San Francisco, California
About San FranciscoWhile San Francisco may be better known for its private clubs such as U.S. Open venue Olympic Club or San Francisco and Lake Merced golf clubs, there are a few public gems in the immediate area and a wealth of daily fee courses in the metropolitan area. Within San Francisco, the famous TPC at Harding Park, where the late Ken Venturi developed his game, is probably the best known.
Renovated a few years ago, the course has played host to several high profile events recently, including the President's Cup and the Champions Tour's Schwab Cup. But there are some less expensive options inside the city (although certainly not cheap), such as The Presidio -- a former military course turned public, with terrific views of the Bay – Golden Gate Park and historic Sharp Park, a 1932 Alistair Mackenzie design. But because San Francisco is landlocked and quite congested, the vast majority of great public golf lies in the surrounding areas, from Oakland to the wine country north and south. For example, just across the Golden Gate Bridge, there's Bodega Harbor Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design overlooking the ocean. About 45 minutes down the coast from San Francisco is the 36-hole Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, which rivals Pebble Beach, when it comes to ocean views. Or head toward San Jose to check out the impeccable CordeValle Golf Club, the former home of the PGA Tour's Frys.com Open. Of course, if you're in San Francisco, it would be a shame not to carve out a couple of days to head south to the Monterey Peninsula, where you’ll find the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill, just to name a few.
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Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)
Join Matt Ginella as he travels to Big Cedar Lodge on Golf Advisor Round Trip. Overlooking Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is a golf resort founded by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, boasting four courses designed by legends including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tom Fazio. Watch Matt play with Morris’ nephew Hudson at Top of the Rock, get adventurous at Fun Mountain, go bass fishing with hall-of-famer Stacey King at Bent Hook Marina, and play Buffalo Ridge with Les Garland, the founder of MTV. Get a sneak peek at Ozarks National, designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, and even go bow fishing with Johnny’s son, John Paul. (Originally aired 2018)