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Best golf courses near Irvine, CA

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Irvine, CA. There are 54 courses within a 15-mile radius of Irvine, 30 of which are public courses and 24 are private courses. There are 42 18-hole courses and 12 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Shady Canyon Golf Club
Private
Shady Canyon Golf Club
Irvine, CA
4.2
106 Panelists
Opening in 2002, Shady Canyon is a Tom Fazio design in Irvine, just south of Los Angeles. Fazio said his “ultimate goal is to have it appear as if nothing has been done, that the layout is completely natural.” At Shady Canyon, the course weaves through the canyon, with native brush and streams lining many holes, giving the layout the natural feel that Fazio strived for. Many of the greens have a significant amount of slope, often creating numerous distinct sections. If you’re not on the proper section, you’ll face a difficult two-putt.
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Pelican Hill Golf Club: Ocean South
Public
Pelican Hill Golf Club: Ocean South
Newport Coast, CA
4.4
144 Panelists
The first of the two Tom Fazio designs at Pelican Hill, The Ocean South course opened in 1991 and boasts striking Pacific Ocean vistas. Wide fairways, large undulating greens and fantastic conditions make for an enjoyable round on this coastal track.
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Pelican Hill Golf Club: Ocean North
Public
Pelican Hill Golf Club: Ocean North
Newport Coast, CA
4.1
151 Panelists
This Tom Fazio-designed oceanside course provides stunning views of Catalina Island and Newport Beach. Set on slightly higher ground than its sister course (Ocean South), the North Course at Pelican Hill features sloping greens and several carries over canyons off the tee.
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Santa Ana Country Club: Santa Ana
Private
Santa Ana Country Club: Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA
4
41 Panelists
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Big Canyon Country Club: Big Canyon
Private
Big Canyon Country Club: Big Canyon
Newport Beach, CA
3.6
12 Panelists
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Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Public
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Mission Viejo, CA
You may recognize the name as the home club of PGA club pro Michael Block, who finished 15th in the 2023 PGA Championship. Once you play the course, you'll realize it’s no wonder he has game. Trabuco Creek plays as a lateral hazard on seven holes and on-course lakes come into play on three holes but worry not: five sets of tees allow you to play anywhere from 5,045 yards to just over 7,000 from the tips.
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Bella Collina: Carnoustie
Private
Bella Collina: Carnoustie
San Clemente, CA
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Talega Golf Club: Talega
Public
Talega Golf Club: Talega
San Clemente, CA
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