Golfers' Choice 2020: Best of California golf courses

Top 25 golf courses available to the public from SoCal to San Francisco.

Editor's Note: To view the latest California Golfers' Choice lists for 2021, click here.

The annual Golf Advisor state Golfers' Choice lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of our review 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 or resort-guest access in peak season and have received at least one review in 2019 to be eligible for this year's list.

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California golf courses reviewed in 2019: 558
Reviews of California golf courses in 2019: 17,550

  1. Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort
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  2. Rams Hill Golf Club
    Borrego Springs, California
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.2508882353
    535

  3. Aviara Golf Club
    Carlsbad, California
    Resort
    1.5791666667
    161

  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.9885176471
    45

  5. Players Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.6124647059
    315

  6. Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.8091058824
    373

  7. The Links at Terranea
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
    Resort
    4.6952352941
    276

  8. Pasatiempo Golf Club
    Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6762117647
    242

  9. Northwood Golf Club
    Monte Rio, California
    Public
    4.5476
    42

  10. North Course at Silverado Resort & Spa
    Napa, California
    Resort/Private
    4.9682571429
    10

  11. Plumas Pines Golf Resort
    Graeagle, California
    Public
    4.6117823529
    143

  12. The Golf Club at Copper Valley
    Copperopolis, California
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.2449117647
    141

  13. Apple Mountain Golf Resort
    Camino, California
    Resort
    4.5714529412
    596

  14. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
    Ojai, California
    Resort
    4.6221882353
    778
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  15. Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links
    Half Moon Bay, California
    Public
    4.9615333333
    14

  16. Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
    Dinuba, California
    Municipal
    4.4217941176
    280

  17. Heritage Palms Golf Club
    Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7439705882
    486

  18. Ocean South Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.6999764706
    107

  19. Ocean North Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.5650764706
    74

  20. Maderas Golf Club
    Poway, California
    Public
    4.7511823529
    683

  21. Oasis Country Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Private
    4.6197647059
    515

  22. Timber Creek Golf Course
    Roseville, California
    Public
    4.5289294118
    342

  23. The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing
    Truckee, California
    Resort
    4.27055
    32

  24. The Links At Bodega Harbour
    Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.6246529412
    548

  25. Golf Club at Quail Lodge
    Carmel, California
    Resort
    4.7357941176
    228

  26. The Classic Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Public
    4.6707
    761

  27. Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
    Carmel, California
    Private/Resort
    4.6165294118
    253

  28. Firecliff at Desert Willow Resort
    Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.6947058824
    590

  29. Journey at Pechanga
    Temecula, California
    Public/Resort
    4.7095
    235

  30. PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
    La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.3393470588
    647

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