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Known as "The Poor Man's Pebble Beach" Morro Bay GC is one central coast golf course all golfers should play. Featuring stunning ocean views from almost every hole, this 18 hole public course has tree lined fairways and uneven terrain but few sand traps (5 or 6).

The course offers naturally challenging playing conditions, as it's located on the side of a mountain. Shot and club selection are at a premium here for an errant shot (and sometimes a good one!) typically finds you in a difficult lie. It's not uncommon for you to have to hit an uphill lie, a downhill lie, and a side lie before hitting the green! The fairways are planted with Kikyu Grass while the greens are Poannua.

The golf course is located in Morro paradise cruise halong bay State Park at the base of Black Hill. It overlooks California's central coast city of Morro Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The course is an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

The Morro Bay GC's practice facility includes a driving range, putting green and sand traps surrounding an undulating green. The range is a little disconcerting, as one has to hit uphill while practicing. (FYI - your drive on the first hole is nearly identical to the range as you must hit the ball uphill and try to reach the break.)

The practice green is very similar to the speed and breaks you'll find on the course. Bunkers are nearly non-existent but those that are there feature playable beach sand. With pine trees lining the fairways, needles and cones are not uncommon obstacles in bunkers, fairway shots and on the greens.

The pro shop is well stocked and will meet all your equipment needs. Sign in is fast - be sure to keep the receipt handy, as you'll need to show it to the starter. I encourage you to ask the starter about pin position and tips. Listen carefully and try and shape your shots as he says.

The course's restaurant serves good quality food in a timely manner - but it's a little pricey. Morro Bay GC offers the use of very nice banquet room to tournaments. It overlooks the course and the Pacific Ocean.

Make your tee time in advance of your play date. Let them know you're from out of town and that the course comes highly recommended.

Distances: Morro Bay is located along scenic Highway 1 on California's Central Coast, approximately 12 miles north of San Luis Obispo, California.

Five (or less) Word Description: Hilly, scenic, enjoyable, ocean views, bargain.

Morro Bay GC offers exceptional golf in a spectacular setting that is very budget friendly.

Weekday: $39 per player

Weekend: $48 per player

Rating (1-5 stars): 4 stars - Walking can be a little difficult because of the terrain. Pace of play can be slow when the course is full.
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