Best golf courses: Around San Francisco

Around San Francisco: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
RTJ II

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller, Robert Muir Graves & Damian Pascuzzo.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Macan, Arthur

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original layout at this location by Arthur Vernon "Mac" Macan and Willie Locke (1926). Modifications by Dr. Alister MacKenzie (1927), Robert Trent Jones Sr (1965) and Kyle Phillips (2005).

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Costello, Brian

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Brian Costello

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller & Pulley

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller & Jack Barry, with later revision to 18-holes by Algie Pulley.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Harbottle III, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

John Harbottle III

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Modesto
Morrish, Carter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Modesto

Designer

Carter Morrish

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
San Jose
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Nicklaus Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Original course redesigned by Nicklaus Design Co.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sacramento
Foster, Keith

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sacramento

Designer

Keith Foster

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed in 2019)
San Francisco
Raugust, Andy

Visitors?

(Closed in 2019)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Andy Raugust

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2014)
Modesto
Nicklaus & Sarazen

Visitors?

(Closed in 2014)

Nearest city

Modesto

Designer

Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Modesto
Griffiths, Denis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Modesto

Designer

Denis Griffiths

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Johnny Miller, Ron Fream & David Dale

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Hills, Arthur

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Arthur Hills

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Duane & Palmer

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design by Francis Duane & Arnold Palmer (1973); modifications by Arthur Hills (1999).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller & Fred Bliss

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Whiting, Sam

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Lake course: originally designed by William "Willie" Watson and built by Sam Whiting (1924); subsequently redesigned by Sam Whiting in 1925/6 after severe winter storm damage. Later modifications by Robert Trent Jones (1953) and Bill Love (2016).
Ocean course: originally designed by Willie Watson (1924); substantially remodelled by Sam Whiting (1927); completely redesigned by Tom Weiskopf (2000), and renovated by Bill Love (2012).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter; modifications by Tom Doak (1998-2006).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Jones, Rees

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Rees Jones

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Johnstone, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Originally designed Robert Wood Johnstone. Redesigned and lengthened by British course architect Herbert Fowler (1921).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2018)
San Jose
O'Callaghan & Cadle

Visitors?

(Closed in 2018)

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Casey O'Callaghan & Wade Cadle

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2016)
San Francisco
Poellet, J. Michael

Visitors?

(Closed in 2016)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

J. Michael (Mike) Poellet

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Tillinghast, A.W.

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Albert W. Tillinghast

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Couples & Bates

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Fred Couples & Gene Bates

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2017)
San Francisco
Baird, Gary Roger

Visitors?

(Closed in 2017)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Gary Roger Baird

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson & Sandy Tatum

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
San Francisco
Whiting, Sam

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Sam Whiting

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
San Francisco
Bell & Thomas

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

William Park "Billy" Bell & George C. Thomas Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2015)
Modesto
Harbottle & Kelley

Visitors?

(Closed in 2015)

Nearest city

Modesto

Designer

John Harbottle III and owner George Kelley.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller, Sandy Tatum, Jim Summers & Fred Bliss

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Watson & Whiting

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

William "Willie" Watson & Sam Whiting (1925).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
San Jose
Norman, Greg

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Jose

Designer

Greg Norman

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sacramento
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sacramento

Designer

Johnny Miller

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sacramento
Jones Sr & Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sacramento

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr & Jr

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sacramento
Bell, Brad

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sacramento

Designer

Brad Bell

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