Best of 2018: California

The best public, semi-private and resort courses based on your ratings and reviews
The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is one of two new, upscale resort courses built by the city of Indian Wells near Palm Springs.

The yearly Golf Advisor state best-of lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of our community throughout the year. We use our Golf Advisor Index logic that weights newer reviews and combine it with a course's weighted subcategory averages. Reviews from trusted and active reviewers are weighted heavier than inactive members. Courses must offer public access and have received at least one review in 2018 to be eligible for this year's list.

California golf courses reviewed in 2018: 512
Reviews of California golf courses in 2018: 18,930

Top 25 California courses

  1. Borrego Springs, California
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.6159176471
    448

  2. Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.7325529412
    320

  3. Poway, California
    Public
    4.7563764706
    557

  4. Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.8407764706
    43

  5. Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.9281058824
    24

  6. Truckee, California
    Public
    4.3307352941
    94

  7. Portola, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7058823529
    13

  8. Dinuba, California
    Municipal
    4.4604882353
    217

  9. Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6745
    308

  10. Ojai, California
    Resort
    4.4339941176
    622

  11. Half Moon Bay, California
    Public
    4.9220857143
    13

  12. Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.5647705882
    393

  13. Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7625294118
    191

  14. Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.5661058824
    437

  15. Meadow Vista, California
    Private
    4.6488428571
    51

  16. San Jose, California
    Public
    4.6513235294
    611

  17. La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.4368588235
    661

  18. Palm Desert, California
    Public
    4.6240352941
    576

  19. Hidden Valley Lake, California
    Semi-Private
    4.4663529412
    195

  20. La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.5334352941
    605

  21. Borrego Springs, California
    Public/Resort
    4.7917285714
    120

  22. Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.7468352941
    271

  23. Camino, California
    Resort
    4.5653764706
    522

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