Just a half-hour's scenic drive from The Olympic Club in San Francisco––site of the 2012 US Open Championship this June––The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is one of most conveniently located luxury properties near the tournament (crowds and traffic will be monumental).
The resort hotel is offering door-to- door car service to the event, and unlimited golf on the adjacent, seaside Half Moon Bay Golf Links. The US Open Package could be a once-in-lifetime gift to golf lovers, and for anyone who wants to treat their hubbie, dad or granddad to the Father's Day of his life! (final round is played on Father's Day)
- 5-star-rated, coastal view accommodations
- Daily breakfast for 2
- Valet parking, resort fee
- Daily roundtrip sedan service for 2 to and from the Olympic Club
- Unlimited golf for 2 after 5 pm at Half Moon Bay Golf Links
- Available June 11-17, 2012
- From $1420 per night (US Open Championship tickets sold separately)
A 261-room destination spa and golf hotel, a rambling, Shingle-style lodge reminiscent of the grand, eastern seaboard hostelries of the 19th century, the Ritz rides in glory atop a bluff overlooking 50 miles of rugged California coastline. Big stone fireplaces are often ablaze in the rather formal public rooms, all with stunning ocean views. English antiques, Portuguese ceramics and tapestries, and a notable collection of oil paintings and watercolors recall the 1800s, when the seacoast was settled by Portuguese shipbuilders. Tea is taken among the potted palms in the light-filled conservatory. Most guest rooms have fireplaces and comfy window seats.
Nature and the sea take the lead on the Half Moon Bay Ocean Course, a Scottish links-style layout with spectacular ocean views from every hole. Native grasses, low hollows and mounds, an absence of trees, and those constant sea breezes, call for the irons. Crashing waves create a soft curtain of sound on the finishing holes. 16 plays along the shore down a 350-yard slope, leveling off for a view of miles of coastline. The short 17th has no fairway, carrying over a yawning crevasse and a plunging waterfall to a putting surface with sound effects––barking sea lions. The boomerang-shaped, par-four 18th is right on the edge of the cliff. You shoot uphill, then down a fairway dotted with bunkers and grassy knobs, to a huge green laid on a windy plateau, requiring dead aim if you plan to avoid the sucking gorse.
A longer, yet less demanding layout, the Monterey pine and cypress tree-lined Half Moon Bay Old Course is an Arnold Palmer-Frank Duane-designed beauty with some narrow chutes, and gently mounded fairways crossed by wetlands, riparian areas and small lakes.
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel and writes about Deep Culture Travel. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.