Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Old Course

4.0000000000 4.0 stars from 5 (9)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7001 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Half Moon Bay Golf Links Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts; No denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7001 yards 74.4 132
Blue 72 6610 yards 72.8 128
White 72 6323 yards 71.6 125
White (W) 72 6323 yards 77.3 137
Gold 72 6021 yards 70.1 122
Gold (W) 72 6021 yards 75.7 133
Red (W) 72 5501 yards 72.8 127
Red (S) 72 5319 yards 71.6 126

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 9 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

8 out of 9 reviews


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"All about the finishing hole!"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

It was a tough call between the Ocean Course and the Old Course. I really like links style golf, but all the reviews talked about how great the view on 18 at the Old Course was so I had to see what it was all about. And now here's another one... cause wow!

The whole course is a nice layout. The holes have character and you won't get bored. Some of the holes are a little tight to the house line, which can be troubling if you're off your game. All the same, the entire back 9 is a gem. The finishing 3 holes are particularly fun and beautiful.

18 tee is super cool. The approach shot is daunting and beautiful. To make it even more interesting you get a gallery of folks at the restaurant right by the green. No pressure!

Nothing but good things to say about the course. You should check it out! My only word of caution is about the parking situation. I was lucky enough to get the last spot in the tiny lot by the course. There is a parking garage nearby, but it's also available for parking to access the beach so it was already full when I arrived. Last resort would have been to valet. That was a minor issue though, and the rest of the experience was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A more traditional, club-like setting...until the FINISH!"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2016
First time playing Walked

Reviewed on

Let me see if this makes sense: I think the Ocean is more of a "destination" play, but if I had to play one of the Half Moon Bay courses everyday, it'd probably be the Old Course. The Old has a very pleasant, walkable and traditional vibe with doglegs and fairways dotted with cypress trees. I'm a big fan of the downhill par-4 8th, which reveals a very neat green setting once you turn the corner.

Of course, there is no comparison to the back nine's grand reveal. Once you finish the 16th, you trudge up a hill to reveal the 17th and an ocean backdrop. It just gets better on the 18th hole, which hugs the cliffs from tee-to-green and is bar-none one of the best tee shots on a course not-named-Pebble in California.

Off-course amenities only gets three stars because there is no range and the short game area needs a refresh, but the clubhouse is second-to-none, so be sure to stick around for lunch or dinner after your round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Beautiful course"


jdiamond7's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I'm probably in the minority here, but I enjoyed the Old Course at Half Moon Bay a lot more than the Ocean Course. Yes, until the 17th, the backdrop isn't as stunning; in fact, you may not even know you're on the ocean. However, most holes are memorable and offer a unique challenge. Course was in good shape, bunkering was very nice, and pin placements combined with thick rough just off the green made for some very challenging short shots.

I will be back, though the price is too high. HMB lacks a driving range, and there's no justifying the rack greens fees. Too many good courses in the area - the fact that the course is at a Ritz Carlton doesn't make it worth $197. I paid $89 and felt that was about right.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Wide-open fairways and large greens @ Half Moon Bay"


GreerGolf's avatar
Texas Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

The Old Course plays 16 holes through residential areas and is parkland golf. Fairways and greens are well maintained. Approach shot accuracy is a must as pin placements are well thought out by the greens crew. The Par 3's are challenging with the high winds, especially Hole 17. We have a high, mid, and low handicapper in our group and the course was a treat for all of us. Hole 18 is so breathtaking it is almost gaudy. What a finishing hole. Long drive downhill with the Pacific on the right, then an approach shot uphill to an elevated green. Walk tall as there over 200 hotel guests enjoying the view from the patio overlooking the green. They are watching you!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"A finish to remember"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

For 16 holes, the Old course at Half Moon Bay winds its way through a neighborhood without much in the way of visual fireworks. Only the ninth hole - with the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in the background - is aesthetically pleasing. That all changes at no. 17, a par 3 that provides a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. Then BAM! The view from the 18th tee will floor you with the force of a Mike Tyson punch. The cliffs along the right side of the fairway fall to a beach on the Pacific Ocean. The imposing Ritz towers left of the green. It's a glorious moment. The Ocean course on the other side of the hotel might boast more water views throughout the round, but the shock-and-awe value of No. 18 erases any advantage the Ocean course might have in attracting visitors. Arnold Palmer built plenty of good golf holes on the Old course - the par-4 eighth, the par-3 13th, the par-5 15th and par-4 16th, for example. It's the finishing hole, however, that burns the longest lasting impression that stays with you years after the round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ruined green"


roomdoc's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

First time playing at the old course, pro shop did not tell us about green condition. Most of the back nine greens were destroyed by fungus. You simply cannot put on this. Very disappointing. Layout of course was good and spectacular view on #18.

Very disappointing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Views Better than Overall Experience; Too Many Players on Course & Pace was Too Slow; No Rangers on Course"


one01putt's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Incredible location and a very, very good design. Course conditions were excellent given drought and overloaded play on day I chose to play Ocean course. Poa greens get tired later in the day (footprints).

Expected for the price a higher end experience ....10-15 min tee times.... not every 8 min. Place was packed so felt like a golf factory at times.<br/> Pro shop and restaurant were dirty and loud. Again overcrowded. No driving range!!!!! Really? trying to sell as 5-star w/o a place to warm-up?

Many well dressed, well equipped and truely awful golfers on the course slowed play dramatically. No ranger to move folks along. Not a place for beginner golfers.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A great golf experience"


u000004951011's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

I had been told the Old Course is more of a challenge and better golf course. I was told the views weren't quite as nice but numbers 17 and 18 have the best views I've seen on a course. Playing number 18 may be the best golf experience I've had. The other 16 holes are great too. Course is in great shape. Besides a mix up with where my car was parked by Valet and car alarms going off at the Ritz while playing 17 and 18 this was amazing. If you play near sunset the Bagpipes send chills down your spine. Play this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"very Good!!!"


u000003881247's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2012
Previously played

Reviewed on

Several times, but every time you come back satisfied and personally prefers the ocean course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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