With ideal Southern California weather and some of the country’s most celebrated courses, Orange County justly earns the nickname “California Golf Coast.” Considering that Tiger Woods grew up playing on local public courses, including Anaheim’s Dad Miller Golf Courses, the county certainly boasts an impressive pedigree. Many of the best courses are open to the public, including the Tom Fazio-designed Pelican Hill Golf Course just south of Newport Beach, which offers ocean views from its 36 championship holes. Pelican Hill’s South Course is famous for the back-to-back par 3s on the cliffs just above the Pacific. There are great inland courses, too, such as the Ted Robinson-designed Tustin Ranch Golf Club, with handsome foothill and mountain views.
Whether it’s manicured beach towns or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns and luxury yachts, “The OC” stands out as one of the state’s most iconic destinations. The always-amazing Disneyland Resort, roughly a 1-hour drive south of L.A. and 2 hours north of San Diego, continues to be one of the best-loved theme parks in the world, while Knott’s Berry Farms and other OC attractions amp up the fun meter.
“Surfing is like golf. . . it keeps knocking you down. But when you stay with it and catch that wave. . . magic.” --actor Dennis Quaid
Shop at spectacular South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, or get the surfer look in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, USA.
With nearly twice as many professional teams as any other state, California is big league all the way. But the state’s sports scene goes far beyond football and baseball, with a diverse line-up of...