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Best golf courses near Newport Beach, CA

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Newport Beach, CA. There are 42 courses within a 15-mile radius of Newport Beach, 28 of which are public courses and 14 are private courses. There are 31 18-hole courses and 11 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.

Big Canyon Country Club: Big Canyon
Private
Big Canyon Country Club: Big Canyon
Newport Beach, CA
3.6
12 Panelists
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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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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 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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Lakewood Country Club
Public
Lakewood Country Club
Lakewood, CA
Less than a mile from Long Beach Airport, Lakewood is a tree-lined Billy Bell design that opened in the 1930s. With very little elevation change, the course is an easy walk. Water comes into play on seven holes at Lakewood, which tips out over 7,000 yards. Still, with five sets of tees available, it’s a playable track that offers weekday rates under $50.
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