Morro Bay Golf Course

3.3809428571 3.4 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6360 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 70.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $18
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6360 yards 70.8 119
Blue 71 6073 yards 69.6 116
Blue (W) 72 6073 yards 75.6 125
White 71 5633 yards 67.7 112
White (W) 72 5633 yards 73.0 120
Red 71 5055 yards 65.0 108
Red (W) 72 5055 yards 69.8 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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"Good little course with a spectacular setting"


ERLoft's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played here with my wife on a trip to the Central Coast. Course was recommended by one of her co workers, and I said let's check it out. I'd lived in Santa Barbara for a few years and played many of the courses in the area, but never Morro Bay. Now I regret not driving the extra bit to play here more often when I had the chance.

Loads of elevation changes here. Most holes play slightly to significantly uphill or downhill. As well, many fairways have some side slope, so lies on approach shots are often a mix of up/down with left/right, which does make for a bit of a challenge. Many of the par 4's struck me as a bit shorter, allowing me to play a 3 or even 5 wood off the tee and still have a wedge into the green. Not much in the way of bunkers, but plenty of trees to avoid if you get off the fairway. Greens were smooth and true, if not too fast. We started out at 7:30, so the greens were still pretty wet and slow and they got faster as they dried out. As I'd consider Torrey Pines one of my 'home' courses, I was possibly better prepared for the way the greens played. Everything slopes towards the bay and/or marsh to the south of the course. Putts that might initially look flat need to be considered in light of the overall slope of the property.

Overall, we really enjoyed it and will definitely come back to play again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Ocean breaze - ahhh"


sooner90's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Coming from the valley, any of these courses along the pacific is a treat. On a summer weekend, the difference can be as much as 40 degrees. That's really nice.

The course layout is not complicated. Few blind tee shots, but generally pretty straight. The greens can be shaggy at times, but the fairways are generally in good condition due to ample amount of moisture in the air.

The pace is not very good. Since we're at 8 min tee time separation, things can get hairy. First few times here, the front nine goes fairly smooth if you tee off before 9. But, and this has happened every time I have played here, the tenth hole is a disaster with up to three groups waiting on the tee box. I'm not sure if they're letting people start on the tenth. Once the wait is over, things do generally roll smoothly.

Overall, a good course and a good location. Staff is friendly and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great views, wicked greens."


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is one of those love it hate it courses.

Those that love the course -<br/> Views of the ocean/bay/dunes/Morro Rock that are unbeatable. Short course that plays longer than the yardage because of the Kikuyu grass, which offers very little or no roll, especially on short/high shots. Greens that are challenging due to the significant speed variations from up/downhill and the frustrating inability to read breaks. The entire course is set on a hillside above the bay. The difficulty of reading breaks is due to the same hills and the ocean influence that cause the speed changes. What you see is rarely what you get on putts. The perfect coast weather or even the morning fog that lends an air of mystery and charm.

Those that hate the course -<br/> The Kikuyu is difficult to play if you can't fly the ball and is very very sticky. Think Bermuda on steroids. The tough greens because of huge speed variations and very difficult reads. The uneven tees on many/most holes. The longer than average rounds due to tourist/weekender play and the numerous 3+ putts that plague anyone not possessing a sound putting stoke (These greens identify good/great putters and expose those whom mistakenly think such about themselves).

Those that embrace the challenges the course gives and stop long enough to enjoy the spectacular views and the idyllic weather have a deep fondness for this well priced ideally situated coastal gem.

Those that only want perfect, everything in it's place, predictable, cookie cutter, course conditions and play-ability need to stop and smell the golf.

Sometimes golf is meant to be enjoyed as we find it.

As is probably evident by now, I love the quirky/challenging/unique aspects of this course. Combined with the location/views/weather, I think this course is well worth a visit. Or several.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great bang for buck."


None's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2013

Reviewed on

Golf course was really good. Course was in good condition. Played at 2 PM on a Sunday. Excellent pace of play. Shorter course, but makes up for it with challenging greens. As a female player playing from the whites I found some of the par 3's quite challenging distance wise. Really good pricing, and excellent for students! Would definitely play again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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