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Golf lovers flock to Half Moon Bay Golf Links

May 6, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Ocean view at Half Moon Bay Golf Links/Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Enjoy stunning views at Half Moon Bay Golf Links during your game.

There’s no denying that Half Moon Bay is a special place. Our little seaside town has  something to offer everyone from gorgeous hiking trails to fine dining. If devoting a few hours to your golf game is your idea of a fun way to pass the time, then the city of Half Moon Bay does not disappoint there either.

Less than four miles from the Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is a world-famous golfing destination with ocean views that can’t be beat.

In fact, the vantage point from the 18th hole on the Old Course is particularly stunning and is regarded as one of the highest ranked holes in the world.

The Old Course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and golf architect Francis Duane. Opened in 1973, the 7,001-yard course has played host to many U.S. Open Qualifiers. The course provides an exciting game that will test its players’ strength and skill.

Old Course. Photo courtesy Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

The Old Course was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

The Ocean Course plays and feels like a true links golf course which dates back to the origins of the game. Designed by Arthur Hills in 1997, the course is one of extremely few that can boast an outward and inward 9 that are each played against the ocean.

Ocean Course Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Opened in 1997, the Ocean Course  provides an outward and inward 9 which are  played against a stunning ocean backdrop.

Beyond the game design and gorgeous views, Half Moon Bay Golf Links also prides itself on its excellent customer service. They offer valet service for its guests’ convenience who are taken — via golf cart — directly to the appropriate course

After their game, guests can enjoy a delicious meal at the Mullins Bar & Grill for traditional golf fare with a coastal twist. Diners can choose from a variety of seafood offerings, pasta, prime rib and more.

What does golf have to do with the Mill Rose Inn?

Here at the Mill Rose Inn we offer a special package for  golf lovers and people who love golf lovers. In other words, something for everyone, whether they’re fans of the sport or not. One couple recently selected the golf lovers package when they made their reservations and took advantage of its flexibility. We booked an afternoon tee time for the husband on the Old Course and a private spa reservation followed by a one-hour Swedish massage at the inn for the wife. When the husband returned we provided the couple with champagne, charcuterie and other treats. Afterward, the couple walked to the restaurant where they had dinner reservations and explored Half Moon Bay’s night life.

Massage at Mill Rose Inn

If your partner loves golf, but it isn’t really your thing you can reserve a Swedish therapeutic massage and some quality time in our jetted-spa instead. All while your partner enjoys time on the course.

Click here to learn more about our packages. Scroll down to the very bottom to see our golf package.

Play a Round at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

January 21, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Golf at Half Moon Bay Golf LinksSpend part of your time in the Bay Area enjoying one of the best golf courses, Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

About Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Located directly on the California coastline, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of Northern California’s only luxury golf resorts. Equidistant from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, this course attracts locals and visitors alike. This course features 36 holes of oceanfront golf where you will occasionally notice a light ocean breeze during your game. With two courses to choose from, The Old Course and The Ocean Course, you are guaranteed to find something with both a challenge and beautiful view. The Old Course was built in 1973 by the legendary course designer Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. As for The Ocean Course, it is considered the only true links course in the Bay area.

Other Golf Courses Near Half Moon Bay

  • Crystal Springs Golf Course
    This golf course offers a unique San Francisco Golf experience with its champion-style course that provides a challenge for even low handicap golfers. The holes range from a short par-3 hole to a short par-5 hole making this course ideal for every level of golfer.
  • Mariners Point Golf Course & Driving Range
    If you’re looking for a beautiful place to improve your game, book a tee time at Mariners Point Golf Course or visit their driving range. With over 60 practice stalls on a variety of surfaces, a driving range, and 9-hole par-3 golf course, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot to improve and lower your handicap. These facilities are open every day of the week to accommodate your schedule!
  • Emerald Hills Golf Course
    This 9-hole, par-3 course is labelled as “the toughest 9-hole course in Northern California,” so if you’re looking for a challenge, this is the perfect course for you. Emerald Hills Golf Course is open year round including holidays and host a plethora of tournaments, leagues, instructions, and junior camps. As most of the shots are either uphill or downhill you will enjoy the challenge and improve your golf game easily!
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course
    Located just off of Highway 101, Poplar Creek Golf Course has a lot to offer its visiting golfers. This course averages over 70,000 rounds of golf a year making it one of the most popular courses in this section of the state. You can conveniently get you tee reservations online or in the Pro Shop during their hours of operation.

Enjoy the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Northern California. With these excellent courses to choose from, make sure you are also choosing the best lodging in the area at the Mill Rose Inn. After travelling to the area, enjoy a great night’s sleep in one of our luxurious rooms and wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast. Whether you decide to eat your incredible breakfast in your room, the dining room, or the garden courtyard, you will be recharged and ready to spend a day on the course. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

The Ritz-Carlton’s Oceanside Half Moon Bay Golf Course

February 13, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay golf course

Photo Credit: Can Balcioglu/iStock/Thinkstock

If you’ve ever experienced golfing on the Pacific Coast cliffs then you probably have an idea of the breathtaking views at a Half Moon Bay golf course. The Half Moon Bay Golf Links at the Ritz-Carlton resort are some of the country’s premier courses for both quality and beauty. The Golf Links offer 36 holes of bliss with some of the best hospitality around. San Francisco and Silicon Valley residents who love to golf will frequently make the trip to play these legendary courses.

If you love to golf but want to get a feel for the town of Half Moon Bay then you ought to stay at the Mill Rose Inn, located right downtown. Offering luxurious accommodations in a reasonable price range, this is definitely the place for you. Mill Rose guests are frequently in town just to play this regal course, and enjoy the California coastal town experience offered by staying downtown as opposed to at the more remotely located Ritz.

As some of Northern California’s only luxury golf courses, the Half Moon Bay Golf Links attract avid golfers from around the world. They are a treat for anyone who loves the game as they pay homage to its heritage while embracing the new technologies. The blufftop landscape is surrounded by cypress trees and the thick morning fog offer unique challenges to the competitors who walk these greens.

If you love playing new courses than tackling this Half Moon Bay golf course pair is definitely for you. The Ritz-Carlton’s two 18 hole courses are both equally renowned in the Bay Area and nationally, and offer their own unique landscapes and challenges. The Ocean Course is more on par with the fast fairways and greens of modern links while the Old Course is more akin to the traditional parkland style of true Scottish links. Both are equally beautiful and enjoyable.

If you are planning a trip to Half Moon Bay to do some golfing, rest assured that there are plenty of other things to keep you, or the family, busy on your stay. From a myriad of outdoor adventures, to numerous gorgeous Northern California coastal sites to witness, this is a great vacation destination. If you enjoy other outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating or fishing after a game of golf, you’ll find no shortage of options in this part of California. Both San Francisco and Silicon Valley are within an hour drive from Half Moon Bay and make for easy day trips on which you can experience the Northern California urban life.

Don’t miss an opportunity of a lifetime at a Half Moon Bay golf course. Either of these Ritz-Carlton courses will be a treat to any golf-lover. If you are a beginner you can rent clubs there,  sign up for a lesson and take advantage of the short game practice facility. After your round check out some of the Half Moon Bay restaurants or Pillar Point. Be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn and your tee times soon for your epic golf getaway.

Prefer Ocean or Links? Check Out Half Moon Bay Golf Courses

April 2, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Golf CoursesThe mild and sunny climate of Half Moon Bay, California makes it a great destination for a variety of outdoor activities. One of the most popular outings for guests of Mill Rose Inn to partake in is golf.  Half Moon Bay Golf Links is home to two world-class courses that will satisfy the needs of even the most experienced golfer.  If you want to hit the fairways during your time with us, be sure to check out these Half Moon Bay courses.


The Ocean Course

As its name suggests, the Ocean Course has beautiful views of the Pacific ocean on each hole.  It’s position at the top of an ocean bluff makes for these sensational views and the final four holes are famed as some of the best in the game. Not only one of the best Half Moon Bay courses, the Ocean Course has been named among the best courses in California. The course opened in 1997 after being designed by famed landscape architect Arthur Hills.  The Ocean Course features a traditional Scottish “links style” format.  The fairways on the course are described as “firm and fast” with wispy natural grasses and trees along the edges of the course.  The par 72, 18-hole course plays at 6,914 yards from the furthest tee.  The tee boxes are formed by Rye Grass and the fairways, rough and greens are Perrnnial Poa Annual.


The Old Course

The Old Course was designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer along with Francis Duane and opened 1973.  Palmer is not only known for his excellent game, but he has designed some of the best courses in golf.  In 1990 Arthur Hills gave the course an update, so some of the greatest minds in course design have had input in the development of the Old Course. The course features a classic American parkland links layout.  The design makes for corridor views of the Pacific ocean.  The par 72, 18-hole championship course plays at 7,001 yards from the furthest tee.  Notable among Half Moon Bay golf courses as well as courses worldwide, the Old Course has one of the most recognized holes in the world. The 18th hole is a 405-yard par four hole that brings players to a bluff providing amazing views of the coast.  You may have seen this course on television, due to the fact that it has hosted a variety of professional tournaments including U.S. Open Qualifiers.


Practice Facility

Along with the two courses, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is also home to a wonderful practice facility, so you can get your game up to par. The 4-acre oceanfront short-game facility has two pitching greens, a practice bunker, a putting green and several pitching tees.  The views from the practice facility are just as breathtaking as those from the course.


When planning your trip to these Half Moon Bay golf courses, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  A local Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is the perfect complement to your adventures on the course.  Our rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with amenities that will renew your energy and your spirits. Find your perfect room to get started planning your getaway today.


Photo courtesy Christopher Michel via Wikimedia Commons.