California central coast
Paso Robles Golf Course
Morro Bay Golf Course
Avila Beach Golf Course
Cypress Ridge Golf Course
Santa Barbara Golf Course
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.