 and #4. The 6th was the opening hole in the 1930’s and remains as stern of a test today as it was nearly a century ago. A par 5 dead into the wind with an uphill then downhill dogleg approach, the precise shot from atop the knoll is as rich in shot value as any marquee hole on the peninsula.

Introduced in the 1960’s by then 80 year old Jack Neville (Pebble Beach), the inward nine might be the easiest 9 holes anywhere under calm conditions. It is nearly a guarantee however, that WIND and more WIND will be the forecast when we reach the back 9 late Saturday afternoon.

NEW: Saturday
Included in your entry = gross/net skins + closest to the pin #10 (100 yards).


National Hickory Golf Day
Sunday, May 6th 2018


Sunday – May 6th 10:30 - Old Del Monte Golf Course
Site of the 2017 US Hickory Open and one of NorCal Hickory’s favored local courses, Del Monte will be host to a grand celebration for National Hickory Golf Day!

The 1897 course, with small greens and protective bunkering, places a premium on strategy and is a perfect fit for an exciting match play conclusion with many opportunities to aggressively risk it all or play safe.

The Del Monte Grille has a wonderful patio for our post round celebrations and toast to our champions


2017 San Francisco Hickory Open

2017 San Francisco Hickory Open
Lincoln Park GC


Congrats to our 2017 Champion Tim Bell with a stellar 69.

November, 2017
The forecast for heavy rain loomed over the event all week, but mother nature bestowed us with another wonderful day out on the point when the day finally arrived. The quaint and locally inspired tradition is always a memorable close to our season and this year was no exception. Next year we'll plan to move our family get together back to mid October. Only a mere 11 months away! :)

Nothing like a little masking tape to accentuate the pretentious award ceremony! Who's dog is that anyway? Sadly, the little bar across the street is closing and will be missed.

Doing their best to act natural.

Our champion in a "grave" situation off the first hole.

Is there any doubt as to what magnificent city this is?

Bob Marley watches over the group and approves.

Kristian, the "new stick", shows how to work a loaner club! Nice form! :o

Green pacers!

Half of the entire field managed to squeeze into the picture!

The other half.

These bums managed to win the best-ball-team-over-and-under-count-it-backwards-beers-from-the-opposing-players-bet by a single stroke. A strong rally from behind capped by 3 pars on the last hole from the group sealed the deal. Congrats! :)

Photo album started here:
2017 San Francisco Hickory Open Album

2017 COW Cup - Medford, Oregon

2017 COW Cup
California vs Oregon/Washington

Centennial Golf Club
Medford, Oregon

Jim von Lossow's professional artwork says it all - California wins!

A big thnx to Martin Pool for once again formulating the winning pairings as well as being responsible for the nifty medals slung on the Californian's necks!


Thank you Steve and Cindy Wilt of Medford, for graciously hosting our Saturday night gala. Seen here strumming w/ our own Michael Scott.

The Medford Tribune, wrote up a nice article here: ... and-cleeks

Northwest hickory players has a well written recap here: ... s-results/

The dates of Sept 22nd & 23rd, as well as returning to Centennial, are being considered for next year's battle.

A photo gallery was started here if you have additional photos to add:
2017 COW Cup Photo Album

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2017 Monterey Hickory Classic - Del Monte

2017 Monterey Hickory Classic
Old Del Monte GC

Congrats to 2017 Monterey Hickory Classic Champion Erik Beer with a fine even par 72 highlighted by back-to-back birdies starting on the back nine.


Our annual skin's game, once again provided plenty of fireworks with 2 net Aces! Saving his best for last, Sweeney dropped a timely bomb on #18 for a net skin. The moment just happen to be caught on Erik's phone. :)

Gross - 7 skins @ $8 each
Net - 6 skins @ $8 each

Closest to the pin #12 - $14 - Tim Bell - "back of the green"
Tim was the last player to hit and the ONLY one in the field to hit the green! :) Nice shot!

#4 par3) Michael Scott - Gross 2 - Net ACE
#6 par3) Andy Trice - Net ACE
#9 par5) Dan Vordale - Gross 4 - Net 3
#10 par4) Erik Beer - Gross 3 - Net 3
#11 par4) Erik Beer - Gross 3
#15 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3
#16 par4) Willy Schlick - Gross 4 - Net 3
#17 par5) Tim England - Gross 5
#18 par4) John Sweeney - Net 3

Tim Bell builds a sand tee courtesy of dirt from a nearby gopher mound and impresses all on the 1st tee! :o

Next year's fireworks will come in the form of our match play finalists battling it out on a 3rd day of elimination match play at Del Monte. Set for May 4th - 6th, the change in venue will be a blast and look forward to teeing it up at Old D again!

A photo gallery was added to the website here:
2017 Monterey Hickory Classic Album

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2017 Apple City Hickory Open

2017 Apple City Hickory Open
Spring Hills GC

Congrats to our 2017 Champion and only player to break par, Michael Scott, with a fine 2 under par 70.

A big thanks to everyone for making the Apple City Hickory Open the warm family get together that it is! We may have drank a bit too much of Jacques Wine (thank you Michael) as usual, but it sure was tasty.

Pat - John - Stacy - Seth - Mike - Steve

Stacy - 1st tee and 1911 Victorian Clubhouse

Apple City - 1st tee

Michael also made the potato salad that everyone devoured.

2017 Champion Michael Scott. John Sweeney managed to nip Steve Henneuse for 2nd place, winning a card off.

The Spring Hills trio of George Marciel, Paul Darling, and Ron Taylor shot a 4 under par 68 with our loaner clubs. 2 Strokes were then added to their score (+2) in our blind bogey scramble. Maybe even more impressive for the first time hickory players, is that they managed to win closest to the pin pots (#9 & #13) versus the veteran hickory field!

$200 Gift Certificate Breakdown:
1st Place $60 - Michael Scott
2nd Place $30 - John Sweeney
3rd Place $20 - Steve Henneuse
$20 each winning Scramble - George Marciel, Paul Darling, Ron Taylor
$15 - Closest to the pin #9 - George Marciel
$15 - Closest to the pin #13 - Ron Taylor

A big portion of the field were experiencing Spring Hills for the first time. The course has an initiation fee when it comes to unlucky bounces and kicks. You may have to pay a lesser fee subsequently, but it is a guarantee, the staff and owners will greet you by your name upon your much appreciated return.

Thank you Amy for your hospitality!

1st time Spring Hills players - thank you and look forward to teeing it up with you again.
Seth Christensen & Mike Mayhugh
Pat Anderson
Dan Vordale

A photo album has been added if you have any pictures you'd like to upload here:
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