Best Golf Courses in California
July 21, 2020
California is a large state with an even larger list of great golf courses, and that selection can make it hard to narrow down a destination for your next buddy's trip or golf outing. We've reviewed some of our golfers' favorites and picked four of the best golf courses in California that give everyone a great place to plan a round. And these four are just the beginning – with fantastic options from San Francisco to San Diego, there really isn't a bad choice among the bunch.
Maderas Golf Club
Speaking of San Diego, the Maderas Golf Club is a beloved treasure of a Southern California golf course. Creeks, mature trees and rocky terrain provide an excellent mix on this course, less than an hour outside of San Diego, while rolling fairways and greens are a challenge for any golfer. And several of the bunkers have high edges, which is a real challenge if you stray too far from the fairway.
The Links at Bodega Harbor
In the northern part of the state, just an hour outside of San Francisco, The Links at Bodega Harbor is the type of golf course in California that offers golfers the coastal views and layout of links they dream of. But don't let the amazing scenery lull you to sleep – you'll need a solid game plan and a few right-arrow shots to avoid the nearly 100 bunkers and rugged spots made up of tall coastal grasses.
Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort
Just west of Sacramento, amid scenic rolling hills that seem to stretch forever, Yocha Dehe Golf Club is located at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. A raised first tee greets golfers ready to set their shot on a 160-foot drop. Hilltop greens and strategically placed water hazards can create some tough situations if you're not careful, as can the blind tee shots at 12 and 17. But keep your target and set some critical shots right and you'll be rewarded with one of your most memorable rounds of golf
Half Moon Bay Golf Links – Ocean Course
The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, located right on the coast of San Mateo County, makes you feel like you've been transported to an idyllic Scottish golf course – without ever leaving California. Catch a round on the right day and the wind and fog will only enhance the feeling of playing a golf course half a world away. Coastal cliffs and bay views, combined with elevated tees, undulating terrain and a number of undulating greens, all make this a highly recommended California golf course from local players and visiting travelers.