Great Golf Courses in Northern California


There are some incredible golf courses and locations in Northern California.  They have a wide variety of natural scenery.  Some are by the ocean while others are in the Mountains.  Today a I will highlight some of the fabulous options that are available in Northern California to play golf.


  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links

This golf course is located in Half Moon Bay California.  This course is a luxury golf resort located on the coastline.  It is 19 miles from San Francisco.  The Ritz – Carlton at Half Moon Bay is located on the grounds.  It is a luxurious facility with 36 holes of golf on the ocean. The resort was built by the Ritz-Carlton in 2001.  There are two courses, The old Course and the Ocean Course.  The old course at Half moon was designed by Arnold Palmer.  It was renovated by the architect Arthur Hills in 1990.   This course is considered among the most challenging golf courses in the San Francisco area.   This course offers a traditional parkland style environment.  The ocean course is considered a true links course.  It is 6914 yards.   The ocean course hosted the Ladies U.S. Open Qualifier in 2012.  The ocean course has views of the ocean from almost every hole.  There are multiple Restaurants and bars on the premises.  Half Moon bay also features a Golf shop.  There is a 4 acre short game practice area.  The course offers valet parking.


The Half Moon Bay Golf Links has won many awards over the years.  A few of the recent ones were: North America’s Golf Resort of the year in 2014 by IAGTO, # 18 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest Magazine, and Number 2 resort in Northern California by ACES.  The grounds also offer 4 Bocce Ball courts.  This is not normally something you would find at a course.  The resort offers stay and play packages.  This includes a 60 minute massage, glass of champagne at the spa and one round of golf on either the Ocean course or the Old Course.   They also offer a Fore the Golfer package which includes one 18 hole round of golf.  Legends of golf offers the treat of unlimited golf on the Old Course and the Ocean Course.  The price for a round of golf varies but is approximately $149 and up.


  • Pasatiempo

Located in Santa Cruz, California this course has a reputation for being very challenging.   This course was designed by architect Alister MacKenzie.  This is a semi private course, but they set aside certain tee times for the public every day.  This course is ranked #13 by Golf Magazine’s top 100 courses you can play in 2012. This is a championship golf course that is beautifully maintained.  There is a driving range that can be used by members and guests.  The course offers a practice facility with large putting and chipping greens as well as multiple bunkers.  They’re offer golf lessons for individuals and groups by appointment. The course is hilly and has many changes in the terrain.  It takes approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes.  The club encourages this goal.  They offer caddy service if you would like it.  Members have certain times reserved for them.   To set up a tee time you can set up a regular time 7 days in advance or priority with up to 365 days ahead.  The green fee is about $240.    There are multiple restaurants available on the course.


These are a couple of the incredible golf course options that are available to choose in Northern California.  Keep an eye out for more posts highlighting more golf courses.