We live in Orange County mostly for one reason: the weather! It is a perfect place where the temperature is usually perfect and the skies are blue and clear. And what better way to take advantage of that beautiful weather than hitting the links? Here are the top 3 golf courses around Irvine.

Strawberry Farms Golf Club

With varied terrain that guides the player through wetlands and canyons, Strawberry Farms has an environment that keeps the golfer wondering what the next hole will bring. The course is a true orange county gem that was designed by former Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces. The gently sloping fairways offer a setting that will challenge regular golfers, while not intimidating newcomers to the game. Plus, with the course sitting among real strawberry patches, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a sweeter smelling course!

Oak Creek

Oak Creek presents a slightly more ambitious challenge, with tighter fairways and more wooded areas and water hazards to devour any stray shots. But those trees and water make it a truly beautiful course to explore. A lush, green, relaxing round ends at the 19th hole set in a large Spanish Villa style clubhouse. And if you want to squeeze in a bucket of balls at the range but feel it might be too late, don’t worry; the range is lit so you can swing away into the late evening.

Pelican Hill

This one is an honorable mention since it is not really in Irvine, but over on the coast next to Crystal Cove State Park. But Pelican Hill is absolutely beautiful land worth the short drive. With several holes clinging to the ocean, you will find the most stunning views of the coastline here. The course is a feature of a massive, sprawling resort with tons of picturesque spots to explore. After your game, enjoy a massage at the spa or dinner at one of the many incredible on-site restaurants.

Whether you are a golf novice or an old duffer from way back, you are sure to find a course that is fun and challenging in Irvine. Golf can seem like an unattainable pastime for some, as courses can get pricey, but there are usually discount options available on sites like golfnow.com or teeoff.com. So grab your clubs, make sure to apply sunscreen, and get out on the course!