Orange County, Calif. Golf Course Guide
The sun shines 300 plus days a year. Average
temperatures sit in the 70s and 80s.
Palm trees and ocean breezes surround you
and serve as constant reminders of just
how lucky you are not to own a snow shovel.
Welcome to Orange County, Calif.
Whether you live in the region, found between
Los Angeles and San Diego, visit on
business or are blessed to be spending a few
days working on your tan, golf courses of
varying difficulty, cost and scenery abound.
Enjoy our official Golf Course Guide to Orange
Courses To Play On a Budget: The
cost of living in Orange County, and
therefore, the cost of golf is typically higher
thank in most areas. Still, there are options
for golf that won’t bust your wallet for a
round. Here are a few budget courses worth
Square Golf Club
Mile Square Golf Club:
The two courses at Mile Square Golf Club
(The Players and the Classic) in Fountain
Valley, just off I-405 in North Orange County,
are tough to beat in a quality-price
comparison. For less than $50 per round
and under $55 weekends (walking rates), Mile
Square is a great deal. The Classic Course
(Par 72, 6,716 yards) is tree-lined and a
traditional parkland course. The Players (Par
72, 6,856 yds) is an open, lake filled course.
Both require quality shots and, with
medium to large greens, a deft putting touch.
San Clemente Golf
Course: Go as
far south as you can in Orange County
along I-5, and you’ll end up right near the San
Clemente Municipal Golf club. At
weekday rates of $36 and weekends at $44,
the price of golf is not found many places
in the area. The 6,435 yd, par 72 course looks
out over the Pacific Ocean in places and
has many quality golf holes. But because of
the quality and price, getting a tee time
can be just as much of a challenge as focusing
on your golf so close to the ocean!
Clemente Golf Club
Courses with the Best Value: Okay, so
you’ve got a few extra bucks available
but maybe still need to face the home CFO
once in a while without getting “the look”.
There are many excellent courses in Orange
County that will range $75 to $120 for
weekday rounds, but which are the most
worthy of dropping a Benjamin on? Here are a
couple value tracks to consider.
Creek Golf Club
Creek Golf Club: Found in
Rancho Santa Margarita in southeast
Orange County, Tijeras Creek can stretch out
to 7,000 yards for its par 72 layout. The
front nine offers a quality parkland routing with
many fine holes including the 225-yard,
lake-guarded 7th hole.
But when you make
the turn and head to the back side, the
course changes its personality severely. Nos.
10-13 run along a ridge with canyons on
each side, and then after playing downhill on
the par-3 14th hole, you play back through
the canyon towards the clubhouse. Creeks
and valleys (along with the occasional wild
animal) keep your interest throughout the
Gold Golf Club
Gold Golf Club: Built in the foothills of
Orange County, the Black Gold Golf Course is
built along old oil rigs in Yorba Linda in
northeast Orange County. The 6,756 yard,
72 layout has a lot of variety and elevation
changes, including drivable par 4s and back-
to-back par 3s. With undulating greens, the
course presents a variety of challenges
but is definitely designed in the modern era.
The finishing par 5 with a lake fronting the
green makes the decision to go for it in two
something that can make or break your
round and a fitting conclusion to a solid golf
Hill Golf Club
Must-Play Courses: If money is no
object or you just need that “once-in-a-
lifetime” experience, Orange County golf has
that available for you! Here are a few
resort courses if you can’t get that tee-time
on the private clubs in the area.
Pelican Hill GC: The
Ocean North (6,945 yards, Par 71) and
the Ocean South (6,580 yards, Par 70) sit
atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean
in Newport Beach. With holes isolated from
each other and seemingly civilization itself,
the Tom Fazio designs test your golf ability
and your focus equally. As the holes run
along the ridges, and then down towards the
ocean on the other side of Pacific Coast
Hwy, images of the great sea-side courses
come to mind. Sure, they are a small
fortune to play, but once-in-a-lifetime happens
just that way.
Beach Golf Club: Just a
few minutes south along Pacific Coast Hwy
is the Monarch Beach Golf Club (pictured
above) in Dana Point.
The 6,600 yd, par 70 course runs near
the ocean as well. The St. Regis Monarch
Beach Resort specializes in high-end quality
and upper-end service. The golf course isn’t
much different. With white sand bunkers,
multiple lakes in play and holes running along
the beach, Monarch Dunes is a special day