Orange County has no shortage of golf courses. There are private and public courses all over the county. Some are part of luxury resort hotels offering ocean views and salty ocean breezes. There are many golf courses to accommodate a variety of levels so golfers can always find a course to fit their budget and skill level. Here is a list of must play golf courses located in Orange County.
Costa Mesa Country Club
1701 Golf Course Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Costa Mesa Country Club golf course is open to the public. They also have a driving range and practice facility with chipping green and night golf range.
Los Lagos – Par 72 course. 18 holes. Los Lagos is one of the longest courses in Orange County and offers multiple challenges for even skilled golfers.
Mesa Linda – Par 70 course. 18 holes. Mesa Linda is the shorter of the two courses located at the Costa Mesa Country Club. It is one of the most played courses in Orange County.
1440 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831
Coyote Hills Golf Course is a par 70, 18 hole golf course. The award-winning course offers views of Orange County and Los Angeles with five distinct tees. Coyote Hills offers a practice facility, individual and group instruction, and membership options.
16782 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Meadowlark Golf Course is located in Huntington Beach at Warner and Graham. The par 70, 18 hole course features natural terrain with multiple tees on each hole for ease of play for golfers of all skill levels. Meadowlark has a short game area and a 35-station lighted driving range, putting green, and two chipping areas.
10401 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Mile Square Golf Course has two 18-hole courses – the classic course and the players course. They offer 9-hole pricing for the back 9 of either course. There is a 40-stall lighted driving range, clubhouse, and pro shop, plus they offer instruction, a senior club, and men’s and ladies groups.
Monarch Beach Golf Links
50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point CA, 92629
The Monarch Beach Golf Links is open to the public and features an 18-hole par 70 championship course with sweeping ocean views from every hole. Golfers at Monarch Beach enjoy a variety of amenities including refreshment service, use of the locker room, and discounted rates at the Miraval Spa on the same day as golfing.
Oak Creek Golf Club
One Golf Club Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
The Oak Creek Golf Club features an 18-hole course designed by Tom Fazio with tapered fairways, lakes, bunkers, scenic greens and diverse flora and fauna. The course is open year round and is open daily to the public. Oak Creek features a state of the art practice facility with LED Lighting that is open well into the evening with practice greens, a practice bunker, and more.
Pelican Hill Golf Club
22800 S Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, CA 92657
The Pelican Hill Golf Club features 36 holes of golf with panoramic ocean views. Both the North Course and The South Course were designed by Tom Fazio. The South Course features three holes located directly on the Coast. Golfers at Pelican Hill will enjoy additional amenities including professional forecaddies, practice facilities, men’s and women’s locker rooms, shoe attendants, and club-cleaning services.
Rancho San Joaquin
One Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612
Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course was designed in 1964 by golf course architect William Francis Bell and was the city of Irvine’s first public golf course. The course features three lakes, accessible greens, and wide fairways, making it an excellent course for beginners, but offers plenty of challenges to make the course playable and enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. Rancho San Joaquin offers a 65-stall driving range, six short game areas available for rent, and three practice putting greens.
Seacliff Country Club/The Huntington Club
6501 Palm Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Seacliff Country Club Golf Course, now called The Huntington Club, is located in Huntington Beach less than a mile from the ocean. The private golf course is a par-72 18-hole course with natural terrain with a championship layout, including mature oaks and palm trees. Several tees at each hole create ease of play for golfers of all skill levels to enjoy the course.
Strawberry Farms Golf Club
11 Strawberry Farm Road, Irvine, CA 92612
Strawberry Farms Golf Club is an 18-hole 71-par course surrounding a 35-acre reservoir featuring plenty of wildlife, natural vegetation, scenic hills with granite boulders, and natural waterfalls. The course is open to the public and golfers must follow the dress code requirements. After the game, enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Farmhouse Grill.
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, CA 92782
The Tustin Ranch Golf Club is a local favorite with a course designed by Ted Robinson, and receiving four stars from Golf Digest Magazine on several occasions. Tustin Ranch Golf Club features a driving range and short game practice area, plus delicious drinks and meals at the The Restaurant at Tustin Ranch, The Players Lounge, and Pine Tree Patio.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.