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Golf is one of those sports where the weather has a significant impact on the game. While playing football in a rainstorm actually might make it MORE enjoyable, heavy rain or stiff wind is enough to make golf nigh-unplayable. That's where California comes in. Perhaps the state with the most consistently fantastic weather, golf courses (and the resorts that often accompany them) litter the California countryside. If you're going on a trip to play some golf, you can't do much better than sunny California. Here are the best from the Golden State.
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Pala Mesa Resort

Fallbrook, California

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San Diego is known throughout the country for many things, among them great weather, their zoo, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. But perhaps most notable of all is their fantastic golfing. You can’t go a... read more

San Diego is known throughout the country for many things, among them great weather, their zoo, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. But perhaps most notable of all is their fantastic golfing. You can’t go a block without running into an immaculately groomed course, teeming with novices and aficionados alike. One of the best is Pala Mesa, a California-Ranch style hotel located between Temecula wine country and the scenic North County.

One of the best things about golfing in San Diego is that even if you shoot poorly, you’re doing it in in absolutely pristine weather. It’s tough to stay in a bad mood. Pala Mesa makes it even easier, with fantastic service and meticulous attention to detail. Try out the exceptional cuisine and supremely comfortable rooms. As for the golf itself, the course is one of Southern California’s most challenging (and beautiful). With huge mountains as the backdrop, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect setting to tee-off in. The tree-lined fairways and seemingly narrower front nine holes and the dramatic changes in elevation; Grab your nine-iron and head over to Pala Mesa right now!

Address

2001 Old Highway 395 Fallbrook, CA 92028

Population

1.356 million people called San Diego home in 2013.

Fun facts

In English, San Diego means "Saint Diego".

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Greenhorn Creek Resort

Angels Camp, California

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Whether you're hitting the links or relaxing pool-side, a day at Greenhorn can only be described as paradise!Sitting at the base of the beautiful Central Sierras, Greenhorn Creek Resort is everything you could... read more

Whether you're hitting the links or relaxing pool-side, a day at Greenhorn can only be described as paradise!

Sitting at the base of the beautiful Central Sierras, Greenhorn Creek Resort is everything you could possibly want from a luxury golf resort. A picturesque landscape, idyllic temperatures, and superb hospitality are the norm here. While there are a plethora of activities and amenities to busy yourself with at the resort, by far the most popular is, of course, golf! The onsite Robert Trent Jones, Jr. re-designed course takes full advantage of the historic landscape, meandering along rolling foothills, 100-year old oak trees, ancient structures, and more. With award winning holes and numerous accolades, Greenhorn Creeks is a must-play, much like Greenhorn is a must-stay!

Address

711 McCauley Ranch Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222

Elevation

The resort property is situated at 1,500 feet elevation, ideally situated for year-round golf.

Fun facts

Mark Twain gave Calaveras County its claim to fame when he made his home in the charming town of Angels Camp, as he wrote his best-selling short story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, California

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+1 (858) 453 - 4420
A AAA Five Diamond hotel AND ranked first out of 24 hotels in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, The Lodge at Torrey Pines impresses both industry professionals and casual guests alike. Torrey Pines golf course is world... read more

A AAA Five Diamond hotel AND ranked first out of 24 hotels in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, The Lodge at Torrey Pines impresses both industry professionals and casual guests alike. Torrey Pines golf course is world renowned for its beauty and its challenge; it hosted the US Open in 2008 and will again in 2021. If you’re looking for a luxurious five-star experience, and are interested in playing a course the pros struggle with, look no further.

Torrey Pines Golf Course is one of the premiere courses in California. Featuring both a north and south course, a devoted golfer could spend a month playing these courses and not get bored. The nuances and challenges that they provide bring professionals out in droves simply to test their mettle. It truly is a defining experience for the modern golfer. Of course, Torrey Pines isn't just the golf course. The Lodge is famous for spoiling its guests rotten. If you’re looking for relaxation, an on-site spa can take care of you. If you’re into the outdoors but not a golfer, the Lodge is adjacent to its namesake- the Torrey Pines State Reserve- and offers guests the chance to observe golden sandstone formations and rare Torrey pine trees.

Address

11480 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California 92037

Entrance fees

One Free Round of Golf with any consecutive 3-night stay: May - September at $499 October - April at $399

Fun facts

The 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines was the last Major won by Tiger Woods.

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CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort

San Martin, California

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+1 (408) 695 - 4582
Squarely in the picturesque California countryside, Rosewood CordeValle, while known for its golf course, offers a luxury vacation experience on par with any other premium hotel in California. Guests may choose... read more

Squarely in the picturesque California countryside, Rosewood CordeValle, while known for its golf course, offers a luxury vacation experience on par with any other premium hotel in California. Guests may choose between rooms, suites, or homes as they see fit, all lovingly well-kept and decorated. The spa, fitness center, and pool are all fantastic options, but let's be honest: you’re here to golf.

The 18-hole championship golf course is 7,360-yards of enjoyable challenge. It winds its way through the iconic Northern California hillsides, canyons and broad meadows, making full use of this terrain to further the golfer’s experience. Meticulously groomed for year-round beauty, Rosewood CordeValle also offers lessons from PGA professionals for the less-advanced. It can certainly be intimidating, attempting a course that professionals have trouble with! But if you’re a wily veteran or a green-eared neophyte, you’ll find something to love at CordeValle.

Address

1 CordeValle Club Dr., San Martin, CA 95046

Highlights

The 2016 US Women’s Open is taking place here!

Fun facts

The state bird of California is the California quail!

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Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Solvang, California

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+1 (805) 688 - 6411
Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort provides 10,000-acres of unadulterated California country goodness, 50 miles of riding trails, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. While that resume speaks for itself,... read more

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort provides 10,000-acres of unadulterated California country goodness, 50 miles of riding trails, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. While that resume speaks for itself, there’s more to be said. It also boasts a 100-acre spring-fed lake, and, nearby, 75 renowned vineyards and wineries. And while all of this would be tantalizing to even the most stubborn of vacationers, you’re here for golf, and Alisal has two fantastic courses that any golfer in america would love to play.

The Santa Ynez River and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains make for a sublime setting for Alisa;s historic courses. If you feel like your game isn’t quite at an elite level yet, head over to the River Course and play a round. Following the Santa Ynez River, this 6800-yard course is a great place for newer players and families to challenge themselves and have fun. If you’re feeling more bold, try out the Ranch Course. Founded back in 1956, the course is packed with history, manicured fairways, and challenge. Whichever you choose, one thing is for certain: you’ll absolutely love it.

Address

1054 S. Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463

Mountain range

The Santa Ynez Mountains are principally in Santa Barbara County but extend eastward into Ventura County. This is odd, as it makes them one of the few entirely east-west trending mountain range in the United States.

Highlights

Alisal has a string of nearly 100 horses for expeditions. They can accommodate any skill-level, from first-time to advanced riders.

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Pebble Beach Golf Resort

Pebble Beach, California

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One of the most iconic golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach has been a legendary golf course and lodge since 1919. From its fabled history to it’s incredible seaside setting, everything about Pebble Beach... read more

One of the most iconic golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach has been a legendary golf course and lodge since 1919. From its fabled history to it’s incredible seaside setting, everything about Pebble Beach screams “luxury”. Of course, you don’t become a world-renowned establishment without paying attention to the little things, and Pebble Beach’s warm hospitality, expert service and grand recreation are all staples of what has become possibly the most famous golf course and lodge in the world.

With five distinct courses on the property, there is no shortage of options for the broad range of golfing talents that come to Pebble Beach. There are courses designed for professionals, and there are courses designed for significantly-less-than-professionals. Of course the dramatic coastline does make for some lost balls every now and then, but you’ll barely care when surrounded by so much natural beauty. Golf isn’t the only selling point here. Pebble Beach offers three distinct lavish hotels and lodges for you to choose from. The Lodge is stately, comfortable, and full of history. The Inn at Spanish Bay is a more secluded experience, if you prefer more privacy. And the Mediterranean-themed Casa Palmero is all about luxurious relaxation. Whichever you choose, choosing Pebble Beach is the right choice.

Address

17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Highlights

Pebble Beach Golf Links, the main course, was named the #1 public course in America for 2015/2015 by GolfDigest.

Fun facts

Just a sample of people who have played at Pebble: Samuel F. B. Morse, Clint Eastwood, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, Jay Leno, Chef Thomas Keller, Bing Crosby, Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Don Cheadle, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.

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Miramonte Resort & Spa

Indian Wells, California

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Miramonte Resort & Spa’s tagline is “Classic palm springs luxury. Undeniable style”. Indeed, their style is undeniable. A Tuscan themed spa, delicious farm-to-table fresh food, and spectacular views of the... read more

Miramonte Resort & Spa’s tagline is “Classic palm springs luxury. Undeniable style”. Indeed, their style is undeniable. A Tuscan themed spa, delicious farm-to-table fresh food, and spectacular views of the Santa Rosa Mountains add up to extreme luxury. Of course, you’re reading this list because you love gold. So does Miramonte!

The Resort is extremely close to two world-class courses. Indian Wells has received numerous awards from publications like Golfweek Magazine, and for good reason. The Celebrity Course is Affectionately known as “Beauty,”, and referred to as a Picasso among golf course. This isn't because the course was constructed with cubism in mind; it simply was crafted with intent and artistry. Meanwhile, The Players Course is fondly called “The Beast” for its difficulty. Both are framed by waterfalls, crags, and wildflowers of the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains. As for the resort itself, it’s a stupendous four-diamond establishment with “classic sophistication”. Spend your days playing golf and your nights being pampered. Might as well be heaven.

Address

45000 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210

Mountain range

The Santa Rosa Mountains extend for approximately 30 miles along the western side of the Coachella Valley.

Fun facts

The tallest mountain in the Santa Rosa Mountains is Toro Peak, at 8,716 feet.

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Hyatt Regency Monterey

Monterey, California

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If it’s always been a dream of yours to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach, but staying at the Lodge is out of your price range, the Hyatt Regency is here to help. With their incredible proximity to the Del... read more

If it’s always been a dream of yours to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach, but staying at the Lodge is out of your price range, the Hyatt Regency is here to help. With their incredible proximity to the Del Monte course (one of Pebble’s many), the is the perfect place to set up camp between rounds. When not playing golf, you can enjoy their fantastic food, spa, and the countless attractions in the Monterey area.

Opened in 1897, Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. The course is set up in an eccentric layouts so as to add to the challenge. Beautiful oak, pine and cypress trees dot the course, adding to the course’s charm (and difficulty). If you’re golfed out and just need some time to relax, take a dip in one of the two heated outdoor pools or try out the rejuvenating treatments at Marilyn Monroe Spa.

Address

1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, California, 93940-4908

Population

28,294 residents as of 2013.

Fun facts

In 1919, green fees at Pebble Beach were $2 for gentlemen, and $1.50 for the ladies. Rates now range from $350-$400 per 18-hole round.

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Cimarron Golf Resort

Cathedral City, California

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Cimarron Golf Resort stands alone on this list as the only resort that doesn’t offer rooms, suites, or houses to rent. In fact, it has no overnight accommodations at all. Instead, Cimarron chooses to focus all its... read more

Cimarron Golf Resort stands alone on this list as the only resort that doesn’t offer rooms, suites, or houses to rent. In fact, it has no overnight accommodations at all. Instead, Cimarron chooses to focus all its attention on what it knows its guests care most about: a fun and unforgettable golfing experience.

Like some of the other entries on this list, Cimarron offers dual courses, each tailored to a different demographic. The award-winning Boulder Course is for more experienced players. The 6,782-yard long course winds its way through the sunny San Jacinto Mountains, challenging even the most grizzled golfing veterans. Conversely, the shorter Pebble course is meant for all level of player. The Cimarron website says “ If you are looking to hit every club in your bag, finish an 18 hole round in 3 hours and have plenty of energy left to enjoy the rest of the day, the Pebble Course is for you.” What else is there to be said? If you want to go somewhere where golfing is the only thing on everyone’s minds, Cimarron is for you.

Address

67603 30th Avenue, Cathedral City, CA

Mountain range

San Jacinto peak stands at 10,834′!

Fun facts

As of 2009, California had 1,126 golf courses!

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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, California

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Luxurious is an understatement when referring to The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Standing on the precipice of a stunning seaside cliff, simply standing back and looking at the resort is an experience that takes... read more

Luxurious is an understatement when referring to The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Standing on the precipice of a stunning seaside cliff, simply standing back and looking at the resort is an experience that takes your breath away. Inside, guests are treated to feather beds (with Egyptian cotton sheets), marble bathrooms, and 24-hour room service. If it sounds like heaven, it’s because it very well might be. But when you’re not pampering yourself to death, perhaps you’ll consider the equally glorious golf courses...

It would be tough to find a more picturesque location for a golf course. High atop the bluffs, The Ritz’s two Championship golf courses entice and enthrall golfer from all over the world. For a challenge, golfers are encouraged to try the Ocean Course, featuring rugged terrain and (obviously) a gorgeous ocean view on every hole. If you feel like taking it a little easier, the historic Old Course is covered in handsome cypress tree and presents a lesser challenge. But even if you hit every shot into the ocean, you're going to have a great time. How can you not, when you’re surrounded by mother nature’s majesty?

Address

1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 94019

Season

Year round!

Fun facts

The Ritz is the #1 rated resort in Half Moon Bay (out of eight)!

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Saddle Creek Golf Resort

Copperopolis, California

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Since 1996, Saddle Creek Golf Resort has offered golf recreation for members and the general public and has been annually listed in California’s top 15 places to play by Golfweek Magazine.The scenic and... read more

Since 1996, Saddle Creek Golf Resort has offered golf recreation for members and the general public and has been annually listed in California’s top 15 places to play by Golfweek Magazine.

The scenic and challenging landscape features an 18-hole championship course. The men's tees measure 6,044 yards with a gentle slope rating of 122, and the ladies' tees measure 4,486 yards with a slope rating of 117. Come and enjoy one of California’s favorite and ideal golf destinations. Guests at the resort can choose a mid-week or weekend "Stay and Play Special Package," which includes two rounds of golf per person, unlimited use of the practice facility and short-game area, and accommodations at their cozy bungalows. Your stay also comes with a golf cart and your choice of breakfast or lunch at Copper Grille.

Address

1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, California 95228

Related activities

After a round or two of golf get pampered! Visit the Sports Club and relax in the pool or get a massage. You can get a massage in the comfort and privacy of your bungalow, The hospitality staff is always available to assist you. Make sure to schedule your appointment and rejuvenate on your next golf getaway!

Related Onsite Offerings

Your stay at the bungalows come with the use of your own golf cart and your choice of breakfast or lunch in their Copper Grille. Guests also have full access to the swimming pool and Sport Center.

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