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Top Public Golf Courses in Southern California

As a resident of Southern California we have the luxury of prime public golf at our fingertips.  We are fortunate to have perfect golfing weather year-round and we proudly take advantage!  Who hasn’t posted a snapshot from the course so all our not-so-lucky buddies elsewhere in the country can drool over our golf home?!

Out of the endless public courses our region is known for we have a handful that can easily be considered best of breed that truly showcase our region.  Tee times may come with a bit of a hefty price tag but many have resident deals which help cut the cost down a bit or check out twilight rates.  Instead of making a trek to get top golf pull a staycation and check out what we have to offer!

Here’s my list of the top public golf courses in Southern California.  If you haven’t played there yet …pack your wallet, bring your camera and GO!Top Public Golf Courses in Southern California

Torrey Pines Golf Course – South Course (La Jolla, CA).  Simply stated, this course is spectacular.  Sitting above the Pacific Ocean, the views are exceptional!  Very few courses in our region truly embody everything SOCAL is (sun, sand, and surf) and this is one of them.  The South Course is prime for USGA tournaments but don’t be fooled, the North Course is just as nice.

PGA West – TPC Stadium Course (La Quinta, CA).  Desert golf is always stunning and an important region of Southern California… and is probably the most well known golfing location of our region!  Something about the hot dry air that makes your ball travel for miles makes you feel like you could take on tour players off the tee but then again, putting is a challenge all of its own.  From memorable holes to locals knowledge this course is tough!

Pelican Hill – Ocean South Course (Newport Coast, CA).   Much like its southern sister from another mister (Torrey Pines), Pelican Hill screams SOCAL living.  Coastal views, craveable sunsets, and short but tricky holes.  This is a course that boasts incredible views on the entire track.

Trump National Golf Course (Los Angeles, CA).  Mr. Trump is always making a name for himself somehow and this course is no exception.  Due to some mother nature trauma and a reconstruction project, the 18th hole is considered the most expensive hole in golf ($65 million price tag for renovations).  Again, this course boasts true Southern California coastal views, waterfall features, and flashy bunkers.

Maderas Golf Course (Poway, CA).  Hard to believe but our beloved region is truly a desert from coast to Inland Empire and Maderas embodies that setting.  The natural landscap of drywashes and canyons are shadowed below the San Jacinto mountain range which provides this course with a true challenge due to its narrow design.  Known for having some of the longest greens in the region you will not be disappointed with your incredible round.

Top Public Golf Courses in Southern California

…of course these are just a handful of what we have to offer but what I believe to be the top of the top, creme de la creme, must plays.

If you had to add one more to the list, which public course do you think makes the grade?

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