Golf Half Moon Bay California

Half Moon Bay Golf Links Hole 18 The Old Course

Halfway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley lies the beach town of Half Moon Bay, about a 45 minute drive from San Francisco on 280 south. But if you’re not in a hurry, drive down the coast- hugging Highway One, with postcard views of the Pacific.

Half Moon Bay California beach
Half Moon Bay beach

Lush vegetation and redwood trees thrive year round in the temperate northern California weather. A temperate climate means year round golf, the holy grail for golfers from northern climes, and some of the best golf in the Bay area can be found in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links features two championship 18 hole courses, The Old Course and The Ocean Course. The clubhouse and pro shop for both courses is located at The Ritz Carlton. But bring your A game because there is no driving range to find it. A notable lack for a high-end property.

The Old Course, designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer in 1973, and later redesigned by Arthur Hills in 1999, is a parkland-style course lined by cypress trees. Only holes 17, a 157 yard par three, and 18 border the ocean.

The Old Course Hole 18 tee box
The Old Course Hole 18 tee box

My favorite hole on the Old Course is the 384 yard par four 18th. Standing on the tee box overlooking the blue Pacific, a drive downhill that finds the center of the fairway will give you an uphill approach shot into a green surrounded by guests of the Ritz Carlton, enjoying the fire pits and ocean views.


Where to eat:

Resembling a Cape Cod cottage that’s been there forever, Sam’s Chowder House opened for business in the fall of 2006. Even though the breeze coming off the ocean is cool, the sunny back deck overlooking the Pacific is the perfect choice. Try their Cioppino, a fish stew created by Italian immigrants to San Francisco. Traditionally Dungeness crab, clams, squid, mussels, shrimp are all combined in a delicious tomato broth served with hearty sourdough bread.

Where to stay:

Half Moon Bay Inn
Half Moon Bay Inn

The Half Moon Bay Inn on Main Street is a pet friendly boutique hotel with 12 unique rooms, each styled with their own charm. At check-in, enjoy a glass of wine with the owners, two former flight attendants who know a thing or two about travel, and can give you plenty of tips for the Half Moon Bay area.




PGA TOUR returns to Silverado

Silverado Resort & Spa

What if a PGA tour pro had a golf resort?

You’d walk from your room to the first tee and play a challenging course with beautifully maintained greens that roll pure and true. After your round, you’d enjoy a gourmet meal paired with a Napa Valley wine.

Morning fog at Silverado
Morning fog at Silverado

If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, top NBC golf analyst and Silverado co-owner Johnny Miller has got your number. Golf Week voted Napa’s Silverado Resort and Spa  as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses.”  Non-golfers won’t be bored either. Silverado was named one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine and Best Spa by readers.

Silverado Patio Terrace
Silverado Patio Terrace

Robert Trent Jones designed the North course, renovated in 2011 by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Johnny Miller. The par-72 layout plays 7,226 yards from the tournament tees.

No strangers to wine country, both the PGA and Champions Tour have played a combined 28 tournaments at Silverado. Returning to Napa for the first time since 1980, The PGA Tour played The Open at Silverado  in 2014 and 2015.

Safeway became the title sponsor in 2016 and the Safeway Open marks the highly anticipated return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf.  Emiliano Grillo, who won in his 2015 PGA Tour rookie début at Silverado, returns to defend his title.

Great spots on the course to view the action

  • The 13th Tee allows you to see 13th Tee, 6th Tee and 12th Green.
  • The 8th Green allows you to also see the 9th Tee Box.

Check out Johnny Miller’s winning clubs on display in the pro shop lobby.

Johnny Miller's Golf Bags
Johnny Miller’s Golf Bags


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Safeway Open October 10-16, 2016

Silverado Resort and Spa     1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA   707-257-0200