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Welcome! On behalf of all of the golf course owners in California, I would like to welcome you to the California Golf Adventure Guide. This guide will provide you with a wealth of information regarding the wonderful golf courses and places to visit in the great state of California. California is blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic property in the world and is home to some of the world’s most revered golf courses. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to many of California’s finest courses and resort properties. From the amazing meeting of land and sea on the Monterey Peninsula to the incredible and majestic beauty of the High Sierras, you will have a multitude of beautiful and challenging courses to visit and play. I encourage you to take more time this coming year to play golf, the greatest game of all. The game of golf is a game for the ages. The people you meet and the wonderful courses available for you to enjoy are unsurpassed compared to any other game. Please take the time to review this guide carefully and support those courses that have contributed to make this publication successful. I look forward to seeing you on the links.

Sincerely,

George H. Kelley

President California Golf Course Owners Association

30098 Red Barn Place Canyon Lake, CA 92587

951 246-2928

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Editor

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Text ©2011 Shaw Kobre, Nancy Bernstein and Bob Fagan. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Regions

4

Bay Area

10

Inland Empire

16

North Coast

20

High Sierra

24

Orange County

28

Central Coast

32

Central Valley

34

Shasta Cascade

36

Desert

40

Gold Country

44

Los Angeles

46

San Diego

Shasta Cascade

North Coast Gold Country High Sierra

Bay Area

Central Valley

Central Coast

48

Out-of-State

50

In the Loop

59

Alphabetical Index

Los Angeles Inland Empire

Desert

Orange County San Diego

California Welcome Centers offer valuable information and services for today’s traveler. The CWCs are here as your personal travel concierge to assist you in all aspects of your California trip. For more travel information, please visit www.visitcalifornia.com. San Francisco Bay Area

North Coast

Shasta Cascade

Central Valley

San Diego COUNTY

San Francisco

Arcata

Anderson

Merced

Alpine

415 981-1280

707 822-3619

530 365-1180

209 724-8104

619 445-0180

Pier 39 #B12, 2nd Level San Francisco, CA 94133 cwcsanfrancisco@ guestservicesolutions.com

San Mateo

60 31st Avenue, Suite 389 San Mateo, CA 94403

650 578-8033

info.sanmateo@visitcwc.com

Inland Empire

San Bernardino

1955 Hunts Lane, Suite 102 San Bernardino, CA 92408

909 891-1874

info.sanbernardino@visitcwc.com

1635 Heindon Road Arcata, CA 95521

1699 Highway 273 Anderson, CA 96007

info.arcata@visitcwc.com

info.anderson@visitcwc.com

Santa Rosa

Gold Country

9 Fourth Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Auburn

710 West 16th Street, Suite A Merced, CA 95340 bakerk@cityofmerced.org

5005 Willows Rd, Suite H110 Alpine, CA 91901 info.alpine@visitcwc.com

Tulare

Oceanside

559 688-6894

800 350-7873

4500 S. Laspina Street Tulare, CA 93274

928 North Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

info.santarosa@visitcwc.com

13411 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603

high sierra

info@visitplacer.com

Central Coast

Desert

Mammoth Lakes

El Dorado Hills

Pismo Beach

Barstow

760 924-5500

916 358-3700

805 773-7924

760 253-4782

800 404-7673

530 887-2111

2510 Highway 203 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

2085 Vine Street, Suite 105 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

info.mammothlakes@visitcwc.com

Truckee

10065 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161

530 587-2757

info@truckee.com

info.eldoradohills@visitcwc.com

info.tulare@visitcwc.com

333 Five Cities Drive, Suite 100 Pismo Beach, CA 93449 info.pismobeach@visitcwc.com

Oxnard

1000 Town Center Drive Suite 135 Oxnard, CA 93036

805 988-0717

info.oxnard@visitcwc.com

visitorinfo@oceansidechamber.com

2796 Tanger Way, Suite 100 Barstow, CA 92311 info.barstow@visitcwc.com

Yucca Valley

56711 Twentynine Palms Hwy. Yucca Valley, CA 92284

760 365-5464

info.yuccavalley@visitcwc.com

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The Legendary Napa Valley You’ll want to stay a little longer.

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Come experience The Legendary Napa Valley — where world-class wines, championship golf courses, friendly faces, historic surroundings, miles of nature preserves, and a spirit of wellness set a slower pace, inviting you to relax, savor, and restore. Our farm-to-table culinary scene will delight you, with more Michelin star-rated restaurants per capita than any other wine region in the world. And you’ll receive a warm welcome in our winery tasting rooms, where you’ll feel a rush of excitement on your palate when you sample our legendary wines. A vibrant art, live-music and theater community will scratch your cultural itch. Our healing hot-spring waters, crisp-clean air and luxurious spa resorts will renew you. You’ll want to stay a little longer.

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Bay Area Napa San Rafael San Francisco

Vallejo

Oakland

San Jose

Callippe Preserve Golf Course, fast becoming one of California’s most decorated layouts.

Fisherman’s Wharf Great America San Francisco Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Union Square Wine Country

Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club .

airports: Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Boulder Creek

Hidden Gem—Jack Fleming Design (executive course)

This wavy short course is carved out of a redwood forest. It has narrow fairways and numerous par 3s, which leave little room for error and make this course a challenge. The front nine features five par 3s, while the back has three par 5s and four par 3s. With condos, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a conference center, Boulder Creek is a popular place for an affordable corporate outing or retreat. bouldercreekgolf.com // 831 338-2121

Boundary Oak Golf Course Walnut Creek

“The Best of the East Bay” Golf Course 2010 —Diablo Magazine

Few municipal golf courses are longer in yardage from the back tees than Boundary Oak. Set in the rolling hills just below Mount Diablo, the fairways

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local attractions:

courtesy of COURSECO .

Santa Cruz


are roomy off the tee, but trees and water on six holes do come into play. The greens are sloped and quick. playboundaryoak.com // 925 934-4775

Callippe Preserve Golf Course Pleasanton

Golfweek’s list of “Best Municipal Golf Courses” 2008-2009

courtesy of Chardonnay Golf Club

Set on 145 acres in Happy Valley, Callippe Preserve is surrounded by open space, native oaks and wildlife habit areas. The course affords excellent views of Mt. Diablo. A modern design that remembers how golf was supposed to be played. playcallippe.com // 925 426-6666

Chardonnay Golf Club . Napa

HHHH “Best Places to Play” —Golf Digest

Chardonnay uses natural terrain, working vineyards, creeks and barrancas to provide golfers with both beauty and beast. The course contains some of the most interesting green sites in California. Centrally located in the Napa wine country, close to San Francisco and Sacramento, Chardonnay continues to be one of the best places to hold an event or outing. chardonnaygolfclub.com // 707 257-1900

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club t San Jose

Crystal Springs Golf Course Burlingame

ELGA Chapter Award for Public Facilities —GCSA of Northern California 2008, 2009, 2010

The course is part of a federal reserve, and the holes range from flat to steep. For the most part, the course is revealing, without hidden tricks. However, local knowledge is key, and you will encounter some side-hill lies, even if you hit the fairways. The greens are small and traditional. playcrystalsprings.com // 650 342-4188

Deep Cliff Golf Course Cupertino

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

This short, par-60 course is popular for beginners, but its narrow fairways and small greens can be deceptively difficult even for the better player. A good time is had by all when holding a private event here. playdeepcliff.com // 408 253-5357

courtesy of Cinnabar Hills golf club

Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club Napa Valley

Voted 2nd Best Golf Course —SF Gate “Best of the Bay” 2010

Top 45 Facilities in the USA —Golf World Readers’ Choice Award 2009

There are three nines: the Lake, Canyon and Mountain Courses. Terrific views, abundant bunkering and lightning-quick greens characterize the 27 holes. cinnabarhills.com // 408 323-7814

You’re in for quite a ride on this challenging, diverse and entertaining golf course. Eagle Vines combines an old-world style layout of small greens, good bunkering and wide rolling fairways with a modern classic layout of tight fairways, fast greens and working vineyards. eaglevinesgolfclub.com // 707 257-4470

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Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park

Las Positas Golf Course

A Top-20 Best 9-Hole Golf Course in U.S. —Golf World, 2010

This popular layout features both wooded and open areas. Its large, well-bunkered greens, water and wind form the challenge. A sporty, nine-hole executive course adjoins. laspositasgolfcourse.com // 925 455-7820

Livermore

Family Golf at its best

San Francisco

Prepare for battle. This rugged nine-hole course will push your game to the limit. You will be fighting against hilly, narrow, tree-lined terrain, uneven lies and hitting onto little greens. If you play in the morning, you must brave the elements San Francisco is famous for: fog and wind. How many nine-hole courses have you seen with a slope of 140? gleneaglesgolfsf.com // 415 587-2425

Los Lagos Golf Course San Jose

Biggest little course you will ever play

Los Lagos is adjacent to Coyote Creek and is an interesting blend between a championship golf course and an executive course. This well conditioned rolling and mounded layout with five par 5s, only four par 4s and nine par 3s, will have you guessing at every turn. playloslagos.com // 408 361-0250

Meadowood , St. Helena

World Class Resort

courtesy of Meadowood

This is a quiet resort course in the heart of Napa’s wine country that incorporates the natural terrain into its layout. Meadowood is peaceful, but does provide some challenge with tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. There are two par 4s, seven par 3s and water on one hole. The course is a walker’s paradise and the resort is world class. meadowood.com // 707 963-3646

Metropolitan Golf Links t Oakland

ELGA Chapter Award for Public Facilities —GCSA of Northern California, 2009 & 2010

Half Moon Bay Golf Links Half Moon Bay

A Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design—easily the most playable of Miller’s collaborations. Located adjacent to Oakland Airport, this conveniently located course features an open, mounded windswept challenge. The course is very playable, yet interesting enough for all levels, and the conditioning is good. playmetro.com // 510 569-5555

“One of the best 18 holes in the country” —Golf Digest

The two courses at Half Moon Bay are the Old Course and the Ocean Course. The 18th hole on the Old Course is one of the highest ranked holes in the world. The Arnold Palmer/Francis Duanedesigned Old Course plays among the pines and homes before heading to the Pacific for a dramatic three-hole finish. The Ocean Course is a wonderfully crafted links-style course with excellent views of the ocean. With the wind, this course will put up quite a fight. halfmoonbaygolf.com // 650 726-1800

Indian Valley Golf Club Novato

Indian Valley is a mature course with plenty of native oaks. Many of the fairways are rolling, and there are a few steep ones as well. Indian Valley boasts a 15,000-square-foot green, the largest in Marin County. indianvalleygolfclub.com // 415 897-1118

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A beautiful place to play golf


Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park

Poppy Ridge Golf Course Livermore

Napa

Zagat rated as one of the top 15 courses in the nation for value

This is long, parkland-style course with mature trees and water on 11 holes. The description may be simple, but the course plays tough. A steady putter and proper club selection are the keys to shooting a low score. playnapa.com // 707 255-4333

Napa Valley Country Club

There are three courses at Poppy Ridge that are played in 18-hole combinations. They are the Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Merlot. The 27 holes here have been artfully blended to be similar in challenge and attractiveness. Bold, artistic bunkering is a highlight. Although this course is long, make accuracy off the tee a priority. Join the NCGA for great rates. poppyridgegolf.com // 925 455-2035

A private club with a rich history

Pruneridge Golf Club

Jack Fleming design in the heart of the wine country

Napa

The original nine was built in 1917 and was designed by the members. The front nine features smaller greens and oak tree-lined fairways. The back nine was built in 1990 by Ron Fream and has a more modern feel, with an emphasis on target golf. This is a fun and interesting layout, but be careful if you wager with a member—local knowledge rules. Reciprocal play with other members-only clubs is allowed. napavalleycc.com // 707 252-1111

Santa Clara

Pasatiempo Golf Club

San Jose

Santa Cruz

Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2010 (#11)

This is an Alister Mackenzie masterpiece and annually is included among America’s best. Though relatively short, it features some of the best green sites in American golf, making it a beautiful, classic challenge. Alister Mackenzie retired to Pasatiempo. The 16th hole is one of the toughest par 4s you’ll ever play. pasatiempo.com // 831 459-9155

Peacock Gap Golf Club San Rafael

Hidden and secluded, yet so close to San Francisco

Avoiding lateral water hazards, fourteen of them, and trees will be your biggest challenge. Twelve holes run parallel to a small creek. There is one lake, and San Francisco Bay comes into play on one hole. On some holes, if you miss the fairways far enough, you will land in another; however, the mature trees won’t make your return shot easy. The greens are straightforward with little break. They are under new ownership and have some exciting improvements on the horizon. peacockgapgc.com // 415 453-4940

Silicon Valley’s premier golf training facility

Pruneridge has only two holes that run side by side, and the course is well maintained. The fairways are narrow and most are lined by town homes, so out-of-bounds does come into play. Great for beginners and a nice alternative for the more advanced. pruneridgegolfclub.com // 408 248-4424

Ranch Golf Club, The Dramatic and demanding—150 slope from the tips

The Ranch Golf Club is not long by any means, but the forced carries and the exacting nature of any errant shot are extreme. This is not a beginner course. It is target golf, with challenging, multitiered greens. The dramatic elevation changes, rolling hills, oak-filled canyons, lakes and creeks make club selection difficult. theranchgc.com // 408 270-0557

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course San Jose

2007 NGCOA Player Development Award

Built on the site of the old Thunderbird Golf Course, Rancho del Pueblo continues the recent renaissance of East San Jose. It is an executive course that incorporates three ponds and multiple sand bunkers. Rancho del Pueblo is a great place for juniors and adults alike to learn the game. ranchodelpueblo.com // 408 347-0990

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California -

The green is always calling.

From the stunning shore-lined courses at Pebble Beach to the desert fairways of Coachella Valley, California has a green to suit every golfer. With pleasant temperatures year-round, and over 800 golf courses to choose from, you can come and play anytime you like. After a round of 18 holes, head off course to sample mouth-watering wine and food, pamper yourself at a luxury spa and explore the abundance of activities the Golden State has to offer.

visitcalifornia.com/golf


Round Hill Country Club

TPC Stonebrae

Celebrating 50 years of golf

One of the Best New Courses for 2007 —Travel + Leisure Golf

Alamo

Round Hill is a private club with a long, relatively open course that plays among upscale housing. It is forgiving off the tee and places a premium on the approaches to the subtle, well-conditioned greens. Reciprocal play with other members-only clubs is allowed. rhcountryclub.com // 925 934-8211

Hayward

Set in the hillside high above the East Bay, with dramatic views of Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais lies members-only TPC Stonebrae. Home to the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic. tpcstonebrae.com // 510 728-7878

courtesy of Napa Valley Destination Council

San Ramon Golf Club San Ramon

One of the East Bay’s best values

San Ramon Golf Club is an urban oasis. Trees and homes frame the layout, which features many doglegs, most of which favor the player who can work the ball left to right. golfsanramon.com // 925 828-6100

Silverado Resort . Napa

World-famous resort with two spectacular Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed courses

Silverado is comprised of two courses. The North Course is longer and more straightforward. The South Course takes more course knowledge and allows less room for error. Both courses have plenty of oak trees, water, and large, well-thought-out greens. With the legendary Johnny Miller at the helm, major golf course renovations are due to be completed Spring 2011. In 1870, General John Franklin Miller built a stately white-pillared mansion on his plantation. You will recognize the mansion as the heart of Silverado Country Club. silveradoresort.com // 707 257-5460

StoneTree Golf Club Novato

Extreme Challenge

StoneTree is two different golf courses, all in 18 holes. There are ten holes on the flats, with forced carries, mounding, water hazards and drainage areas. The other eight holes are up in the oak-covered hills, with little water, lots of trees, severe elevations changes, small greens and gorgeous views. stonetreegolf.com // 415 209-6090

Sunol Valley Golf Club Sunol

Fun, affordable golf

Sunol Valley has two 18-hole golf courses, the Cypress and Palm. The Cypress is short and narrow, with sloping greens. The Palm Course is longer and more spacious, with hazards on nearly half the course. sunolvalley.com // 925 862-0414

Vineyard Knolls Golf Club of Napa Napa

Located in the heart of Carneros

Vineyards Knolls is a private club set in the heart of the Carneros wine appellation. It is a traditional walking course, surrounded by vineyards, where you’ll find tree-lined fairways and greens. vineyardknolls.com // 707 226-8184

Vintner’s Golf Club Yountville

“Best Up-Valley Golf Course” —Napa Sonoma Magazine

Vintner’s is a modern, nine-hole layout with large greens, good sized fairways and mature trees. This is a family golf course, challenging enough for mom and dad, easy enough for children and beginners. To satisfy the more experienced golfer, Vintner’s underwent a redesign that welcomed the addition of black tees. The course also offers a large practice facility. vintnersgolfclub.com // 707 944-1992

Wente Vineyards, The Course at Livermore

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, 2010

Well-framed greens and some wonderful holes and views highlight Greg Norman’s first California project—one of the best golf experiences in east bay golf. Before you head out, get a feel for the greens; newcomers tend to over-read the break. Off the tee remember, keep it straight, there is a lot of out-of-bounds. wentevineyards.com // 925 456-2475

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Inland Empire San Bernardino Ontario

Riverside

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

An old quarry makes for stunning backdrops at Oak Quarry Golf Club.

Alpine Lakes Casinos Mountains Wine Tasting

Apple Valley Country Club

AIRPORTS: John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Apple Valley

A time-honored reputation for playing conditions

Formerly a members-only course, Apple Valley opened to the public in 2008. This is a “walkingfriendly� flat course with tightly mowed, extensive fairways and hard, slick greens. Two lakes come in to play. applevalleycountryclub.com // 760 242-3125

courtesy of Oak Quarry Golf Club .

Temecula

Arrowhead Country Club Great greens, great views

Arrowhead is a private equity club since 1944. They have an 18-hole tour-quality conditioned, extremely walkable golf course. Their management company put forth great effort to successfully improve playing conditions. arrowheadcc.org // 909 882-1735

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San Bernardino


Bear Creek Golf Club

Green River Golf Club

Host of the 1985 Skins Game

Now 18 holes are better than 36...

Murrieta

Corona

Green River was comprised of two 18-hole courses. Recent construction took only the best from both courses to form an excellent 18 holes of golf. playgreenriver.com // 714 970-8411

CrossCreek Golf Club

Hidden Valley Golf Club s

A pristine world removed from the hubbub

National Public Golf Course of the Year 2010 —National Golf Course Owners Association

courtesy of Hidden Valley Golf Club

This members-only course is one of Jack Nicklaus’s early designs in California. Water, strategically placed trees, bunkers and large, deceptive greens compose a beautiful and complete challenge. bearcreekgc.com // 951-677-8631

Temecula

CrossCreek uses the rolling landscape, mature oaks, lakes, and natural hazards to create a classic course that appears to have been around for decades. A pretty, engaging layout with some very challenging green sites. crosscreekgolfclub.com // 800 506-3402

Eagle Glen Golf Club Corona

A memorable experience set in the Cleveland National Forest

Eagle Glen is a scenic, well-conditioned course featuring elevation changes along the fairways and on the greens. The fairways are wide, accommodating golfers who don’t have complete control of their oversized, stiff-shafted drivers. eagleglengc.com // 951 272-4653

Norco

Hidden Valley is a bold contrast between course and rugged terrain. Elevation changes, spectacular views and a challenging layout make this course a great find for players of all skill levels. Hidden Valley was awarded the prestigious honor of being named Public Golf Course of the Year 2010-2011 by the National Golf Course Owners Association. hiddenvalleygolf.com // 951 737-1010

Journey at Pechanga Temecula

4th “Best New Courses You Can Play” —Golf Magazine, 2009

Soon to be a classic Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest design, Journey at Pechanga is routed over the beautifully rolling terrain between Pechanga

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Creek and the adjacent mountainside. It weaves its way through numerous stands of mature California live oaks and provides stunning vistas of the Temecula Valley and the surrounding mountains. journeyatpechanga.com // 866 991-7277

Los Serranos Country Club Chino Hills

California’s longest course at over 7,500 yards (South Course)

The two scenic courses at Los Serranos have punished many golfers over the years. The South Course is a par 74 and features six par 5s, constant elevation changes and can be breezy. The North Course is much shorter and less demanding. losserranoscountryclub.com // 909 597-1711

Menifee Lakes Country Club Menifee

36 ways to enjoy and entertain you

Riverside

“Top 18 Courses on West Coast” —Fairways + Greens

This stunning layout routes lush green fairways right through an old quarry. Oak Quarry features steep-sided bunkering that can intimidate even the most confident golfer. The contrast of the white-faced mountains and natural surroundings with the green fairways is dramatic, but don’t let it divert your attention. This is a challenging layout that makes you think on every shot. oakquarry.com // 951 685-1440

Pala Mesa Resort Fallbrook

Well established resort course with tricky greens

Between Temecula’s wine country and northern San Diego is where you’ll find this getaway. You might want to practice a few putts before you head out. This is a tight course off the tee, where you find yourself driving out of tree-lined chutes to the fairway. Keeping it straight doesn’t guarantee you an easy day or a low score. Unlike many resort courses, the greens here are fast, challenging and will punish a weak putter. Check their website— great last minute deals can be found. palamesa.com // 800 722-4700

courtesy of Temecula Convention & Visitors Bureau

Temecula Valley, southern California’s wine country

There are two courses, the Palms and Lakes course. Water plays a prominent role on both courses. You will find the fairways snug and the traps well positioned for errant shots. Accurate left-to-right shots come in handy on both courses. menifee-lakes.com // 951 672-4824

Oak Quarry Golf Club

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888.363.2852

among the vineyards

TemeculaGolf.org

Routed over the beautifully rolling terrain between Pechanga Creek and the adjacent mountainside, lies Journey at Pechanga. This championship golf course rises and falls a breathtaking 300 feet in 18 holes and boasts a signature, 435-yard, Hole 6 that has a spectacular 175-foot drop. YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT TO BELIEVE IT.

951-770-GOLF www.Pechanga.com

Featuring 27 holes of championship golf surrounded by over 300 acres of rustic beauty, dramatic elevation changes, sweeping mountain views and year-round sunny weather. Golf Digest Rated 

877-517-1823 • TemeculaCreekInn.com


Redhawk Golf Club Temecula

Consistently rated one of southern California’s best public courses

Flowers and elevation changes, added to an abundance of water and bunkering, make this one of the premier public access layouts in southern California. Redhawk’s 8th hole is home to one of southern California’s only island greens. redhawkgolfcourse.com // 951 302-3850

Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort Temecula

Feel-good resort golf at its best

courtesy of Greg Flores

courtesy of Temecula Convention & Visitors Bureau

A beautiful setting with mountain views and elevation changes, Temecula Creek was awarded a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” There are three nine-hole courses: Oaks, Creek and Stonehouse. The Creek Course is flat and tree-lined. The Oaks Course has constant elevation changes and is bordered by trees. The Stonehouse is the most difficult of the three and features steeper grades, more trees and a few blind shots. temeculacreekinn.com // 858 675-8470

Rancho California, The Golf Club at

Tukwet Canyon Golf Club s

Classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout

There are two courses: the Champions and Legends. The Champions Course is open, native in appearance, with rolling terrain and rugged bunkering. The Legends Course has constant elevation changes and is classic in design, with oak-studded fairways. tukwetcanyon.com // 951 845-0014

Murrieta

Formerly known as SCGA Golf Club, Rancho California is a lengthy course featuring sculptured bunkers that guard both fairways and greens. Add in several lakes and large undulating greens, and you have a challenging course that will keep you coming back for more. scgagolfcourse.com // 951 677-7446

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Beaumont

Home of the Southern California PGA


North Coast Eureka

Ukiah

Sonoma

local attractions:

Ocean views at The New Links at Bodega Harbour

Charles Schulz Museum Infineon Raceway Pacific Coastline Redwoods Wine Country

Bennett Valley Golf Club

Eureka Golf Course

Great value—fun course

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

airports Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Charles M. Schulz Airport, Sonoma County (STS) Arcata Airport, Eureka (ACV)

Santa Rosa

The fairways are driver-friendly (more so on the back nine) and many of the holes run parallel to one another. None of that takes away from the interest or the beauty of the golf course. www.bvgolf.org // 707 528-3673

Bodega Harbour, The New Links at .

courtesy of Robert Kaufman

Eureka

Eureka has magnificent coastal redwoods and Douglas firs throughout, but don’t be afraid to hit your driver off the tee. The course offers ample room on most fairways. Because of the damp climate, the ball tends not to carry, so be careful not to under-club. playeureka.com // 707 443-4808

Bodega Bay

Must play—extreme challenge

On this recently-remodeled Robert Trent Jones II design, the front nine is a demanding, hilly, linksstyle course with few flat lies. The back nine is more open off the tee, with subtle elevation changes. The course is well-manicured, with spectacular ocean views, tricky greens and a coastal breeze. Along with Sea Ranch to the north, Bodega is one of the best values for an ocean course in the state. bodegaharbourgolf.com // 707 875-3538

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courtesy of Robert Kaufman

Santa Rosa


Fairgrounds Golf Course

Little River Inn Golf

The north bay’s premier practice facility

Romance resort—fun course

Santa Rosa

A complete redesign and rebuild, the “all new” Fairgrounds opened in 2006. A Beginner Friendly Certification was awarded to the Fairgrounds by the National Golf Course Owner’s Association in recognition of their dedication to junior golf and growing the game. A nine-hole course with two sets of tees was redesigned with modern greens similar to those on championship courses, furthering their reputation as a premier practice facility. fairgroundsgolfcourse.com // 707 284-3520

Little River

This is a charming, hilly nine-hole course with tight fairways, lined by firs and redwoods. There are excellent ocean views from three of the holes. For a coastal course, you will notice little wind. The course actually has 11 greens that can be used to create an 18-hole layout. In order to score well, hit it straight and keep the ball short and below the hole. This course is off the beaten path but a great place to sneak in some golf on your romantic getaway. With a reasonable price, you can’t do much better. littleriverinn.com // 707 937-5667

Northwood Golf Club , Monte Rio

Historical masterpiece; #3 on GolfWorld’s “Top 25 Best 9-Hole Courses in America” 2010

courtesy of Robert Kaufman .

A 9-hole Alister Mackenzie design from 1928. Redwoods frame nearly every hole on this historic layout. Besides narrow fairways, you will encounter small greens, many of which have false fronts. Although short in yardage, Northwood does not give up low scores without some great shot-making. A rustic throwback to how golf was meant to be played. northwoodgolf.com // 707 865-1116

Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club Santa Rosa

HHHH1⁄2 “Places to Play” —Golf Digest

This members-only course is beautiful, hilly and demanding. The fairways seem to get smaller as the day goes along. Do everything in your power to stay in the fairway. Several elevated tee shots provide not only some special views but blind shots as well. Reciprocal play is available with members of other private clubs. fountaingrovegolf.com // 707 579-4653

Foxtail Golf Club . Rohnert Park

Great value—great fun

Foxtail has two courses. The South Course is fairly level with subtle mounding, well-placed sand traps and lined by mature trees and homes. The North Course is the newer and stronger of the two. A major facelift with mounding and additional sand traps has made this course more challenging. Both are fun, user friendly and reasonably priced. A great place for a family golf outing. playfoxtail.com // 707-584-7766 courtesy of CourseCo

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courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism Bureau

Oakmont Golf Club

Sonoma Golf Club

One of the most challenging executive courses in the state (East Course)

Play where the pros play

Santa Rosa

Home to two courses, including the executive length East Course. On the West Course, if you are hitting the ball remotely straight, expect to have a good time. Oakmont West is a wellconditioned, pleasant golf course with ample fairways and greens. However, if straight is not in your game plan, you will contend with native oaks, lakes, creeks, streams and plenty of homes. The executive East Course is a demanding layout, with tough par 3s and short, tricky par 4s. oakmontgc.com // 707 539-0415

Rooster Run Golf Club Petaluma

The best draining course in northern California

Rooster Run offers level, wide fairways, wind and plenty of water hazards. The real story is the greens. They are large, quick and sloping. If you can putt here, you can putt anywhere. roosterrun.com // 707 778-1211

Sea Ranch Golf Links, The Sea Ranch

Unpretentious ocean fun

A Robert Muir Graves design located along the coast, this is a challenging Scottish-style course with excellent ocean views. Sea Ranch is unprotected from the ocean breezes, and the fairways are outlined by native grasses and plants. Translation: Enjoy the beauty, but bring extra golf balls. Maybe the greatest value among California’s ocean courses. searanchvillage.com // 707 785-2468

Sebastopol Golf Course Sebastopol

Family-owned, local favorite short course

Wine tasting in the Dry Creek Valley

This is a short but challenging golf course in good condition that is a favorite of locals, beginners and seniors. The small greens and hilly lies make for a challenging round. The 195-yard, par-3 eighth hole over water to an elevated green would be a welcome addition to any course. 707 823-9852

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Sonoma

Sonoma Golf Club is a very subtle, traditional golf layout, originally designed by Sam Whiting in 1928. The fairways seem wide enough, but they are easy to miss. The bunkers aren’t very large but are always in the right place. The greens seem straightforward, but they are deceptively undulating and quick. Even the elevation changes are subtle. The only thing that is not subtle is your score at the end of the day if you try to be too aggressive. Play is open to members, guests and guests of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. The course was home of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship for the PGA Champions Tour (Senior Tour) from 2003-2009. sonomagolfclub.com // 707 996-0300

Wikiup Golf Course Santa Rosa

A short course designed for beginners and seniors

This is a 9-hole short course that plays through the Wikiup subdivision. The course is suited for beginners and seniors. It winds along Mark West Springs Creek. 707 546-8787

Windsor Golf Club Windsor

Former host course of the Ben Hogan and Nike Tour

This is a short, interesting and challenging golf course. The fairways are generous, but miss them and you will find yourself in a creek, pond or behind a native oak. If you can’t hit the small greens, be prepared for a difficult chip to get up and down. windsorgolf.com // 707 838-7888


About the photographers Aidan Bradley is regarded as among the best at his trade. He is widely recognized for his ability to capture the excitement and mood of a golf course. Over the years, Aidan’s images have graced the pages of all the national golf publications and he is a regular contributor to golf coffee table books such as Nicklaus by Design, Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”, Golf, The Women’s Game and many more. For more information on Aidan Bradley, we encourage you to visit golfcoursephotography.com.

Joann Dost has practiced the art of golf photography since the late 1970s, traveling across America, the British Isles, the Far East and Australia to capture the essence of golf course architecture and the spirit of the game with her camera. Joann has received many awards for her photography over the years. Her work can be seen in national and international magazines and her fine art is available through better galleries worldwide. Joann currently resides in Pebble Beach. For more information on Joann Dost, please visit joanndost.com.

Robert Kaufman is an award-winning photographer and travel writer. His work has been featured in publications, both national and international, for over 30 years. Robert is best known for having his photo of an aging Casey Stengel residing in the Hall of Fame. Robert resides in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. rkaufmanphoto.com Tim Mazzeferro is a former Navy photographer, now using his training and years of experience to create lifestyle portraits and photographing rustic relics, hot rods and classic automobiles. He does this with the help of his faithful assistant, Max, his black lab. For more information on Tim Mazzaferro, please go to timmazzaferro.com. Tahoe-based photographer Chris Talbot has been aiming his lenses at beautiful travel-resort-landscape-wedding subject matter for 22 years. In that time, Chris has traveled around the world by boat and by plane, not to mention camel, rickshaw, bike and longboat. His images have been featured in many well-known travel and golf publications. For more information on Chris Talbot we encourage you to visit talbotimages.com.

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High Sierra Reno

Truckee Tahoe City

LAKE TAHOE

YOSEMITE

Mammoth Lakes Lone Pine

Local Attractions:

Aerial view of the 18th hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

Casinos Lake Tahoe Skiing Truckee River Yosemite National Park

Coyote Moon Golf Course

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

Mountain Masterpiece

One of “America’s Top Golf ­Courses” —Golf Digest­

Airports: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Truckee

Copyright © 2009 World Golf Tour, Inc. and WGT.com

Stateline, NV

Coyote Moon is a must play. It is an upscale public course without homes surrounding the property to spoil the view. The fairways are generous, with granite outcroppings found throughout. The fairways have a funnel effect as you approach the medium-sized greens. The greens are well protected by sand, water and trees. At 6,800 feet above sea level, expect to get up to ten percent more distance on each shot. coyotemoongolf.com // 530 587-0886

Home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, this gorgeous Lake Tahoe course does not give up low scores without a fight. The greens are fast and undulating. The fairways seem to get tighter with each passing hole. This course will challenge you both mentally and physically. After your round, head into Brooks’ Bar & Deck, one of the “Best 19th Holes,” according to Golf Digest. edgewoodtahoe.com // 775 588-3566

D’Andrea Golf & Country Club

Gray’s Crossing, The Golf Club at

Sparks, NV

Superb playing conditions and a newly- renovated clubhouse

The course rises 450 feet above the valley floor and provides some excellent views. Each hole is separated by desert. Keep it in the fairway and you will be okay. dandreagolf.com // 775 331-6363

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Truckee

Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary

Sister course to Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing is a “return to tradition.” The course has fast greens and you need to get creative with your club choices and strategies. oldgreenwoodgolf.com // 530 550-5800


n is for north Somewhere between the first swing and final putt, a fair amount of amazement occurs. Drives go further, scores trend lower, and even the most devout golfers tip their hats to the scenery that defines Tahoe. Equally impressive are the 10 local courses, 29 more within an hour’s drive, brilliant dining and great values, all found at Cool Deals.

GoTahoeNorth.com | 800.Tahoe4U Lake Tahoe No. 1 ski destination with Rand McNally and Orbitz and No. 1 travel destination with TripAdvisor!

Golf is a big hit in north lake tahoe Golf courses in North Lake Tahoe are as abundant as water holes and sand traps. In fact, there are more than 50 courses in North Lake Tahoe within a 60-minute drive of the region, offering phenomenal venues and opportunities for visitors to take a swing. Courses in Incline Village include the Incline Village Championship, which is ranked one of the best in the state and recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation, as well as the Incline Village Mountain Course, both offering panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. In Kings Beach, Old Brockway’s nine holes was the venue for Bing Crosby’s first two unofficial invitational tournaments (1934 and ’35), before the celebrity tournament concept outgrew the 3,314-yard course. The Resort at Squaw Creek’s links style is a great example of the natural blend of golf and mountain settings surrounded by six majestic peaks. Audubon International continuously recognizes it as a Certified Cooperative Sanctuary. Courses in Truckee also boast big names and spectacular scenery. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Greenwood is an upscale par 72, while the area’s Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing emphasizes privacy and prestige.

Coyote Moon, also in Truckee, incorporates towering pines, granite outcroppings and a meandering creek without a home in sight to impede the natural vistas. The course at Northstar-at-Tahoe keeps guests on their toes with the mountain nine (tight) opening up into the meadow nine.

For a complete list of North Lake Tahoe golf courses, click to www.GoTahoeNorth.com. The site is also home to Cool Deals, updated daily, which offers savings on lodging and activities.

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Incline Village, The Golf Courses at

Plumas Pines Golf Resort

Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play,” 2011

It is easy to get distracted by the beauty of your surroundings at Plumas Pines. The greens are usually quick, but it is the rolling, narrow, treelined fairways that keep golfers honest. Hitting a driver off the tee is not always your best option. plumaspinesgolf.com // 530 836-1420

Incline Village, NV

There are 36 holes at Incline Village. The Championship Course is a long and humbling layout, with excellent views of Lake Tahoe. Fairly high rough, pine trees, and fir trees create narrow fairways. Add in water and demanding greens and you can see why many golfers consider this one of the hardest courses in the Lake Tahoe area. The Mountain Course is a short, steep, executive target course with many of the same hazards as the longer Championship layout. The Mountain Course was named one of Golf Range Magazine’s “Top Short Courses in America” for four consecutive years. golfincline.com // 866 925-4653

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Golf Course Truckee

Mountain vacation wonderland

Independence Day celebrated at Lake Tahoe.

Graeagle

Perennial mountain favorite

Ponderosa Golf Course Truckee

Great views at a great value

With wonderful views, Ponderosa is a flat, straightforward, user-friendly golf course. Originally developed by the residents of Truckee, this remains the only publiclyowned course in the area. ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com // 530 587-3501

Resort at Squaw Creek Olympic Valley

Classic Robert Trent Jones Jr. design

While golf is your destination, recreation will be your journey. Northstar is famous for its summertime activities. This Robert Muir Graves-designed course seems like two courses in one. The front nine is extreme mountain golf with narrow, treelined fairways that devour golf balls and greens that seem to get smaller with each hole. The back nine is a friendly meadow course with freeflowing fairways and beautiful mountain views. NorthstarAtTahoe.com // 530 562-3290

Set in a beautiful mountain meadow, there is nothing gentle about the challenge. The fairways are like island targets amid environmentally sensitive areas. Precise play is required. Resort at Squaw Creek is a recently-renovated fourstar, luxury resort and spa. This course is green in more ways than one—it uses no pesticides in order to protect the environment. squawcreek.com // 530 583-6300

Old Brockway Golf Course

Tahoe City

Kings Beach

Rated among the “Top 10 Golf Courses in Northern California” by Golf Today Magazine

Old Brockway is a 9-hole course long enough to satisfy the low handicapper and forgiving enough to accommodate the high handicapper. The course has a view of Lake Tahoe on every hole. There is a lot of history here—Old Brockway played host to the first Crosby in 1934-35. oldbrockway.com // 530 546-9909

Old Greenwood Golf Course Truckee

Rated #4 on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Finest New Upscale Public Courses” in 2005

Jack Nicklaus Design. Through stately pines and blue sagebrush wind 18 holes of near-perfect golf. As a Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the course melds beautifully with the natural landscape to provide golf with both the beauty of the Sierras and the challenge of one today’s modern classic layouts. oldgreenwoodgolf.com // 530 550-7010

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Tahoe City Golf Course Tee off where the Rat Pack did

Originally opened in 1917, Tahoe City has a rich, star-studded history. Set in the mountains, this is a short course that derives its challenge from narrow fairways and hard-to-read greens. The course affords excellent views of Lake Tahoe from almost any location on the course. tahoecitygolf.com // 530 583-1516

Tahoe Donner Golf Course Truckee

“Best Remodeled Golf Course in America” nomination —Golf Digest, 2007

This beautiful trek through the mountain woods is good for the soul and makes for fun golf as well. Set amid streams and the forest, Tahoe Donner completed an extensive renovation in 2006. Excellent greens. golftahoedonner.com // 530 587-9440


There is a place in the world that simply must be experienced...

To golf Edgewood Tahoe is truly a special experience. From May to October, you can enjoy beautiful greens, spectacular fairways, and of course, magnificent views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierras. There’s also superior year-round lakeside dining, special events, and Brooks’ Bar & Deck was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the “50 Best 19th Holes in America.” This place is golfing at its best, an elevating experience where great golfing memories are made.

Call 866.934.6530 or visit EdgewoodTahoe.com/CA

Every July celebrities face off at Edgewood Tahoe, home of the American Century Celebrity Championship.


Orange County Anaheim Santa Ana

Irvine

Newport Beach

14th hole at Coyote Hills Golf Club

Beaches Disneyland Knott’s Berry Farm South Coast Plaza

Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course t

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courtesy of Orange County: California’s Golf Coast

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

Laguna Beach

The canyon is calling

Set in a scenic and tranquil canyon with Aliso Creek coming into play on six holes, the course is short in length but long in character. The fairways are narrow, but the greens are large, elevated and tiered. The par 3s are the story at Aliso Creek. alisocreekinn.com // 949 499-2271

AIRPORTS:

courtesy of Orange County: California’s Golf Coast

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Long Beach Airport (LGB)

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Anaheim Hills Golf Course s Anaheim

Enchanting, old California terrain

The “Hills” in Anaheim Hills is there for good reason. This is a short, fun course with fantastic elevation changes and few fairways running side by side. First-time players would be wise to hook up with a local to help them negotiate this tricky course but foolish to wager with him. playanaheimgolf.com // 714 998-3041


Black Gold Golf Club

Old Ranch Country Club

HHHH1⁄2 Stars —Golf Digest

Beautiful Ted Robinson redesign

Yorba Linda

Seal Beach

Sitting 750 feet above sea level, Black Gold offers excellent views of Orange County and Catalina Island. The course, bordered by the Chino Hills State Park, is rolling with a traditional feel. Not overly long, it has strategically-placed bunkers. The greens are medium-sized with some undulation. You will find water on eight holes. The golfer who is patient and can manage their game will score well at Black Gold. blackgoldgolf.com // 714 961-0060

Recently redesigned by Ted Robinson, the Old Ranch features 28 acres of water, open fairways and well-bunkered and mounded green sites. Getting your ball up and down from a missed approach shot could be hazardous to your score. The course is members-only, but reciprocal play with other members-only clubs is allowed. oldranch.com // 562 596-4611

Coyote Hills Golf Course

Voted #2 U.S. Resort 2010 Readers’ Choice Award —Condé Nast Traveler

“Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses” —Golf For Women

Pelican Hill is home to two golf courses that showcase designer Tom Fazio at his best. The South Course is located immediately above the Pacific. The canyon-crossing tee shots and oceanside holes are impressive. The North Course is higher above the Pacific and features spectacular ocean views. PelicanHill.com // 949 467-6800

Fullerton

Coyote Hills was designed by Cal Olson and the legendary Payne Stewart. From the tips, the course boasts some exhilarating—and sometimes intimidating—tee shots. This is a good, challenging layout. coyotehillsgc.com // 714 672-6800

Pelican Hill Golf Club Newport Coast

Monarch Beach Golf Links . Dana Point

“Top 100 Golf Resort” —Condé Nast Traveler

courtesy of Orange County: California’s Golf Coast

This is a target golf course with great views, rolling hills, trees and an abundance of fairway and green-side bunkers. The course may appear short from a yardage standpoint, but it is a par 70. Don’t under-club unless you brought lots of golf balls. monarchbeachgolf.com // 949 240-8247

Oak Creek Golf Club Irvine

Fun Fazio design with stylized bunkering

Rolling, wide fairways, meandering creeks, towering eucalyptus trees, and stylized Tom Fazio bunkering all combine for a pleasant experience at this upscale daily-fee facility. oakcreekgolfclub.com // 949 653-5300

San Juan Hills Golf Club , courtesy of Orange County: California’s Golf Coast

San Juan Capistrano

2010 “Best of Southern California Golf” —Southland Golf Magazine

Nestled in the hills of San Juan Capistrano, this is a straightforward and fairly hilly course with plenty of trees and some water. To score well here, you will need to remember to use one extra club on the uphill holes or you will find yourself in one of the many green-side bunkers. San Juan Hills has been an OC favorite for over 40 years. sanjuanhillsgolf.com // 949 493-1167

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The 2011 card is here!

Only $49.95

2011 OC Golf Trail card benefits include: • SAVE hundreds of dollars on green fees! • The 2011 member card gives you 50% off one (1) round of golf at each of the 8 OC Golf Trail member courses and can be used 7 Days a Week at Any Time (major holidays excluded and not on Twilight rates).

50% off one round of golf at each of these Orange County courses.

Golfer must present their OC Golf Trail Card at check in, in order to receive discount. OCCG 800-555-1982.


courtesy of Orange County: California’s Golf Coast

Strawberry Farms Golf Club s Irvine

A favorite of those doing business in southern California

This upscale, daily-fee course plays in a valley. There are wetlands and hazards constantly to the golfer’s left. This is an attractive, difficult layout. You’ll find local golfers and business people alike at Strawberry Farms. strawberryfarmsgolf.com // 949 551-1811

Tijeras Creek Golf Club Rancho Santa Margarita

Great OC value designed for all levels

Tijeras Creek is the tale of two styles. The front is real estate golf, winding through a development. The back nine heads out along ridges and valleys for an exhilarating finish. The course recently underwent renovation including a complete bunker redesign. tijerascreek.com // 949 589-9793

Tustin Ranch Golf Club . Tustin

“Course of the Year” —California Golf Course Owners Association, 2008 courtesy of Tustin Ranch Golf club

A 4-star recipient of Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” in multiple years, Tustin Ranch has undulating fairways and multi-tiered greens. There is an abundance of sand and water, including waterfalls. All of this contributes to making this one of the most popular courses in Orange County. tustinranchgolf.com // 714 730-1611

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Central Coast Monterey

San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara

Local Attractions:

A different kind of foursome on the course at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Beaches Dining Pacific Coastline Shopping Solvang Wine Country

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

airports: Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX)

Solvang

Two championship courses are just part of the story

The natural setting of Alisal Guest Ranch is home to two courses: the River Course and the Ranch Course, both California golf personified. Keep your ball in the fairway to score well. The mediumsized greens are undulating and very puttable. The resort embodies the great outdoors from “catch-and-release” fishing to horseback riding. Tennis enthusiasts will be happy, as will the avid spa-goer. alisal.com // 805 688-6411

Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Courses Seaside

“One of the most impressive redesigns you’ll ever see” —golfchannel.com

Good players have long recognized that the Bayonet course is one of the most demanding in America. Closely tree lined, its sloping fairways and recently-renovated greens and bunkers make

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this a must-play for the golf enthusiast. Blackhorse is similar in nature but does not have the distance of Bayonet. The course affords many excellent ocean views. bayonetblackhorse.com // 831 899-7271

Chalk Mountain Golf Course Atascadero

Great value with many elevation changes and gorgeous scenery

Canyons, oak trees, sloping greens and narrow fairways are just a few of Chalk Mountain’s obstacles. The course is not long in today’s graphite and titanium world, but provides ample challenge. chalkmountaingolf.com // 805 466-8848

Cypress Ridge Golf Club Arroyo Grande

HHHH “Best Places to Play” —Golf Digest

Set on a mesa overlooking the ocean, this rolling course affords excellent ocean views. This is a rigorous course with deep fairway bunkers and sliding greens (hidden breaks). cypressridge.com // 805 474-7979


Dairy Creek Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course

Great camper and golf specials

#33 “America’s 50 Toughest Golf Courses” —Golf Digest

The course has three large lakes that come into play as well as two creeks. Pennington Creek defines the front nine, while Dairy Creek meanders through the back nine. The greens are large but subtle in slope. Off the tee, aiming for the cart path could save you many strokes. The cart paths run away from hazards, and balls hit in that direction tend to funnel back into the middle of the fairway. centralcoastgolf.com // 805 782-8060

Del Monte Golf Course Monterey

An enduring favorite since 1897

Lompoc

La Purisima is built into the hills of Lompoc. Do you have trouble keeping the ball straight? Beware—miss the fairways or greens and you will find yourself in trees, brush, creeks, ponds or a well-placed trap. With elevated tees and greens, chances are you will be hitting at an angle at some point during the round. Wind can be a factor in the afternoon. One of the best courses in California—words don’t do it justice. lapurisimagolf.com // 805 735-8395

Monarch Dunes Golf Club . Nipomo

Depending on who you talk to, this 100-year-old layout may be the oldest in the state. Owned by Pebble Beach Resorts, this flat but charming course uses its natural simplicity to create an enjoyable round of golf. The course has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top courses over 100 years old. pebblebeach.com // 831 373-2700

One of “America’s Best New Courses” —Golfweek

Eagle Ridge Golf Club

Monterey Peninsula Country Club

Gilroy

“Top 50 Women-Friendly Golf Courses” —Golf For Women

The holes against the hillside are breathtaking and the bunkering is distinctively bold and attractive. The greens, with their speed and undulations, are perhaps the most challenging of any public course in northern California. eagleridgegc.com // 408 846-4531

Elkins Ranch Golf Course Fillmore

A relaxing experience surrounded by orange groves

Slightly rolling, tree-lined fairways and five lakes can be found at Elkins Ranch. Located in a quiet canyon setting, the course has few parallel fairways. It has elevated tees with greens that tend to break toward the town of Fillmore, due north. elkinsranchgc.com // 805 524-1121

Hunter Ranch Golf Course Paso Robles

HHHH1⁄2 “Best Places To Play” —Golf Digest

Hunter Ranch will punish the impatient golfer. On the front nine of this rolling course, players can hit a driver off most holes, but on the back nine, a driver is not always your best choice. Many fairways and greens are guarded by oak trees and sand traps. The greens are undulating and fast. hunterranchgolf.com // 805 237-7444

Monarch Dunes “Old Course” is an 18-hole, links-style course that winds through central California’s coastal highlands. Monarch Dunes will challenge your game and awaken your senses. They have recently opened a 12-hole, par-3 course—the Challenge Course. monarchdunes.com // 805 343-9459

Pebble Beach

Co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

This private, member-owned club is home to two courses. The Dunes Course combines the best of forest and oceanside golf to make what is one of the state’s most underrated layouts. Recent renovations have made the course more difficult, especially for the average golfer. The Shore Course plays in the open, adjacent to 17-Mile Drive. The layout is simple and understated. mpccpb.org // 831 373-1556

Morro Bay Golf Course Morro Bay

Panoramic ocean views from almost every hole

Morro Bay affords spectacular views of the ocean and is often referred to as a “poor man’s Pebble Beach.” This hilly course is best known for its small, tricky greens. Optical illusions often have golfers playing breaks in the opposite direction. centralcoastgolf.com // 805 782-8060

Pajaro Valley Golf Club Royal Oaks

Fun course between Monterey and Santa Cruz

This is an often overlooked gem—scenic, with a few challenges, but not too difficult. The fairways are generous and the length modest, allowing the average golfer a chance at a good score. pajarovalleygolf.com // 831 724-3851

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San Luis Obispo


Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach

Host of 2010 U.S. Open, #1 “America’s Best Public Golf Courses” —Golf Digest

America’s premier public-access course affords gorgeous views and a walk through golfing lore. Its small putting surfaces, together with the weather, provide most of the golfing challenge to a course that everyone will want to play at least once. Guests of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero enjoy special booking privileges for golf reservations when arranging accommodations. pebblebeach.com // 800 654-9300

Peter Hay Golf Course Pebble Beach

Nine-hole course for players of all skill levels

Peter Hay is across the street from Pebble Beach Golf Links. This is a short pitch-and-putt course located on a small hillside. A great place to work on your short game or teach the kids. Kids 12 and under are free. pebblebeach.com // 831 622-8723

Poppy Hills Golf Course Pebble Beach

Home course of the NCGA, the largest golf association in America

Home to the NCGA, Poppy Hills offers fantastic rates to their members. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course is scenic, challenging and well-maintained. Longer hitters will need to throttle back and be patient on this layout that rewards accuracy. poppyhillsgolf.com // 831 622-8239

McWay Falls, Big Sur

and allow women and less experienced players to avoid many of the hardships the back tees provide. The courses alternate each day between public and member play. ridgemark.com // 831 637-1010

River Ridge Golf Club Oxnard

Country club quality at public prices

With the Victoria Lakes Course opening in 2008, River Ridge is now home to 36 holes. Victoria Lakes will test you, with 8 acres of water and its own version of “Amen Corner.” On the Vineyard Course, hit your driver on the front nine because there is water on six holes on the back. The greens are good sized and undulating. riverridge-golfclub.com // 805 943-4653

San Juan Oaks Golf Club Hollister

Home of the PGA Tour, Stage One Qualifying

San Juan Oaks is an excellent Fred Couplesdesigned course. A good design, challenge, scenery and ambiance all contribute to what has become one of northern California’s more popular public-access courses. sanjuanoaks.com // 831 636-6113

Spanish Bay, The Links at Pebble Beach

#11 “Best Courses You Can Play in California” 2011 —Golfweek

Rancho Maria Golf Club

Located within Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay is a true links-style course, which affords wonderful views. For those who like traditional park setting golf, the mystery and host of shot options at Spanish Bay will either delight or bedevil you. pebblebeach.com // 831 647-7495

“Best Places to Play” 2008 —Golf Digest

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Santa Maria

Want to score well at Rancho Maria? Head for the putting green. There are plenty of trees on Rancho Maria, which is set in the foothills, but it is the small greens that are sometimes lightning fast that will give you fits. There are no parallel fairways, and an afternoon breeze is common. ranchomariagolf.com // 805 937-2019

Ridgemark Golf & Country Club Hollister

Perfect course for couples

Ridgemark is a semi-private club that boasts two fun courses. The Gabilan Course is the longer of the two and plays among the homes, while the Diablo Course extends into the countryside. The front nine of the Diablo is hilly, while the back nine is narrow and tree-lined. Accurate tee shots are a must. The forward tees are well thought out

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Pebble Beach

#11 “America’s Best Public Golf Courses” —Golf Digest

This is an exacting, demanding and exigent golf course. Translation: it’s really hard. After opening with five holes out in the ocean view and sand, the course retreats quietly back into the forest. Back there, the only sounds you hear are the cries of desperate golfers trying to make par. Okay, we are exaggerating just a little bit. The truth is, this is a spectacular layout, set on rolling terrain, with ocean holes, forest holes and elevated, sloping greens. A must play for any golf fanatic. Host course for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 1986. pebblebeach.com // 831 625-8563


Perfect Golf Getaway Whether you prefer the challenge of tight fairways, or a relaxing riverside setting, the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has championship golf and much more. Gourmet meals, horseback riding, luxurious spa and private lake also await at our secluded 10,000 acre resort in the Santa Barbara wine country. Amenities Include: • Private Cottage with Fireplace • 72-par Private Ranch Course • Includes Gourmet Breakfast & Dinner • 72-par River Course • Fitness Center and Spa • Tennis, Fishing and more

800-425-4725

1054 Alisal Road • Solvang, CA 93463 reservations@alisal.com www.alisal.com Call or visit our website for special packages.

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Central Valley Sacramento Stockton Merced Fresno

Bakersfield

Local Attractions:

Stevinson Ranch Golf Club, 2007 CGCOA Course of the Year

California Delta Farm & Dairy Tours Lodi Wine Country State and Regional Parks Sierra Railroad

Fig Garden Golf Club

Riverside Golf Course

Friendly golf since 1958

Home of the Fresno City Championships

Airports Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) Sacramento International Airport (SMF) Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) Meadows Field, Bakersfield (BFL)

Fresno

This is a friendly, flat, narrow course ideal for walkers, although power cart rentals are available. The course has many old-growth trees, two lakes and a river that comes into play on three holes. figgardengolf.com // 559 439-2928

Forebay Golf Course Santa Nella

9 holes nestled along the California Coastal Range

This parkland-style, nine-hole course nestled along the California Coastal Range has wide fairways and large, level greens. forebaygolfcourse.com // 209 826-3637

River Oaks Golf Course Ceres

Get your irons out

This user-friendly executive course along the Tuolumne River features trees scattered throughout and many parallel fairways. 209 537-4653

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Fresno

Built in 1939, you will find plenty of trees and subtle, sloping greens throughout the course, but what catches your attention are the fairway moguls. Even the straightest of shots will end up with an uneven lie. Riverside has a fully-lighted driving range. playriverside.com // 559 275-5900

Seven Oaks Country Club Bakersfield

Beautiful and challenging Robert Muir Graves design

The test is bold at Seven Oaks, a private club. Sand, water and considerable length combine with wind to push your skills to the limit on this flat layout. There are three nines: the Lakes, Island and Oaks. Reciprocal play with other members-only clubs is accepted on a limited basis. sevenoakscountryclub.com // 661 664-6404


Stevinson Ranch Golf Club

Valley Oaks Golf Course

Voted #1 Public Golf Course in California —2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Award

27-holes of fun golf set in the Plaza Park

Stevinson

Stevinson’s landscape is distinct for its vast, open areas of grasslands, scattered trees and marsh areas. Its exceptional bunkering and links feel make for an excellent test of your skills. If you have a few days, stay at Stevinson Ranch and take advantage of their innovative golf school. The Savannah Course is a Certified Bronze Audubon Signature Sanctuary. stevinsonranch.com // 209 668-8200

Visalia

There are three courses: the Valley Course, the Oaks Course and the Lakes Course. They are rotated in 18-hole combinations every day. The original courses—Valley and Oaks—are traditional in design, with large greens. The Lakes Course is more of a links-style course. playvalleyoaks.com // 559 651-1441

Turlock Golf & Country Club Turlock

One the oldest country clubs in the Central Valley

This members-only country club is a target course with narrow fairways, difficult rough and greens that do not accommodate a weak putter. The course is underrated and plays longer than the yardage on the scorecard.Reciprocal play with other members-only clubs is allowed. turlockcountryclub.com // 209 634-4976

left: Pleasure boats docked in Stockton. below: California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.

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Shasta Cascade Redding Red Bluff

Quincy

Chico

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

9th hole of Mount Shasta Resort Golf Course

Lake Shasta Lassen Volcanic National Park Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Mount Shasta Resort Golf Course

Riverview Golf & Country Club

Dramatic Views

A private club set along the Sacramento River

AIRPORTS: Chico Municipal Airport (CIC) Redding Municipal Airport (RDD)

Mount Shasta

This is a rolling, narrow, tree-lined course with dramatic greens and eye-pleasing views set at the base of Mount Shasta. At 3,500 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is short in length by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pushover. The course is designed to make players think, giving them several options for each shot. A great getaway location. mountshastaresort.com // 530 926-3052

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Redding

Situated alongside the Sacramento River, this is a traditional course with tree-lined fairways, small greens and demanding par 3s. To score low, keep it in the fairway and bring your best short game. Witness one of the great opening tee shots in golf and enjoy a very walkable trek along many narrow fairways. Reciprocal play with other membersonly clubs is allowed. riverviewgolf.net // 530 224-2250


Lake Shasta

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Desert Death Valley Junction

Las Vegas

Barstow Palm Springs Indio El Centro

Local Attractions:

At 214 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek is the lowest golf course in the world.

Resorts Spas Shopping Hiking Golf

Angel Park Golf Club

Cimarron Golf Resort

Among “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women” (Palm Course) —Golf Digest

One of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” 2003 (Boulder Course)

You will find the Mountain Course and the Palm Course set at 2,500 feet above sea level. Both are desert-style courses with subtle mounding, a few trees, some water and generous landing areas. You will also find Cloud 9 at Angel Park. Cloud 9 is a 12-hole, lighted, par-3 course featuring famous par 3s from around the world. Angel Park also has an 18-hole putting course. angelpark.com // 888 446-5358

The mountains provide an excellent backdrop for both the shorter Pebble Course and Boulder Course. Both layouts are similar in design, combining desert golf with European-like characteristics. You will find strategically-placed sod-wall bunkers, mounding and expansive greens with subtle undulations. cimarrongolf.com // 760 770-6060

Airports: Ontario International Airport (ONT) Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)

Las Vegas

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Cathedral City


Furnace Creek Golf Course

Mountain Falls Golf Club

One of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses” —Golf Digest

A hidden treasure in the southern Nevada desert

Death Valley

Furnace Creek is 214 feet below sea level and is the lowest course in the world. Because of the lack of altitude, the ball does not carry well, so remember to club up. Believe it or not, there are plenty of trees on the course, and water comes into play on six holes—a true oasis in the desert. Everyone needs to experience Death Valley, and Furnace Creek’s resort has everything from swimming and tennis to horseback riding to occupy your time when you are not playing the world’s lowest course. furnacecreekresort.com // 760 786-2301

Legacy Golf Club, The Henderson, NV

“Top 10 Courses You Can Play” in Nevada —Golf Digest

The Legacy Golf Course features extensive mounding in the fairways and elevated greens where players can use their creativity with their approach shots. Carts are included and mandatory. Range balls are also included in the greens fees. thelegacygc.com // 702 897-2187

Pahrump, NV

Mountain Falls is about 45 minutes from Las Vegas. Surrounded by peaceful mountain ranges and rolling hills, the scenery is beautiful. There’s a wide yardage range, making the course attractive to many skill levels. With all-rye fairways, the course is in great shape year-round. mountainfallsgolfclub.com // 775 537-6553

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Rancho Mirage

World-class Palm Springs golf in the heart of Rancho Mirage

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is home to a player-friendly, 27-hole Ted Robinson design. There are three distinct courses: North, South and West. None of the courses are particularly long and are guarded by over 1,500 palm trees. All three courses can be narrow in spots but tend to have generous fairways on the gently rolling terrain. This is a great choice on windy days, as you will find these courses less windy than many of the neighboring facilities. And after a day of golf, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind at Rancho Las Palmas. rancholaspalmas.com // 760 862-4551

in death valley,

Ask about Inn and Ranch packages.

low is the name of the game. Whether it’s the low scores or the amazing things your ball will do at 214 feet below sea level, playing the Furnace Creek Golf Course is an experience unlike any other. To reserve your next great golf adventure in Death Valley, visit furnacecreekresort.com or call toll-free 800-236-7916.

Beautiful Places on Earth.® xanterra.com

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Rancho Vista Golf Course

Devil’s Golf Course salt pan in Death Valley (do not bring your clubs)

Palmdale

An oasis in the heart of the Antelope Valley

This Ted Robinson-designed course complements its surrounding desert landscape. In addition to contoured fairways, it features water—there are ten lakes in all. With plenty of wind and immature trees, an accurate punch shot comes in handy. ranchovistagolfcourse.com // 661 272-9903

Rancho Sierra Golf Course

SilverRock Resort t

A beautiful nine holes in the Antelope Valley

“Best Tour Golf Courses You Can Play” 2009, 2010 —Golfweek

Lancaster

SilverRock is home of the Bob Hope Classic. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course layout has everything you would want in a desert course and then some. The biggest mistake golfers make at the Rock is not playing the correct tees. For an enjoyable experience, leave your ego behind and play from the slope that matches your game. silverrock.org // 760 777-8884

Randy Duncan, SilverRock Resort

Rancho Sierra is an unusual course; you will find no sand, just grass bunkers throughout. The course is mature and somewhat narrow, with many trees and water on seven of the holes. It has short par 4s and par 3s and one par 5, ideal for seniors, juniors, beginners and high handicappers. ranchosierragolf.com // 661 946-1080

La Quinta

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Toscana Country Club Indian Wells

, Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park

Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf

Toscana is a private equity club located in Indian Wells. Nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains lie two Jack Nicklausdesigned courses. toscanacc.com // 760 772-7000

Woodhaven Country Club Palm Desert

Well-maintained course with interesting holes

Set on 100 acres with 500 homes lining the fairways, accuracy is a must off the tee. The greens are small and level. The attraction of this golf course is the distance—or lack of it. At 5,800 yards, the older, younger or weaker golfer can compete with the bigger hitters. woodhavencc.com // 760 345-7636

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Gold Country Nevada City Auburn Placerville Sacramento Jackson Sonora

Local Attractions:

Hole #2 at Saddle Creek, named Cape after a famous hole in Scotland

Fishing Kayaking Old Town Sacramento Rafting

Ancil Hoffman Golf Course

Airports: Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Carmichael

A Billy Bell, Jr. design

A traditional, tightly-treed course with oak and pine, Ancil Hoffman requires accurate tee and approach play. When in good condition, the layout compares favorably to some of the best in northern California. golfancilhoffman.com // 916 482-3813

Auburn Valley Golf Club Auburn

Best kept secret in the foothills

With narrow fairways, elevated tee boxes that provide excellent views and rugged terrain, Auburn Valley plays much longer than the yardage indicates. If you survive tee to green, you will have to negotiate around notoriously quick greens. auburnvalleygc.com // 888 593-6747

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Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course Sacramento

An affordable and fun round of golf

The greens are modest in size and the fairways have a generous landing area. This course has numerous berms separating the holes from each other. Always a fun round, filled with unique challenges. bartleycavanaugh.com // 916 808-2020

Bass Lake Golf Course Rescue

Fun, friendly and affordable

The front nine is narrow and level, with plenty of oaks and pines. The eighth hole is a 200-yard par 3 over a lake. The back nine is more open, rolling, and has a links feel. Some words of advice: If you are going to miss the greens, be short rather than long. To really score well, course knowledge is key. basslakegolfcourse.com // 530 677-4653


Bing Maloney Golf Course Sacramento

7-time winner, “Top 100 Golf Shops” —Golf Digest

There is an 18-hole Championship Course and a nine-hole Executive Course. This is your typical older municipal course with flat greens and fairways outlined by mature trees. bingmaloney.com // 916 808-2283

Black Oak Golf Course Auburn

Nine holes with plenty of variety

Nothing is subtle about Black Oak. This is a hilly, exacting course where you will encounter uphill, downhill and side-hill lies. Plenty of water, creeks, native oaks and traps come into play. For the right-handed player who has a penchant for snap hooking off the tee, be prepared to re-tee most of the day. 530 878-1900

DarkHorse Golf Club Auburn

Among the “Top 100 Nationwide Golf Courses” (3rd Consecutive Year) —Golfweek

DarkHorse is a beautifully routed layout that meanders through the rolling terrain, oaks and pines of the Sierra foothills. It is a good test that boasts an excellent set of par 3s with attractive bunkering, complemented by a first-rate staff. darkhorsegolf.com // 530 269-7900

Cherry Island Golf Course

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Well maintained, smooth greens and superior drainage

“The quintessential round to play in Gold Country” —Travel + Leisure Golf

The low handicapper should pick spots to be aggressive. With water hazards or out-of-bounds on nearly every hole, the impatient player will rack up plenty of penalty strokes. The front side has far more trees to contend with than the back. You will find several of the greens elevated throughout. golfcherryisland.com // 916 991-7293

Greenhorn Creek is located just outside historic Angels Camp, home of Mark Twain’s celebrated jumping frog. Situated in a panoramic setting, Greenhorn has been fine-tuned by Robert Trent Jones II. Rolling hills, lateral water hazards and wooded fairways make a very scenic and challenging layout. greenhorncreek.com // 209 729-8111

Angels Camp

courtesy of Greenhorn Creek Resort

Elverta

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Haggin Oaks Golf Complex Sacramento

75 years of storied history

Haggins Oaks is comprised of two 18-hole courses. The MacKenzie Course is the stronger of the two courses and features a traditional tree-lined layout on flat terrain. The Arcade Course is a “grip-and-rip it” course that can boost your self-esteem. Haggin Oaks is home to one of the best retail golf shops in the country. hagginoaks.com // 916 481-4653

Mather Golf Course

Plumas Lake Golf & Country Club Olivehurst

An enjoyable challenge

This is a tight, scenic course where mature oaks, homes, condos and hazards can consume golf balls. Late in 2006, Plumas Lake renovated all of their putting surfaces, making them larger and adding undulations and contours. plumaslake.com // 530 742-3201

Saddle Creek Resort , Copperopolis

Mather

Ranked 8th among the “Best Public Access Courses in California” —Golfweek

This former military facility is a park-setting course with tree-lined, wide, rolling fairways and many elevated tees. Mather has no hidden tricks, just a classic design that rewards the good shot and punishes the bad. playmather.com // 916 364-4354

Saddle Creek features wonderful views and an excellent variety of holes. Bold, artistic bunkering and quick, smooth greens make this the must-play course in Gold Country. Each hole is individually framed, so you often have the feeling that you have the course all to yourself. saddlecreek.com // 800 611-7722

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Rafting on the American River

“Savvy golfers stay & play both courses, 18 miles apart with well deserved reputations, in top condition.

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Whitney Oaks Golf Club

William Land Golf Course

Push your game to the limit

Sacramento’s oldest golf treasure

Rocklin

A Johnny Miller Design. This course’s reputation as a difficult one is well-founded. Ancient oaks, wetlands, granite outcroppings, water and narrow hitting areas are all part of the challenge here. Whitney Oaks does offer five sets of tees to serve golfers of all levels. whitneyoaksgolf.com // 916 632-8333

Sacramento

This is a busy, 9-hole executive course located in William Land Park, with five par 4s and one par 5, the rest being par 3s. williamlandgc.com // 916 277-1207

Sacramento River

17th at Schaffer’S Mill

9th at Grizzly ranch

16th at Gray’S croSSinG

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Los Angeles Los Angeles

Malibu

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms, 2009 CGCOA Course of the Year

Beaches Hollywood Santa Monica Universal Studios Venice Beach

Altadena Golf Course

Friendly Hills Country Club

No time for 18? Try a quick 9!

Family-oriented private club with a championship course

AIRPORTS: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Long Beach Airport (LGB) Bob Hope Airport, Burbank (BUR)

Altadena

With an extensive practice facility, this is a great place to take up the game. Altadena has plenty of trees, but with many parallel holes and wide landing areas, missing the short grass is nearly impossible. Chipping or pitching onto the elevated and crowned greens requires a deft touch. dcgolf.info // 626 797-3821

Eaton Canyon Golf Course

Whittier

Located in the hills, this a short and demanding course where driver is rarely your best option. To score well here, you need to keep in the fairway and be skilled with your flat stick. friendlyhillscc.com // 562 693-3623

Industry Hills Golf Club City of Industry

Pasadena

Course of the Year, 2009 窶年ational Golf Course Owners Association

The course heads downhill for the first two holes, then works its way back up the hill to the clubhouse. Tree-lined with lateral water hazards on two holes, Eaton Canyon requires accuracy around and on the greens. The greens tend to break away from the mountain. dcgolf.info // 626 794-6773

The Eisenhower Course is one of the toughest layouts in California. The course is hilly and long. The large greens are tiered and undulating. The Zaharias Course is shorter but still hilly with plenty of trouble. If you have an A game, bring it to Zaharias. ihgolfclub.com // 626 810-4653

A peaceful nine set in the San Gabriel Foothills

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Long Beach


Lakeside Golf Club

Sherwood Lake Club

Hollywood’s Golden Era’s celebrities’ home course

A spectacular Nicklaus-designed par 3

Burbank

Gently rolling terrain, mature trees and some strong bunkering make this private club course one of the true quiet gems of Southern California. lakesidegolfclub.com // 818 985-3335

Los Angeles Country Club, The Los Angeles

Members only since 1897

Thousand Oaks

This Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole par 3 was designed to complement the memers-only Sherwood Country Club’s existing championship course. Sherwood Lake gives Sherwood Country Club members an opportunity to play with their children and work on various aspects of their game. sherwoodlakeclub.com // 805 497-3037

The Los Angeles Country Club is a membersonly club with two courses. The North Course is one of the country’s top three dozen courses. Its strong, rolling fairways are highlighted by superb bunkering, great flow and balance of holes. The South Course is similar in style, but much less demanding and not as long. thelacc.org // 310 276-6104

Malibu Country Club Malibu

Malibu’s most wanted daily fee course

Set in the canyons of Malibu, you will find the front nine narrow with lots of trees, undulation and out-of-bounds. The back nine is much more forgiving. malibucountryclub.net // 818 889-6680

Simi Hills Golf Course Simi Valley

Royal Vista Golf Club

A beautiful Ted Robinson design with exceptional practice facilities

New ownership and management paves the way for exciting imporovements

This is a popular, rolling course with a good variety of holes. With lots of trees and rough, hitting it in the fairway is imperative. The greens are slower than they appear, and many golfers make the mistake of reading too much break. Great practice facilities with a lighted driving range and practice putting green, plus chipping and bunker practice areas. simihillsgolf.com // 805 522-0803

Walnut

This club has three nine-hole courses allowing three different 18-hole combinations: East/North, North/South and South/East. All the courses have moderate elevation changes, and plenty of mature trees line the fairways. Water comes into play on several holes, and many of the greens are elevated. There are quite a few doglegs, so tee-shot placement is key to scoring well. larv.com // 909 595-7441

TPC Valencia Valencia

Sherwood Country Club

Members-only Tournament Players Club course designed by Mark O’Meara

Home of the Tiger Woods Foundation/Chevron World Challenge Tournament

Scenic vistas and more than 1,200 beautiful oaks highlight this property that features wide fairways and gently sloping greens. Bowled fairways and greens tend to be forgiving, but don’t discount a strong finishing stretch beginning at the 14th hole. Use of range and cart are included in green fees. Although you can’t carry your own bag, you can walk using a power walking cart. tpcvalencia.com // 661 288-7925

Thousand Oaks

Built on the site of the original Robin Hood movie and the M*A*S*H TV show, this Nicklaus design is dominated by its oaks, surrounding homes and hillside views. A members-only club, Sherwood has been the site of several TV-oriented golf competitions. sherwoodcountryclub.com // 805 496-3036

Griffith Park Observatory

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San Diego Oceanside Carlsbad Escondido

San Diego

local Attractions:

Hole #17 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course

Beaches Gaslamp Quarter Legoland San Diego Zoo Sea World

Bonita Golf Club

Escondido Country Club

Home of the happy golfer

Fun & friendly. Formerly members only, now semi-private

Airports San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Bonita

This is a level, straightforward, tree-lined course. There is a river that comes into play on five holes and a lake that comes into play on another two. The greens are flat and there are no blind shots. bonitagolfclub.com // 619 267-1103

Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Encinitas

A fun course overlooking the Pacific Ocean

This is a flowing, open course near the coast that affords excellent views. To score well at Encinitas Ranch, you will need to do two things: first, play in the morning—the afternoon wind will add several strokes to your score. Second, don’t go left unless you like re-teeing. The greens are on the stiff side, but putt extremely true and you can attack them in a variety of ways. jcgolf.com // 760 944-1936

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Escondido

Nestled in the foothills of northern San Diego County, this is a rolling course with mature trees throughout. Although not long, some of the holes require precise shot-making. Your driver may not always be the answer. Hazards in the form of a creek come into play on several holes. The greens are not severely undulating, but can be tricky. escondidocc.com // 760 743-3301

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Spindrift Golf Course La Jolla

Nine holes of sun and fun

Spindrift is a 9-hole par-3 course. It is designed for beginners and low handicappers alike. Available to club members and hotel guests only. ljbtc.com // 877 346-6714


Lake San Marcos Country Club

Sail Ho Golf Club

A favorite executive course

Originally the San Diego Country Club, Sail Ho is a short, par-3 executive course. The course is open, with bunkers on every hole but one. Architect Cary Bickler recently redesigned the fairways, greens and practice facilities. Sail Ho also boasts a new clubhouse. sailhogolf.com // 619 222-4653

San Marcos

Lake San Marcos has two 18-hole courses: the public, executive-length South Course and the private North Course. The North Course is a level, parkland-style course with plenty of trees. Conquer the large greens and you can score well here. It’s also open to resort guests. lakesanmarcosresort.com // 760 744-9092

Mt. Woodson Golf Club Ramona

Voted “Best Scenery” (San Diego golf course) —Southland Golf Magazine

Despite its modest length, this is an entertaining and popular layout with no parallel fairways. The views and unique bridges are worth the price of admission. Tight and tough. mtwoodsongc.com // 760 788-3555

Oaks North Golf Course San Diego

San Diego

A piece of history, recently redesigned

Salt Creek Golf Club Chula Vista

Ruggedly beautiful location and fun course

Surrounded by the nature preserve of the Mt. Miguel foothills, this scenic course features many elevation changes, wide fairways, natural grasses and dramatic bunkering. Devoid of trees, it is not too long on the card, but you will find yourself hitting most all of your clubs. The greens are open in the front, making the layout quite playable. Carts are mandatory and are included in greens fees. saltcreekgc.com // 619 482-4666

One of America’s Top Short Courses (North Course) —Golf Range Magazine

StoneRidge Country Club

Oaks North has three 9-hole courses, played in 18-hole combinations: North, South and East. These are well-conditioned executive courses with short par 4s that will tempt you to use your driver. If you are interested in scoring well, leave your ego at home and the driver in your bag. The par 3s range from just over a hundred yards to just over 200 yards. jcgolf.com // 858 487-3021

Ted Robinson-designed championship course

Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego

San Diego’s legendary golf resort

Rancho Bernardo is an attractive resort course set in a valley and surrounded by homes. It is extremely playable with generous fairways and has hosted both PGA and LPGA events. It is dotted with trees and has an occasional lateral water hazard. This is a traditional layout without gimmicks. The highly esteemed resort has received numerous awards. ranchobernardoinn.com // 858 385-8733

Reidy Creek Golf Course Escondido

Executive length, championship feel

Reidy Creek gives you a championship course feel at a fraction of the size. This 18-hole executive course plays through a natural valley with rolling terrain. The fairways are narrow and the greens undulating. jcgolf.com // 760 740-2450

Poway

StoneRidge, a private club, is part of a housing development, so players who tend to hit the ball long and wrong will find themselves in the trees or out-of-bounds. The front nine is fairly level but the back nine is mountain goat territory. The greens are average size and undulating. stoneridgeclub.com

Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla

Host of the 2008 U.S. Open

The North Course is the shorter and the easier of the two courses. The South Course is probably the best known of San Diego courses, due to a PGA Tour stop. The course is relatively roomy, exposed to the wind, with small, well-guarded greens and sweeping vistas of the Pacific. torreypinesgolfcourse.com // 877 581-7171

Twin Oaks Golf Course San Marcos

A picturesque golf challenge

The front nine is narrow, with out-of-bounds lurking for the player who hits the ball long and right. The back nine is more spacious. Throughout your round, you will encounter well-placed traps, undulating greens, and water. Carts are included and mandatory. jcgolf.com // 760 591-4700

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Out-of-State Kailua Honolulu

Hilo

HAWAII

Phoenix

Mesa Tucson

ARIZONA local Attractions:

The 8th hole of the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona

Arizona Grand Canyon Old Town Scottsdale MLB Spring Training Taliesin West Tombstone

Arizona Biltmore Country Club

Challenge at Manele, The

“Jewel of the Desert”

This Jack Nicklaus-designed course features the five-tee concept to challenge even the best golfers with precise tee shots over natural gorges and ravines. The average golfer will enjoy the beautiful vistas without suffering limitations on distance and accuracy. Carved out of the rugged coast, this course sprawls across lava fields. golfonlanai.com // 808 565-2222

Hawaii Beaches Hiking Snorkeling Surfing

Phoenix, AZ

Adjacent to the spectacular Arizona Biltmore resort, you’ll find two challenging courses: The Adobe and The Links. Restored in 2004, The Adobe offers extra challenges with wide fairways and classic cross-bunkers. On The Links, you’ll find rolling fairways, five lakes and desert ravines that demand bold shots and accuracy. arizonabiltmore.com // 602 955-9655

Lonna Tucker

Lana’i, HI

“Top 100 Golf Resorts” —Condé Nast Traveler

Koele, The Experience at

Airports

Lana’i, HI

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Tucson International Airport (TUS) Honolulu International Airport (HNL) Lanai Airport (LNY)

Designed by Greg Norman and Ted Robinson, the front 9 plays through ravines wooded with pine, koa and eucalyptus trees. Water features are everywhere: seven lakes, streams with cascading waterfalls and one green that is completely surrounded by a lake. The first seven holes of the back nine are at an altitude of 2,000 feet. golfonlanai.com // 808 565-4653

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Gold Medal Resort —Golf Magazine


Eagle Mountain Golf Club . Fountain Hills, AZ

“Top 50 Public Courses in the Country” —Golf World 2009 Reader’s Poll

Just outside Scottsdale, Eagle Mountain boasts spectacular views of the valley below. The course weaves through shaded box canyons and around mountain peaks in this scenic corner of the Sonoran Desert. eaglemtn.com // 480 816-1234

Grayhawk Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ

“Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.” (Talon) —Golf Magazine

Grayhawk is home to two exceptional courses: Talon and Raptor. Located in the Sonoran Desert, both courses offer unique challenges. The back nine of Talon was built around a series of deep box canyons and the greens are typically generous. Raptor flows over gentle hills with generous fairways, with strategically-placed bunkers providing ample challenge. The greens tend to be undulating and large. grayhawkgolf.com // 480 502-1800 Dick Durrance

Pueblo del Sol Country Club Sierra Vista, AZ

Semi-private country club in Cochise County

Near the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, Pueblo del Sol offers some of the best putting surfaces around. They offer high elevations and bentgrass fairways and greens. Close to historic Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns. pdscountryclub.com // 520 378-6444

Wigwam, The . Litchfield Park, AZ

“Best Southwest Golf Resort for Buddy Trips and Family Trips” —Travel + Leisure Golf

The Wigwam is home to three 18-hole championship golf courses set in the West Valley of Phoenix. It is a great experience for families or a buddy trip. Two of the courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.: the famed Gold Course (”Arizona’s Monster”) and the Patriot. wigwamresort.com // 800 909-4224

Western Skies Golf Club Gilbert, AZ

With a view of the Superstition Mountains, Western Skies is all about the pure enjoyment of the game. Well-manicured greens and good friends to challenge you on the course make for an enjoyable outing. westernskiesgolf.com // 480 545-8542

Courtesy of The Wigwam

Where the locals bring their friends

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In the Loop

Some of our favorites

California Golf Course Owners Association’s Courses of the Year 2006 Cinnabar Hills Golf Club bay area

2002 San Juan Oaks Golf Club central coast

2007 Stevinson Ranch Golf Club central valley

2003 Boulder Creek Golf and CC bay area

2008 Tustin Ranch Golf Club orange county

2004 Pasatiempo Golf Club* bay area

2009 Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms* la

2005 Poppy Hills Golf Course central coast

2010 Hidden Valley Golf Club* inland empire

For the past two years, the California Golf Course Owners Association’s Course of the Year has also been awarded the national title. Hidden Valley is the current possessor of this prestigious honor. * National Golf Association Golf Course of the Year

Breck Rothage

Tustin Ranch Golf Club, 2008 CGCOA Course of the Year

2001 Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast

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courtesy of Joann Dost joanndost.com

After the Snow Melts

Favorite Ocean Courses

Best known for their skiing, these four popular resorts host some of California’s most demanding and scenic courses.

From North to South, the California coast provides golfers with both beauty and a challenge. There are ocean courses that fit every price range.

The Golf Courses at Incline Village high sierra

The New Links at Bodega Harbour north coast

Mount Shasta Resort shasta cascade Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort high sierra Resort at Squaw Creek high sierra

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

For as little at $45 during the week, you can play this tricky, demanding ocean course. Several of the holes will still have you talking for weeks to follow.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links bay area Monarch Beach Golf Links orange county

courtesy of Mount Shasta Resort Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast Pelican Hill Golf Club orange county The Links at Spanish Bay central coast Spyglass Hill Golf Course central coast Torrey Pines Golf Course san diego

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25 of our Favorite California Resort Courses California has an abundance of world-class golf resorts, which range from the affordable to the opulent.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort central coast

Hole 9, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Superb location, excellent golf and an abundance of family activities might make Alisal, pound for pound, California’s best golf and entertainment facility.

10 starter courses that even the better player wouldn’t mind playing.

Bing Maloney Golf Course gold country Deep Cliff Golf Course bay area Fairgrounds Golf Course north coast Peter Hay Golf Course central coast Pruneridge Golf Club bay area

Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course orange county

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course bay area

Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club bay area

Rancho Sierra Golf Course desert

Furnace Creek Golf Course desert

Sebastopol Golf Course north coast

Greenhorn Creek Resort gold country

Wikiup Golf Course north coast

Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms la

Vintner’s Golf Club bay area

Little River Inn Golf north coast

Double Your Pleasure (or pain)

Meadowood bay area Monarch Beach Golf Links orange county Mount Shasta Resort shasta cascade Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort high sierra Pala Mesa Golf Resort inland empire Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast Journey at Pechanga inland empire Pelican Hill Golf Club orange county Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa san diego Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa desert Resort at Squaw Creek high sierra Courtesy of Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Start Here

Saddle Creek Resort gold country Silverado Resort and Spa bay area SilverRock Resort desert Sonoma Golf Club (Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn) north coast

With the price of fuel, jumping from one course in the morning to another in the afternoon can be an expensive proposition. Here are 18 courses worth considering next time you want to catch a quick 36 holes.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort central coast Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Courses central coast Cimarron Golf Resort desert Foxtail Golf Club north coast Half Moon Bay Golf Links bay area Haggin Oaks Golf Complex gold country The Golf Courses at Incline Village high sierra Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms la Lake San Marcos Resort & Country Club san diego Los Serranos Country Club inland empire

The Links at Spanish Bay central coast

Menifee Lakes Country Club inland empire

Stevinson Ranch Golf Club central valley

Pelican Hill Golf Club orange county

Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort inland empire

River Ridge Golf Club central coast Silverado Resort and Spa bay area Torrey Pines Golf Course san diego Oakmont Golf Club north coast Sunol Valley Golf Club bay area Tukwet Canyon Golf Club inland empire

Nine Hole Masterpieces Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course orange county Gleneagles GC at McLaren Park bay area Old Brockway Golf Course high sierra courtesy of Greenhorn Creek Resort

Northwood Golf Club north coast Vintner’s Golf Club bay area

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Where the Pros & Celebrities Play Here are 10 public access California Courses that have hosted PGA, LPGA or Celebrity Pro-Ams.

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course high sierra

On a course set lakeside, Edgewood has been the home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship for over 20 years.

Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast Poppy Hills Golf Course central coast Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa san diego Silverado Resort and Spa bay area SilverRock Resort desert courtesy of Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club

Sonoma Golf Club (Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn) north coast Spyglass Hill Golf Course central coast The Course at Wente Vineyards bay area Torrey Pines Golf Course san diego

The famed 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links

Spas A California Golf vacation is not complete with out a visit to one of our legendary Spas. Here are 14 of our favorite golf/spa combinations.

Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms la Meadowood bay area

A luxurious spa day does not get any better than this. Meadowood is set in the heart of the Napa wine country on a 250-acre estate.

Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast Journey at Pechanga inland empire Monarch Beach Golf Links orange county Mount Shasta Resort shasta cascade Northstar-at-Tahoe (Ritz-Carlton) high sierra

courtesy of Chris Talbot talbotimages.com

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort central coast

Pelican Hill Golf Club orange county

Great Values

Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa san diego

Bennett Valley Golf Club north coast

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa desert

Elkin Ranch Golf Course central coast

Silverado Resort and Spa bay area

Hidden Valley Golf Club inland empire

Sonoma Golf Club (Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn) north coast

Morro Bay Golf Course central coast

Resort at Squaw Creek high sierra

Poppy Hills Golf Course (NCGA members) central coast Poppy Ridge Golf Course (NCGA members) bay area Ridgemark Golf & Country Club central coast

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Courtesy of Oak Quarry Golf Club

Tweetable Holes

The spectacular view from Oak Quarry’s 14th tee

Here are five holes that will have you reaching for your smart phone to tell the world. In 140 characters or less.

Chardonnay Golf Club #8 bay area Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Old Course) #18 bay area Oak Quarry Golf Club #14 inland empire Old Greenwood Golf Club #6 high sierra Spyglass Hill Golf Course #4 central coast

Bring Your GPS These tracks may not be right off the freeway, but all five of the courses listed below are well worth the journey.

Greenhorn Creek Resort gold country Ridgemark Golf & Country Club central coast Saddle Creek Resort gold country San Juan Oaks Golf Club central coast Stevinson Ranch Golf Club central valley

Stevinson Ranch Golf Club is off the beaten path but worth the trip. Courtesy of Stevinson ranch Golf Club

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Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries

Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuaries

Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course gold country

Cherry Island Golf Course gold country

The highest level of commitment to the environment, per Audubon International, the below courses are “designed for the environment” and ensure application of “sustainable resource management practices in the long-term development of the property.”

Coyote Hills Golf Course orange county

Cypress Ridge Golf Club central coast

Coyote Moon Golf Course high sierra

The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing high sierra

Crystal Springs Golf Course bay area

Old Greenwood Golf Course high sierra

Dairy Creek Golf Course central coast

Stevinson Ranch Golf Club central valley

Bing Maloney Golf Course gold country Callippe Preserve Golf Course bay area

courtesy of CourseCo

We salute the following courses for their commitment to conservation and the environment. According to Audubon International, the following courses “protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.” For more information, please visit golfandenvironment.org.

Deep Cliff Golf Course bay area Del Monte Golf Course central coast Eureka Golf Course north coast Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club north coast Furnace Creek Golf Course desert Haggin Oaks Golf Complex gold country The Golf Courses at Incline Village high sierra Little River Inn north coast Mather Golf Course gold country Metropolitan Golf Links bay area Monarch Beach Golf Links orange county Morro Bay Golf Course central coast Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park bay area Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Golf Course high sierra Old Brockway Golf Course high sierra Pasatiempo Golf Club bay area Pebble Beach Golf Links central coast

courtesy of Chris Talbot, talbotimages.com

Los Lagos Golf Course bay area

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course bay area

top: Crystal Springs Golf Course above: The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing left: Little River Inn

Resort at Squaw Creek high sierra Ridgemark Golf & Country Club central coast Riverside Golf Course central valley The Links at Spanish Bay central coast Spyglass Hill Golf Course central coast Tahoe Donner Golf Course high sierra TPC Stonebrae bay area Valley Oaks Golf Course central valley The Course at Wente Vineyards bay area

Rita Crane

Tukwet Canyon Golf Club inland empire

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Steep Slope Ahead: >145 from the tips Some of the courses listed below are famous, others just infamous, but all of them will push the low handicapper’s game to the edget.

Old Greenwood Golf Course high sierra The Ranch Golf Club bay area Redhawk Golf Course inland empire The Links at Spanish Bay central coast Spyglass Hill Golf Course central coast

Fairways and Trails For the golfer who likes to mountain bike, or the mountain biker who likes to golf, here are some great layouts not far from some spectacular mountain bike trails.

Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course orange county 8 miles to Wood Canyon Trail

Bennett Valley Golf Club north coast

3 miles to Annadel State Park santa rosa

CrossCreek Golf Club The Golf Club at Rancho California Temecula Creek Inn inland empire

There is much debate as to why Spyglass is not considered for a U.S. Open, although everyone can agree on this: Spyglass is one tough golf course, no matter what set of tees you choose.

9 miles to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride south lake tahoe

The Course at Wente Vineyards bay area

Meadowood bay area

All about 30 miles to San Juan Trail lake elsinore

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course high sierra

Family Golf

10 miles to Oat Hill Road Trail calistoga

Ten courses that combine value, price and fun golf

35 miles to Hurkey Creek Park idyllwild

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa desert

Bass Lake Golf Course gold country Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club bay area Boundary Oak Golf Course bay area Foxtail Golf Club north coast Hidden Valley Golf Club inland empire

There is a reason Hidden Valley Golf Club was named the 2010 California Association Course of the Year. Their commitment to affordable family golf is second to none.

Las Positas Golf Course bay area Los Lagos Golf Course bay area Oakmont Golf Club north coast Royal Vista Golf Club los angeles

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Courtesy of Napa Valley Destination Council

Eureka Golf Course north coast


How Low Can You Go? You may never have the game to shoot under par, but you do have an opportunity to play the lowest course on the face of the earth.

Furnace Creek Golf Course desert— 250 feet below sea level

Classics You Can Play

Courtesy of Furnace Creek Resort

Alister MacKenzie Courses Haggin Oaks (MacKenzie course)gold country Northwood Golf Club north coast Pasatiempo Golf Course bay area Jack Fleming Courses Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club bay area Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Courses The Golf Courses at Incline Village high sierra The Golf Club at Rancho California inland empire Spyglass Hill Golf Course central coast

Wedding Locales Golf courses can be the perfect venue for a wedding; here are some of our favorite courses that offer a superb location for that special day.

Golf and Wine Pairings

Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course orange county

NAPA

Chardonnay Golf Club bay area

SONOMA COUNTY

What do wine fans appreciate most about Sonoma County? The diversity of the varietals. One is hardpressed to find something that doesn’t grow well in some corner of Sonoma County. If time is an issue, choose northern Sonoma County. Healdsburg is the meeting place of three appellations: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley.

TEMECULA VALLEY

Temecula Valley is southern California’s wine country and maybe California’s best kept secret. This up-andcoming region is comprised of mostly small, familyowned wineries. Whether tasting sauvignon blanc, chardonnay or cabernet, you will find the tasting rooms relaxed, friendly and leisurely paced.

CENTRAL COAST

The Central Coast is an expansive wine area that includes the entire central coast of California, which includes dozens of AVAs. Rhone varietals (think syrah) are a highlight of the Paso Robles area while beautiful pinot noir is grown all along the coast, from Monterey through Santa Barbara.

Black Golf Golf Club orange county Cinnabar Hills Golf Club bay area Crystal Springs Golf Course bay area Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course high sierra Old Ranch Country Club orange county The Ranch Golf Club bay area San Juan Oaks Golf Club central coast Sherwood Country Club los angeles Silverado Resort and Spa bay area Temecula Creek Inn inland empire Courtesy of Napa Valley Destination Council

Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Napa, but they have so much more to offer. With the San Pablo Bay cooling it down at night, the Carneros appellation in southern Napa is home to beautiful pinot noir and chardonnay.

Furnace Creek Resort

courtesy of Chris Talbot, talbotimages.com

William P. Bell Courses Altadena Golf Course los angeles Furnace Creek Golf Course desert Riverside Golf Course central valley Torrey Pines Golf Course san diego

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courtesy of Tim Mazzaferro, tim mazzaferro.com

courtesy of Tim Mazzaferro, tim mazzaferro.com

Cruise Around the Lake Circle Lake Tahoe clockwise, starting in the south Hwy. 50, Hwy. 89, Hwy. 28 Car of choice: ’67 Mustang Roads: Plenty of twist and turns, cruising is the operative word. With plenty of other vacationers, don’t plan on being in a hurry. Total driving distance: 49.1 Courses along the way: Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Tahoe City Golf Course, Old Brockway Golf Course, The Golf Courses at Incline Village

Coastal California Cruising Hwy. 1, Northern California

Off the lake: Resort at Squaw Creek, North Star at Tahoe Resort, The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing, Coyote Moon Golf Course

Car of choice: 1962 Corvette Roads: Windy, along the northern California coast. This road is not for the faint of heart or those who get carsick.

Expense report: A good mix of high-end and reasonably priced courses along the way.

Total driving distance: 115 miles

Sticks & Surf Surf in the morning, golf in the afternoon

courtesy of Tim Mazzaferro, tim mazzaferro.com

Courses along the way: Little River Inn Golf, The Sea Ranch Golf Links, The New Links at Bodega Harbour Expense report: Nothing is ever free, but this is pretty darn close. You can play three interesting coastal courses that are half the price of some of the other California coastal gems.

courtesy of Tim Mazzaferro

Car of choice: Woody Roads: A mix of freeway and coastal roads, you can’t go wrong with this drive, just give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Total driving distance: 481 miles

Cruising the San Diego Freeway I-5 all the way

Blacks Beach Torrey Pines Golf Course san diego

17-Mile Drive

Aliso Beach Park Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course

17-Mile Drive, Central Coast

Roads: freeway, freeway and more freeway

Car of choice: ’65 Chevy Malibu

Car of choice: ’48 Chevy Truck,

Total driving distance: 92 miles

orange county

Roads: Scenic, confusing, wooded drive

Morro Rock Morro Bay Golf Club central coast

Total driving distance: 4.6 miles

Courses along the way: Torrey Pines Golf Course, Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, San Juan Hills Golf Club, Monarch Beach Golf Links, Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Oak Creek Golf Club, Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Steamer Lane Pasatiempo Golf Club bay area Expense report: The surfing is free and you’ll find the greens fees range from moderate to high-end.

Courses along the way: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Poppy Hills Golf Course (the old AT&T Pro-Am rotation). Alternate courses: Del Monte Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay Expense report: This is a once in a lifetime trip, expensive but for the passionate golfer worth every penny.

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Expense report: There is a wide range of courses along the 5 so it all depends how you are feeling that day.


Index

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Resort Central Coast Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course Resort Orange County Altadena Golf Course Public Los Angeles Anaheim Hills Golf Course Public Orange County Ancil Hoffman Golf Course Public Gold Country Angel Park Golf Club Public Desert Apple Valley Country Club Public Inland Empire Arizona Biltmore Country Club Resort Out-of-State Arrowhead Country Club Members only Inland Empire Auburn Valley Golf Club Public Gold Country Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course Public Gold Country Bass Lake Golf Course Public Gold Country Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses Public Central Coast Bear Creek Golf Club Members only Inland Empire Bennett Valley Golf Club Public North Coast Bing Maloney Golf Course Public Gold Country Black Gold Golf Club Public Orange County Black Oak Golf Course Public Gold Country Bodega Harbour, The New Links at Public North Coast Bonita Golf Club Public San Diego Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club Resort Bay Area Boundary Oak Golf Course Public Bay Area Callippe Preserve Golf Course Public Bay Area Chalk Mountain Golf Course Public Central Coast Challenge at Manele, The Resort Out-of-State Chardonnay Golf Club Semi-Private Bay Area Cherry Island Golf Course Public Gold Country Cimarron Golf Resort Public Desert Cinnabar Hills Golf Club Public Bay Area Coyote Hills Golf Course Public Orange County Coyote Moon Golf Course Public High Sierra CrossCreek Golf Club Public Inland Empire Crystal Springs Golf Course Public Bay Area Cypress Ridge Golf Club Public Central Coast D’Andrea Golf Club Semi-Private High Sierra Dairy Creek Golf Course Public Central Coast DarkHorse Golf Club Public Gold Country Deep Cliff Golf Course Public Bay Area Del Monte Golf Course Public Central Coast Eagle Glen Golf Club Public Inland Empire Eagle Mountain Golf Club Public Out-of-State Eagle Ridge Golf Club Public Central Coast Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club Public Bay Area Eaton Canyon Golf Course Public Los Angeles Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Public High Sierra Elkins Ranch Golf Course Public Central Coast Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Public San Diego

805 688-4215

alisal.com

949 499-1919

alisocreekinn.com

626 797-3821

dcgolf.info

714 998-3041

playanaheimgolf.com

916 482-3284

golfancilhoffman.com

888 446-5358

angelpark.com

760 242-3125

applevalleycountryclub.com

602 955-9655

arizonabiltmore.com

909 882-1735

arrowheadcc.org

530 269-1837

auburnvalleygc.com

916 665-2020

bartleycavanaugh.com

530 677-4653

basslakegolfcourse.com

831 899-7271

bayonetblackhorse.com

951 677-8631

bearcreekgc.com

707 528-3673

www.bvgolf.org

916 433-2283

bingmaloney.com

714 961-0060

blackgoldgolf.com

530 878-1900 707 875-3538

bodegaharbourgolf.com

619 267-1103

bonitagolfclub.com

831 338-2121

bouldercreekgolf.com

925 934-4775

playboundaryoak.com

925 426-6666

playcallippe.com

805 466-8848

chalkmountaingolf.com

808 565-2222

golfonlanai.com

707 257-1900

chardonnaygolfclub.com

916 991-6875

golfcherryisland.com

760 770-6060

cimarrongolf.com

408 323-7815

cinnabarhills.com

714 672-6800

coyotehillsgc.com

530 587-0886

coyotemoongolf.com

800 506-3402

crosscreekgolfclub.com

650 342-4188

playcrystalsprings.com

805 474-7979

cypressridge.com

775 331-6363

dandreagolf.com

805 782-8060

centralcoastgolf.com

530 269-7900

darkhorsegolf.com

408 253-5357

playdeepcliff.com

831 373-2700

pebblebeach.com

951 272-4653

eagleglengc.com

480 816-1234

eaglemtn.com

408 846-4531

eagleridgegc.com

707 257-4470

eaglevinesgolfclub.com

626 794-6773

dcgolf.info

775 588-3566

edgewoodtahoe.com

805 524-1221

elkinsranchgc.com

760 944-1936

jcgolf.com

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Escondido Country Club Semi-Private San Diego Eureka Golf Course Public North Coast Fairgrounds Golf Course Public North Coast Fig Garden Golf Club Semi-Private Central Valley Forebay Golf Course Public Central Valley Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club Members only North Coast Foxtail Golf Club Public North Coast Friendly Hills Country Club Members only Los Angeles Furnace Creek Golf Course Resort Desert Gleneagles GC at McLaren Park Public Bay Area Gray's Crossing, The Golf Club at Semi-Private High Sierra Grayhawk Golf Club Public Out-of-State Green River Golf Club Public Inland Empire Greenhorn Creek Resort Resort Gold Country Haggin Oaks Golf Complex Public Gold Country Half Moon Bay Golf Links Public Bay Area Hidden Valley Golf Club Public Inland Empire Hunter Ranch Golf Course Public Central Coast Incline Village, The Golf Courses at Public High Sierra Indian Valley Golf Club Public Bay Area Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Public Los Angeles Journey at Pechanga Resort Inland Empire Koele, The Experience at Resort Out-of-State La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Spindrift GC Resort San Diego La Purisima Golf Course Public Central Coast Lake San Marcos Resort & Country Club Resort/Semi-Private San Diego

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760 746-4212

escondidocc.com

707 443-4808

playeureka.com

707 284-3520

fairgroundsgolfcourse.com

559 439-2928

figgardengolf.com

209 826-3637

forebaygolfcourse.com

707 579-4653

fountaingrovegolf.com

707 584-7766

playfoxtail.com

562 698-0331

friendlyhillscc.com

760 786-2301

furnacecreekresort.com

415 587-2425

gleneaglesgolfsf.com

530 550-5800

oldgreenwoodgolf.com

480 502-1800

grayhawkgolf.com

714 970-8411

playgreenriver.com

209 729-8111

greenhorncreek.com

916 808-2525

hagginoaks.com

650 726-4438

halfmoonbaygolf.com

951 737-1010

hiddenvalleygolf.com

805 237-7444

hunterranchgolf.com

775 832-1146

golfincline.com

415 897-1118

indianvalleygolfclub.com

626 810-4653

ihgolfclub.com

866 991-7277

journeyatpechanga.com

808 565-4653

golfonlanai.com

877 346-6714

ljbtc.com

805 735-8395

lapurisimagolf.com

760 744-1310

lakesanmarcosresort.com


Lakeside Golf Club Members only Los Angeles Las Positas Golf Course Public Bay Area Legacy Golf Club, The Public Desert Little River Inn Golf Resort North Coast Los Angeles Country Club, The Members only Los Angeles Los Lagos Golf Course Public Bay Area Los Serranos Country Club Public Inland Empire Malibu Country Club Public Los Angeles Mather Golf Course Public Gold Country Meadowood Resort/Members only Bay Area Menifee Lakes Country Club Semi-Private Inland Empire Metropolitan Golf Links Public Bay Area Monarch Beach Golf Links Resort Orange County Monarch Dunes Golf Club Public Central Coast Monterey Peninsula Country Club Members only Central Coast Morro Bay Golf Course Public Central Coast Mount Shasta Resort Golf Course Resort Shasta Cascade Mountain Falls Golf Club Public Desert Mt. Woodson Golf Club Public San Diego Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park Public Bay Area Napa Valley Country Club Members only Bay Area Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Golf Course Resort High Sierra Northwood Golf Club Public North Coast Oak Creek Golf Club Public Orange County Oak Quarry Golf Club Public Inland Empire Oakmont Golf Club Public North Coast Oaks North Golf Course Public San Diego Old Brockway Golf Course Public High Sierra Old Greenwood Golf Course Semi-Private High Sierra Old Ranch Country Club Members only Orange County Pajaro Valley Golf Club Public Central Coast Pala Mesa Golf Resort Resort Inland Empire Pasatiempo Golf Club Semi-Private Bay Area Peacock Gap Golf Club Public Bay Area Pebble Beach Golf Links Resort Central Coast Pelican Hill Golf Club Resort Orange County Peter Hay Golf Course Public Central Coast Plumas Lake Golf & Country Club Semi-Private Gold Country Plumas Pines Golf Resort Resort High Sierra Ponderosa Golf Course Public High Sierra Poppy Hills Golf Course Public Central Coast Poppy Ridge Golf Course Public Bay Area Pruneridge Golf Club Public Bay Area Pueblo del Sol Country Club Semi-Private Out-of-State Ranch Golf Club, The Public Bay Area Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa Resort San Diego Rancho California, The Golf Club at Public Inland Empire Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course Public Bay Area Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Resort Desert Rancho Maria Golf Club Public Central Coast Rancho Sierra Golf Course Public Desert Rancho Vista Golf Club Public Desert Redhawk Golf Course Public Inland Empire Reidy Creek Golf Course Public San Diego

818 985-3335

lakesidegolfclub.com

925 455-7820

laspositasgolfcourse.com

702 897-2187

thelegacygc.com

707 937-5667

littleriverinn.com

310 276-6104

thelacc.org

408 361-0250

playloslagos.com

909 597-1711

losserranoscountryclub.com

818 889-6680

malibucountryclub.net

916 364-4354

playmather.com

707 963-3646

meadowood.com

951 672-4824

menifee-lakes.com

510 569-5555

playmetro.com

949 240-8247

monarchbeachgolf.com

805 343-9459

monarchdunes.com

831 372-8141

mpccpb.org

805 782-8060

centralcoastgolf.com

530 926-3052

mountshastaresort.com

775 537-6553

mountainfallsgolfclub.com

760 788-3555

mtwoodsongc.com

707 255-4333

playnapa.com

707 252-1114

napavalleycc.com

800 571-6795 NorthstarAtTahoe.com 707 865-1116

northwoodgolf.com

949 653-5300

oakcreekgolfclub.com

951 685-1440

oakquarry.com

707 539-0415

oakmontgc.com

858 487-3021

jcgolf.com

530 546-9909

oldbrockway.com

530 550-7010

oldgreenwoodgolf.com

562 596-4611

oldranch.com

831 724-3851

pajarovalleygolf.com

800 722-4700

palamesa.com

831 459-9155

pasatiempo.com

415 453-4940

peacockgapgc.com

800 654-9300

pebblebeach.com

949 467-6800 PelicanHill.com 831 622-8723

pebblebeach.com

530 742-3201

plumaslake.com

530 836-1420

plumaspinesgolf.com

530 587-3501

ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

831 622-8239

poppyhillsgolf.com

925 447-6779

poppyridgegolf.com

408 248-4424

pruneridgegolfclub.com

520 378-6444

pdscountryclub.com

408 270-0557

theranchgc.com

858 675-8470

ranchobernardoinn.com

951 677-7446

scgagolfcourse.com

408 347-0990

ranchodelpueblo.com

760 862-4551

rancholaspalmas.com

805 937-2019

ranchomariagolf.com

661 946-1080

ranchosierragolf.com

661 272-9903

ranchovistagolfcourse.com

951 302-3850

redhawkgolfcourse.com

760 740-2450

jcgolf.com

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530 581-6637

squawcreek.com

831 637.8151

ridgemark.com

209 537-4653 805 983-4653

riverridge-golfclub.com

559 275-5900

playriverside.com

530 224-2250

riverviewgolf.net

707 778-1211

roosterrun.com

925 837-7424

rhcountryclub.com

909 595-7441

larv.com

800 611-7722

saddlecreek.com

619 222-4653

sailhogolf.com

619 482-4666

saltcreekgc.com

949 493-1167

sanjuanhillsgolf.com

831 636-6113

sanjuanoaks.com

925 828-6100

golfsanramon.com

707 785-2468

searanchvillage.com

707 823-9852 661 664-6474

sevenoakscountryclub.com

805 496-3036

sherwoodcountryclub.com

805 497-3037

sherwoodlakeclub.com

707 257-5460

silveradoresort.com

760 777-8884

silverrock.org

805 522-0803

simihillsgolf.com

707 996-0300

sonomagolfclub.com

831 647-7495

pebblebeach.com

831 625-8563

pebblebeach.com

209 668-8200

stevinsonranch.com

858 487-2117

stoneridgeclub.com

415 209-6090

stonetreegolf.com

949 551-1811

strawberryfarmsgolf.com

925 862-0414

sunolvalley.com

530 583-1516

tahoecitygolf.com

530 587-9440

golftahoedonner.com

858 675.8470

temeculacreekinn.com

949 589-9793

tijerascreek.com

858 452-3226

torreypinesgolfcourse.com

760 772-7000

toscanacc.com

510 728-7878

tpcstonebrae.com

661 288-7925

tpcvalencia.com

951 845-0014

tukwetcanyon.com

209 634-4976

turlockcountryclub.com

714 730-1611

tustinranchgolf.com

760 591-4653

jcgolf.com

559 651-1441

playvalleyoaks.com

707 226-8184

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707 944-1992

vintnersgolfclub.com

925 456-2475

wentevineyards.com

480 545-8542

westernskiesgolf.com

916 632-8333

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800 909-4224

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707 546-8787 916 277-1207

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707 838-7888

windsorgolf.com

760 345-7513

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CENTRAL VALLEY’S BEST STAY & PLAY GOLF PACKAGE, STARTING AT $130. Imagine waking up and being only steps away from the 1st tee where you will find a truly unique links design course known as the “Jewel of the Valley.” Designed by

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