A championship seaside golf course with stunning views, the Avila Beach Golf Resort is a must-visit for any golfer. The course is conveniently located in charming Avila Beach, set between a vibrant estuary and the ocean. Though it’s known for its challenging 18-hole course, Avila Beach Golf Resort also serves as an elegant, multi-use event space. Find concerts, weddings, food festivals, holiday fairs and more at this popular and picturesque venue.
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Avila Course Overview
Opened in 1969, the Avila Beach Golf Resort was designed by PGA pro Olin Dutra and British course architect, Desmond Muirhead. Today, the 71-par championship course comprises 6,500 yards on kikuyu grass fairways and bentgrass greens. Situated on hilly terrain in an oak-lined valley, the front nine boasts small, smooth greens. The back nine crosses a peaceful estuary with plenty of forced carries over water and greens of mixed levels.
Beyond the 18-hole course, the Avila Beach Golf Resort offers practice facilities including a driving range with grass teeing areas, open dawn to dusk. Golfers can also practice chipping, putting and pitching on the golf resort’s two-tier putting green, framed by a scenic view of the ocean.
Pro-Shop & Private Lessons
Visit the Avila Beach Resort pro shop for a wide variety of golf apparel for men, women, and youth. Find branded items including hats, visors, bags, shirts, golf balls, towels, and tags to support your game. Gift certificates can also be purchased (in-person and online) to apply toward merchandise, green fees, lessons, and memberships.
For players seeking quality golf instruction, the Avila Beach Golf Resort’s PGA pro teachers provide group and private lessons by appointment. Golfers of all skill levels have their choice of programs, from individual instruction to group and corporate clinics, junior lessons, and multi-day packages.
Eat at Mulligan’s
An Avila Beach favorite, Mulligan’s Bar & Grill serves breakfast and lunch, along with a daily happy hour. Fuel up on classic dishes like egg sandwiches and Cobb salad, or try new fresh favorites like avocado toast or a chicken Caesar wrap. Happy hour includes pub snacks like soft pretzels with cheese and fried pickles, plus beer, wine and cocktails. And for that special event coming up, consider using Mulligan’s facilities for weddings, reunions and more.
Avila Beach Golf Resort Video
Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove
Annual Avila Blues Festival
Held every Memorial Day weekend, the Avila Beach Blues Festival has brought top-billing entertainment to the Central Coast since 1993. The longest running and largest blues festival in the region, the Avila Beach Blues Festival is the party of the year, with an ocean view. Past headliners include Buddy Guy, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, George Thorogood and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Tickets for this rain-or-shine event include VIP and Beach Club Balcony options, as well as table seating and general admission lawn tickets. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase, catered by Mulligan’s Bar & Grill. Bring a low-back chair and enjoy complimentary parking with your ticket purchase. A portion of all ticket proceeds goes to local charity.
Food & Drink Festivals
The event space at the Avila Beach Golf Resort hosts multiple food and drink festivals throughout the year. The annual Avila Beach Tequila Festival features tastings of over 50 tequilas, mezcals and Mexican beer brands, plus appetizers and live music. The Macaroni & Cheese Festival offers mac and cheese tastings from local chefs, plus beer, wine, and live entertainment. And the annual Avila Beach Oktoberfest celebration brings German beer, food, music and a popular costume contest to the Avila Beach Golf Resort each year.
Avila Beach Wedding Venue
Looking for the perfect wedding venue by the sea? The Avila Beach Golf Resort hosts weddings of all sizes, from intimate affairs to big, boisterous celebrations. Here, the sounds of waves on the beach, sea birds, and a coastal breeze through the trees make a picturesque backdrop for any “I do.” Enjoy indoor and outdoor options, including the most popular selection: a beachfront ceremony, Beach Club cocktail hour and reception beneath romantic string lights.
Guests will enjoy a getaway to this oceanfront setting, set along the curve of San Luis Bay. Toast s’mores at the fire pits, dance on the lawn, and maybe even take a moonlight dip into the waves. Tour the spacious property with your photographer in a six-seated golf cart for the perfect photo. Enjoy proximity to plenty of lodging within walking distance for your guests. And when the reception ends? Grab a nightcap at Avila Beach’s local bar, Mr. Rick’s, to keep the party going.
Other Courses Near Highway 1
The spacious beauty of Nipomo provides a home for two remarkable golf courses. At Blacklake Golf Course, enjoy a relaxed vibe and unique 27-hole course layout, plus practice facilities, instruction, and a bar and grill. Monarch Dunes Golf Course is an award-winning pair of courses designed in the style of a Scottish links course, plus a driving range and restaurant.
Cypress Ridge Golf Course
This award-winning golf course is set amidst stately cypress trees with manicured fairways and greens, cooled by coastal breezes. Named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest, Cypress Ridge is a Peter Jacobsen Signature course. Enjoy the natural scenery, as well as practice facilities, a thoughtfully-designed event venue, and a seasonal Music on the Mesa concert series.
Sea Pines Golf Resort
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Osos, Sea Pines Golf Resort is a scenic course with views of Morro Rock in the distance. Enjoy short wait times, challenging holes and well-kept grounds on this executive-style 9-hole course. The resort is also home to disc golf and footgolf courses, as well as a pro shop, bar and grill, and seasonal concerts on the green.