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The Top Seven Golfing Destinations in Northern California

by on Jul.06, 2011, under Travel

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Northern California is home to some of the best golf courses in the world. This really is more the case than anything within the Monterey Peninsula, which happens to possess four of the top seven golf courses in the upper area of the state. While some of the courses can be fairly pricey, like Pebble Beach and Spyglass, others are quite inexpensive for the standard golfer. All-in-all, the courses listed in the next few paragraphs are places that you’ll want to visit someday in your life.

While making this decision isn’t guaranteed and can vary based upon personal preference, I believe the selection below encompass what every golfer deems “the perfect course.” So, without further ado, here’s my selection of the best golf courses in northern California:

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA

The famous Pebble Beach is not just thought of as one of the best destinations to golf in all of California, but also as one of the best courses to play in the world. In fact, it had been the first public course chosen as the #1 course in the world by Golf Digest. The regal course is located directly on the shoreline and offers stunning views of Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Developed in 1919 by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach has hosted the U.S. Open five separate occasions in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010.

2. Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Pebble Beach, CA

Spyglass, nicknamed “the Glass,” was designed by the well-known Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1966 and has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on its initial 5 holes. This is the second of four courses on this list on the Moneterey Peninsual.

The course is so widely recognized for its fantastic style and design and beauty, that Golf Digest ranked it 5th on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Spyglass is also among the courses in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am rotation.

3. Poppy Hills – Pebble Beach, CA

This tree-lined golf course is the third course listed in my selection of the 7 very best golf courses in northern California based in the Pebble Beach region. Even though it does not have the ocean views of some of it’s Monterey Peninsual counterparts, it’s tree-lined fairways set the scene for this exceptionally developed course.

With it’s many dog-leg fairways, Poppy Hills was graded among the best courses in northern California and in the top 20 courses in all of California.

4. Coyote Creek Golf Club – San Jose, CA

The Coyote Creek Golf Club is the only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in the bay area and is the most preferred place to play for all of the regional sports megastars from teams such as the 49’ers and Giants. Its flawless style and outstanding layout was attributed in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” and was given a rating of 4.5 stars.

5. TPC Harding – San Francisco, CA

After having a long stint of not being a significant course plus some much needed renovation, TPC Harding is once more a PGA Tour Tournament Players Club course. Harding Park is the top golfing location in the San Francisco city limits and is also very economical to San Francisco and Bay Area inhabitants.

The course was opened up in 1925 and was home to the 2009 Presidential Cup and the 2010/2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

6. Winchester Country Club – Meadow Vista, CA

Tucked away in the foothills in the Sierra Nevada’s in Meadow Vista, this exlcusive Championship northern California golf course was the final course created by the renowned father-son duo of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr. The course was considered to be The Best Residential Golf Course in America by Golf Weekly.

7. Monterey Pines Golf Course – Monterey, CA

The last choice in my list of the 7 best golf courses in northern California is also the fourth course found in the Monterey area. Monterey Pines was originally developed as a 9-hole course by Robert Muir Graves in 1963. The back 9 was added in 1972 and the course was redesigned during 2009 by Marc Messier.

Nicknamed the “Navy Course,” Monterey Pines is taken care of and managed by the Navy Golf Program. This course is the best golfing destination for beginning golfers and passionate golfers alike. It’s hard enough to work on your game and satisfying enough to relish a whole round of 18.

There are plenty of outstanding golfing opportunities in northern California, and the abovementioned are some of the finest. Whether you’re a keen golfer, or somebody that just enjoys getting out there and hitting the links, these courses offer a very good experience.

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