The updated Greenery at Diablo Hills is impressive!

Whether you are an avid golfer or not, you’ve probably spent a warm afternoon at some point in your adult life playing a 9-hole round at Diablo Hills in Walnut Creek. The course runs parallel (in some spots) to Ygnacio Valley Rd. and the clubhouse and Greenery (restaurant and bar) overlook Heather Farms.

It’s always been a really fun to play a quick round, but made even better by the social life at the Greenery. I visited recently and was very impressed by how much they’ve improved the clubhouse. I used to eat breakfast there when my kids had City Meet at Heather Farms Pool. The breakfast was always good, in a dated bar of the clubhouse.

Now there are TV’s throughout, which invite you into the spacious bar area, and they seem to have re-done parts of the menu, too. The entryway has definitely been upgraded and it looks like a place you could host legitimate events or meetings now! They even have an extra event room for weddings. I recently went for Comedy Night. What has changed is the weekend live music, which has attracted an over-40 crowd for dancing and nightlife. There is no cover, but I suspect they make their money on the drinks and food people buy.

It was a smart move by Diablo Hills to update this – as the taste of locals continue to get newer and nicer, businesses have to change with the times. And the Greenery at the golf course certainly has. Go check it out next time you want to hit the links or dance the night away!

It’s not too late to jump on the Walnut Creek summer bike challenge!

Are you an avid biker? Is that your summertime physical activity of choice? Even if that’s not the case, you might want to give this cool bike challenge in Walnut Creek a try!

It’s a great way to force yourself outside to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area summer weather, get a little exercise, and be environmentally-friendly all at once. Basically, there is a Walnut Creek Summer Bike Challenge that asks you to download a challenge card and complete it before the summer is over.

Destinations include Cream in downtown Walnut Creek (what better motivation for going on a ride is there than having ice cream at the finish line?), Heather Farm and Civic Park.

If the exercise, enjoyment and gas savings aren’t enough incentive, there are also prizes! Some squares on the challenge card offer instant prizes or free stuff upon completion, and the program’s grand prize is an iPad.

Other Bay Area cities hosting a challenge like this are Brentwood, Martinez, Oakley and Pleasant Hill. Give it a shot and explore our wonderful little town in a whole new way. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a SoulCycle subscription!