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California central coast

Hunter Ranch

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Paso Robles Golf Course

Dairy Creek

Morro Bay Golf Course

Avila Beach Golf Course

Cypress Ridge Golf Course 

Monarch Dunes

Santa Barbara Golf Course

glen annie  (goleta, ca.)
the river course at alisal  (solvang, ca.)

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Hunter Ranch Golf Course

address:  4041 Highway 46 East  Paso Robles, Ca  93446  Phone:  805-237-7444  Website:

Hunter Ranch is a pretty nice golf course.  There are a couple of holes that I don't care for, but overall it is a pretty good track.  The course is relatively flat with some water and a few forced carries over barrancas.  The course is always in good shape.  Greens are fairly big and roll true.  


Blue  6741 YRDS.  Rating 72.7  Slope 138:  White  6292 YRDS.  Rating 70.6  Slope 131:  Red  5574 YRDS.  Rating 72.0  Slope 128:  Silver  5802 YRDS.  Rating 68.4  Slope 125 

green fees:  $43-*85

range:  Yes

paso robles golf course (formerly paso robles country club)

address:  1600 Country Club Dr.  Paso Robles, Ca.  93446  Phone:  805-238-2547


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This is another course that was on my "I should play" list but I couldn't because it used to be private.  It never received much play and went into disrepair, being called Paso Robles' Goat Track for quite some time.  Then it was sold to new owners and the new owners saw the potential of the course They plunked a lot of money into restoring the course and now it is a gem.  There are some good holes and the course is basically flat with many mature oaks.  Fairways were pretty generous and the greens putted wellnot to mention they were in great shape.  Kudos go out to Mike Brabenec and Mike Bremer for doing a great job of putting the luster back on this jewel. Check out the YouTube video featuring the course.  


Par:  Men 70  Women 71

Blue  6157 YRDS  Men  Rating 70.0  Slope 120  Women  Rating 76.3  Slope 130:  White  6003 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.9  Slope 118  Women  Rating 72.3  Slope 129:  Gold  5585 YRDS.  Men  Rating 67.7  Slope 114  Women  Rating 72.0  Slope 127:  Red  5453 YRDS.  Women  Rating 71.7  Slope 126

Green Fees:  $20-$30  Plus Cart

Range:  Yes

Dairy Creek  (9 Holes)

Address:  2990 Dairy Creek Rd.  San Luis Obispo, Ca.  93405  Phone:  805-782-8060  Website:

Dairy Creek is a hilly kind of "Links Style" golf course which I have played many times.  There is some bad news though.  The course has water problems which has facilitated the course to close the front nine so now it is only a 9 hole course.  I am truly disappointed in this turn of events, but the action to close the front nine was inevitable. For me, Dairy Creek will be just a pleasant memory.  I'll miss you Dairy Creek.


Black  3325 YRDS.:  Bruiser Combo  3099 YRDS.:  Blue  3099 YRDS.:  Holister Combo  2821 YRDS.:  White  2828 YRDS:  Romulado Combo 2611 YRDS.:  Gold  2474 YRDS     

green fees:  $40-$50  Cart Included

Range:  Yes

Morro Bay Bolf Course

Address:  201 State Park Rd.  Morro Bay, Ca.  93442  Phone:  805-772-1923  Website:  

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This golf course is not right on the Pacific Ocean, but its close.  The course is built on the side of the hill so bring your best uphill/downhill/sidehill game.  Don't worry though about bunkers because there are only six of them on the whole course. Make sure to keep your wits about you because these greens will make you talk to yourself. Is that uphill putt really uphill?  You are going to have to just figure it out yourself.  This course is a lot of fun to play and even if you are not playing well and the greens have got you talking to yourself-they cause this with many golfers who play the course-the views of Morro Rock, Morro Bay and The Pacific Ocean will make you glad you are putting up with this ordeal.  All kidding aside though, it is a fun course and is always in the best of shape.  Check out our YouTube Video of San Luis Obispo County as well.    


Black  6351 YRDS.  Men  Rating 70.8  Slope 119:  Blue  6073 YRDS.  Men  Rating 69.6  Slope 116  Women  Rating 75.6  Slope 125:  White  5633 YRDS.  Men  Rating 67.7  Slope 112  Women  Rating 73.0  Slope 120:  Gold  5054 YRDS.  Men  Rating 65.0  Slope 108 Women  Rating 69.8  Slope 115      

Green Fees:  $18-$51  Plus Cart

Range:  Yes

Avila beach resort golf course

Address:  6464 Ana Bay Dr.  Avila Beach, Ca  93424 Phone:  805-595-4000 Website: 

There are two distinct nines on the course.  The front nine winds around the hills above the Avila Beach area and has some interesting holes.  My favorite is the fourth hole in which you need to have an accurate tee shot with the fairway taking an abrupt left turn up a hill.  Don't hit it too far right because you will be in a creek on the right.  The back nine is flat with a creek running through it which comes into play on a couple of holes.  The 11th hole is interesting in that you must shoot though a cut in the mountain that was once a railway bed.  To be frank, I am not 100% sold on this course and it is not my favorite.  Its fun, but what can I say.  


Blue  Par 72 6557 YRDS  Men  Rating 72.2  Slope 132  Women  Par 75  Rating 77.9  Slope 132:  White Par 72 6090 YRDS  Men  Rating 70.0  Slope 125  Women Par 73  Rating 75.1  Slope 131:  White/Gold  5375 YRDS.  Men Par 67  Rating 66.6  Slope 116:  Red  4864 YRDS.  Women Par 71  Rating 68.5  Slope 118:  Gold  4864 YRDS  Men Par 66  Rating 64.1  Slope 109

Green Fees:  $49-$89

Range:  Yes

Cypress Ridge Golf Course Arroyo Grande

Address:  780 Cypress Ridge Parkway  Arroyo Grande, Ca.  93420   Phone:  805-466-8848  Website:  

I don't get to play this golf course much and that is a shame.  This Peter Jacobsen designed course rates high on my list of favorite courses.  The course is hilly in spots but fair and pleasant to play.  I love the par threes.  Fairways are fairly wide and forgiving and the greens are fast.   As you probably can imagine, the course is always in fantastic shape and well manicures.  The course is challenging and bring your "A" Game. 


Black  6803 YRDS.  Men  Rating 73.0  Slope 133:  Blue  6443 YRDS  Rating 71.3  Slope 128:  Blue/White Combo  6140 YRDS  Rating 70.0  Slope 125:  White  5838 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.6  Slope 121  Women  Rating 75  Slope 131:  Red/White Combo 5403 YRDS.  Women  Rating 72  Slope 125:  Red  5087 YRDS.  Women  Rating 70.7  Slope 122   

green fees:  $60-$90

Range:  Yes

Monarch Dunes Golf Course  Nipomo, Ca.

Address:  1606 Trilogy Parkway  Nipomo, Ca.  93444  Phone:  805-343-9459  Website:

I will start with the positive.  This is a beautiful course.  However, I am not going to say much about it because it tops the list of my least favorite courses in the world.  Growing up I was taught that if you can't say something good about something, don't say anything.  Let's leave it at that.  My emotions about this course run high, so I won't share them.  I will say that there are two courses here, the Main course and a twelve hole "challenge" course.  I have not played the challenge course but I understand it is a lot of fun.  I have played the main course three, each time hoping to like it.  Needless to say it hasn't happened yet.  I'll play Morro Bay or Cypress Ridge thank you very much. 


Black  Par 71  6817 YRDS.  Rating 73.1  Slope 135:  Gold Par 71 6367 YRDS.  Rating 70.9  Slope 130:  Gold/White Combo Par 71  6043 YRDS.  Rating 69.6  Slope 127:  White Par 71  5821 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.6  Slope 124  Women  Rating 75  Slope 135:  Bronze  Par 69  5320 YRDS.  Men  Rating 66.1  Slope 117  Women Par 73  Rating 72.5  Slope 133:  Combo Bronze/Green  4998 YRDS  Par 70  Women  Rating 70.7  Slope 129:  Green  4702 YRDS.  Men  Par 67  Rating 63.4  Slope 109  Women Par 70  Rating 68.5  Slope 126     

Green Fees:  $82-$99

Range:  Yes

Santa Barbara Golf Club

Address:  3500 Mc Caw Ave.  Santa Barbara, California  93105  Phone:  805-687-7087  Website:

I really didn't want to play Santa Barbara Golf Course.  I was on assignment for the magazine I was writing for and wanted to play and write about either Sandpiper or Glen Abbie.  That was not to be, but I didn't want to play another darn muni, especially one I knew nothing about.  I bit the dust anyway and made a time at Santa Barbara.  OK, so I was wrong about the course.  This course was in great shape, had a challenging layout and was a lot of fun to play.  What a surprise. I don't remember much of it but I do remember that I enjoyed playing it and would come back again.   


Blue  6022 YRDS.  Men  Par 71  Rating 69.4  Slope 123  Women  Par 73  Rating 75.1  Slope 130:  White  5711 YRDS.  Men Par 69  Rating 67.9  Slope 119  Women  Par 73  Rating 73.5  Slope 129:  Red  5447 YRDS.  Men  Par 69  Rating 66.6  Slope 116  Women  Par 72  Rating 72.1  Slope 126:  White/Green Combo  4915 YRDS.  Men  Par 67  Rating 64.3  Slope 110:  Green  YRDS.  4154  Men  Par 64  Rating 61.0  Slope 102  Women  Par 67  Rating 64.2  Slope 105      

Green Fees:  $20-$60

Range:  Yes

glen annie golf club goleta, ca.

Address:  405 Glen Annie Rd.  Goleta, Ca. 93117  Phone:  805-968-6400


If you like roller coaster rides, this is the course for you.  You have ups, and you have downs.  This course is hilly and you must hit your spots in the fairway in order to score well. Do you love water?  There is that for you too.  I don't want to give the impression that the course is unfair, but it is a course that you must play at least once in order to score well.  Hold onto your hats, the fun starts at the 303 yard par 4.  Its a steep downhill slope with the hole at the bottom of the hill.  Sounds easy, right? Oh yah, there is a lake at the bottom of the hill in the potential landing area. 

Trust me, at the end of 18 you will be talking to yourself.  With that said, it was a fun course to play.  The greens were fast and as I said, it was a thinking man's course. I would recommend the course, but don't expect to score well just sit back and enjoy the ride.  By the way, the views of the Santa Barbara area and Pacific Ocean will take your breath away.  That alone is worth the course.  


Green  6417 YRDS.  Rating 71.3  Slope 130:  Green/White Combo  6122 YRDS.  Rating 69.7  Slope  127:  White  5945 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.9  Slope 125:  Women  Rating 74.1 

Slope 136:  White/Burgundy Combo  5364 YRDS.  Men:  Rating 66.1  Slope 118  Women 

Rating 71.6  Slope 131:  Burgundy  5005 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.2  Slope 113  Women 

Rating 69.4  Slope 123

Green Fees:  $94-$84  Cart Included

Range:  Yes

the river course at alisal  (solvang, Ca.)

Address:  150 Alisal Rd.  Solvang, Ca.  93463  Phone:  805-688-6042


Do you remember the song "Windy"?  One of the lines from the song is "Everyone knows its Windy".  Well if you have played this course, everyone knows its windy, quite windy.  That's ok though because that is what makes this course so much fun and a bit more difficult than it looks.  Its basically a flat course but there is a river that does come through it and comes into play on a couple of holes. The ninth hole is an interesting par 3 that plays over a creek.  The 17th hole is their signature hole and is a par 3 that you must carry a lake. The course was in great shape when we played it and the greens were big and slightly undulating. The course has a tendency to play long because of the wind. I liked this course.  



Gold  6913 YRDS.  Rating 73.3  Slope 127:  Blue  6471 YRDS.  Rating 71.1  Slope 122: 

White  6120 YRDS.  Men  Rating 69.6  Slope 118  Women  Rating 75.8  Slope 131: 

Red (Women)  5710 YRDS.  Rating 73.8  Slope 128

Green Fees:  $90-$39  Includes cart

Range:  Yes   

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