The U.S. Open and Northern California golf -- gotta love it
This week was vintage U.S. Open. It went right down to the wire on a great course. In the end, when Graeme McDowell missed a chance to force a playoff on 18, some fella named Webb Simpson won. Congratulations, Mr. Simpson, on surviving a great test on a great golf course.
I got to play Olympic Club a few years ago before the U.S. Amateur, and I can attest to how hard it is. It wasn’t quite a U.S. Open setup then, but it was pretty close to impossible for us 80s shooters. Nevertheless, I loved it. In fact, I love almost everything about Bay Area and Northern California golf.
When people ask me about my favorite golf destinations – and I’ve been to some good ones – Northern California is always near the top of my list, if not No. 1.
A lot of people like it warm when they play golf, but I like it on the cooler side. Temps around 60 degrees are perfect, especially when you’re walking. And in the summer, it’s a welcome break from the hot, humid conditions of Houston.
A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend time out at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, which is about a half hour from Olympic Club. The two courses at Half Moon Bay Golf Links are incredibly striking, especially around the ocean. It’s a great setting with the resort sitting above the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And you can check out a story I did on it here.
There are so many other terrific tests in the area. I’m a fan of TPC Harding Park, the revitalized muni that’s hosted a Presidents Cup. And there are so many quirky, enjoyable layouts, like nine-hole Gleneagles, Lincoln Park, Presidio or Sharp Park.
And of course, a little ways from San Fransisco, the golf is pretty fair, too. Just check out this story we posted on Monterey area golf.
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