World-class golf courses are few and far between, but at Half Moon Bay Golf Links you can find two, Old Course and Ocean Course. Similar in location, but very different in design. These two internationally acclaimed courses provide uniquely different experiences.
Ocean Course offers a firm and fast links style experience while Old Course focuses on the traditional American parkland style. Featuring cypress trees lining the fairways, the Old Course leads to the most photographed final hole in golf.
Fresh salty breezes flowing off of the ocean, awe-inspiring coastal views and perfect playing conditions almost year-round result in these two championship courses rivaling with their predecessors in Scotland.
Designed by renowned golf architect Arthur Hills, Ocean Course’s location encompasses strong winds and tight fairways making it a challenging yet enjoyable test for golfers. Floating up on top of cliff you have spectacular Pacific Ocean views available at every hole.
The Ocean Course is certainly named aptly and claims to be home to the best final four holes in all of golf. With firm and fast fairways, Ocean Course is known as San Francisco’s links style course. On the weekends, when the bagpipers are playing at sundown, combined with the Scottish grass and trees, players and guests will instantly feel transported to Scotland where golf was originally played.
Originally designed in 1973 by golf legends Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, The Old Course is a traditional American classic featuring plush parkland links designs, with breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. In 1999 some mild remodeling was done by Arthur Hills, however, most of the holes play as they always have.
Old Course plays like any other traditional country club as well, wide fairways to accommodate resort style play, but challenging greens make par a tough goal to reach. The final hole is ranked as one of the best in the world. With a 405-yard par 4 with views that can be compared with only a handful of other courses, both courses at Half Moon Bay are a definite must-play.