Orange County’s Best Golf Destinations

Blessed with natural beauty and a warm, sunny climate ideal for outdoor recreational activities, Orange County is known for having some of the best golf courses in the world – from the coastal courses found in Newport to the sloping hills of Fullerton. 

Here are just some of the golf clubs that continue to stand out from the rest:

Pelican Hill
This stunning, multi-awarded country club located just south of Newport Beach was honored with a five-star rating by Forbes and was declared the #1 Resort in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. It features an award-winning championship golf course that was recently named one of the Top 100 courses you can play by Golf Magazine (2014).

Designed by renowned designer Tom Fazio, Pelican Hill boasts of 54 holes of golf where players can enjoy stunning ocean views, open canyons and elevated plateaus. Pelican Hill also contains world-class, state-of-the-art facilities, which include a practice facility, a golf shop as well as a golf academy for beginners.

Arroyo Trabuco in Mission Viejo
One of Orange County’s foremost destinations for golf, Arroyo Trabuco spans 240 acres and offers amazing game play with its rolling hills and 18-hole course with doglegs and five sets of tees. Built solely as a golf club, and not as part of a residential development like majority of the courses in Orange County, Arroyo Trabuco offers a different experience for visitors. Perched at a high elevation, golfers get to enjoy breathtaking views that will surely make every game a pleasurable experience.

Black Gold Golf Club
Located at the Foothills of Yorba Linda, Black Gold Golf Club’s par-72 layout course that spans 6,756 yards was designed by Arthur Hills and was rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Famous for its signature 18th hole, Black Gold was hailed as one of the top two best municipal courses in Southern California in Southland Golf Magazine’s list of the top 50 golf courses in the state.

Coyote Hills Golf Course
Located at the foothills of Orange County, Coyote’s 250-acre scenic course offers great game play for both beginners and experienced golfers. Designed by famous pro golfer Payne Stewart, the course offers panoramic views of Los Angeles and Orange County. One of the course’s special features are their GPS-equipped carts, which allow golfers to easily navigate their way around the expansive golfing facility. A public golf course, Coyote Hills is not just limited to members. An award-winning course, here are just some of the accolades that Coyote Hills has gotten over the years:

  • “Top 10 best places to play in Greater Los Angeles” by Golf Digest
  • “America’s Top Golf Courses” by ESPN / Zagat Survey
  • “Best 200 Service Courses” in the U.S. by Golf Digest
  • “Best of Orange County – Best Golf Course” by Orange County Weekly


Other courses you should definitely check out in the OC are Oak Creek, Tustin Ranch, and Tijeras Creek.