California

Top 100 Golf Courses - California

Aviara

Gem USA - Best in Area

Aviara is a 7,007-yard Arnold Palmer resort course that is routed close to the tidal wetland of the Batiquitos Lagoon… naturally there’s water hazards aplenty.

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Thunderbird

Gem USA - Best in Area

In the Rock-n-Roll 1950s, the Thunderbird Country Club attracted celebrities from all over the USA and it wasn’t long before the Ford Motor Company heard about the place.

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Old Greenwood

Gem USA - Best in Area

The Old Greenwood pay-and-play golf course is a 7,518-yard Jack Nicklaus signature layout that sits amongst towering pine trees in the mountains close to North Lake Tahoe.

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Peninsula Golf & Country Club

Gem USA - Best in Area

Formed in 1911 as the Beresford CC, Peninsula Golf and Country Club is the proud custodian of the only course designed by Donald Ross on the West Coast. Ron Forse upgraded the layout, completing in 2003.

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Presidio

Gem USA - Best in Area

Set close to downtown San Francisco, the Presido Golf Course dates back more than 100 years. It’s a popular facility that winds over hilly ground between stately pines and eucalyptus.

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Toscana (South)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus set out the two 18-hole layouts at Toscana Country Club in 2005. The somewhat understated South course is a little longer and tougher than the North, with water hazards appearing at almost half the holes on the scorecard.

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Grand Golf Club San Diego

Laid out within the Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort in Los Peñasquitos Canyon, the Grand Golf Club course in San Diego is a Tom Fazio design from 1999 that measures 7,160 yards from the back tees, playing to a very testing slope rating of 139.

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Classic Club

Gem USA - Best in Area

Designed by Arnold Palmer, the golf course at Classic Club co-hosted the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for three years, between 2006 and 2008. For a layout that’s described as a desert track, it still manages to somehow feature thirty acres of water hazards.

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SilverRock (Arnold Palmer Classic)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The Arnold Palmer Classic is the first of two planned courses at an ambitious residential development within the SilverRock Resort. This 7,578-yard monster co-hosted the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) from 2008 to 2011.

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Schaffer's Mill Club

Gem USA - Best in Area

Situated just outside Truckee, Schaffer’s Mill Golf & Lake Club is a John Harbottle III design that opened for play in 2008. The front nine is routed through woodland whilst the back nine features huge elevation changes, affording panoramic views of Martis Valley and the Carson Range.

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California Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Steve Starika Courses Played 83
2 Kurt Krause Courses Played 82
3 Maurice A Delgado Courses Played 73
4 Ron Stelten Courses Played 69
5 P Soracco Courses Played 67
= David Harak Courses Played 67
7 Alan Abrina Courses Played 62
8 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 60
= Bruce Bearer Courses Played 60
= M. James Ward Courses Played 60