Explore, eat and be merry at Half Moon Bay

Where else can you find a spectacular golf course, an array of local arts, ecologically-conscious activities and a great beer? Regarded by many as a sleepy coastal town, Half Moon Bay has just as many attractions (if not more) than most larger cities. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of this coastal locale for many years yet it is still something of a well-kept secret.But not worry, since you have found your way to this blog, you are now in that elite group that who have access to what to do and where to go when you make your trip to Half Moon Bay. The Gay Star News has investigated some of the best activities in the area and they are eager to share:
The Half Moon Bay Lodge is the perfect place to call your home from home while staying in this friendly small town, with romantic fireplaces in each of the Spanish Hacienda-style guest rooms, each overlooking the stunning 36 hole Half Moon Bay Golf Links.Perhaps as a result of all those hippies spilling out of San Francisco, two of the defining characteristics of the people youʼll meet along the route is their love of art and their respect for ecology. A great activity (if you don’t mind getting up at 6am to catch the low tide) is a spot of inter-tidal eco rockpooling courtesy of Coastal Elegance Tours.Half Moon Bay Art Glass gives hot glass blowing classes, which is a lot of fun and means you leave with a rather unique souvenir. Popular creations include glass pumpkins (Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of the world, apparently) or rainbow colored paperweights, ideal for selling at the pride festival near you on your return!All this creativity is thirsty work, so head on down the road to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company situated on Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-sea. This is a seriously cool hangout both inside and out and regular live rock music and sweeping Pacific Ocean Views from the funky outside terrace complete with fire pits.For an evening treat, why not check out Pasta Moon, a stylish yet unpretentious Italian establishment on Half Moon Bayʼs Main Street, which serves locally sourced sustainable foods, including the amazing local cheeses on their mouth-watering pizzas and pasta dishes.Half Moon Bay and Pescadero are towns often overlooked by many tourists, but are well worth visiting, either as part of a drive down the coast to LA or as part of a two center holiday.
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Take a break at Mullins located at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

In booking a trip to the California coast, you must be sure to bring your clubs along. The award-winning golf courses at Half Moon Bay Golf Links are truly magnificent.Whether you choose the Old Course or the Ocean Course, you can be sure of a fine dining experience at a moments notice.From an enticing rib eye sandwich to a plate of tempura prawns, the choices are delicious and available at one of two on-course hospitality stations. View the astounding greens from your table while enjoying an array of fine food and cocktails, surrounded by fine art. Mullins is also available for private engagements such as corporate outings, weddings or family reunions.Please visit the official website for more information.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links extends Unlimited Golf Package

 

Do you hear that sound of clamoring? That’s a legion of golfers rejoicing. Half Moon Bay Golf Links have extended their amazing “Unlimited Golf Package” through March, 2010. The Unlimited Golf Package provides access to two award-winning courses: the Arnold Palmer-designed The Old Course at Halfmoon Bay and Ocean Course, designed by the legendary Arthur Hills for its unique Pacific coast location.  Weekday rates are $399 for one player and $519 for a pair. Offered through the Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton, the Golf Links consists of overnight parking access and valet service, a special gift, access to golf resort fee and of course a cool glass of wine at check-in. “The Old and Ocean courses offer two distinct, unique golf experiences, and guests will relish the diverse mix of parkland and links-style golf,” says Mark Kendall, President of Kenmark Golf Management, operator of Half Moon Bay Golf Links. “The Ocean Course has been enhanced to feature a fast-and-firm playing surface that adds multiple shot opportunities and fosters creativity short game creativity. The greens are firmer and faster, placing a premium on approach-shot placement and ball-striking, as well as reading the speed — not just the break — of putts.”For more information, please visit the official site, www.hmbgolflinks.com.

Fine Dining and Perfect Golfing at Mullins Bar and Grill

Situated on three breathtaking greens, Mullins Bar and Grill is not only a fine restaurant but also has some of the most amazing golf courses in the area. Delicious fine cuisine consisting of local vegetables and cheeses perfectly complimented by wine from Napa and Sonoma Valley vineyards. The Ahi tuna with wasabi aioli & cool cucumber salsa is highly recommended. An ideal spot for a pleasant afternoon meal or romantic dinner, the Mullins Bar and Grill also offers their services for wedding receptions and corporate events.In addition to the restaurant, there is the option to have food catered to one of the greens that has earned this restaurant such high praise. From a mobile cart serving robust Peets coffee to sizzling BBQ and Anchor Steam beer, cheese and boxed lunches, the staff at Mullins Bar and Grill make every effort to bring the fine dining experience of their restaurant to the active golfer on the course.Designed in 1973, The Old Course has been visited by Sports icons Joe DiMaggio and Barry Bonds to name just a few. Its unique features range from the deep bunkering to the water on nine holes, and beautiful Cypress, Monterey, and New Zealand Christmas trees lining the greenways. One of two courses to receive the 4 Star rating from Golf Digest, the 4 par final hole must be experienced for both its difficulty and surroundings.The Ocean Course is a stunning homage to the traditional Scottish-style layout. Designed by Arthur Hills, the course offers views of the Pacific Ocean that add an indescribably epic tone to the experience. Deep grass and a strong coastal breeze provide a new challenge not often seen by seasoned golfers more used to a tree-lined course. Nearby, a lone piper can be heard honoring the sunset from atop the Ritz-Carlton.For both a season golfer and discerning epicurean, the Mullins Bar and Grill is a restaurant that you must make the time to visit during your stay in lovely Half Moon Bay. You’ll be happy that you did.

Golfing good for the soul, says Brits

In a recent article in the Timesonline, the purveyors of the golfing tradition in the United Kingdom sang the praises of California’s lush golf courses. Stating that the sport is not only an historic one, but a pleasure for the senses due to the picturesque surroundings, the Timesonline drew the inevitable conclusion that some of the best golf courses could be found on the coast of Half Moon Bay.

And who am I to argue with the British Empire?After all, there are few activities as exhilarating and relaxing as golfing along the coast at any number of Half Moon Bay’s Golf Courses. For more information, visit this site and make the most of the summer with the perfect course made all that more special by a beautiful horizon to play by.

Two Championship Golf Courses

 

Described by Business Week/Golf Digest as a “… country club lushness” ending with “a dramatic 18th, a cliff-hanging 412-yard par 4 playing south along the Pacific.”The Old Course is a year round 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. With a fully stocked golf  shop, snack bar and dining room, it’s a fantastic spot to spend the entire day. In addition to these amenities, there are also private and group lessons offered and tournament coordination services are available.

 

“This rugged beauty, perched on a bluff overlooking an awe-inspiring stretch of the Pacific serves up ocean views on every hole.” – Golf for WomenThe Ocean Course is a year-round 18-hole course design by Arthur Hills complete with practice bunker and chipping area.  There is a fully stocked supply shop, on-course beverage cart, snack bar and banquet area that will meet all of your needs while at the course.  In addition to the private and group lessons, tournament coordination services are available (check site for pricing).