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
    4.6159176471
    448

  3. Aviara Golf Club
    Carlsbad, California
    Resort
    2.9796294118
    160

  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.8407764706
    43

  5. Players Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.7596941176
    269

  6. Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.7212882353
    318

  7. The Links at Terranea
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
    Resort
    4.5885294118
    212

  8. Pasatiempo Golf Club
    Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7821058824
    188

  9. Northwood Golf Club
    Monte Rio, California
    Public
    4.6775142857
    42

  10. North Course at Silverado Resort & Spa
    Napa, California
    Resort/Private
    4.8039411765
    10

  11. Plumas Pines Golf Resort
    Graeagle, California
    Public
    4.6540411765
    102

  12. The Golf Club at Copper Valley
    Copperopolis, California
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.4863823529
    93

  13. Apple Mountain Golf Resort
    Camino, California
    Resort
    4.5592352941
    515

  14. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
    Ojai, California
    Resort
    4.4111823529
    610
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  15. Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links
    Half Moon Bay, California
    Public
    4.9220857143
    13

  16. Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
    Dinuba, California
    Municipal
    4.4358176471
    207

  17. Heritage Palms Golf Club
    Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6205882353
    303

  18. Ocean South Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.6657529412
    52

  19. Ocean North Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.5579176471
    31

  20. Maderas Golf Club
    Poway, California
    Public
    4.7623647059
    547

  21. Oasis Country Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Private
    4.6453176471
    380

  22. Timber Creek Golf Course
    Roseville, California
    Public
    4.4013058824
    244

  23. The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing
    Truckee, California
    Resort
    4.5481294118
    21

  24. The Links At Bodega Harbour
    Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.5501
    431

  25. Golf Club at Quail Lodge
    Carmel, California
    Resort
    4.8601823529
    155

  26. The Classic Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Public
    4.6193588235
    564

  27. Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
    Carmel, California
    Private/Resort
    4.4604941176
    197

  28. Firecliff at Desert Willow Resort
    Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.7021705882
    443

  29. Journey at Pechanga
    Temecula, California
    Public/Resort
    4.5741529412
    190

  30. PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
    La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.4854176471
    455

Golfer's Choice rankings are determined by our community of reviewers.
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