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Northern California Golf Course Reviews

Northern California is home to some of the best golf courses in the United States. You'll find stunning courses like Pebble Beach or Half Moon Bay Golf Links that play along the roaring surf of the Pacific Ocean or high altitude courses in the majestic Sierra Mountains and some courses that play in the plains of northern California. Below is our list of California golf courses that we have played and reviewed.

Northern California Golf Course Reviews Northern California Reviewed Course Comments Reviewed Golf Course Picture

Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Ocean Course

Half Moon Bay, CA

650 726-1800

Texas Outside Review

Texas Outside Rating - 8.6

Half Moon Bay Golf Links is home to two outstanding 18 hole golf courses that are very different from each other. The Ocean Course is a true Scottish links course designed by Arthur Hills - wind swept natural areas, wide open sweeping fairways, and the roar of the Pacific Ocean waves breaking against the shoreline and rocks. The Ocean Course is home to three of the most memorable holes that we have played - all of which play along a sea cliff with majestic views of the Ritz Carlton Resort and the Pacific Ocean.

The 18th hole on the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Old Course Course

Half Moon Bay, CA

650 726-1800

Texas Outside Review

Texas Outside Rating - 8.6

The Old Course is a very traditional Parkland style golf course with some excellent holes, for example, the par 3 17th hole with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and the 18th hole which is a big downhiller with a 200 foot sea cliff and the Pacific Ocean ready to devour any sprayed left shots plus the Ritz Carlton guests watching your approach to the green.

And the other 16 holes make playing the Old Course a relaxing and memorable round where you may have an opportunity to turn in a good score.

18th hole on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Pasatiempo

Santa Cruz, CA

831 459-9155

Texas Outside Review

Texas Outside Rating - 9.3

Pasatiempo is loaded with history and accolades including being rated #11 in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play." This is a fantastic course that after glancing at the scorecard you'll wonder why it has a reputation of being very challenging. Shortly after the third hole you'll start to realize why - lots of ups and downs that require club management, plenty of contoured and rolling fairways that create uneven lies, challenging green complexes, treacherous bunkers plus ravines, swales, and more.
Pasatiempo's 18th hole

 

 

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