Golf in Santa Cruz

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Watsonville

$90 $45

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9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

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Cupertino

$47.50 $25

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Though relatively short, this par 60 course tests golfers' short game amid the rolling terrain of the Cupertino foothills

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Santa Clara

$48 $20

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A combination of soccer and golf involves kicking a regulation soccer ball into oversized holes on a shortened course

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Santa Clara

$125 $39

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Instructor evaluates pupils’ swing with video-analysis software before coaching them on form during a recorded session

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Fremont Park Golf & Practice Center

$125 $59

PGA professional Ren Chang incorporates 20+ years of golf prowess to enhance swing mechanics and lower scores

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Country Drives

$159 $79

An instructor brings three decades of golf experience to relaxed lessons that hone the skills of students of all skill levels

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Burlingame

$120 $59

Professional instructor who has taught PGA and LPGA players helps golfers step up their game

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Burlingame

$150 $75

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Indoor/outdoor facility with full-length driving range hosts lessons with Dave Atchison, whose years of teaching include time at UCLA & UCSB

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San Bruno

$110 $55

PGA professional David Suh coaches players on 20,000-square-foot grass hitting area

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Short-game specialist and PGA Class-A pro Bruce Vieira improves swings with his time-tested accelerated training program with 20 years of college and professional golf to his name. Conducting lessons at DeLaveaga Golf and Lodge, he starts new students off with an introductory evaluation. From the onset of their training, students learn why certain outcomes happen after a swing, and what needs to change in order for scores to improve. That familiarity comes in handy when students begin building new swings based on their individual traits, such as their body type, range of motion, and whether or not they can get their hands on a corked putter.

401 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Pristine fairways gently rise and fall across 6,664 yards of undulating terrain at Pajaro Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course. Located a mere Goliath's drive from the Pacific Ocean, golfers can smell the crisp sea air and hear the hushed whispers of heist-planning pelicans throughout the picturesque par 72, once the verdant kingdom of 1930s golf legend Olin Dutra. The club’s E-Z-Go golf carts ferry about the arsenal of woods and irons needed to triumph over the transition from shorter par 3s and 4s to the lengthy fairways at the 1st, 4th, 15th, and 17th holes, all par 5.

After looping the horticultural haven, golfers can retreat to the club's full-service restaurant, where frothy beers and hamburgers refuel weary bodies and famished 9-irons. Spiky-shoed journeymen can place their order ahead of time at the 9th or 18th tees, ensuring their meal will be ready for them at the turn or shortly after the round.

967 Salinas Rd
Royal Oaks,
CA
US

Designed by Clark Glasson and built in 1961, Deep Cliff's 18 hole, par 60, executive course is nestled in the Cupertino foothills. A short course of 3,358 yards, Deep Cliff is recommended by many course reviewers as a good starting point for beginners.

10700 Club House Ln
Cupertino,
CA
US

Cleaved through the tall pines of the Del Monte Forest, Poppy Hills Golf Course's 18-hole layout blankets the scenic terrain of the Monterey Peninsula with a 6,857 trail of meticulously manicured fairways and greens. Designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones II, Poppy Hills has hosted many high-profile golf events, including co-hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 to 2009, a 19-year span during which Bill Murray never left.

Named one of California's Top 10 Courses You Can Play, Poppy Hills gives casual golfers a chance to test their mettle on a world-class course—the 426-yard fifth hole was rated the most difficult par four in PGA Tour play in 2006—with four tee options that make it surmountable for golfers of all stripes. Though its known for its woodland scenery and large, undulating greens, the par 72 course also features water hazards that come into play on two holes, gobbling up golf balls and serving as a convenient vacation spot for fish trying to spend a weekend away from the Pacific.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Robert Trent Jones II
  • Length of 6,857 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 74.3 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 144 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Scorecard

3200 Lopez Rd
Pebble Beach,
CA
US

Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s experienced personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.

4070 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

An acclaimed public golf course voted by Golf Digest's readers among the top 45 in the country in 2009, Cinnabar Hills contains vast expanses of well-tended turf and is unmarred by any nearby houses or fire stations. Three challenging nine-hole courses designed by John Harbottle III present vistas so green you'll need to adjust the white balance on your eyes. The rolling hills will make you feel like you're hitting your ball through a hobbit subdivision, while the majestic oaks lining the fairways play home to the club's signature red-tail hawks. As you shank and slice your way through the course's natural slopes and diabolical hazards, be sure to steer your rental cart off-course to the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum, which hoards precious PGA championship trophies, an original copy of Humphrey Bogart's Dark Laws of Golf, and Arnold Palmer encased in carbonite. Golfers must reserve their tee time at least five days in advance. Cinnabar Hills Golf Club's rates fluctuate depending on the day of the week and the time.

23600 McKean Rd
San Jose,
CA
US