Golfers' Choice 2023: Best golf courses in California

Our community of reviewers determine California's best public golf courses.
A view over the water of a hole at La Purisima Golf Course.

The annual Golfers' Choice lists generated by GolfPass are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of our community throughout the year. We use GolfPass' Ratings Index logic that weighs newer reviews and combine it with a course's subcategory averages. Courses must offer public access and have received at least one review in 2022 to be eligible for this year's list.

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California golf courses reviewed in 2022: 463
Reviews of California golf courses in 2022: 40,437

  1. Paso Robles

  2. Palm Desert

  3. Blairsden-Graeagle

  4. Rancho Palos Verde

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

I don’t know all the courses here on this list but by having Tahoe Donner on this list alone makes me question the validity of this writer or evaluator. Solano is ok but definitely not top 25. Yocha Dehe being higher than other courses list makes me wonder the evaluator’s evaluation to rank some of these courses so high. What a joke.

I live in Tahoe Donner, & find it pretty comical it would be rated the #4 course (i.e. above Pebble). They have sone renovation projects (greens/tee boxes/sand), but the fairways can be a little rough = original grass from the 70's. We love playing there, but I don't know to many people would rank it that high. In reference to Old Greenwood, its a brutal course; therefore, I would recommend it's sister course (Grays Crossing) over it = way more user friendly. Can't wait till Summer up here.

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Golfers' Choice 2023: Best golf courses in California