Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)



California Golf Club

South San Francisco, CA Private

Overview

For a course that featured Alister Mackenzie bunkers (added just two years after it first opened), Cal Club was never considered the equal of its near neighbors, No. 35 Olympic (Lake) or No. 33 San Francisco G.C. That’s partly because it was so claustrophobic, not just from dense trees, but from its truncated front nine reworked in the 60s by Trent Jones after road expansion took two holes. Architect Kyle Phillips resolved the problem by clearing trees and creating five new holes, including a new par-4 second in the old practice range and a new dogleg-right par-4 seventh atop a previously unused mesa in the middle of the course. Best of all, he re-introduced Mackenzie’s glamorous bunkers. Cal Club is now much closer to its top-ranked neighbors.

About

Holes 18
Length 7216
Slope 135
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1926
Designer A. Vernon Macan, ASGCA/(R) Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Inaugural appearance on America's 100 Greatest.
2023-'24 ranking: 71st (highest).


Second
100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
Previous ranking: 101st.

Best in State: Ranked 15th, 2015-'16, 2019-'20. Ranked 16th, 2013-'14, 2017-'18. Ranked 25th, 2011-'12.
2023-'24 ranking: Ninth (highest).
Previous ranking: 13th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.6959
Character
7.8215
Challenge
7.6078
Layout Variety
7.6821
Fun
7.707
Aesthetics
7.6195
Conditioning
7.8221

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