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Carlton Oaks Golf Club - hole 12

Carlton Oaks Golf Club near San Diego is making a comeback

Soon after losing its greens in 2011, Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee got a bad reputation for poor conditions. But recent reviews of this San Diego-area stalwart show that the efforts of the past two superintendents are paying off.
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Maderas golf course - 12th hole

Maderas G.C. makes a strong case as San Diego area's finest inland public course

Maderas Golf Club in Poway doesn't have the tournament history of a Torrey Pines or La Costa, but it just might be the San Diego area's premier public place to play. Operated by Troon Golf, Maderas checks all the boxes of a destination golf course.
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Catalina Island Golf Course - hole 1

Swing into history: Catalina Island Golf Course is the oldest play in all of California

If you're heading to Catalina Island Golf Course expecting luxury club life, you're traveling to the wrong place. Yet if you're going absorb a distinct piece of American golf history, then ready your island vibe for a fun nine-hole track with some serious lore.
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  • San Francisco

    San Francisco is a favorite destination for travelers all over the world, thanks to a strong mix of cultures, unique attractions and mild weather year round. It's easy to stay busy on a San Francisco vacation, from riding cable cars throughout the city to exploring one of the many unique neighborhoods, each with its own appeal.

    The 18-hole Zinfandel/Merlot at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1996. Designed by Rees Jones and Steve Weisser, Zinfandel/Merlot at Poppy Ridge Golf Course measures 7128 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 74.
    The 18-hole Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1933. Poplar Creek Golf Course measures 6042 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are rye grass.
    The 18-hole Hillside/Diablo at Brentwood Golf Club in Brentwood, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Hillside/Diablo at Brentwood Golf Club measures 6487 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are rye grass.
  • Sacramento & Gold Country

    The year 1849 and the California Golf Rush are long gone, but "Gold Country" is still an attractive region of the state. Also nicknamed the "Mother Lode" region, it includes the capital city of Sacramento to the west and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which head into Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park to the east in Mariposa County, the state's largest.

    The 18-hole Hillside/Diablo at Brentwood Golf Club in Brentwood, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Hillside/Diablo at Brentwood Golf Club measures 6487 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are rye grass.
    Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln sprawls across rolling hills that are covered with mature oak forests. The back nine even closely resembles Germany's Black Forest. The centerpiece of the course is the old granite quarry that was transformed into an expansive lake that comes into play on the third and final holes.
    Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, DarkHorse Golf Club tumbles across a magnificent landscape that once served as a cattle ranch. The course incorporates a variety of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic.
  • Inland Empire

    Composed of the Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino areas, the Inland Empire is the fifth largest urban area in the state of California and quickly becoming one of the most diverse. Although it holds onto to its agricultural roots, which includes the Temecula Wine Region, the area is growing in terms of cultural arts, sports and recreation, including golf.

    The 18-hole Dos Lagos Golf Course in Corona, CA is a public golf course that opened in 2007. Designed by Matt Dye, Dos Lagos Golf Course measures 6544 yards from the longest tees.
    Shorecliffs Golf Course wanders through the coastal canyons and valleys of San Clemente, heading towards the beautiful shoreline. Situated just steps from the ocean, the course enjoys cool ocean breezes and a temperate climate, which makes it a year-round haven for golfers.
    Nestled in the foothills of Riverside County, Indian Hills Golf Club incorporates a range of different elevation changes. The elevated tees provide great views of the surrounding hills while the tricky raised greens make up the bulk of the course's difficulty.
  • Napa/Sonoma

    From wine tasting to redwoods to quaint small towns bursting with arts, shopping and history, the North Coast of California may be the most relaxing region in the state. Here, you can explore the famous Sonoma vineyards, drive a car through a giant Redwood or experience the best of outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking and, of course, golf.

    Nestled in the foothills of Napa Valley, Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club is bordered by endless rows of grapes. Unlike many other vineyard courses that sell their grapes, Eagle Vines produces their own wines. Surrounding the vineyards is a landscape of 200-year-old oak trees and lush, grassy meadows, an ideal setting for golf.
    Oakmont Golf Club offers two 18-hole courses, the West and the East. The West Course is slightly longer than the executive-length East, but they are both challenging courses. The front nine on the West Course features small greens where smart players should aim for the center for a relatively short birdie putt. The greens expand on the lengthier back nine, where more yardage calls for a longer iron into the greens.
    The 18-hole Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course in Hidden Valley Lake, CA is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1965. Designed by William F. Bell, Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course measures 6667 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 72.
  • Central Valley

    California's Central Valley stretches over 450 miles through the center of the state and parallels the Pacific Ocean. Also called the "Sacramento Valley," it encompasses such towns as Bakersfield to the south, past Sacramento and Fresno to Stockton at the northern end.

    The 18-hole The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. , The Ridge Golf Course measures 6749 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 140 and a 73.
    The 18-hole The Valley Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club in Morgan Hill, CA is a public golf course that opened in 2001. The Valley Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club measures 7066 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 74.
    Located in the Central Valley, Micke Grove Golf Links is surrounded by scenic vineyards. The course is mostly flat and measures to a reasonable 6,565 yards from the back tees, but it is not to be underestimated. There are some tough holes including the par-5 fifth, which requires an accurate tee shot in order to avoid the hazards on both the left and right.
  • Central Coast of California

    Between the bustling metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco runs an unparalleled stretch of American beauty that is the Central Coast of California. State Route 1 along the Pacific has long been aptly numbered in inspirational value for painters, writers, vacationers, and, of course, golfers.

    The 18-hole La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1986. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, La Purisima Golf Course measures 7105 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 75.
    The 18-hole Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Kenneth Hunter and Mike McGinnis, Hunter Ranch Golf Course measures 6741 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 72.
    The 9-hole Laguna Lake Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1975. Laguna Lake Golf Course measures 1306 yards from the longest tees. The greens are rye grass.
  • Palm Springs

    Desert hotbed Palm Springs anchors the Coachella Valley, a region home to a collection of cities with a wealth of golf communities. The valley is a favorite spot for seasonal residents and retirees, especially those after sunny winters on golf courses in prime, lush and green condition. Between January and April, few spots on earth are better for desert golf!

    This is the monster of all monsters, the one that carries so many folktales of golfer terror with it that it should qualify as its own myth. The developers asked Pete Dye to make this "the toughest golf course in the world" and many argue he succeeded. Too well. The Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta is one of those tracks that any self-respecting golf nut has to play once. Just to experience it.
    There's not one, but two Pete Dye courses tied to the famed La Quinta Resort & Spa in La Quinta. The Mountain Course truly steals the show though. This is target golf under and sometimes right up against mountains.
    Desert Springs Resort boasts two championship courses designed by Ted Robinson, the Palms and the Valley. The golf courses are known for their beautiful setting, offering unrivaled views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley. The Valley Course is considered the less challenging of the two, but both offer a stunning landscape covered with swaying palms and blue lagoons.
  • Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra

    Northern California's High Sierra makes for some of the world's most spectacular natural mountain wonders. It's home to Yosemite National Park, home to mighty waterfalls and marvelous glacial rock formations. To the north, sparkling Lake Tahoe sits at an elevation of over 6,000 feet and provides one of the West's great winter and summer escapes, home to skiing in the winter, and boating, mountain climbing and plenty of golf in the warmer months.

    The 18-hole Nakoma Golf Resort in Clio, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Robin Nelson, Nakoma Golf Resort measures 6791 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 139 and a 72 USGA rating. The course features 7 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Nestled in the rolling hills of Gold Country, Apple Mountain Resort has a dramatic landscape that provides plenty of elevation changes, making it a nearly impossible course to walk. Some of the drops from tee to green are unbelievable, offering unrivaled views of the surrounding mountains. Nearly every hole enjoys a stunning backdrop.
    Located at the base of a ski resort, Northstar California Golf Courserse possesses two completely different nines. Robert Muir Graves, the designer, fully utilized the rugged Tahoe landscape, creating a course that partly plays across grassy meadows before moving on to more mountainous terrain.
  • Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles area, which includes Hollywood and Beverly Hills, has often been called the land of make-believe and dreams, but one thing is certain: There's plenty to do and plenty of ways to do it. From the movie studios, to the beaches, to the Dodgers and Lakers, to enjoying the sunny weather on the golf courses, it does indeed seem to never rain in Southern California.

    Opened in 1923, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Golf Course is one of California's first great courses. Over the decades that the course has been open, it has hosted a number of professional players and celebrities ranging from Arnold Palmer to Will Smith.
    The 18-hole Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1935. Designed by James Harrison Smith, Santa Anita Golf Course measures 6412 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 119 and a 70.
  • San Diego

    Nobody does weather better than San Diego, which makes the area a perfect location for many great outdoor activities such as shopping, hiking, surfing, sailing sunbathing and playing golf.

    St. Mark Golf Course is tucked away in the coastal foothills of north San Diego County less than 10 miles from the ocean, boasting a landscape of mature trees and idyllic backdrops. Its proximity to the ocean also provides refreshing coastal breezes.
    San Vicente Golf Resort sprawls across lush rolling hills in Ramona, though it is conveniently only 20 minutes from San Diego's many attractions. Situated in the Valley of the Sun, the golf course boasts scenic views of the surrounding mountains as well as temperate weather for most of the year.
    The 18-hole Champions at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA is a resort golf course that opened in 1964. Designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, Champions at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa measures 7151 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 140 and a 75.
  • Monterey Peninsula

    Those who drive the famous Highway 101 up the California coast will agree there is no better ocean drive in the United States -- and perhaps the world. The beauty of the coastline is highlighted by 17-mile drive along the Monterey Peninsula, which passes through beach towns as well as one of the world's most coveted golf vacation destinations.

    Ridgemark Golf & Country Club has a peacefully secluded location, tucked away between the mountains and foothills of the Gabilan and Diablo Ranges. San Benito County has been especially hard hit by drought and so to make the best of a situation that's not ideal, the club's two former golf courses were combined into one, more challenging layout.
    The Black Horse was built after the unexpected popularity of its sister course the Bayonet that was built 10 years prior in 1954. Situated on the site of the former Fort Ord, both share a rich military history. Both also offer unrivaled vistas of Monterey Bay, but the more open nature of Black Horse allows for more panoramic views
  • Shasta Cascade

    For travelers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the crowds, there's no better area than the Shasta Cascade region of northern California. Located in the shadows of Mount Shasta and the Cascade Mountains, this eight-county area, which makes up one-fifth of the state of California, is much the way it was centuries ago, albeit with a few more towns and a few peaceful golf courses sprinkled into the mix.

    The 18-hole Mount Shasta Resort in Mount Shasta, CA is a resort golf course that opened in 1993. Designed by Jim Sommers and Sandy Tatum, Mount Shasta Resort measures 6065 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 68.
    The 9-hole Churn Creek Golf Course in Redding, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1977. Churn Creek Golf Course measures 6299 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 123 and a 70.3 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 9-hole Lake Redding Golf Course in Redding, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1959. Lake Redding Golf Course measures 3685 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 87 and a 58.9 USGA rating.
  • Orange County

    Although Orange County might be best known as the original home of Mickey Mouse, the area anchored by Disneyland offers plenty of other entertainment options for travelers, including scores of diverse golf courses, both on the coast and inland.

    Opened in 1929, Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana is Orange County's oldest public golf course. It is a challenging layout that has garnered a quite a following over the years. The course features wide fairways and large greens that offer ample room. There aren’t any water hazards a few strategically placed sand traps come into play and there are also mature trees lining the fairways.
    The 18-hole Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim, CA is a public golf course that opened in 1961. Designed by Dick Miller, Dad Miller Golf Course measures 5892 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 114 and a 67.
    Shorecliffs Golf Course wanders through the coastal canyons and valleys of San Clemente, heading towards the beautiful shoreline. Situated just steps from the ocean, the course enjoys cool ocean breezes and a temperate climate, which makes it a year-round haven for golfers.