Golf year round in Northern California’s temperate and evergreen Monterey Bay Area, including Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. Choose from ultra-private country clubs where you’ll need a contact all the way to public U.S. Navy operated fairways. One of the country’s top golfing destinations, the Monterey Bay Area’s golf courses (many of which uncannily resemble the golf homeland, Scotland) are sure to challenge and inspire golfers of all levels.
Monterey-Carmel-BigSur.com Editor’s Pick
Pebble Beach Golf Links is often considered the greatest golf course on the West Coast, if not the greatest golf course in the country. Opened in 1919 and designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach is the St. Andrews of American golf. The history of this Monterey Bay golf course and the people who’ve called this course home over the years could fill volumes. Pebble Beach has been described by many a golfer as simply heaven on earth. But heaven has a price; Pebble Beach is also one of the most expensive rounds of golf on the planet, with green fees of nearly $500 for the public.
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One Old Ranch Road, Carmel CA 93923; Tel. 831.626.2510
This is a Carmel golf resort in the truest sense of the word; if you want play here, you’ve got to stay here. There are worse fates, however. The resort is five-star, and the course is not far behind. An innovative design from architect Pete Dye, the course features massive greens and tight fairways, but who cares about the golf courseÑ the views from the tees and greens are spectacular and the service is what one would expect. Best of all, Carmel Valley Ranch has been offering some pretty cheap deals in recent months.
|1300 Sylvan Road, Monterey CA 93940; Tel. 831.373.2700
One of the four Pebble Beach Courses, Del Monte is the easiest and most affordable. Still, this is a top-notch Monterey golf course as are most tracks in the area. Del Monte is the oldest course in the country west of the Mississippi, first opening in 1897. This Monterey golf course is built on the rolling hills of the Monterey Peninsula and features narrow fairways and mature tree-lined fairways. Green fees are in the $75-$100 range.
|3000 Club Dr., Pebble Beach CA 93953; Tel. 831.372.8141|
|1250 Garden Road, Monterey CA; Tel. 831.656.2167
Public. Formerly as U.S. Navy Course (and still operated by the military), the Monterey Pines Golf Course is now a well-kept and affordable 18-hole Monterey golf course, one of Monterey’s best kept golf deals.
77 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove CA 93950; Tel. 831.648.5775|
Nicknamed “The Poor Man’s Pebble Beach,” this Pacific Grove golf course has a short front nine featuring tight, bending fairways lined by mature Monterey and Cypress pines. Views of the Monterey Bay and Cannery can be seen from most tees. The back nine is a stark contrast, nearly surrounded by the pounding surf of the rocky Pacific Grove shoreline. The long, links-style fairways are separated by playable sand and ice plant. A Golf Digest four-star value course, with green fees in the $25-40 range.
2700 17-mile Dr., Pebble Beach CA 93953; Tel. 408.647.7495|
This is part of the trio of Pebble Beach golf courses that make up the Pebble Beach AT and T Pro Am PGA Tournament, formerly the Bing Crosby Invitational. Imagine one of Scotland’s finest and oldest links-style courses dropped along the rocky shores of Central California. Spanish Bay is a must-play golf destination, a four-and-a-half star course and ranks in the top 50 nationally for service by multiple golf publications. Green fees are in the $100-$215 range.
|3150 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach CA 93953; Tel. 831.624.6444
Private. Must be accompanied by member to appreciate this fantasy land of green greens, cypress trees and ocean plays.
Spyglass Hill Rd. and Stevenson Dr., Pebble Beach CA 93953; Tel. 831.625.8563|
The third of the Pebble Beach dynasty, Spyglass draws its name from the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, “Treasure Island.” A unique combination of ocean and forest, Spyglass is widely considered the toughest golf course in California. A must-play course, and winner of extensive awards and accolades, Spyglass plays host to the AT and T, as well as state and national Amateur championship tournaments. Green fees are in the $195-$255 range.
3200 Lopez Rd., Pebble Beach CA 93953|
This 17-mile drive Pebble Beach golf course is considered the best value of the Pebble Beach four- to five-star courses. This Robert Trent Jones II design opened in 1986, situated in the rolling hills of the coastal forest. Green fees are in the $40-$75 range.
P.O. Box 22590, Carmel CA 93922; Tel. 831.624.6635|
This Carmel golf club nestled back into the Carmel Valley features two 18-hole courses, each of the quality one might expect from one of the countries top golf regions. The West course (par-71, 6,349 yards) is considered the more difficult of the two, but the East (par-71, 6,109 yards) has its challenges as well, intersected by the Carmel River. Green fees are steep, $65-$80 not including cart, but the course is known for its special rates and coupons.
8000 Valley Greens Dr., Carmel CA 93923; Tel. 831.620.8808|
Fancy is the best word to describe this posh Carmel golf course, about as nice as it gets anywhere. The California Women’s Amateur Tournament is held here every year. It’s tough from the backs, 6,515 yards, but from the regular and back tees average golfers can have a good time on this tight track with postage stamp greens. Resort prices are the norm, varying from season to season and course availability. Definitely inquire with as much advance as possible.
100 Pasadera Dr., Monterey CA 93940; Tel. 831.333.9590|
This Jack Nicklaus signature Monterey golf course is a semi-private facility. The Monterey golf course is built into the Oak Tree covered hills of the peninsula and features elevation drop-offs and multi-tiered greens. Green fees for the public (when permitted), are upwards of $175.
10520 York Rd., Monterey CA 93940; Tel. 831.373.3701|
This Monterey golf course has the reputation of having the best weather of all the Monterey area courses, year-round. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and opening in 1970, this Monterey golf course utilizes the natural elevation changes of the surrounding hills as a template for its tee to green hole designs. Green fees are cheap for the area, at around $65.
7145 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel CA 93923; Tel. 831.624.5549|
This brand new ultra-private Carmel golf course is said to be the toughest on the Monterey Peninsula. The course is owned by, among other people, Clint Eastwood. The Jay Morrish design measures just 6,520 yards from the black tees, yet the Scottish style bunkers and natural elevation changes play havoc with anyone’s game.
One McCLure Way, Seaside CA 93955; Tel. 831.899.7271|
On the grounds of the former Fort Ord Military base, these Monterey Bay golf courses opened to the public completely after the base’s closure. Both tracks are considered PGA quality and PGA difficult. Featuring forest and ocean views, narrow, long fairways and slick, sloping greens. Green fees are in the $75-$95 range.
|The San Jose area boasts a full range of top flight golf courses, including the Coyote Creek Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course, and Cinnabar Hills Golf Club. There are also excellent 18-hole courses at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Pruneridge Golf Club, Santa Teresa Golf Club and San Jose Municipal Golf Course. more»»|