Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean course)

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean course) Est. 1997

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Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean course): Right alongside the Pacific Ocean, and next to the Ritz-Carlton hotel, Half Moon Bay offers two distinctly different golfing options. The more inland and parkland Old Course remains a popular layout, but for full-blooded seaside links golf, the Ocean Course emulates the best coastal offerings of Britain and Ireland.

From start to finish, the Ocean Course is a thoroughbred links layout. Following an out-and-back design, the holes traverse open and undulating terrain, with ever-present ocean views, square-cut tee-boxes and very few trees along the way. The wonderful array of holes sometimes give you plenty of width from the tee, at other times things are much tighter with uncompromising, grassy rough awaiting anything hit too far offline. Unlike on most British links courses, thick clinging rough is also much in evidence around the greens, rather than smooth run-off areas. However, mischievously hidden "pot" bunkers are frequently deployed.

At less than 6700 yards from the tips, big hitters may think this a shortish layout; but if the wind is blowing at anything more than a gentle breeze, you'll need to think again! The only water hazard comes at the short par-3 7th, where a small pond needs to be crossed in front of the green.

The sensational closing stretch of three holes is played as close to the ocean as the cliffs and rocky foreshore will allow. Most daunting of the par-3s is the 17th, which is played alongside the ocean ( ... and hopefully not directly into the wind!).

Stay & Play: luxury on-site accommodation is available in The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay (see Where2Stay section below).

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Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Two Miramontes Point Rd,
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
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Office   +1 (650) 726 4438
Pro Shop   +1 (650) 726 1800

  +1 (650) 726 9039

Website   www.halfmoonbaygolf.com
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Golf Pro
Anthony Maestrini (PGA Class A, Head Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Links-style.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Oceanside setting.
Designer: Arthur Hills
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6649 6043 4872
Par 72 72 71
SSS or Slope 72.2 69.4 69
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Ocean course. Also at Half Moon Bay is the 18-hole Old course (par-72; 7001 yds from back tees).
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How2Get There?

25 miles S of San Francisco
From the town of Half Moon Bay follow Hwy 1 south. After 1.5 miles, at traffic lights, turn right into Miramontes Point Road. Follow road for 1 mile to golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season: Mon-Thur $200; Fri-Sun $250. Golf cart included. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Soft-spikes preferred. Walking permitted. Caddies and forecaddies available.

Practice facilities
Limited (no driving range)
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Did you know?

Once known as Spanishtown, Half Moon Bay is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, California. Dating back to the Spanish land grants of the 1840s, the intriguing history of this quiet seaside town includes a prominent role in the foundation of the Ocean Shore Railroad and the colorful exploits of 1930s-era rumrunners. Incorporated in 1959, modern Half Moon Bay now offers visitors a large variety of shopping, cultural attractions, fine dining and recreational opportunities.

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Latitude: (37.434718)
Longitude: (-122.439918)
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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay AAA 5-Diamond
One Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, California 94019
+1 (650) 712 7000

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an elite golf and spa resort. You can enjoy soothing coastal breezes and captivating ocean views at this top-quality hotel, which is located right alongside the ocean. With estate-style accommodations, the hotel combines modern convenience with the majesty of a bygone era.

Golf at this hotel Half Moon Bay (Ocean and Old courses).
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles No
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Best Western Half Moon Bay Lodge 4-star
2400 S. Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 (650) 726 9000

Near to the Half Moon Bay Lodge hotel, you’ll discover white-sand beaches, fishing, diving, surfing, and horseback riding. Fine dining and antique shopping are also within easy reach of the lodge, as is the Half Moon Bay Golf Links - 36 holes of oceanfront golf.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Half Moon Bay (Ocean Course and The Old Course)
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Golf within 20 miles No
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