The Central Coast is littered with world-class golf courses, making it a popular destination among enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. With a moderate climate throughout the year, this stretch of courses located between San Francisco and Los Angeles is always inviting golfers from around the country. Whether you're looking for stunning ocean views or the sprawling scenery of the dunes of Nipomo, you'll find it here on some of the best of courses around including Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. The Apple Farm Inn is conveniently located in the midst of these top-tier San Luis Obispo golf courses, giving you easy access to all of them.
San Luis Obispo Country Club is one of the most breathtaking San Luis Obispo golf courses, this private 18-hole course offers golfers unforgettable views of the surrounding Californian vineyards and the 7 Sister Mountains. This immaculate course has a par of 72 and was initially built in 1957. You'll love how the Kikuyu grass greens and fairways play, making for a seamless and pleasing round of golf. If you need to relax after a taxing game, you can take advantage of the on-site spa for some massage therapy or to the clubhouse restaurant for some satisfying food to fuel your next game.
Featuring 10 holes of pristine, smooth, and green golfing, you'll feel like you're at the PGA tour on the Laguna Lake Municipal Golf Course. Ryegrass greens and fairways give this stunning golf course a reputation as a well-groomed and maintained course. It was built in 1975 right next to Irish Hills, making it a popular option among locals in the area as well as visitors in-the-know. When you're finished with the course, you can head to the 11th Hole Grill for some tasty lunch and a satiating drink. You'll be pleased to know its guest policy is "open to the public."
If you're looking for the quintessential Californian golf experience, look no further than the Dairy Creek Golf Course. This 18-hole, par 71 course is located just off Highway 1 between Morro Bay & SLO and features picturesque scenery of the San Luis Obispo countryside. It was designed by John Harbottle and originally built in 1994 on land deeded to SLO Co. This course boasts Kikuyu grass fairways and Poannua grass greens for a smooth, professional, and seamless golf outing. It also offers practice greens and a driving range if you're new to the sport or just looking to get in some practice.
As one of the highest regarded courses in the area, the Avila Beach Golf Course offers an entirely unique experience for guests. This 18-hole, par 71 course was the brainchild of talented designers ODesmond Muirhead and Olin Dutra and was open to the public in 1969. It features ryegrass greens and fairways for a crisp and professional feel. When you're not out enjoying Avila beach golf, you can head to the resort's restaurant or pro shop for a nice break. Need to brush up on your game? This course has excellent putting greens and an enjoyable driving range.
The Pismo Beach Golf course offers visitors a spotless oceanfront golfing experience. Located right along the beautiful central Californian coastline, you'll have stunning views from sunrise until sunset. The course has 9 holes and a par of 27. It was initially built in 1966. From 1 pm, you can get access to unlimited golf and cart rentals for a seamless and affordable round of golf. When you're not hitting the greens, you can visit the pro shop to restock on some gear or the clubhouse to get some fresh drinks or tasty food. Of all Pismo Beach Golf Courses, this is certainly the most exciting one.
If you want to golf San Luis Obispo, the Cypress Ridge Golf Course needs to be on your list. Whether you’re a visitor or a local Californian, this 18-hole course with ryegrass greens and fairways is a must in the area for novices and enthusiasts alike. It has a driving range, chipping area, and putting green if you need to practice your game before hitting the part 72 course. It was designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy and was built in 1999. The course has been certified as a signature sanctuary by the Audobon Society.
No conversation about San Luis Obispo golf is complete without mentioning Blacklake Golf Resort. This professional course features three different nine-hole courses and is located in the stunning area of Nipomo, California. The unique layout allows players a greater sense of freedom and flexibility to choose what kind of game they want to have. The three main courses are known as canyons, oaks, and lakes. They vary in difficulty, making it easier for golfers to pick and choose their golfing experience each day whether you want a challenge or a breezy round.
The Morro Bay Golf Club is one of the most historic golf courses near Pismo Beach. Since its founding in 1923, it’s remained one of the most popular courses amongst both local and visiting golfers. It has 18 holes of varying difficulties and a par of 71. Golfers will fall in love with the stunning ocean views offered by the course. You’ll appreciate the spotless Kikuyu grass greens and fairways that make this place so majestic.
The Sea Pines Los Osos Golf Resort has everything a traveling golf enthusiast could want. It features a pristine course with breath-taking views of Morro Rock and Estuary along with a tasty restaurant and a relaxing resort. It was built in 1954, has 9 holes and, is a par 62 course. One of the coolest parts of the Los Osos Golf Course is that it’s one of the only courses on the Central Coast that offers golf, footgolf, and disc golf.
You have abundant options for spending the perfect day on the golf course. As the sun sets and the day winds down, the best is still yet to come. Now, you can come back to the hotel and relax. Enjoy some food and maybe even a glass (or two!) of your favorite wine. These are the kinds of days that life was made for.