The Best Golf Courses for Beginners in California

Home to Hollywood, the Bay Area and some of the best vineyards, California is a top travel destination.  But if you are just learning to play golf or teaching your kids, it can be overwhelming trying to find a good beginner course in this large state.  So here are five of our recommendations for beginner golf courses in California.


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Sunken Gardens Golf Course

This executive course features 9 holes with relaxing scenery that is perfect for challenging the beginner golfer.  

1010 S Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

(408) 739-6588

Green Fees:  $16 - $22

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St. Mark Golf Course & St. Mark Executive Golf Course

These two courses are both located at St. Mark Golf Club in San Marcos and make a great destination for kids and beginners as they pair a playable regulation course with an executive course.  

1750 San Pablo Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078

(760) 744-1310, (760) 744-9385

Green Fees:  Contact for more information

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Los Feliz Golf Course

This 9-hole municipal is great for young golfers and beginner adults or even those who just want to work on their short game.  The course is tree-lined and rewards good shots.  It was even featured in the film "Swingers," and has become an attraction for local, celebrities and tourists alike!

3207 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 663-7758

Green Fees:  $3.25 - $10

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Golden Gate Park Golf Course

This family friendly 9-hole course is located on the western edge of Golden Gate Park.  It is unpretentious and also great for the weekend golfer or a more experience player looking to improve their short game skills.  

970 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 751-8987

Green Fees:  $8 - $23

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Lomas Santa Fe Executive Course

This 2,431-yard gem in Solana Beach has been named one of America's "Top Short Courses" by Golf Range Magazine.  This William Bell design has an ocean view from the eighth tee box and has 15-inch cups on 18 hols.  And to amp up the fun for younger players even more, Lomas offers Glow Ball night golf on a semi-monthly basis.  

1580 Sun Valley Road
Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 755-6768

Green Fees:  $18 - $35

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