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Visit California

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CAR HIRE
Rhino car hire

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WHERE TO STAY

Half Moon Bay Lodge
Half Moon Bay
W: halfmoonbaylodge.com

Stanford Court Hotel
San Francisco
W: marriott.com

Inn Above Tide
Sausalito

W: innabovetide.com
Click here for our review

Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay

W: bodegabaylodge.com

Hampton Inn & Suites
Windsor

W: hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Meritage
Napa

W: themeritageresort.com

Citizen Hotel
Sacramento

W: jdvhotels.com

Greenhorn Creek Resort
Angels Camp

W: greenhorncreek.com


Saddle Creek Resort

saddlecreek.com

Stevinson Ranch
W: stevinsonranch.com

Sanctuary Beach Resort
Monterey
W:thesanctuarybeachresort.com
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Gosby House Inn
Monterey
W: gosbyhouseinn.com

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
W: ritzcarlton.com

WHERE TO EAT

Monterey
Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse
W:thesanctuarybeachresort.com

The Lodge
at Carmel Valley Ranch
W: carmelvalleyranch.com

Fandango
W: fandangorestaurant.com

Point Pinos Grill
W: ptpinosgrill.com

San Francisco
Johns Grill
W: johnsgrill.com

Fog Harbor
W: fogharbor.com

WHERE TO DRINK

Monterey
fire pits at Spanish Bay
W: pebblebeach.com

THINGS TO DO

Monterey
17-mile drive
W: pebblebeach.com

Refuge
W: .refuge.com

Sacramento
California State
Railroad Museum
W: csrmf.org

Old Sacramento
Underground Tours
W: historicoldsac.org

San Francisco
Beach Blanket Babylon

W: .beachblanketbabylon.com

Pier 39
dining, entertainment,
shopping and attractions
W: Pier39.com

 

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Northern California, USA

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Top Heathland feel at the 4th. Above Stunning views at the 16th © James Mason all images taken on the day

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Looking out to sea at the 2nd holeLooking down at the 7th green The beautiful par 3 17th hole

It’s 6.30am, the sun is slowing rising and I’m chatting to one of the starters at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. I have a 7am tee time and I’m first out, but I’ve just been informed that one of the owners wants to go out first in a fourball. Ouch. You can imagine my dilemma – I’m going to be stuck behind a fourball so this could be a long day, and I have a 1pm tee time at TPC Harding Park over an hour away. Thankfully after a quick chat to let them know, the next time they see me after I tee off will be in the bar. Two-and-three-quarter hours later I’m holing out on the stunning 18th green which is perched on a clifftop looking out to a very calm Pacific Ocean while I can see the fourball putting out on the 13th.

In 1997 Arthur Hills was given some superb land to work with, and by all accounts the course could’ve been even better if they had gone through with his original design. That’s not to say that what is here now is not a tremendous track – because it is, and not just the famed finishing stretch of holes from the 16th. All of the par-3s are strong – there is not a weak hole among them. The change in elevation from the tees to the fairways offers some great views of the ocean. It’s as if the course whispers to you, wanting you to play your best golf and succumb to this wild beauty. And wild it can certainly be – and when you least expect it. The wind can pick up and, like any links course, wreck that immaculate scorecard.

From the 394-yard par-4 opening dog-leg right with its green that sits below the fairway and with an ocean backdrop, to the par-5 18th where you have a blind tee shot over a pedestrian pathway, you will enjoy this track immensely. I do, but I don’t get to let the owner know because I’m not waiting around that long to let him know!



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