Choose from five magnificent public golf courses with ocean and mountain views. This retreat is just an hour north of Los Angeles, but feels a million miles away, especially when paired with local pubs and restaurant offerings.
Get into town early for a hearty breakfast at Pete’s Breakfast House Restaurant, known for its buttermilk pancakes and homemade strawberry jam.
Take in a morning round of golf at Olivas Links, an 18-hole championship golf facility designed by Forrest Richardson. Voted the “Best Municipal Golf Course in the Nation” for the last three years by Golf Week, this 6,818-yard course features a rolling links-style layout defined by seaside grasses and natural habitat.
You could also choose to play at the adjoining course, Buenaventura. At just over 6,000 yards to a par of 70, it emphasizes course management and is a shot maker’s delight. With classic 1930s-era shapes and designs, the course is a step back in time.
For lunch, relax at the Aqua Beachfront Bar in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. As the name implies, it’s right on the beach.
The afternoon is yours to catch some sun on the sand or maybe rent a bike for a ride along the beach bike path. In the evening, go to the Greek at the Harbor for the finest Mediterranean food. Then, catch a standup routine at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club.
Another early day begins with breakfast at Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut, about a block from the beach in Oxnard.
Off to River Ridge Golf Course. Well, It’s actually two 18-hole courses. The Vineyard offers magnificent ocean panoramic views, and Victoria Lakes boasts beautiful water features, bent/poa grass greens and Greg Norman hybrid Bermuda tees and fairways.
A perfect side trip after golf is the Mullin Automotive Museum. This museum celebrates the Art Deco movement in motoring design where you can see award-winning Bugattis, Voisins, Dealges and other French cars from the 1920s to 40s. It’s open two Saturdays a month, so plan ahead.
In the evening, Mexican seafood and tasty margaritas are on the menu at Fisherman’s Catch.
It’s time to golf in Camarillo! Sterling Hills is surrounded by lush avocado and citrus groves. This 18-hole championship golf course includes natural features that take advantage of the natural topography.
Camarillo Springs is at the base of Conejo Mountain just off the 101 freeway. Designed by Ted Robinson, its views include towering rock formations and gentle natural springs.
Before heading home, top off your golfing adventure with a “blarney burger” and one of 14 beers on tap at Brendan’s Irish Pub in Camarillo. This pub is operated by two Irishmen who have created a setting comparable to the best pubs in Ireland.