Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo, CA

Monarch Dunes – gem of the central coast – is one of my favorite golf courses anywhere. The Pascuzzo and Pate design carves holes through stands of towering Eucalyptus trees and takes full advantage of the natural rolling terrain. The first time I played here was early in the morning the day before my college team tryouts. I walked 18 in thick fog; it was a surreal experience I’ll never forget.

They also have a 12 hole par-3 Challenge Course that’s tons of fun.