The magnificence of California’s scenery and weather conditions makes it an ideal vacation destination for duffers looking to get in some great golf. Golf courses of all styles and specifications stretch from one end of the state to the other. No matter which part of California you are heading to as part of your travel plans, you can find a golf course worth your time and effort.
Indian Valley Golf Club: San Francisco Area
Marin County is home to this California public golf course. If you enjoy testing your skills against water hazards, you’ll love this course with no less than 10 holes where water comes into play. The course itself takes advantage of the rolling hills of the San Francisco area. The 16th hole features a drop in elevation from tee to cup of more than 250 feet. Those hills provide the necessity for an elevator to take you from the 13th to the 14th hole.
3035 Novato Boulevard
Novato, CA 94947
Sherwood Forest Golf Club: Fresno
Fresno is home to more than raisins. You won’t find Robin Hood at this Sherwood Forest, but you will find some very merry men. The course borders along the Kings River and if you don’t like rivers, you can enjoy the scenic vista of mountains off in the distance. Be ready to deal with trees as you must maneuver your shots around this vegetation on every single hole.
79 North Frankwood Ave.
Sanger, California 93657
Cimarron Golf Resort: Cathedral City
Settled amidst the fancier private golf courses in the Palm Springs area is the Cimarron Golf Resort. You’ll find two different 18-hole courses designed by John Fought. The Long Course and the Short Course offer different specialties. The Short Course at Cimarron is perfect for tuning up your short game and its less expansive distance makes it a better choice for older golfers. Both of these public California courses provide a spectacular view of the mountains surrounding the area. Golf for Women magazine voted Cimarron Golf Resort as one of the top 100 courses for women to play.
67-603 30th Avenue
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Fallbrook Golf Club: San Diego Area
During your visit to San Diego, set aside time to head to nearby Fallbrook and play this public golf course that is both challenging and fun. The course itself is a real beauty, adorned with live oaks and Oak Creek running through it. Play includes confrontations with greens bordered tightly by large bunkers. If you have a good short game, you may want to place a friendly wager among your foursome as you will have the advantage over the long drivers who don’t take well to the shot-making part of the game of golf.
2757 Gird Road
Fallbrook, CA. 92028
Birch Hills Golf Course: Los Angeles Area
This little executive golf course provides a challenge in the form of a hilly construction and water hazards on some of the holes. Long drivers will appreciate this California golf course’s wide fairways as well as the five par-4 holes scattered across the course. Because Birch Hills is very walkable, it makes an excellent choice for older golfers looking to get in a quick 18 while in the L.A. area. Those who head to Birch Hills following the summer of 2011 will find a course that has benefited from renovations. If you only have time to drive some balls, Birch Hills has a practice facility with 25 hitting positions open throughout the daylight hours.
2250 E. Birch Street
Brea, CA 92821
Glen Annie Golf Club: Santa Barbara
If your California dreaming of golf is filled with visions of driving down the fairway with the Pacific Ocean glittering off in the distance, this Santa Barbara course fills the ticket. If you have never played on an oceanfront golf course, get in some practice playing in strong winds before hitting Glen Annie. The back nine brings you up into the hills and provides some memorable views of the Channel Islands. The trickiest part of the course itself are the undulating greens that can play havoc with your game if you read them wrong.
405 Glen Annie Road
Santa Barbara, California 93117