Can anyone advise of any public golf courses, anywhere from san francisco to San Diego?
I don't play golf myself, so I can't comment on what its like to play these courses.
All of the following on the central California coast:
Morro Bay Golf Course inside Morro Bay State Park
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande near Pismo Beach
Blacklake on the Nipomo Mesa near Pismo Beach
DeLaveaga in Santa Cruz is a pretty, public 18-hole course in the hills above the city.
Pasatiempo is another nice course in the hills above Santa Cruz. Where my bro learned his golf: http://www.pasatiempo.com/web/
Pasatiempo is lovely. It was designed by Alister MacKenzie and he built a home there. However it is only semi-public. Some tee times are set aside for public use, and the fees are high.
Here in Half Moon Bay there is a gorgeous course at The Ritz where we have played. They also have a driving range here. In Pebble Beach, we have enjoyed playing twice at Peter Haye. It is a short course and you get unlimited play for around $30/pp. It is in a beautiful setting! :)
If you want a close view of the Pacific and don't mind paying high green fees, here is a partial list: as you head south from SF:
Half Moon Bay $200 between SF and Monterey
Pebble Beach $500 Carnel
Spanish Bay $300 Carmel
Spyglass Hill $400 Carmel
Sandpiper $150 Santa Barbara
Trump National LA $200 Los Angeles
Pelican Hill $250 Newport Beach
Monarch Beach $175 Dana Point
Torrey Pines $200 San Diego
The one real bargain is the public course at Pacific Grove just south of Monterey.
If you do a Google search you will find many websites listing most, if not all, the public courses in the region you're interested in.
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