California

Top 100 Golf Courses - California

Mission Hills (Pete Dye Challenge)

91st California - Best in Area

The Peter Dye Challenge course was the last of three layouts to open at Mission Hills Country Club. Trademark railway sleepers buttress several greens close to intimidating water hazards, reminding golfers that they’re playing a Dye track.

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Annandale

92nd California - Best in Area

Annandale Golf Club is a 1906 Willie Watson and Billy Bell design, altered down the years by a number of architects. The layout underwent a sympathetic makeover from Brian Silva to mark its centenary in 2007.

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Desert Dunes

93rd California - Best in Area

Featuring a double green at the 9th and 18th holes, the Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed course at Desert Dunes Golf Club is a terrific test of golf, having hosted both U.S. Open and PGA Tour qualifying events in recent years.

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TPC Stonebrae

94th California - Best in Area

A fair amount of soil was shifted when David McLay Kidd fashioned the fairways of the TPC Stonebrae course in the hills above Oakland. Despite such mechanical intervention, the resulting layout fits perfectly into its natural surroundings, which is all credit to its architect.

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Orinda

95th California - Best in Area

William Watson designed the course at Orinda Country Club in 1924, the year the club was founded. Nestled in the San Pablo Valley, the tree-lined fairways are set within a 250-acre property where natural features such as two canyons and the Lauterwasser Creek come into play.

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Olympic Club (Cliffs)

96th California - Best in Area

The Cliffs is the most scenic of the three layouts at the Olympic Club. Designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, this 9-hole par three course is short but it’s a challenging little beauty...

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Ruby Hill

97th California - Best in Area

Routed around a high-density real estate development in the hills of Livermore Valley wine country, the course at Ruby Hill Golf Club – as it was originally called – is a mid-1990s Jack Nicklaus Signature design situated outside Pleasanton in Alameda County.

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Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse)

98th California - Best in Area

The Black Horse course at the 36-hole Bayonet & Black Horse golf facility is a former US Army layout that overlooks the national Marine Sanctuary of Monterey Bay. The course was renovated in recent years with bunkers added, fairways re-grassed and greens rebuilt.

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Olivas Links

99th California - Best in Area

Fashioned by Forrest Richardson and Associates on the site of the old Olivas Park Municipal Golf Course, Olivas Links may be a faux links but if you're looking for a links-like experience at an affordable price, it will tick both boxes.

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Indian Wells (Celebrity)

100th California - Best in Area

The Celebrity course at the 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort was originally laid out by Ted Robinson in the mid-1980s. It was completely renovated in the new millennium by Clive Clark.

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California Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kurt Krause Courses Played 86
2 Steve Starika Courses Played 83
3 Maurice A Delgado Courses Played 74
4 Ron Stelten Courses Played 69
5 P Soracco Courses Played 67
= David Harak Courses Played 67
7 Alan Abrina Courses Played 62
8 Bruce Bearer Courses Played 60
= M. James Ward Courses Played 60
= Bill Vostniak Courses Played 60