Best View - 2012
Black Gold Golf Club's 12th-Hole Tee Box
It's going to cost more than a few ducats to marvel at this view, but if you're a golfer, there's no better panoramic vista than the highest tee in Orange County. You're staring southwest, directly at Huntington Beach, and nearly all of Orange County northwest of Newport Beach sprawls before you, along with Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. At some 725 feet above sea level, the vista is a midget compared to Saddleback Mountain's 5,689 feet, but last time we checked, Saddleback Mountain's hiking trail couldn't be traversed with a golf cart. Black Gold's green fees top out around $100, but if you tee up later in the day, the rates drop by nearly half.