California 101 Golf Trail: Get Swinging at These Central Coast Hidden Gems
By the Unknown Golfer
Cypress Ridge, Arroyo Grande
The Cypress Ridge Golf Couse in Arroyo Grande is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. This Peter Jacobsen Signature Course is known for its tricky, yet fun, course layout. Cypress Ridge also boasts about its elevation changes, ocean views, and – appropriately – cypress trees.
From the black tees, Cypress Ridge plays 6,803 yards and is a par-72 course. According to recent reviews, the course is currently in excellent condition and is a great value. The public rates for weekdays are $49 for walkers and $59 for those golfers who choose to ride. On weekends, the rates are $64 and $79, respectively. Cypress Ridge also has special offers for those bargain hunters.
A recent visitor to Cypress Ridge said, “I played the course for the first time recently and have to say, I really enjoyed the course. It was a challenge, but I thought the course played fair and it was in pretty good shape overall. Since COVID-19, I have been playing a lot more golf and have visited some new courses in the area. I’ll be back to play Cypress Ridge again soon.”
Cypress Ridge is at 780 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande
For tee times and more: cypressridge.com or (805) 474-7979
Chalk Mountain, Atascadero
The Chalk Mountain Golf Course is ideally situated amongst lush, ancient oak groves in Atascadero. Wildlife abounds throughout the rolling fairways and meandering creeks, which adds to the enchantment and character of this Robert Muir Graves championship golf course. The large greens are perfect for beginners, while daring enough to urge experienced players to press their luck.
Chalk Mountain plays 6,299 yards from the tips with par being 35 on the front and 37 on the back nine. This course is priced well with a $30 rate during the week and $40 on the weekend for walkers. Carts can be rented for $20 any day. Discounts are provided on both green fees and cart rentals for seniors and active military.
This course is known as a good value, and the staff are described as helpful and friendly. The course itself can be a good test for walkers, due to some steep hills. Chalk Mountain now has Golf Boards for rent, which allow golfers to ride in style while maintaining a safe social distance at all times.
Chalk Mountain is at 10000 El Bordo Ave, Atascadero
For information on the boards, tee times, and more: chalkmountaingolf.com or (805) 466-8848
Morro Bay Golf Course, Morro Bay
The Morro Bay Golf Course is a player-friendly course that offers a gracious layout. It features stunning panoramic ocean views from every hole. The scenic property overlooks the quaint beach town of Morro Bay, while the Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop. The course is great for golfers of all abilities, but don’t let that fool you. There are plenty of technical aspects to the Morro Bay Course, including the trees that line the fairways and greens, which can quickly add to your stroke count if you’re not careful. If you choose to play this course, count on the ball breaking toward the ocean a bit more than what meets the eye.
Morro Bay plays 6,360 yards from the blue tees, and par for the course is 71. Known for its value, golfers can expect to pay the public rate of $45 on weekdays and $54 on the weekends. Carts are available for $20 and discounts are offered to seniors, active military, and others; see the website for details.
Golfers rave about the views at the Morro Bay Golf Course, as well as the attentive staff. Recent reviews also applaud the staff for their COVID-19 precautions and the cleanliness of carts and other common areas.
Morro Bay Golf Course is at 201 State Park Rd, Morro Bay
For tee times and more: golfmorrobay.com or (805) 772-1923