The Best Places to Stay and Play Golf in the San Francisco Bay Area

Metropolitan Links, Oakland, CA
Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Links, Oakland, CA

 If you're planning a visit to the San Francisco Bay area, and if you're planning to play a round or two of golf while you're there, you'll need to know where the best places to stay and play are to be found. 

The San Francisco Bay Area has plenty to offer its visiting golfers. The following list of golf courses and resorts should provide you with some ideas. Some of the courses listed are municipal, public access facilities, some are high-end resort courses. There's something here to fit most budgets. 

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Best Places to Stay and Play Golf in the San Francisco Bay Area

Below is a list of golf courses in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Most are them are close enough to San Francisco to be considered worthy of a visit, including some golf courses in the neighboring cities. All you need do is click on the course name to view more information on the course, including reviews.

  • Franklin Canyon Golf Course, San Francisco
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay
  • Indian Valley Golf Club, Novato, California
  • Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland, California
  • Poppy Ridge Golf Club, Livermore, California
  • San Juan Hills Country Club, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa, California
  • StoneTree Golf Club, Novato, California
  • Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco
  • Crystal Springs Golf Club, Burlingame, California
  • Las Positas Golf Course, Livermore, California
  • Presidio Golf Course, Arguello Gate, San Francisco
  • Monarch Bay Golf Club, San Leandro, California
  • San Geronimo Golf Course, San Geronimo, California
  • Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkley, California
  • Willow Park Golf Club, Castro Valley, California​

And there are, of course, a great many more. The golf courses listed above, however, should give you plenty of ideas and opportunities. See the next page.

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Play The Best Public Course in the Bay Area.

Silverado North Golf Course, Napa, CA
Photo Courtesy of Silverado North Golf Course, Napa, CA

There are plenty of public golf courses littered around San Francisco, including the likes of Pebble Beach, but who can afford green fees upward of $450 for 18 holes of golf? I certainly can't. True the Big Pebble might be on your bucket list, and worth the cost of a once-in-a-lifetime day out in the sunshine, but I just don't see it. Now then, set that asside and think "public." Fortunately for us lesser mortals the Bay Area has plenty "public" options both for its local golfers and for visitors. Yep, there are at least a dozen such courses I can think of that can be played for a reasonable cost, and you can save a whole lot of windshield time too. Check out these five best public golf courses in the Bay Area, all rated with prestigious 4.5 stars from Golf Digest.

Metropolitan Links Golf Course, Oakland

I mention this course because of its unique features. Metropolitan Golf Links is Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design located just to the south of Oakland International Airport.  If you read this ​column on a regular basis, you'll know how I feel about the term "links-style." This one, however, does I think, meet the requirements. They even have a little to augment the feeling of being in Scotland, and if you look at the photo on the previous page, you'll see what I mean. The fairways, however, wide and generous, and the greens are large and enough that even high-handicappers can card a reasonable score. Hazards at Metropolitan Golf Links are relatively few... except for the winds blowing in off Bay, Miller and Bliss have designed a great course, but eminently friendly to the low-handicapper who can "think his or her way around the course to score well." But, with six sets of tees to chose from, it's a course that has something for just about everyone. 

Metropolitan Golf Links • 10051 Doolittle Drive • Oakland, CA 94603 • (510) 569-5555 

How to Get There:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the gateway into the area

So, maybe you're looking for something completely different, and the Bay Area is not an option? Okay, so Orlando, Florida would be a good choice for you. Need more ideas? Her are a few more ideas you might like to consider when planning for your golf getaway. These are some of my own personal favorites: Scotland is always a great option, and so is Florida, all of  Florida, then there's the great  American Southwest, or Bermuda, maybe the Bahamas, and there are great golf courses and resort located all over the Caribbean and Mexico and many more. For the most up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.

 Enjoy your stay, and your golf, in the San Francisco Bay Area

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