The Course

The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay might be the most beautiful setting for a golf course I’ve played yet. Its right on the water and almost every hole has a glimpse of the ocean, with the finishing holes running right next to cliffs. The view alone is worth playing here.

A links style course designed by Arthur Hills, The Ocean Course does a great job of feeling like a links. The setting certainly helps and when the afternoon breeze kicks up off the ocean, you almost feel like you’re playing in Europe (maybe, I wouldn’t know from experience). The course is fair and not particularly long. The greens, fairways, and rough were very well maintained. I was surprised by the size of the greens, so of them were massive. Since the holes run parallel, its difficult to lose balls on most holes, but its possible. Winter rules were in play which meant cart path only, which was kind of a drag, but understandable.

But the main aspect of this course is ocean. I’d pay here again in a heartbeat.

My Round

I had a blast, so lets get that out of the way. From a technical perspective, I played pretty good. The same issues continue to creep up. Inconsistent contact and a sub par short game added a few shots. I really need to spend time on and around the greens.

I also had some course management issues that bit me on the back. I was in a fairway bunker on 16, close to the lip with about 170 left to the center. I knew when I looked at the lie that getting a 6i over the lip would be tough and I should just take a PW and send it down the fairway, chip up close and try to 1-putt. But I didn’t do that. I hit 6i and embedded in the bank, took a drop, hit the PW perfectly and went on to a triple bogey. That mistake essentially cost me the chance to break 80 as I spiraled out of control after it.

Don’t do that again! But I still really enjoyed the round, it was a blast.

Photos

So many holes right on the water

Talk about a distracting view when you’re trying to putt

Right on the water

This view is right off the 17th tee. Stunning

About Me

I'm the Vice President of Digital Innovation and Mobile, which is probably the coolest job title out there. You can learn more about my work in emerging technology on the About or Work Pages.

As for this site, it's a place where I can jot ideas down and share some of the stuff I'm working on. The views are my own and some of them might not make much sense, but hey, that's part of the process. I'm also working toward being a single digit handicap golfer, so I post a lot about my golf game.