Best Golf Course Orange County 2013 - Meadowlark Golf Course
16782 Graham St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
According to the august Golf Digest, the best Orange County golf course is Shady Canyon in Irvine. Beats us if that is true because that course is private, and even if we could afford to, we wouldn't belong to a club that would have us as a member. The next best, according to the bible of golf, is the Ocean Course at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, which got our Best Of nod in 2012. But those links may as well be private because playing 18 holes will set you back $290 (knocked down to $275 if you are staying at the resort). So screw Golf Digest. As we do when figuring out which club to hit over or under (or through) tree branches, we're going with our gut. And that brings us to a place where we always have a good time (if not a good round), Meadowlark. Designed by William P. Bell and opened in 1928 (making it one of Orange County's oldest), the 5,609-yard, par-70 course does get a lot of play and can be oh-so-slow when crowded. But for a municipal, it is extremely well-maintained, and the water hazards challenge even the best players. Green fees are a reasonable $33 if you're walking and $47 if you're riding.