Review: Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean Course)

Half Moon Bay Golf Links is a 36-hole golf resort located in the town of Half Moon Bay, California. It’s a short 20-minute drive south from San Francisco and boasts a very scenic coastline, making it a popular stop for tourists.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links has two golf courses — the Ocean Course and the Old Course. This review is for the Ocean Course.

The Ocean Course, with the exception of a few holes, is an oceanside links-style golf course. It features rolling terrain, long gnarly rough off the fairways, challenging contours around and on the greens with small strategically placed bunkers.

When missing a green you don’t automatically grab a wedge. Putting from off the green and playing bump-and-runs off of tight lies are often your best option to get it around the Ocean Course.

The view from the par 4 1st hole:

Approach to the par 4 2nd hole:

The par 3 3rd hole:


After heading into the trees for a few holes at the end of the front nine, you emerge from them on the back nine and head out towards the Pacific, which is my favorite portion of the golf course.

Approach to the par 4 15th hole:

The par 4 16th hole:

The par 5 18th tee:


I played the course from the back tees at just over 6900 yards which is a good and fun challenge when it’s not too windy. The course is very exposed, so when the wind picks up it really starts to show its fangs, which I certainly felt on the back nine.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links isn’t just a beautifully quaint golf course on the Pacific, it’s also home to the Ritz-Carlton hotel and spa which would make for a great weekend getaway.

The golf doesn’t come uber cheap, with green fees ranging from around $115-145, but you’d be hard pressed to find solid golf with dramatic views of the Pacific for much less.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links was a great addition to our visit to the San Francisco area. It’s a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, and last time I checked, golfing with views of the Pacific isn’t too shabby either.

Happy golfing!


2 thoughts on “Review: Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean Course)

  1. Good and helpful review. I played it a few years back and I love the course.. being by the ocean is always a great experience – it just looks so pretty 🙂

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