Golfing Paso Robles
by Jordan Carson
Paso Robles is San Luis Obispo County’s northernmost destination for all things wine, entertainment and overall indulgence. Whether you come for the local breweries, a relaxing spa vacation or the annual Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles boasts something for everyone. If you are looking for a peaceful day outside in between all of that wine tasting, look no further than the four beautiful golf courses fit for any type of player. For over half the year, the city is cascaded in bright sunshine making these golf courses a player’s dream.
The River Oaks Golf Course, located just off Highway 46 East, is a lovely six-hole golf course designed with the player in mind. More specifically, River Oaks is the first six-hole player development course in the nation benefiting players of all abilities. This unique golf experience is a nice change for any player looking to improve their game by focusing on the angle of approach rather than distance.
The Links Course at Paso Robles appeals to the no-frills, budget friendly golfer and is located just south of The River Oaks Golf Course. This very open course is perfect for an amateur player seeking to work on his game while not having to worry about many hazards such as trees or lakes.
With new owners and $4.5 million in renovations to both the clubhouse and golf course itself, the Paso Robles Golf Club is a course both challenging and fun. The Paso Robles Golf Club is now open to the public, reasonably priced and centrally located on the east side of town near Paso Robles High School. Locals have called this course home for years and love its overall walkability and openness. After your round of golf, don’t forget to grab a bite or relax out on the veranda at the newly renovated Bar and Restaurant.
Looking for something a bit more challenging? Just head down Highway 46 East and stop by Hunter Ranch Golf Course. Nestled amongst the oak trees and rolling hills, Hunter Ranch is Paso Robles premier golfing experience. While Hunter Ranch is on the higher end of the price spectrum, it garners more attention from tourists due to its difficulty and immense amount of character. Golfers and non-golfers can also enjoy a great meal from The Grill with its sweeping views of rolling hills, vineyards and the golf course from inside the restaurant or out on the covered patio.
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional, Paso Robles’ golf experience is like none other. So, take some time away from the wineries and local shopping to bask in the sunlight out amongst the oaks and swing a club or two, you will not be disappointed. In a town of over 30,000 people Paso Robles has enough opportunities for public golf to share.