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I live California and a few buddies of mine want to go on a golf weekend somewhere,were all pretty good golfers and fast players.But the scenario is
we want to go on a trip and play a few courses on a Saturday and Sunday but have no idea where to go,we don't want it too hot or too cold and want to play reasonably priced courses but good and within driving distance of each other.Any ideas would be greatly appreciated or knowledge of prior trips ye had.By the way if anybody is thinking of coming to san francisco to play
Lincoln golf course my advice is don't,its a dive,its pretty brutal actually, saw it advertised in a golf mag once and it made it out to be great,the course is
in very bad condition always.
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The best values in the bay area are Monarch Bay San leandro and The Met in Oakland. I play them at least once a week.
Monarch is 7300+ yards from the tips, it'll really challenge you.

The Met is awesome too, great greens and a really great layout, no two holes look the same, and most holes can be played several ways (lay up or go for it, cut the corner with a draw or hang back, etc...) Course knowledge goes a long way here, that's why me and my buddies can play it over and over and not get tired of it. Sign of a good course I guess.
Both courses are around $35-45 green fees.

Yeah Lincoln is a total dump, don't go near it.

Harding is ok, but honestly not worth the $130 you'll pay as non resident.

The Reserve at Callipe is also a good choice, it's like two years new, located in Walnut Creek.

Also the Wente Course in Livermore is awesome, it hosts some Nationwide events. You're gonna need to book tee times well in advance.

Yeah in the bay area the best choices are actually in the east bay, the SF courses are really not up to par.

What other ones are you considering?
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Ritz carlton half moon bay
my two favorite courses, my favorite hotel, and 30 min from my favorite city....it's my own little paradise.....IMO what pebble beach should be like...it's expensive though but there are some good options in that area too, crystal springs, 9 miles away, looks like a really neat course, and you always have the option of playing harding park in san fran
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what about lake las vegas?

Lake Las Vegas is not cheap. Each round there is about $250.

If you are only going for a weekend and don't want to spend too much, I assume you'd want to drive rather than fly. My two suggestions would be (1) the Mesquite NV/St George's UT area. They have some aewsome golf courses that are reasonably priced. Oasis has 2 layouts and Coral Canyon is nice. You can top it off by playing Wolf Creek which is a course you will never forget and its only about $100 or (2) Primm NV which is just across the border from CA (actually the courses are on the CA border but the casinos and hotels are in NV. If you want to fly, I would suggest (1) the Robt Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, the three courses in Prattville (Judge, Legislator and Senator would make a great weekend trip and quite reasonably priced) and if you saty an extra day the courses at Cambrian Ridge are only 40 minutes away. That's a lot of world class golf cheap or (2) Albequrque/Santa Fe NM They have a bunch of great courses.
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I'm not a big fan of Crystal Springs, to be honest.

I 2nd that,way overpriced.

Great idea there Sabram,gonna check out those courses you mentioned.
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If you dont mind the flight Myrtle is definatively the place to go. So many courses at great rates. Not many courses that will run the bill to high, but the ones that do are definatively worth the money.
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Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ. Still in your time zone, relatively close and golf-a-plenty! Beautiful courses and priced accordingly.

Oh, you said not too hot. Sorry!

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I go to Portland and Seattle a lot and played a few courses up there. From San Fran the flight is even shorter. Have you considered Coeur d'Alene, haven't been there but one day I will.
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