Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

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)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 2 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Photos:  See additional photos of Half Moon Bay (Ocean)

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.

Signature Hole:  18th - 512 Yard Par 5

18th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (512 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (512 Yard Par 5)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship 72 6712 71.8 125
Regular 72 6319 69.9 120
Forward (Women) 72 5089 71.6 119


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  17th - 186 Yards

17th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (186 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (186 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  16th - 387 Yards

16th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (387 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (387 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  8th - 503 Yards

8th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (503 Yard Par 5)
8th Hole at Half Moon Bay (Ocean) Golf Club (503 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  2nd - 323 Yard Par 4

Bogey Beware:  5th - 473 Yard Par 4

Final Cut:  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

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