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We could tell you about Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ 36-holes of oceanfront golf—one course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, the other a Scottish-style stunner with ocean vistas from every hole—or the many perks you’ll enjoy including turnkey group outings and one-click service from GPS-equipped carts. Yet, you need only glance at the iconic 18th hole of The Old Course, perched on a sweeping coastal bluff above the crashing tide, and you’ll see why this is a special place.

You need only glance at the iconic 18th hole of The Old Course, perched on a sweeping coastal bluff above the crashing tide, and you’ll see why this is a special place.
The iconic 18th hole of The Old Course

It’s little wonder that it continues to lure celeb golfers, charity galas, and happy couples on their big day. Yet, the public course is accessible to all, offering an inspiring day on the greens and an invigorating setting along the Pacific.

Two Premier, Oceanfront Golf Courses

Spread across dramatic coastal bluffs, the duo of courses at Half Moon Bay Golf Links offer two distinct experiences. Designed in 1973 by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, The Old Course is a classic American Parklands-style course that weaves around meadows and Monterey cypress trees before arriving at the signature 18th hole, a waterfront dazzler that has golfers setting down their clubs and reaching for their cameras. It’s one of the most photographed holes in the world. The legendary course has hosted celebs such as Bob Hope and sports icons from Joe DiMaggio to Stephen Curry.

The Ocean Course, designed in 1997 by renowned golf architect Arthur Hills, pays homage to a traditional Scottish-links layout with wide open fairways bounded by natural grass and striking ocean vistas from all 18 holes. In the evening, the melody of a bagpipe player wafts over rolling hills, transporting players to Scottish shores. Both courses have garnered numerous awards including top rankings in readers’ polls and outlets such as Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure, and Businessweek, and has played host to renowned tournaments including the LPGA Samsung Golf Championship.

Golf Course Views
Spread across dramatic coastal bluffs, the duo of courses at Half Moon Bay Golf Links offer two distinct experiences.

Regular players can take advantage of the Legends Club, a loyalty program that offers perks such as priority tee times, reduced green fees, and pro shop discounts. Gathering your colleagues or employees for a round? Take advantage of the Links Advantage which offers a turnkey, VIP experience. Guests arrive to complimentary valet parking, fully stocked golf carts, and a personal concierge who assures your group’s needs are met throughout the day. As your game near completion, cart GPS units—which also display yardage to holes—automatically alert staff to ready refreshments or lunch for your return.

Post-Golf Dining at Mullin’s Bar & Grill

Colloquially referred to as the 19th hole, the clubhouse bar and dining room provide a warm, fireside atmosphere to clink beers after a day on the links. Big picture windows feature blue ocean vistas while a light-strung veranda offers al fresco dining overlooking a lagoon. Grab a beer from a draft selection of the usual faves—plus local brews from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company—or choose from over 80 labels from a new Bourbon Bar. The pub menu offers solid takes on classics such as Cobb salad and fish & chips while the dining room features refined dishes including fresh seafood and prime rib. In addition to a weekday happy hour (Mon-Thu), Mullin’s features daily specials including Taco Tuesdays and made-to-order pastas on Wednesdays. Drop by Friday, and you’ll tap along to live acoustic music from musicians throughout the Bay Area. You’ll also find four outdoor, pro bocce ball courts that are free and open to the public, making Mullin’s the only spot on the Coastside to grab a beer and play some bocce.

Mullin's Bar and Grill
Mullin's Bar and Grill's light-strung veranda offers al fresco dining overlooking a lagoon

Host an Inspiring Event or Wedding

Half Moon Bay Golf Link’s gorgeous grounds and banquet facilities provide an ideal venue for private and charitable events. Last year, they helped raise more than than $4 million with multi-day events for charitable causes including No One Left Behind which assists CAL FIRE firefighters battling cancer, Junior Giants which supports at-risk youth, and the Navy SEAL Foundation which provides assistance to U.S. Navy SEALs and their families.

“We are truly honored to be involved in all of these worthy causes,” says Mark Kendall, President of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links. “We just need a cause and the contacts, and we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and launch a successful event.”

View from the Ocean Course at Sunset
View from the Ocean Course at Sunset

Dedicated event staff can create a memorable experience for up to 400 guests with amenities including complimentary valet parking, marquee tents hung with chandeliers, on-course catering stations, and, of course, waterfront championship golf. Plus, guests have immediate access to luxurious accommodations and resort amenities at the adjoining Ritz Carlton located just a few steps away.

The event team can also design weddings and receptions for large or intimate groups. Choose from multiple oceanfront ceremony venues and reception facilities. Recite your vows on the waterfront 10th hole then gather the party around fire pit-warmed bocce courts before sitting down for dinner. With the majestic California coast as your backdrop and a capable seasoned staff, Half Moon Bay Golf Links offers an unforgettable occasion whether you’re tying the knot or simply banking a shot.

 

Garrick Ramirez is a freelance writer and photographer who loves sharing compelling destinations within California. As a native, he has yet to tire of exploring the many cities, small towns, and natural splendor found throughout the state. His travel guides have appeared in the SF Chronicle, Via Magazine, and The Mercury News among others. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.