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
    4.2365352941
    533

  2. Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.8004058824
    372

  3. Poway, California
    Public
    4.7471411765
    683

  4. Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.9174235294
    45

  5. Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.9202833333
    24

  6. Truckee, California
    Public
    4.5800294118
    121

  7. Portola, California
    Semi-Private
    3.8235294118
    13

  8. Dinuba, California
    Municipal
    4.4357588235
    279

  9. Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7431470588
    485

  10. Ojai, California
    Resort
    4.6300294118
    778

  11. Half Moon Bay, California
    Public
    4.9615333333
    14

  12. Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.6640764706
    479

  13. Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6472588235
    242

  14. Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.6246529412
    548

  15. Meadow Vista, California
    Private
    4.6078
    51

  16. San Jose, California
    Public
    4.6153117647
    718

  17. La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.1849235294
    854

  18. Palm Desert, California
    Public
    4.6730235294
    759

  19. Hidden Valley Lake, California
    Semi-Private
    4.5506235294
    287

  20. La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.3676588235
    760

  21. Borrego Springs, California
    Public/Resort
    4.6417
    120

  22. Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.6192470588
    314

  23. Camino, California
    Resort
    4.5772352941
    596

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