Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
battler

Golf suggestions for a tourist

14 posts in this topic

Hi,

I'm planning a 3-week journey with the in-laws to the US, more precisely California. We'll be starting in San Francisco and ending up in LA. The tour is more or less like this (the travel agency's suggestion):

212434_mw-598.jpg

Living in Europe, my knowledge of US courses are limited to a basic level.

Could you please help me making a list of courses which just HAS to be played? I don't think I can make time for more than 2-3 rounds total.

Thanks.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to get rid of this advertisement? Sign up (or log in) today! It's free!

Unfortunately Spyglass and Pebble Beach are 2 hours south of San Francisco, but there's Harding Park in SF. Also in Utah, St Georges, Entrada Canyon. Good courses in Las Vegas and Mesquite too. Do you pass Mesquite on the way to Vegss, I forget. Also LA has some great courses, but I don't recall them other then the Riveria, but that's private.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

You're going to have a great time. The American West is Stunning. Absolutey stunning.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Your map has a line connecting La and SF, but if you are starting in SF and eending in nLA, you'll miss the drive bewteen SF and LA, which means that you'll miss Pasatiempo, and Pebble Beach.

Here are some suggestions. Some of these are expensive. They all have websites

Near SF: Harding Park, Wente Vineyards, Cinnabar, Half Moon Bay, Cordevalle and Poppy Ridge. Less expensive are Metropolitan and Monarch Bay

Las Vegas - Paiute (3 courses) Primm Valley (2 courses), Shadow Creek, Cascata, The Chase, Bears Best

Mesquite - Wolf Creek

St Georges Utah - Coral Canyon

L.A - Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles National, Ojai Valley Lost Canyons, Robinson Ranch, Industry Hills, Trump National

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, thanks for the courses.

Turns out we chose to take the tour from SF -> LA into the route. Guess this opens op for all the courses on that stretch of the tour as well.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



Originally Posted by battler

Hey, thanks for the courses.

Turns out we chose to take the tour from SF -> LA into the route. Guess this opens op for all the courses on that stretch of the tour as well.


In that case, Pasatiempo is a must play. If you want to play 36 holes that day, there is a local course nearby called DeLaveaga.  If cost is not a factor, Play Pebble Beach if you can get a tee time. However, I don't think they make advance tee time reservations unless you are staying there.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is an awesome tour of one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

There's been some good suggestions already.

I would amend your travel plans just slightly to include Lake Tahoe.  I would move the dotted line from San Fran up north just a bit to Lake Tahoe; then go to Yosemite after Tahoe.  Lake Tahoe is an amazing area with lots to do.  Gambling, golfing, tours of the lake, skiing/snowboarding in the winter.

Lake Tahoe Golf Courses:

http://www.tahoesbest.com/golf/laketahoegolf.htm

Edgewood Tahoe GC in S. Lake Tahoe; and : Lahontan GC, Coyote Moon GC, and Old Greenwood GC in Truckee get the best reviews

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't speak to Las Vegas courses but if you have the budget try to play the great courses around Monterey bay. These are Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. Also, as mentioned above, Pasatiempo which is a great, great course. Not far from there is San Juan Oaks in Hollister, a tough track but a really nice course. Ojai, near Santa Barbara has a fine reputation and was designed by Alistair McKenzie.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it just you golfing, or will others in your party be playing as well?    Also, you didn't mention what time of year - that makes a huge difference.

Since you indicate you'll only be able to play 2-3 times, I'd suggest focusing on just a few premium destinations.      And if it is just you playing and the inlaws need something else to do, I'd skip all those intermediate suggestions and make sure you're playing where everyone else can go do something else for the day.    I'd suggest Monterey, Palm Springs, and probably Las Vegas as the places to play (assuming you arent' doing the trip in the middle of the summer - if so I'd skip the desert golf!).      If you're playing as a single, try to play Pebble Beach - they won't take advanced reservations more the 24 hours ahead unless you stay at their resort, but a single usually can get out.   And there is plenty to do in Carmel and Monterey to keep everyone happy.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all and thanks,

That's some awesome suggestions; some I would never have got on my own. Hooray for local knowledge

Looks like I can't get around Pebble beach/Spyglass hill, but I don't mind spending a little for a once in a lifetime golfing experience.

We'll be going in the first 3 weeks of august, and it would just be me playing golf.

Since we are 5 in total, we haven't decided on whether to go with 1 or 2 rental cars. I'm in favor for two, which gives me the option for a convertible

Also thank you uttexas for the lake tahoe suggestion, we will definitely look into it.

Andreas

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Driving in the American SouthWest is nothing like Europe. I've owned  convertibles since 1994 and  I would not want one going into Las Vega and coming back to Los Angeles via the Grand Canyon. You want to be covering that ground quickly at 120-140 kph in a comfortable quiet car. Perhaps you can swap into roadsters for the drive up the Pacific Coast Highway or in the hills outside San Francisco and Los Angeles. In August, the best time for a convertible is in the early morning hours, and late afternoon into evening, when the sun will not bake you silly. And in general, freeway driving with the top down for long periods of time might wear you out.

It sounds like a wonderful trip. I have driven the roads  between all those cities on your agenda for fun and sightseeing. Never have golfed anywhere but the central USA though.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



Originally Posted by battler

Since we are 5 in total, we haven't decided on whether to go with 1 or 2 rental cars. I'm in favor for two, which gives me the option for a convertible



Please get a convertible. You will thank me when you drive around LA top down.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Skip Pasatiempo. It is not with the price. Trust me. I have no idea why people think it is a must play course. It has a typical muni course feel but over priced. Cinnabar in San Jose, poppy ridge (not poppy hills in Monterey) in Livermore, wolf creek in mesquite Nevada, rustic canyon in L.A. area are definite must. I would also add San Juan oaks near San Jose, went vintage in Livermore (a bit pricey-not a must but a strongly recommended), falcon ridge in mesquite Nevada, pelican hills in Newport beach (about an hours drive south from downtown L.A.). Wolf creek in mesquite is a must but tends to play very slow. Since you are going in august, it will be hot as hell in mesquite. You've been warned. ;-)
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I agree, if you are going in the middle of the summer, the most comfortable places to play will be in Northern California (San Fran and Lake Tahoe)  Utah St. George and Nevada Mesquite areas will be hot.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2016 TST Partners

    GAME Golf
    PING Golf
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Popular Now

  • Posts

    • Share your New Strokes Gained Data from GAME Golf!
      Sorry if I missed it, but I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere yet:   Game Golf, which uses sensors on the butt end of each club and a wearable GPS device to track yardages, accuracy and efficiency for every shot you hit in a round, is adding a pin placement feature to its software that will allow users to position the hole in its precise location on every green. The company says the result will be enhanced accuracy on putting and short game distance statistics. “A database of pin locations does not exist in golf, so we are building the world’s first and most robust set of accurate data on pin placements and putting for the amateur golfer,” says Game Golf CEO John McGuire. “We’ve put the control for pin placement back in the users’ hands. The big deal is that the next players to play the course on the same day will see automatically accurate pin placements and can truly plan their game strategies.”     http://www.golfdigest.com/story/game-golf-now-giving-you-pin-placement-option-chance-for-dollar1-million     and   New Pin Placement Feature:
      The first advancement not only helps golfers track more accurate putting stats from specific pin placements, but also helps other golfers who will play the same course on the same day. Using GAME GOLF LIVE or the GAME GOLF App, the new Pin Placement feature allows golfers to select the edit button on their phones, zoom in on each green and drag the pin to its precise location, resulting in putting stats that are 100 percent accurate on every green. "We track more data on more golfers on more golf courses worldwide than any other company," added McGuire. "A database of pin locations does not exist in golf, so we are building the world's first and most robust set of accurate data on pin placements and putting for the amateur golfer. With this advancement, we've put the control for pin placement back in the users' hands. The big deal is that the next players to play the course on the same day will see automatically accurate pin placements and can truly plan their game strategies." The new feature also allows for precise adjustment of ball locations on the green relative to the pin, further enhancing the accuracy of the data. The pin placement feature is currently available on iOS (iPhone) platforms and coming very soon to Android systems.   http://www.worldgolf.com/newswire/browse/92198-GAME-GOLF-LIVE-ANNOUNCES-MAJOR-UPGRADES
    • best pull cart for $150?
      You could always check out the best pull golf cart reviews online out there and make a decision for yourself. It's all about the price-point in your case so picking one can be a bit more challenging but there is plenty to look for both in style and quality that will really help you to decide whether or not it's right for you. Don't give up, the right one is out there for you!
    • When a Pro Can’t Correct
      I agree with the other posters . . not really the same thing as us being able to correct on the course.  But I wanted to add that just because you *were* able to correct on course doesn't mean you always will be able to.  There will be days when nothing you try will work.   
    • Lowest score you've seen?
      The most memorable round I ever saw was a -5 66. It was also the best round of my life shooting a +1 72. He was a former club champion and his misses were barely off the green or fairway. Just very consistent on the greens and happen to find 5 pins close to the center. 
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Images

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. old man1953
      old man1953
      (63 years old)
  • Blog Entries