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La Purisima Golf Course, Lompoc is known as "La Piranha." 


 

  • Total length of course: 7,105 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Average fees: Walking High: $91 Low: $15 Riding High: $110 Low: $23
  • Opened: 1986
  • Designed By: Robert Muir Graves
  • Rated: 74.9
  • General Manager: John Carson, PGA
  • Golf Carts: Optional
  • Temperature: Summer High: 75° Low: 53° Winter High: 65° Low:
    • Private or Public: Players Club Membership gives special rates and discounts.

 

 

Pebble Beach Golf Links near Carmel will be the site of the 2010 U.S. Open Championship. Jack Nicklaus said of this course, “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”


 

  • Total length of course: 6,828 18 hole Championship
  • Par: 72
  • Average fees: $495
  • Opened: 1919
  • Designed By: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant and refurbished by Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA
  • Rated: 74.3
  • Golf Carts: Included if hotel guest 
  • Temperature: Summer High: 70’s Low: 60’s Sunny Winter High: 60’s Low: 40’s Rainy
  • Private or Public: Golf Digest recently rated it #1 in their 2009/2010 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses
  • Writer’s Note: There are some very interesting holes such as the par 4, 8th where you are shooting over a Pacific Ocean chasm. Can you say very unplayable lie! 
  • Where to stay:
    • The Lodge at Pebble Beach with lovely guest rooms and spa guest rooms

 


Sonoma Golf Club, Sonoma Valley will be hosting the prestigious end of season Charles Schwab Cup Championship; Oct. 29 - Nov. 01. This is part of the 50+ Champions Tour with Andy Bean winning last year.


 

  • Total length of course: 7100 yards 18 Holes
  • Par: 72
  • Average fees: Membership or Resort golf package
  • Opened: 1928
  • Designed By: Sam Whiting/Willie Watson
  • Rated: 74.9
  • General Manager: Mike Kosak
  • Golf Carts: Unknown
  • Temperature: Summer High: 60’s Low: 40’s Winter High: 70’s Low: 20’s
  • Private or Public: Private
  • Writer’s Note: This course was the favorite course of legendary golfer Sam Snead.
  • Where to stay: 
    • Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa -  Golf Packages – Blackout dates

 

 

Torrey Pines North and South wander along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla. These world renowned PGA courses are owned and operated by the city of San Diego and in 2010, they will be the site of the Buick Invitational from January 25 through the 31st.

 

 

  • Total length of course: North: 6,874  South: 7,607
  • Par: North: 72  South: 72
  • Average fees: Non-resident fees range from $235 to $68 Resident fees range from $122 to $34 depending on day and time of day
  • Opened: 1957
  • Designed By: North: Wm F Bell ASGCA/David Rainville ASGCA/Stephen Halsey/Jack Daray,Jr.  South: Wm F Bell ASGCA/Rees Jones ASGCA/Stephen Halsey/Jack Daray,Jr.
  • Rated: North: 73.2  South: 78.1
  • General Manager: Jon Maddern
  • Golf Carts: Included required
  • Temperature: Summer High: 80° Low: 55° Winter High: 68° Low: 45°
  • Private or Public: Public
  • Writer’s Note: Dotting the course are Torrey Pines for which the course is named. One of the largest on course golf shops is located here.
  • Where to stay: 
    • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
    • l’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa
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