Coastal green © ClatieK
Course designers have given the Californian desert a facelift.
The difference between the natural landscape and fairway is drastic
with little chance to incorporate natural hazards into the game.
Here, golf communities such as Palm Springs have mountain range
backdrops but are otherwise golf resort/retirement towns in middle
of unremarkable desert. Around the San Diego area Coronado Golf
Course and Balboa Park are the best value.
The more rugged and coastal courses of mid and northern
California are loved more for their personality. Ocean side courses
are short drives from San Francisco including the Monterey
Peninsula and the famous Pebble Beach. Majestic rocky coastlines
reminiscent of Scottish links have similar seaside grass roughs. In
contrast to the expanse of mid-Californian courses, northern
fairways are often cut into dense walls of tall redwood forests. In
the north, weather can become wet in fall and winter, making the
best time to visit in spring and summer months when the south is
too hot. Resort courses are an option but in California most areas
are drivable from a city centre.