The Takeaway: Half Moon Bay enjoys one of the most spectacular locations for a golf course one could hope for. With views of the ocean throughout the day and playing along the coastal cliffs for the finishing holes, the setting and experience at Half Moon Bay is mesmerizing. While I was left wanting more from the design, other than the spectacular final three holes, Half Moon Bay is worth playing if setting and conditioning is more important to you than architectural merits. Grade B
Designer: Arthur Hills in 1997
Cost: $160.00 - $185.00 ($135 for a single bag caddie, $210 for a double bag caddie, $210 for a forecaddie for a foursome - includes gratuity) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (650) 726-1800
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Accolades: Rated 27th Best Public Course in California by Golf Magazine in 2012. Rated 4 stars on Golf Digest's Places to Play publication.
What to Expect: Half Moon Bay enjoys one of the spectacular locations on California's rugged west coast. Located just 30 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay features 36 holes of golf and an iconic Ritz Carlton hotel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The newer Ocean course is pretty wide open with fescue acting as a buffer between the holes and around the tee boxes. Being right on the coast, fog and wind are common place and one of Half Moon Bay's greatest defenses. There are views of the ocean from virtually every hole on the course with the final three holes being nothing short of spectacular as they play along the rocky coastline cliff. If ocean views are your thing, Half Moon Bay will not disappoint. While I was hoping the course would have greater architectural merits for such a stunning piece of property, the Ocean course is still a worthy play and visually stunning.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 512 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 17th Hole – 186 Yards
Best Par 4: 16th Hole – 387 Yards
Best Par 5: 8th Hole – 503 Yards
Birdie Time: 2nd Hole – 323 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 5th Hole – 473 Yard Par 4