California Golf Course

3.7798235294 3.8 stars from 5 (37)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6245 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 69.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6245 yards 69.8 120
White 70 5870 yards 69.2 117
Gold 70 4826 yards 63.2 107
Gold (W) 70 4826 yards 68.2 108

The California Golf Course sits on land that slopes gently and offers a nice view of the Ohio River; however, this course ain't just pretty to look at, but laid out to play in a manner that will test seasoned golfers and welcome novices to the friendly golf course where the trees are old growth.

California Golf Course provides 18 holes of par-71 golf over 6,227 yards. A round of golf kicks off on a par-4 hole that plays to 367 yards from the Blue tees. Because this is one of Cincinnati's longer municipal golf courses, power golfers will appreciate the chance to open up their games a bit more, with about a third of the holes measuring over 400 yards from the Blue tees, including a pair of par-5 holes, the second and ninth holes.

As the California Golf Course is a municipal golf course, expect low rates, and those who can swing a round of golf during the workweek can expect them to be even lower.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 37 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
22
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

30 out of 37 reviews


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"Nice place"


u240683155's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens, tee boxes, fairways and employees all great. Only complaint is someone needs to cut the rough. If you're not in the fairway or second cut, it's 5 inches tall. Fire up them mower's more often boys! The course is pretty long and challenging but a fun layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Holiday Surprise"


Dan1656318's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played 18 in 4 hours over Memorial Day weekend, despite playing last 3 holes in 45 minutes

Rangers on the course could improve play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



farney's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005504064's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Old School Course"


Pat5494159's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Fun course. My wife and I played this course after a few days if rain, yet the course was in firm, great shape. Short holes, but lots of variations to the topography. Good risk reward holes. Pace was slow. 2.5 hours on the front. Waiting on every tee. Only 1.5 hrs on the back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good for $"


u7676415's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Good course. Nice layout. Staff was great. It's a public, city course so conditions won't be great but fairways and greens were in good shape and very nice. Tees and rough were not as in good shape but not unexpected. At $27 it was a very good value and was a good day! At full price of $40-$45 (w/ cart) it feels a little overpriced compared to other places nearby you could play and their facilities/conditions. A driving range (or net to warm up into) would be a good addition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Greg9280100's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this well kept CRC course. I was paired with a group that tee'd off around 8AM and was able to get in 18 in just under 5 hours. (We only had to wait on one or two holes).

Course was in great shapes. Greens were just starting to grow back which made them a little tougher to roll true but not the biggest problem in the world. Great round well worth it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This is a municipal course?!?"


onemilmhz's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is by far one of the nicest public courses I've ever played, let alone one managed by the city/county. Price was a little above average but being the 4th I wasn't surprised. Pace was slow, very slow at times, but again, for a holiday that's to be somewhat expected. The conditions and layout are superb! The front is tight and challenging, but the back opens up a bit and scoring opportunities are more available. I'm from Georgia and this course rivals many private clubs I've played in the south. The staff were all very knowledgeable and super friendly. The city should be proud.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


montgomerymw1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Golfers going off 1 and 10. We made the turn and had a 15 minute wait due to backup. Back nine took 2 1/2 hours with no rangers in sight. Half of water dispensers were empty or warm. As with all Cincinnati Rec courses, concessions are overpriced.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Slowest rounds of golf I have ever played"


AaronLunnemann's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course twice this summer. The first time I went out and played as a two-some in the middle of the afternoon. That round took 5.5 to 6 hours. I recently played in a small outing and was there for over 7 hours playing golf! The course was so over booked, my outing was 30 to 40 minutes late starting. The front 9 took us 4.5 hours. The course loves to over book itself. The course is in pretty good shape however the clubhouse needs updating bad. I do not find this course to be worth what they charge for weekend golf of $45. There are MANY better courses around the area for the same price where a 4 hour round of golf won't turn into 6 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Average Course"


pweiler's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was fairly nice and challenging but not worth the $30 a person paid to play the course. Definitely overpriced since it is a CRC course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Dont play this course in the winter."


Zachary8648's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Booked a tee time through a website for a discounted price. only problem is in the winter, after 1pm, they dont let you play 18. they close it down at 5. too bad sundown is 7 in the middle/late february. they dont contact companies like golf 18 network to let them know that there is no 18 hole play after 1. the staff was terrible. A nice golf day in February, course full of people and all they are selling is expired candy and chips at the turn. Man in charge says since their tee sheet was under 40 people when they opened, they werent going to turn on the grill. I get that its winter but their poor customer service now has lead me to never want to play there when its nice. Have to know how to treat customers and clearly they are not capable of that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u000004503488's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course was in great shape over all. But the greens were slow"


u00000824706's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Pace of play was slow . Two older women and older man in front us .took so many swings we waited .10 to 15 minutes on every hole on the front 9. They could of let us go through.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000004503488's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000004503488's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"California Golf Course"


Twest513's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course layout with lots of slope and big greens. Accurate tee and approach shots are key as there are plenty of trees throughout course. Stafff is friendly and cousre is maintained well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000007898195's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked tee time at last minute but had no problem getting on. Played by myself and was able to zip through. Layout is a little short, par 70.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005604939's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"One of the most scenic courses around"


svonluke's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

and we love coming here, but slow play is usually an issue at this course so we only play here maybe 4 or 5 times a year. We were part of a 4 some and until the rain thinned the people out a little, we waited every shot every hole. Front nine was 2 hrs 40 min. Back nine about 2:20. While we waited for our tee off time I noticed twice large gaps coming in on 9, meaning as people were on green and no one on tee yet. Need to utilize rangers to monitor pace of play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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