Golf Course Living


A sense of calm and serenity, miles of natural beauty: That’s what living on a golf course is all about. Enjoy the view from inside two Northern California golf course homes.

Privacy in Winchester

Comfortably nestled amid the pines and dappled in morning light, the gracious home of Don and Kay Whitaker overlooks the 13th green of Winchester Country Club. A splendid marriage of indoors and out, the three-story, 6,800-square-foot stone and stucco house seems to rise naturally from its hilly site, aided by two stone retaining walls and little in the way of intrusive landscaping. At left and below: Accessed from the house via French doors in three different rooms, the slate terrace offers a restful perch, with a view across the pond to the closest neighbors. Previous page: A simple seat beckons beneath the lower-level patio, with still-longer views of Winchester’s fairways.

Serenity at Serrano

Above the 12th fairway at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, French doors open from a guest bedroom to a balcony&emdash;just one of the charms of the home of Lyn and Roger Newquist. Taking cues from the course as well as nature, the irregularly shaped pool spills at one edge as a 4-foot waterfall, while on the other side of the patio, a section of lawn meanders gently away toward trees abutting the fairway. We love being outdoors and having the sense of the outdoors even when we are inside, says Roger. So we chose doors and windows and design strategies to access views of the course at every opportunity, to take advantage of&emdash;and reflect&emdash;the setting and to enhance the mood of the house.