Imagine driving along the coast of California in the evening sunset after a round of golf on a championship course and on your way to test your skill on the next 18 holes of your journey. For all golfers, it sounds like something to put at the top of your bucket list.

However, it doesn’t have to be a distant dream. Your Golf Travel has selected an adventure that is very much achievable and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

CordeValle Golf Club to Pebble Beach – 58 minutes

Beginning at the award-winning CordeValle Golf Club, experience one of America’s finest courses and host to the PGA Tour Frys.com Open on numerous occasions. A stunning location, set in a valley of tree-covered hills with Santa Cruz Mountains for scenery, CordeValle resort offers luxury golf and accommodation.

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After taking on the meandering fairways and rapid greens, you can take the short one-hour trip along route 101 to Pebble Beach Golf Club.

Stop off along the way at the Fort Ord National Monument. A former Fort Ord military base, it boasts more than 83 miles of trails that can be explored on foot, bike or on horseback.

Pebble Beach has been ranked seventh in Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in America and there’s a reason for it. It will host its sixth U.S. Open in 2019 and it’s the course where land meets with sea. Walk along the cliff top fairways with the Pacific waves crashing underneath and play the majestic holes which the world’s best players have battled against.

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Pebble Beach to Pelican Hill – 6 hours 23 minutes

Once recovered from the warm weather and cooling breeze at Pebble Beach, it’s time to get in the convertible and head to Pelican Hill. You’ll want to take your time as there’s plenty to do along the way. You can either drive through Bakersfield, one of the fastest-growing cities in California and famous for being the birthplace of country music.

Or you can also take the somewhat longer drive along the coast visiting idyllic beaches such as the Avila Beach. Avila being Spanish for spa, there’s ample opportunity to take in hot tubs or two along the way.

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To reach the Pelican Hill resort, the last leg of the journey is through Los Angeles where the activities are endless and well worth a visit, but we’d recommend booking yourself at one of the hottest pool bars in town, The Standard in downtown LA. Voted one of the top ten hotel swimming pools in the world by Travel + Leisure it’s the place to hang out and gawp at the citizens of LA and party all day and/or night.

Just under an hour from L.A you’ll arrive at Pelican Hill with its 54 holes of golf, and three courses, two of which are championship quality. The Ocean North and South Course provide amazing views. The course has built a reputation on it’s beauty with hundreds of colours, rare birds and not forgetting the excellent condition the venue is kept in.

Pelican Hill to Torrey Pines – 1 hour 10 minutes

The last leg of the journey see’s you hug the coastline into San Diego, passing through the likes of Laguna Beach and the city of Encinitas which has bags of character.

There, you can surf at Swami’s which is rated in the top five surf locations in the world and gets a namecheck in The Beach Boys’ classic Surfin’ USA.

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The final stop of the journey is at Torrey Pines, the home to the 2008 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods after his epic battle with Rocco Mediate.

Pines has two courses, although the most famous is the South Course. The third hole is perched on the cliff top overlooking the Pacific coastline, San Diego and La Jolla.

It will be a journey that will be difficult to beat.

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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