Golfweek’s Best 2022: Top public and private courses in California

California’s lineup of public-access golf courses is one of the strongest in the U.S., with more than a few that even casual golf fans will have heard of. Pebble Beach Golf Links tops that list, of course, but which layouts follow?

With so many miles of staggering coast, it’s a lock that many oceanside courses will land on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list for public-access layouts in California. But it certainly isn’t a requirement. Keep scrolling to see them all.

Golfweek’s Best offers many lists of course rankings, with the list of top public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All the courses on this list allow public access in some fashion, be it standard daily green fees, through a resort or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there’s a will, there’s a tee time.

Also popular are the Golfweek’s Best rankings of top private courses in each state, and that list is likewise included below.

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(m): Modern course, built in or after 1960
(c): Classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in the parenthesis with the m or c, that indicates where that course ranks among Golfweek’s Best top 200 modern or classic courses.

Best public-access courses in California


Pasatiempo Golf Club in California (Courtesy of Pasatiempo)

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach (9c)
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2. Pasatiempo
Santa Cruz (34c)
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3. Spyglass Hill
Pebble Beach (31m)
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4. Torrey Pines (South)
San Diego (103c)
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5. Rustic Canyon
Moorpark (m)

6. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek Casino
Brooks (m)

7. Rams Hill
Borrego Springs (m)

8. Links at Spanish Bay
Pebble Beach (m)
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9. CordeValle
San Martin (m)

10. Torrey Pines (North)
San Diego (m)
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11. PGA West (Stadium)
La Quinta (m)
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12. Poppy Hills
Pebble Beach (m)
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13. Barona Creek
Lakeside (m)

14. Pelican Hill (Ocean North)
Newport Coast (m)

15. Pelican Hill (Ocean South)
Newport Coast (m)

16. The Grand
San Diego (m)

17. Bayonet
Seaside (c)
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18. Soule Park
Ojai (m)

19. Desert Willow (Firecliff)
Palm Desert (m)

20. Classic Club
Palm Desert (m)
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21. Trump National Los Angeles
Rancho Palos Verdes (m)

22. SilverRock
La Quinta (m)
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23. PGA West (Nicklaus)
La Quinta (m)
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24. Baylands Golf Links
Palo Alto (m)

25. Fantasy Springs (Eagle Falls)
Indio (m)

26. Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood)
Truckee (m)

27. TPC Harding Park
San Francisco (c)

28. Oak Quarry
Riverside (m)
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29. La Quinta Resort & Club (Mountain)
La Quinta (m)

30. Whitehawk Ranch
Clio (m)
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Best private courses in California

The Olympic Club
The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course in California (Courtesy of Evan Schiller)

1. Cypress Point
Pebble Beach (2c)

2. Los Angeles CC (North)
Los Angeles (T13c)

3. San Francisco GC
San Francisco (17c)

4. Riviera
Pacific Palisades (18c)

5. California GC
South San Francisco (33c)

6. Valley Club of Montecito
Santa Barbara (T36c)

7. Olympic Club (Lake)
San Francisco (T38c)

8. Monterey Peninsula (Shore)
Pebble Beach (25m)

T9. Monterey Peninsula (Dunes)
Pebble Beach (T55c)

T9. Bel-Air
Los Angeles (T58c)

11. Martis Camp
Truckee (T50m)

12. Quarry at La Quinta
La Quinta (m)

13. Mayacama
Santa Rosa (76m)

14. Meadow Club
Fairfax (100c)

15. Tradition
La Quinta (T94m)

16. Santa Lucia Preserve
Carmel (T114m)

17. Wilshire
Los Angeles (T124c)

18. Stone Eagle
Palm Desert (T135m)

T19. Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Fe (m)

T19. Lahontan*
Truckee (m)

How we rank courses

The hundreds of members of the Golfweek’s Best ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria on a points basis of 1 through 10. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings are averaged to produce these rankings.

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