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
    4.4554411765
    650

  3. Aviara Golf Club
    Carlsbad, California
    Resort
    1.9928571429
    161

  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Pebble Beach, California
    Resort
    4.9851833333
    46

  5. Players Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.5416647059
    346

  6. Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Resort
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.7579647059
    439

  7. The Links at Terranea
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
    Resort
    4.7141941176
    365

  8. Pasatiempo Golf Club
    Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.5904117647
    254

  9. Northwood Golf Club
    Monte Rio, California
    Public
    4.9246
    43

  10. North Course at Silverado Resort & Spa
    Napa, California
    Resort/Private
    4.9
    10

  11. Plumas Pines Golf Resort
    Graeagle, California
    Public
    4.4392588235
    167

  12. The Golf Club at Copper Valley
    Copperopolis, California
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.2526705882
    177

  13. Apple Mountain Golf Resort
    Camino, California
    Resort
    4.3593470588
    655

  14. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
    Ojai, California
    Resort
    4.3925882353
    853
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  15. Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links
    Half Moon Bay, California
    Public
    4.9728470588
    15

  16. Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
    Dinuba, California
    Municipal
    4.5748705882
    336

  17. Heritage Palms Golf Club
    Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6567823529
    613

  18. Ocean South Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.6958529412
    155

  19. Ocean North Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill
    Newport Coast, California
    Resort
    4.6397705882
    134

  20. Maderas Golf Club
    Poway, California
    Public
    4.7478764706
    862

  21. Oasis Country Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Private
    4.6899823529
    658

  22. Timber Creek Golf Course
    Roseville, California
    Public
    4.5863176471
    405

  23. The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing
    Truckee, California
    Resort
    4.4643294118
    41

  24. The Links At Bodega Harbour
    Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.5551294118
    621

  25. Golf Club at Quail Lodge
    Carmel, California
    Resort
    4.6649705882
    283

  26. The Classic Club
    Palm Desert, California
    Public
    4.7324058824
    931

  27. Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
    Carmel, California
    Private/Resort
    4.6885705882
    310

  28. Firecliff at Desert Willow Resort
    Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.6034470588
    691

  29. Journey at Pechanga
    Temecula, California
    Public/Resort
    4.7367411765
    264

  30. PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
    La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.3784352941
    883

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