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Bring your Frisbee® and your friends along to enjoy a fun and relaxing round of disc golf at one of the County's newest courses. [post_title] => Disc Golf ~ Sea Pines Golf Resort [post_excerpt] => Sea Pines Golf Resort brings new meaning to golfing by offering disc golf at their beautiful Los Osos location.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => disc-golf-sea-pines-golf-resort [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/disc-golf-sea-pines-golf-resort/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97383 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:53 [post_content] => Footgolf, the popular new game for soccer fans, is now available at the beautiful Sea Pines Golf Resort. Players test their skills by teeing off on a traditional golf course and - counting their kicks as shots - try to get the ball into the cup in as few shots as possible. [post_title] => Footgolf ~ Sea Pines Golf Resort [post_excerpt] => Footgolf, the popular new game for soccer fans, is now available at the beautiful Sea Pines Golf Resort.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => footgolf-sea-pines-golf-resort [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/footgolf-sea-pines-golf-resort/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97465 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:43 [post_content] => The Central Coast Golf Trail...Where it is always a perfect time to golf in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and the Morro Bay region! The Central Coast Golf Trail, situated in and around San Luis Obispo, California halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, offers a year-round Mediterranean climate, which is perfect for playing golf during any season. On any given day you can have your option of playing golf on the Central Coast in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Morro Bay with the coastal breezes off of the Pacific Ocean, or in Paso Robles under the warm sun of the Central Coast Wine Country. [post_title] => Central Coast Golf Trail [post_excerpt] => The Central Coast Golf Trail...Where it is always a perfect time to golf in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and the Morro Bay region! 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The Bermuda fairways are tight and the gently undulating Bent Grass greens will put the steadiest stroke to the test. The course includes many water hazards and bunkers. The par 71 course rises and falls 300 feet twice, offering enchanting views of the surrounding El Chorro Valley. Dairy Creek is considered one of the most challenging courses in the area.  

The course sits amongst rolling hills below majestic Hollister Peak. Pennington Creek meanders through the front nine and Dairy Creek through the back. The Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary course adheres to environmentally sensitive mandate and operates in harmony with it’s natural surroundings. Birds of prey, wild turkeys, deer and other wild life abound.

Dairy Creek is the newest of the County owned golf courses and has a new pro shop, snack bar and a restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch 365 days a year. Fairways at Dairy Creek's banquet room is large and a favorite for tournament celebrations.  
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Mature cypress trees, lush green fairways and cool fresh ocean air make Cypress Ridge a golfer's paradise. This is a classic course you'll keep thinking about long after you've played this treasure. [post_title] => Cypress Ridge Golf Club [post_excerpt] => Come experience the way golf should be at Cypress Ridge on California's spectacular Central Coast. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cypress-ridge-golf-club [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/cypress-ridge-golf-club/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97150 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:27 [post_content] => Discover 

The Avila Beach Golf Resort is the most well known of the Central Coast Golf Courses. Located 3 miles off Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, nestled in the surrounding hills and on the bay, the resort includes a par 71, 6500-yard championship course. The front nine is situated within oak-lined valleys. The back nine transverses a tidal estuary. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the challenge of this scenic course.

Experience

World-class facilities and service are the standard at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. From the meticulously groomed fairways and greens, to our attentive customer service, your experience at the Avila Beach Golf Resort will be unparalleled.

Located on one of the most beautiful settings on the Central Coast, The Grill restaurant offers casual, comfortable fine dining along with a full bar. Whether you’re playing golf or just want to enjoy the ocean views, come enjoy a delicious lunch. Then once the sun sets join us for an incredible dining experience. The Grill makes any night a special occasion.
 
Open Daily for lunch and dinner
 
Call 805-595-4001 to make reservations for visit:  www.avilabeachresort.com
 

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Download the map here for a list of Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley activities. For visitors looking to add a bit of "doing good and feeling good" to their visit, the list of Stewardship activities in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley can be viewed here. 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Highlights along the route include scenic trails, tide pools, Sea Pines golf course, an audubon lookout, and a botanical garden. Visitors are sure to discover that it's a memorable California destination for visitors seeking natural beauty, abundant outdoor activities, and an "off the path" experience. Download the Los Osos and Baywood map or for those looking to make a difference while on vacation, check out the list of Stewardship activities here. 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Along the way you'll see the Oceano Lagoon and Historic Train Depot, make a visit to the Great American Melodrama for a live show, take a horseback ride on the beach, view butterflies in their native habitat, or even enjoy a round of golf. You can download the map here, and if you're looking to make a difference while on vacation, check out Stewardship activities in Oceano here. 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Monarch Dunes features both the award-winning championship "Old Course" as well as the newly opened 12-hole Challenge Course, both designed by Damian Pascuzzo & Steve Pate. Both courses were uniquely created to test your skills and tempt your senses. Monarch Dunes is part of The Woodlands, a master-planned resort and Trilogy residential community which is surrounded by windswept dunes, eucalyptus trees, coastal vistas and amber-colored hillsides. Monarch Dunes Golf Club is reminiscent of the true links-style courses found in Scotland and a "must-play" for those who seek a challenging, yet amiable, unspoiled golf adventure. Journey through central California’s coastal highlands and discover the evolving conditions and natural beauty that inspire an unforgettable golf experience... one that calls you back time and again. 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Monarch Butterfly Groves

What’s orange and black and flutters all over? Western Monarch butterflies, of course! These jewel-toned beauties migrate twice per year, like birds. Many other butterfly species are hardy enough to weather a chilly winter, but Monarchs can’t survive in cold northern climes. To warm their wings, they overwinter in a favorite Monarch butterfly grove along the Highway 1 Discovery Route each year between October and February. During the winter, clusters of orange wings cover the trees in Monarch butterfly groves in Pismo Beach, Nipomo, Los Osos and Morro Bay. (Researchers have counted up to 230,000 Monarch butterflies in a single season at the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove.) As the weather warms in spring, the butterflies begin migrating north. Western Monarchs can travel over 1,000 miles to reach their next migration point. Western Monarchs live west of the Rockies and migrate up and down the West Coast, between southern Canada and San Diego. Eastern Monarchs, on the other hand, live east of the Rocky Mountains and migrate south each winter to Mexico. A sunny winter day offers ideal conditions to see Monarch butterflies along Highway 1. Monarch butterflies become active when the sun hits their wings. Appropriately enough, mating season reaches its peak near Valentine’s Day ― an animated time at Monarch butterfly groves, indeed! Prepare for a spectacular natural show by bringing water, sunscreen, a jacket, binoculars and comfortable shoes.

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

One of the largest Monarch butterfly colonies in North America, the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove sees thousands of butterflies annually. During the winter season, Monarchs cluster in the branches of a stand of eucalyptus trees in Pismo State Beach. These Pismo Beach Monarchs live six months ― nearly five months longer than the lifespan of the common Monarch butterfly. Experts believe this is due to a fat-storing system unique to these migrants. In addition to butterfly visitors, the grove welcomes people from across the West to witness these majestic creatures in the trees. Throughout the season, trained docents lead daily talks and offer insight into the Western Monarch butterfly life cycle. Volunteers also offer powerful telescopes for seeing Monarchs high in the trees.

How to get to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

From the north: From Southbound Highway 101, take exit 190B for Hinds Ave/Price Cyn Rd. Head southeast on Price St toward Hinds Ave. Turn right at the second cross street onto Stimson Ave. Turn left at the first cross street onto CA-1 S/Dolliver St and continue for 0.8 miles. The grove will be on your right just past the North Beach State Campground. From the south: From Northbound Highway 101, take exit 190 for Price St/Hinds Ave. Turn left onto Ocean View Ave, then turn left onto CA-1 S/Dolliver St. Continue for 0.8 miles. The grove will be on your right just past the North Beach State Campground.

When to visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove

The grove is open from late October through the month of February from 10 am to 4 pm. The area provides picnic tables, a restroom, and a gift shop selling books, toys, and butterfly-related items.

Docent tours at the Monarch Butterfly Grove

Trained docents provide free daily talks at 11 am and 2 pm, weather permitting.

Monarch Dunes Butterfly Grove in Nipomo

In Nipomo, the nineteen-acre Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat became a preserved sanctuary in 2006. This grove of blue gum eucalyptus trees has been home to as many as 60,000 Monarch butterflies during winter seasons. An endowment secures management and protection of this precious habitat as a permanent Monarch butterfly migration point for years to come. High winds had historically caused numbers of Monarchs to decrease. An advisory group has planted Monterey cypress trees on the borders of the habitat, though, as a wind buffer for Monarchs. Grove conditions continue to improve, with numbers of overwintering Monarch butterflies increasing annually.

Golf courses

The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat sits at the heart of the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes resort community ― also home to two destination golf courses. Try the championship ‘Old Course” or the newest 12-hole Challenge Course designed by Steve Pate and Damian Pascuzzo.Monarch Dunes Golf Club offers private instruction, as well as dining options on-site.

Volunteer-led tours

The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat offers docent-led tours throughout the winter season. For a list of upcoming talks, contact volunteers at the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat.

Monarch Butterfly Groves in Los Osos

Home to two Monarch butterfly groves, Los Osos offers just the sort of habitat Monarchs prefer: a temperate coastal climate and access to nectar.

Monarch Grove Natural Area in Los Osos

With 18 acres at the end of Monarch Lane in Los Osos, the Monarch Grove Natural Area offers plenty of habitat. With the help of a retired Cal Poly biology professor, this Monarch butterfly habitat is becoming a more welcoming site for Monarchs. The Monarch Grove Natural Area can be found in the Monarch Grove Homes development just off Pecho Valley Road. From Los Osos Valley Road, turn right on Monarch Lane, just where the road forks left toward Montaña de Oro State Park. Turn right on Del Norte to the Sea Pines Golf Course. Park at the golf course and follow signs to the Monarch Grove Natural Area.

Sea Pines Golf Course

Close to the natural area, enjoy a nine-hole executive course, disc golf course, and footgolf course at Sea Pines Golf Resort. The Central Coast’s only hotel directly on a golf course, Sea Pines offers a driving range, practice area, and dining options. Views of coastal dunes and wildlife also make this course special.

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos

Located on the Morro Bay estuary, this natural preserve has been managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society since 1989. The 24-acre preserve acts as home to clusters of Monarch butterflies from late October to March. Follow trails through Monterey Cypress and eucalyptus trees and alongside freshwater ponds. In addition to Monarch butterflies, many shorebirds winter here. To get to the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve from Highway 1,take the South Bay Blvd. exit just east of Morro Bay. Continue on South Bay Boulevard to Santa Ysabel Avenue and turn right. Turn left at 7th Street and right onto Ramona Avenue. The site is located on the right (north) side of Ramona Avenue. A prominent sign shows the entrance to the trails.

Morro Bay Golf Course Monarch Butterfly Grove

At the center of Morro Bay Golf Course, a grove of eucalyptus trees offers its branches for migrating Monarch butterflies. In fact, this Monarch habitat has been known to receive butterflies early ― as early as August, some years. What’s more, the beautiful Monarchs tend to land low on the branches, making them extremely easy for viewers to see. To reach the Morro Bay Golf Course Butterfly Grove, from Highway 1, take exit 277 toward Los Osos/Baywood Park and turn right onto South Bay Boulevard. Turn right onto Park View Road/State Park Road and stay on Park View Dr. Follow signs to Morro Bay Golf Course.

Tour info

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Monarch Butterfly Groves

What’s orange and black and flutters all over? Western Monarch butterflies, of course! These jewel-toned beauties migrate twice per year, like birds. Many other butterfly species are hardy enough to weather a chilly winter, but Monarchs can’t survive in cold northern climes. To warm their wings, they overwinter in a favorite Monarch butterfly grove along the Highway 1 Discovery Route each year between October and February. During the winter, clusters of orange wings cover the trees in Monarch butterfly groves in Pismo Beach, Nipomo, Los Osos and Morro Bay. (Researchers have counted up to 230,000 Monarch butterflies in a single season at the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove.) As the weather warms in spring, the butterflies begin migrating north. Western Monarchs can travel over 1,000 miles to reach their next migration point. Western Monarchs live west of the Rockies and migrate up and down the West Coast, between southern Canada and San Diego. Eastern Monarchs, on the other hand, live east of the Rocky Mountains and migrate south each winter to Mexico. A sunny winter day offers ideal conditions to see Monarch butterflies along Highway 1. Monarch butterflies become active when the sun hits their wings. Appropriately enough, mating season reaches its peak near Valentine’s Day ― an animated time at Monarch butterfly groves, indeed! Prepare for a spectacular natural show by bringing water, sunscreen, a jacket, binoculars and comfortable shoes.

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

One of the largest Monarch butterfly colonies in North America, the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove sees thousands of butterflies annually. During the winter season, Monarchs cluster in the branches of a stand of eucalyptus trees in Pismo State Beach. These Pismo Beach Monarchs live six months ― nearly five months longer than the lifespan of the common Monarch butterfly. Experts believe this is due to a fat-storing system unique to these migrants. In addition to butterfly visitors, the grove welcomes people from across the West to witness these majestic creatures in the trees. Throughout the season, trained docents lead daily talks and offer insight into the Western Monarch butterfly life cycle. Volunteers also offer powerful telescopes for seeing Monarchs high in the trees.

How to get to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

From the north: From Southbound Highway 101, take exit 190B for Hinds Ave/Price Cyn Rd. Head southeast on Price St toward Hinds Ave. Turn right at the second cross street onto Stimson Ave. Turn left at the first cross street onto CA-1 S/Dolliver St and continue for 0.8 miles. The grove will be on your right just past the North Beach State Campground. From the south: From Northbound Highway 101, take exit 190 for Price St/Hinds Ave. Turn left onto Ocean View Ave, then turn left onto CA-1 S/Dolliver St. Continue for 0.8 miles. The grove will be on your right just past the North Beach State Campground.

When to visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove

The grove is open from late October through the month of February from 10 am to 4 pm. The area provides picnic tables, a restroom, and a gift shop selling books, toys, and butterfly-related items.

Docent tours at the Monarch Butterfly Grove

Trained docents provide free daily talks at 11 am and 2 pm, weather permitting.

Monarch Dunes Butterfly Grove in Nipomo

In Nipomo, the nineteen-acre Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat became a preserved sanctuary in 2006. This grove of blue gum eucalyptus trees has been home to as many as 60,000 Monarch butterflies during winter seasons. An endowment secures management and protection of this precious habitat as a permanent Monarch butterfly migration point for years to come. High winds had historically caused numbers of Monarchs to decrease. An advisory group has planted Monterey cypress trees on the borders of the habitat, though, as a wind buffer for Monarchs. Grove conditions continue to improve, with numbers of overwintering Monarch butterflies increasing annually.

Golf courses

The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat sits at the heart of the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes resort community ― also home to two destination golf courses. Try the championship ‘Old Course” or the newest 12-hole Challenge Course designed by Steve Pate and Damian Pascuzzo.Monarch Dunes Golf Club offers private instruction, as well as dining options on-site.

Volunteer-led tours

The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat offers docent-led tours throughout the winter season. For a list of upcoming talks, contact volunteers at the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat.

Monarch Butterfly Groves in Los Osos

Home to two Monarch butterfly groves, Los Osos offers just the sort of habitat Monarchs prefer: a temperate coastal climate and access to nectar.

Monarch Grove Natural Area in Los Osos

With 18 acres at the end of Monarch Lane in Los Osos, the Monarch Grove Natural Area offers plenty of habitat. With the help of a retired Cal Poly biology professor, this Monarch butterfly habitat is becoming a more welcoming site for Monarchs. The Monarch Grove Natural Area can be found in the Monarch Grove Homes development just off Pecho Valley Road. From Los Osos Valley Road, turn right on Monarch Lane, just where the road forks left toward Montaña de Oro State Park. Turn right on Del Norte to the Sea Pines Golf Course. Park at the golf course and follow signs to the Monarch Grove Natural Area.

Sea Pines Golf Course

Close to the natural area, enjoy a nine-hole executive course, disc golf course, and footgolf course at Sea Pines Golf Resort. The Central Coast’s only hotel directly on a golf course, Sea Pines offers a driving range, practice area, and dining options. Views of coastal dunes and wildlife also make this course special.

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos

Located on the Morro Bay estuary, this natural preserve has been managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society since 1989. The 24-acre preserve acts as home to clusters of Monarch butterflies from late October to March. Follow trails through Monterey Cypress and eucalyptus trees and alongside freshwater ponds. In addition to Monarch butterflies, many shorebirds winter here. To get to the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve from Highway 1,take the South Bay Blvd. exit just east of Morro Bay. Continue on South Bay Boulevard to Santa Ysabel Avenue and turn right. Turn left at 7th Street and right onto Ramona Avenue. The site is located on the right (north) side of Ramona Avenue. A prominent sign shows the entrance to the trails.

Morro Bay Golf Course Monarch Butterfly Grove

At the center of Morro Bay Golf Course, a grove of eucalyptus trees offers its branches for migrating Monarch butterflies. In fact, this Monarch habitat has been known to receive butterflies early ― as early as August, some years. What’s more, the beautiful Monarchs tend to land low on the branches, making them extremely easy for viewers to see. To reach the Morro Bay Golf Course Butterfly Grove, from Highway 1, take exit 277 toward Los Osos/Baywood Park and turn right onto South Bay Boulevard. Turn right onto Park View Road/State Park Road and stay on Park View Dr. Follow signs to Morro Bay Golf Course.

Tour info

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