The best courses you can play in California
One of our favorite grillroom debates that always stirs the pot is which state can boast the best collection of golf courses. Florida has so many courses, Texas deserves a seat at the table, but when you study any set of rankings of the best golf courses, New York and California usually reign supreme—mostly due to their depth of great private clubs.
How about the state with the best public golf? What’s the ‘best state for the people’ when it comes to golf? Let’s check our 100 Greatest Public Courses ranking. Wisconsin has become one of the best spots for public golf, as it leads the way with 10 courses on our 100 Greatest Public ranking. But California is tied for the lead, also with 10 courses on our best public ranking. With some of the most historical public facilities such as Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pasatiempo Golf Club, plus newcomers such as Rams Hill Golf Club and Grizzly Ranch, California has it all when it comes to golf—public or private.
This might not settle your 19th hole debate, but let us provide more evidence in support of California with this list of the best public golf in the Golden State.