Set against dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay Golf Links features 36 holes of championship golf. For over 30 years, avid golfers have been returning to this incomparable setting, enjoying the variety of play offered by our two award winning courses: the classic American parkland-styled The Old Course and Scottish-Links-styled Ocean Course.
Over the years, many prestigious honors have been bestowed upon these spectacular courses, including these recent accolades:
“The Pebble Beach Experience Just Up The Coast” -NY Times
One of the “World’s Best Golf Resorts -Readers Survey” -Travel & Leisure Golf
“One of the 18 Great Country Clubs for a day” Business Week
“One of the Best 18 Holes in the Country” Golf Digest
“Top 10 Best Resort Courses Travel & Leisure Golf
Four Stars: “A San Francisco Treat” Golf Digest
No. 1 in the West: Business Week/Golf Digest
No. 27: Top 50 Courses Golf for Women
Silver Medal Award Golf Magazine
Joe DiMaggio and Moon Mullins in the early days
For a full list of awards and host events, click here
Half Moon Bay Golf Links is honored that our courses have also been selected as the host site for the Women’s U.S. Open 2006 Qualifier and the Men’s U.S. Open 2007 Qualifier.
THE OLD COURSE
Designed by legendary golf course architects Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, The Old Course opened for play in October of 1973. Seventeen years later it was carefully renovated by award-wining golf architect Arthur Hills who also oversaw a further renovation of the 18th that was completed in October 2006.
Sports icons from Joe DiMaggio and Barry Bonds have been challenged by this spectacular course, which is noted for its angular doglegged fairways, greens surrounded by deep bunkering, water on nine holes, barrancas, and majestic Cypress, Monterey, and New Zealand Christmas trees.
Since its inception, The Old Course has garnered high praise from avid golfers and critics alike, including a recent Four Star rating from Golf Digest (one of only two in the San Francisco Bay Area that year with our Ocean Course receiving the other Four Star rating). The breathtaking par-4 final hole on this course has repeatedly been ranked among the best in golf both for its challenge as well as for its unmatched scenery.
The architect of this circa-1997 course, the renowned Arthur Hills, designed this spectacular course to pay homage to the traditional Scottish-links layout. Absent of any trees or residences within the area of play, The Ocean Course provides golfers with dramatic Pacific Ocean views from every hole. Here, the challenge comes in the form of deep native grasses, old-style bunkers flanking the fairways and coastal breezes unbroken by the trees found on the alternative parkland-style courses. The final three holes on this course play alongside the ocean, leading golfers back toward the neighboring Ritz-Carlton Hotel property where a bagpiper can be heard ushering in the sunset every evening.
MULLINS BAR & GRILL
In mid-2006 following an elegant transformation of the ocean view Clubhouse and adjacent restaurant (formerly known as Caddy’s), the dining room, fireplace lounge, and bar were renamed in honor of Clyde Everett “Moon” Mullins, [link to his page] the legendary Granddaddy of Coast-side golf. Prior to his 36 years as the head-pro for Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Mullins played golf for four years on the Professional Golf Association tour He has teed up alongside some of golf’s most storied professionals including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Julius Boros, among others. He has also played alongside sports and entertainment legends Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Evel Knievel, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope and Barry Bonds. Historical photographs of Mullins with his famous friends, along with spectacular images of the courses by respected photographer Joann Dost are proudly displayed throughout the clubhouse.
HALF MOON BAY
For thousands of years, the Half Moon Bay area was home to the Ohlone Indians (also know by the Spanish name, Coastanoans) and the two main thoroughfares in town, Highway 92 and the coastal Highway One carefully follow paths created by those native people. Those same paths were later used by Spanish missionaries and explorers, followed by immigrants from Latin America, Asia and Europe who were seeking their fortunes during the Gold Rush era, and later by Canadian rumrunners from the days of Prohibition who used the cover of fog along the ragged coast to deliver their whisky to enterprising locals. Many of these people fell in love with the charms of Half Moon Bay and stayed in the area, thus contributing greatly to the diverse cultural makeup found here.
Modern-day Half Moon Bay is now known for its scenic fields of pumpkins, artichokes, and flowers as well as the legendary Pumpkin Festival and the Mavericks surfing competition. Conveniently located less than 45 minutes from both San Francisco and San Jose, Half Moon Bay is located in between miles of spectacular beaches and bluffs to the west and the rolling Santa Cruz mountains to the east. A multitude of area attractions and special events enliven this sea-side town and will offer visitors a wide range of other activities to choose from including wine-tasting and horse-back riding, exploring the nearby beach and mountain preserves, and shopping and dining in charming downtown Half Moon Bay.
Stretching from the Santa Cruz region to the south and to the border of San Francisco to the north, this Coastside region is blessed with especially picturesque Spring and Fall seasons, typical north central coast summers with cool fog and highs in the mid-60s, as well as winters with periodic wind and rain punctuated by dramatically crisp and clear days. Visitors to the area should dress in layers.