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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6360 yards
Slope 119
Rating 70.8
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
Scorecard for Morro Bay Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 70.8/119 W: 77.2/129 496 440 317 130 311 375 334 232 442 3077 192 333 373 439 468 347 512 239 380 3283 6360
Blue M: 69.6/116 W: 75.6/125 486 432 302 118 304 356 322 217 436 2973 171 322 363 423 454 308 490 199 370 3100 6073
White M: 67.7/112 W: 73.0/120 475 360 278 101 298 342 312 203 369 2738 162 311 351 402 436 284 446 197 306 2895 5633
Gold M: 65.0/108 W: 69.8/115 419 360 261 101 237 291 263 157 369 2458 139 250 306 402 400 257 419 145 279 2597 5055
Handicap 7 1 15 17 11 13 5 9 3 18 16 8 2 12 14 10 6 4
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 3 4 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 1 5 13 17 9 11 7 15 3 18 10 4 16 8 12 2 14 6

Course Details

Year Built 1923
Fairways Kikuyu Grass
Greens Kikuyu Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $18
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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3.9
12 Reviews (12)
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Windy weather

Morro Bay

Walked the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in slightly less than 5H super twilight. Paired with 2 high schoolers and a super senior, we all walked and had a good time. Clear, breezy and around 70, we finished just before dark. The course was super busy with 4some after 4some the day after a holiday.

Tees were the weakest part of the course, Just okay, decent coverage.

Not much roll on these Kikuyu fairways. They had good coverage and were mostly lush.

Very little roll in the kikuyu rough. Mostly lush, not high but very thick.

There are only a few sand traps on this course. they looked to be well maintained.

The smallish poa annua greens held shots well. They putted medium fast and were mostly smooth, the hi-lite of the course. The greens make this course. There is alot of break and downhill putts are often treacherous.

Customer service was excellent @ check in, quick and efficient. Starter got me paired up, no drink cart today. Marshall was out patrolling. No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Ma and Pa Kettle?

Walked the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in around 3.5H super twilight. Overcast, breezy and around 65 in what ended up being a nice late afternoon round.

Got there around 3pm and there were about two dozen people waiting for the super twilight rate. A family of six on vacation had the first two super twilight tee times. Grandpa, grandma, dad, mom and two kids. Several looked and acted like they had never played on a regulation course before. The Marshall allowed them to combine their two 3omes into a 6some? One guy asked why the 6some, and I listened to the Marshall's explanation that he wanted them to have a good time on vacation?

I would presume the other roughly 20 people teeing off directly behind them were as unamused as I was? Did the Marshall really think anyone playing behind Ma and Pa Kettle and their clan were going to have a good time? After it took around 40 minutes to play the first 2 holes, I dropped out of my group and shifted over to the wide open back 9, then finished the front 9 later with no one around. So 40 minutes for 2 holes, then around 2H, 45M for the other 16 made for one of the longest sub 3.5H rounds I have ever played.

The course? Good overall.

Tees were mediocre. Decent coverage, but most of the par 3's were chewed up with divots.

Kikuyu fairways had good coverage and were lush. Not much roll on these fairways.

Rough was lush, not high but very thick. Very little roll in the kikuyu.

There are only a few sand traps on this course. Was not in any, but they looked decent.

The smallish poa annua greens putted medium fast. They held shots extremely well, balls would consistently back up on these greens. No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Customer service was excellent @ check in, quick and efficient. Marshall was highly ??? No starter or drink cart today. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Morro Bay

Walked the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in 3.5H with Mneilson super twilight. Partly cloudy, breezy and around 65 made for a nice late afternoon round.

The tees had good coverage, Okay overall, but most of the par 3's were chewed up with divots.

The fairways had good coverage, pretty lush for kikuyu. Not much roll on these fairways.

The rough was lush. not high but thick. It would quickly kill your shots.

There are only a few sand traps on the course. Was not in any, but they looked okay.

The smallish poa annua greens putted medium slow but were okay once you adjusted to the speed. some of the sofest greens I have putted on in awhile, actually backed up several mid irons on these greens.

No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Customer service was excellent, quick efficient check in. No drink cart today. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rode the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in around 2.5H first out playing on a B-Day special. Thanks Morro Bay! Partly cloudy, calm and around 60 made for a nice early morning round.

Fun, old school layout. Some doglegs, a couple of blind tees shots over the crest of hills. The area around the greens is mowed down like a links course. All 18 holes a player can run the ball onto the green if need be. Few sand traps, not long by modern standards, the courses primary defense is the smaller sized, quick greens that have alot of break.

The tree lined fairways are constantly up down hills, some severely up/down. Mostly kikuyu, so even though it is hilly, do not expect ball to roll hundreds of yards down the fairways. Expect lots of unlevel lies once you leave the tee.

This layout would remind you much more of a mountain course than a beach course. Not tight overall, but there are numerous tight shots with OB closeby. No water on this course.

The tees were well maintained. Mowed a little high for my taste but not many unfixed divots and mostly level.

The fairways had good coverage, pretty lush for kikuyu. Not much roll on these fairways.

The rough was more thin than lush overall, but played decently.

There are only I think 2 a few sand traps on the course. Was not in any, but they looked decent walking by, few foot prints.

The smallish poa annua greens were recently vericutt but still putted nice. Medium fast, smooth for po. They held approach shots very well. No large tiers or mounds, these greens are mounded. Usually back to front, with putts breaking toward the sides and front. There are few straight putts and anything above the hole and you are in trouble on numerous greens. Be prepared to play some big swinging putts on these greens.

Par 71 layout. Three par 5's, four par 3's. The last three par 3's are 232/192/239 from the tips, but play downhill, so they play shorter but are still a bear. The par 5's are 496/468/512 from the tips, but play much longer due to a combination of being uphill, the prevailing wind and/or the kikuyu.

No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Customer service was excellent, checked in and right out to the 1st tee. No drink cart today, but friendly staff out on the course. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Morro Bay GC

Walked the Whites (5633/67.7/112) in a Charity Tournament last Saturday. Typical Saturday tournament POP, well over 4.5H. Clear and calm conditions around 65. Played with Mike, Doris and Jody, we had a good time. $54 to walk Saturday morning was sticker shock compared to what I have been paying in the desert!

Really enjoy the par 71 layout featuring three par 5's and four par 3's. Some doglegs with a couple of blind tee shots. The area in front of greens is mowed down like a links course, so everything from a putter to a lob wedge may be a viable option from 15 yards off the green. Beside and behind the greens the Kikuyu rough is taller, thick and plain needs to be avoided.

The Kikuyu tees were nice, mowed down and well maintained.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage. Semi lush, mowed down low, they were nice to play from.

The mostly Kikuyu rough was thick and difficult to hit from. Especially difficult to chip from. Mostly good coverage, a few hard pan areas farther off the fairways. At least a 1/2 club penalty for most golfers.

#10 green side is the only sand trap on the course. Looked to be decently maintained.

The mostly smallish greens putted nice. Medium fast, relatively smooth and held approach shots well. No large tiers or mounds, but there are few straight putts and putts above the hole are quick.

The downhill holes do not play as short as you expect because of the lack of roll on the Kikuyu. The uphill holes play longer than you would expect for the same reason. So scorecard yardages are VERY deceptive. Morro Bay GC is an old school layout around 100 years old. Not a tight course and offers tremendous views of Morro Bay and Morro Rock. In spite of the ocean views, this course would remind you more of a mountain course than a beach course. You do not expect a VERY hilly course with tree lined fairways less than a mile from the ocean. The layout is constantly up down hills, some severely up/down. The customer service was excellent. Drink cart out making the rounds. Small warm-up range that is basically pitch shots only close to #1 tee. Fun course, Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

A hidden gem by the ocean...

Walked the Blues (6083/69.6/116) in 3.5H in clear, breezy conditions around 65. $15 to walk super twilight, tough walking course with all the hills. Thanks to the 3 groups that let me play through!

This course would remind you much more of a mountain course than a beach course. You do not expect a VERY hilly course less than a mile from the ocean. The tree lined fairways are constantly up down hills, some severely up/down. Not a tight layout and it offers some tremendous views of Morro Bay and Morro Rock.

The Kikuyu tees were decent, mowed down and well maintained.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage. Semi lush, mowed down low, they were nice to play from.

The mostly Kikuyu rough was maintained low and has mostly good coverage with a few hard pan areas farther off the fairways.

I think #10 green side is the only sand trap. Looked decent walking by, few foot prints.

The mostly smallish greens putted nice. Medium fast, relatively smooth and held approach shots well. No large tiers or mounds, but there are few straight putts and putts above the hole could be quick. There are many greens where you will have putts that break 2' to 4' if you are any distance from the hole, with the break predictably being toward the ocean.

Like the par 71 layout featuring three par 5's and four par 3's. The par 3's play downhill and the par 5's play uphill, so the scorecard yardages are deceptive. Some doglegs with a couple of blind tees shots. The area around some greens is mowed down like a links course, so everything from a putter to a lob wedge may be a viable option from 15 yards off most greens.

Customer service was excellent, checked in and right out to the 1st tee. No drink cart, Marshall out patrolling and friendly. Fun course, Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Mountain course by the beach?

Walked the Blues (6083/69.6/116) in 4H with Vince in breezy conditions in the 50's. $32 to walk, tough walking course with all the hills. We occasionally waited on the walking 2some in front of us but things moved well overall.

You do not expect a hilly course less than a mile from the beach. This layout would remind you much more of a mountain course than a beach course. Not tight, the tree lined fairways are constantly up down hills, some severely up/down.

The tees were mostly decent, mowed down and well maintained.

Both the fairways and rough had good coverage. More winter thin than lush, but they both played decently.

There are only a few sand traps on the course. Was not in any, but they looked decent walking by, few foot prints.

The smallish greens putted nice. Medium fast, smooth and held approach shots well. No large tiers or mounds, these greens are old school... but there are few straight putts and anything above the hole and you are in trouble on numerous greens. Really liked the greens, saw the lines well.

The par 71 layout is a plus. Three par 5's, four par 3's, with all the par 3's playing downhill, so the yardages are deceptive. Some doglegs, a couple of blind tees shots. The area around the greens is mowed down like a links course, so everything from a putter to a lob wedge may be a viable option from 15 yards off most greens. Customer service was good, checked in and right out to the 1st tee. No drink cart, Marshall out patrolling but just seemed to glance on his way by. I would definitely play here again, very fun course. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good little course with a spectacular setting

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!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Ocean breaze - ahhh

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
San Francisco Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great views, wicked greens.

This is one of those love it hate it courses.

Those that love the course -
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 -
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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Great bang for buck.

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!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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