Experience golf in the Golden State

It doesn’t get much better than golf in California. With Major championship venues, golden beaches, fabulous resorts, and year-round playability, California golf packages can offer a trip like no other.

California offers more variety than perhaps any other state with big names such as Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines both breath-taking Pacific Ocean locations of Monterey and San Diego respectively. In contrast, the desert oasis of Palm Springs is home to the rugged yet beautiful golf resorts of La Quinta and Westin Rancho Mirage – all boasting PGA caliber championship courses.

Why book a California golf package?

  • Play world-class golf courses, from Pebble Beach to Torrey Pines
  • Enjoy variety, from oceanfront masterpieces to classic desert layouts
  • Stay in golf resorts or room-only lodging, perfect for various budgets
  • Explore untouched beaches, wine country, scenic drives & more
  • Visit California’s leading destinations, from San Diego to Coachella Valley

What makes a California golf so special?

California offers exceptional golfing opportunities across diverse landscapes like Monterey, San Diego's coast, and Palm Springs' desert. These courses, often nestled amid stunning mountains or by the ocean, boast manicured grounds, and thanks to the glorious sunshine and dry climate, it makes for excellent golfing year-round. The Golden State is home to a selection of the very best layouts in the US, and if you want to make the most of your next California golf trip, check out our favourites below:

Pebble Beach Golf Links™ Regularly listed as one of the world’s greatest courses, the stunning Pebble Beach Golf Links™ is the crown of golf on the west coast. Opened for play in 1919 and originally designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the world-famous course has hosted the US Open six times, as well as the PGA Championship once in 1977. Make sure to also take in some of Pebble Beach’s incredible sister courses such as Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay both of which feature in our best golf courses in California list.

Torrey Pines Further down the coast, the South and North courses at Torrey Pines continue to be a key part of the PGA TOUR’s roster, hosting the Farmers Insurance Open each year. The South Course is one of Tiger Woods' favorite places to claim a victory, winning 8 PGA TOUR events (including the 2008 US Open) as well as the World Junior Championship. The layout is a true test of golf, particularly for those playing over the winter months when the rough is grown in preparation for the tournament.

PGA West For those looking for a more relaxing, resort-based vacation, be sure to check out Palm Springs. With luxurious hotels and unbeatable on-site amenities, the resorts along the Coachella Valley offer the perfect escape. A regular feature on the PGA TOUR's schedule, the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West is a must-play! Take a look at our other luxury golf vacations to make sure you find the perfect package.

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa Another fantastic golf option is, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa boasting the impressive Pete Dye Course. This meticulously crafted design by Pete Dye features strategically placed pins, water obstacles, pot bunkers, and raised tees. These elements blend harmoniously to present a challenging 6,706-yard course, testing your golfing prowess. Adjacent to the resort, Mission Hills North Golf Club offers its counterpart, the Gary Player Signature Course. Spanning an extensive 7,062 yards, the Gary Player layout stands as Palm Springs' sole golf course designed by the esteemed World Golf Hall of Famer.

From household names to hidden gems

Few things compare to the thrill of reaching your golfing getaway and finding everything within easy reach, and California, known as The Golden State, excels at providing just that. Explore below our selections of the best golf resorts in California, perfect for your upcoming golfing vacation.

Pebble Beach & Monterey When it comes to your next golf vacation to California, Pebble Beach Golf Resort may be the first destination that comes to mind. From the luxurious Lodge at Pebble Beach™ to the Inn at Spanish Bay, you will experience top-class hospitality and service during your stay. With spectacular golf and amazing amenities onsite, you have everything you need within the resort. But don't forget about the rest of the Monterey area, with a vast selection of top-class resorts and golf courses.

Palm Springs If you’re thinking of Palm Springs, we recommend La Quinta Resort & Club which offers spectacular views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and a selection of great bars and restaurants. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, as well as the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, are both excellent choices that should not be overlooked. San Diego, or SoCal in Southern California, showcases stunning landscapes, including fantastic golf spots. Beyond the scenery, it's a hub for top-notch golf resorts, famous PGA TOUR spots, and undiscovered gems.

San Diego What makes San Diego stand out is its mix of superb golf courses, great food, wineries, and beautiful beaches. It's a unique combo that you won't find everywhere, made even better by the perfect year-round playing weather. The luxurious Omni La Costa Resort & Spa offers two golf courses, a full-service spa, outdoor pools, an abundance of dining options and many other top-class facilities. Alternatively, look no further than The Lodge at Torrey Pines or Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan both fantastic options.

Our experts say...

"California is home to some of the best-known venues and destinations in golf. From Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula to Torrey Pines in San Diego and the excellent desert golf in Palm Springs. The climate varies in each region, Monterey is best experienced from Spring through to early fall, whereas the weather in Palm Springs is ideal through the winter months. San Diego’s warm weather all year round makes it a great choice at any time."

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Adventures Beyond Fairways

California offers much more than just world-class golf courses and hotels, it is home to an array of attractions that bring in millions of people every year. From stunning National Parks to the infamous Hollywood, there is so much to see and do post-round.

Natural Wonders of California California boasts spectacular beaches and fantastic National Parks to be enjoyed when off the course. Yosemite National Park, best known for its breathtaking waterfalls is an absolute must-visit offering 1,200 miles of serene beauty and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are an awe-inspiring area worth exploring.

Must-Visit Attractions The city of Los Angeles, the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry boasts a lively nightlife, great shopping and even better restaurants. And of course, a trip to California wouldn't be complete without witnessing the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood Sign in person or perhaps visit the notorious Alcatraz Island prison.

Golden State Shopping Extravaganza However, if you'd prefer to spend your time off the course exploring the shops, then head to the iconic Rodeo Drive and check out some of the most expensive fashion brands in the world! Alternatively, check out Universal CityWalk Hollywood with a great retail promenade as well as a movie complex, dining choices, indoor skydiving and music events.

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