Best golf courses: Central Coast, CA

Central Coast, CA: 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.
Rsrt guests only
Santa Barbara
Bell, William F.

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Daray Jr. & Halsey

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Jack Daray Jr & Stephen Halsey

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Muirhead, Desmond

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Desmond Muirhead and Olin Dutra

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Robinson, Ted

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Original designer unknown; redesigned by Ted Robinson Sr (1990).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Jacobsen & Hardy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Harbottle, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

John Harbottle

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Graves, Robert Muir

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Robert Muir Graves, Damian Pascuzzo & N. Meagher.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Hunter Jr & McGinnis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Ken Hunter Jr. and Mike McGinnis

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Graves, Robert Muir

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Robert Muir Graves

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Pascuzzo & Pate

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Damian Pascuzzo and Jerry Pate

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Luis Obispo
Miller, Murphy & Noyes

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Luis Obispo

Designer

Front-nine designed by Russell Noyes in 1934, and completed in 1951. The original nine, now the back-nine, was designed by Quintin Miller & E.W. Murphy (1923).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Thomas, Bell & Morrish

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Original design by George C. Thomas Jr and William Park "Billy" Bell (1923). Later modifications made by Jay Morrish (1988).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Bruce Charlton).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Santa Barbara
Bell, William F.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Santa Barbara
MacKenzie & Hunter

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Santa Barbara

Designer

Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter (1929); modifications by Tom Doak (2018).

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