Best Golf Course Orange County 2009 - Coyote Hills Golf Course
1440 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835
Readers' Choice: Pelican Hill
Let's just get this out of the way: The place is pricey at $100 per round on weekdays. But there comes a time in every golfer's life when you must avoid the army of hacks on the munis, when you want to be pampered by an attentive clubhouse staff (as opposed to having cigar smoke blown in your face by a grumpy starter), when your boss is picking up the tab. It is for times like these that you escape to Coyote Hills, which boasts unmatched views, a challenging course designed by the late, great Payne Stewart (there's a statue of him out front) and one of the most picturesque holes in all of Orange County: the par-4, 403-yard seventh, with a tee box that represents the highest point in Fullerton. It is said that on a clear day, the "Hollywood" sign is visible from this perch. If you're a slicer or a hooker, you'll find yourself with less time to drink that in than you will looking for your lost balls, as accuracy is required off the tees. Speaking of tees, the par-70 layout has five sets of them, playing 6,510 yards from the tips. After your good walk is spoiled—actually, it's more likely you'll be riding in one of the carts with a full-color GPS device—you'll be greeted by the same friendly staff who will make you feel good about having previously handed them a Benjamin. They'll be the ones politely pointing you to the 19th hole, where you can drown your sorrows while marveling at the view.