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Old Del Monte Monterey
Address: 1300 Sylvan Road Monterey, Ca. 93940 Phone: 831-373-2700 Website:
It has been a very long time since I have played Old Del Monte. There is a lot of history here which stats with the fact that it is supposedly the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. The course is the smallest and most economical to play of the courses owned by the Pebble Beach Corporation. I have only played the course once so I don't remember much about it. I do remember that the fairways are pretty tight and the greens are small as with most older golf courses. It is very playable and always in great shape. Yes, there are trees-mature tall cypress and pine trees that line the fairways. I do remember it was a sporty golf course an a lot of fun to play.
Blue 6375 YRDS. Rating 71.6 Slope 131: White 6085 YRDS. Men Rating 70.4 Slope 132 Women Rating 76.0 Slope 132: Red 5435 YRDS. Men Rating 66.8 Slope 123 Women Rating 72.5 Slope 123
Green Fees: $40-$110 Plus Cart
Poppy hills golf course pebble beach
Address: 3200 Lopez Road Pebble Beach, Ca. 93953 Phone: 831-622-8239 Website:
First off, Poppy Hills is on the 17 Mile Drive but it is not on the ocean like Pebble Beach or Spyglass Hill. It is up in the hills above the ocean and there is really only one play on the course that you can see the ocean. Don't let that keep you away though. This is golf at its finest. The course is the headquarters for The Northern California Golf Association and was the first golf course owned by a State Golf Organization. A few holes on the course were redone just recently to soften it a bit and also make it more water use efficient. Its a tough course, but I like it. There is water and of course-you are in a forest naturally-tall mature trees. The greens are generous but FAST. If you can get on-its kind of hard because there always is some sort of NCGA tournament happening-it is well worth hit but bring your "A" game because you are going to need it.
tees: Par 71
4 Poppies 6872 YRDS. Men Rating 73.0 Slope 140 Women Rating 78.5 Slope 146: 3 Poppies 6501 YRDS. Men Rating 71.2 Slope 135 Women Rating 76.3 Slope 142: 2 Poppies 6010 YRDS. Men Rating 68.6 Slope 131 Women 73.7 Slope 135: 1 Poppy 5415 YRDS. Men Rating 66.0 Slope 125 Women Rating 70.1 Slope 125
Green Fees: $50-$225 The Course Allows Walkers
The Links At Spanish Bay Pebble Beach
Address: 2700 17 Mile Drive Pebble Beach, Ca. 93953 Phone: 800-654-9300 Website:
The Links At Spanish Bay is part of The Pebble Beach Corporation's stable of courses. It is their newest course which sits right on the ocean. Most of the holes are on or near the ocean but the course does go inland for several holes. One of my favorite holes is the short par 3 thirteenth hole which is well bunkered and you have to hit over a baranca. This course is tough, very tough. But throughout your round when you are being brought to your knees by the course you think, "I am being beaten up badly here but I don't mind because the views and the scenes on this course are too beautiful to miss." It is kind of a great place to enjoy the game of golf but unquestionably enjoy the scenery and the sound of the crashing waves on the shore. Its worth it.
Blue 6826 YRDS. Men Rating 74.0 Slope 140: Gold 6430 YRDS. Men Rating 72.1 Slope 136: White 5980 YRDS. Men Rating 70.4 Slope 128 Women Rating 75.8 Slope 136: Red 5323 YRDS. Women Rating 72.7 Slope 128
Green Fees: $280
address: 1 McClure Way Seaside, Ca. 93955 Phone: 831-899-7271 Website:
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Bayonet/Blackhorse is located on the former Ft. Ord Army Base in the hills above Monterey at Seaside, California. The views from the course and the bay below will take your breath away as will the beauty of these two distinct courses. They remodeled both courses a few years back and improved Bayonet making it more playable but they completely ruined what used to be the more fun Blackhorse. Don't get me wrong, I like both courses but Bayonet has become the course I like better of the two. Both course have mature cyprus tree lined fairways which are pretty wide, but Blackhorse has more fairway bunkers to contend with. Greens on both courses are about average in size, but the greens on Blackhorse have more contour and undulations. Expect the greens to be fast and with some good breaks. If you are in the Monterey area, I would highly recommend Bayonet and Blackhorse. You can check out our YouTube video to get more of a flavor of Bayonet.
Black 7104 YRDS. Men Rating 74.8 Slope 139: Blue 6641 YRDS. Men Rating 71.5 Slope 135: White 5945 YRDS. Men Rating 69.4 Slope 131: Red 5229 YRDS. Women Rating 70.2 Slope 123
Black 7024 YRDS. Men Rating 73.7 Slope 136: Blue 6533 YRDS. Men Rating 71.5 Slope 131: White 5910 YRDS. Men Rating 68.8 Slope 125: Red 5084 YRDS. Women Rating 69.4 Slope 118
Green Fees: $65-$160 Plus Cart
Pacific Grove Golf Links Pacific Grove
Address: 77 Asilomar Boulevard Pacific Grove, Ca. 93950 Phone: 831-648-5775 Website:
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Did I ever tell you that my very most favorite course on the face of the planet is Pacific Grove? Well, I'm telling you now. I love this course. Its not long at only 5727 Yards from the back tees. It has the most breathtaking view you can find anywhere. The front nine is a park style course that winds through the cypress trees on the Monterey side of Pacific Grove. You get some good views of Monterey and Monterey Bay, but that's just the beginning. The back nine is a links style paradise of sea, sand and wind. The back nine is built into the dunes just steps from the crashing waves of Monterey BAy at Point Pinos. In fact, you can see the Point Pinos Lighthouse just about on every hole. Although the course is not long, it is a challenge. The greens are very small and you have trees on the front nine. This is truly golf heaven. Check out our YouTube video to catch more of the flavor of Pacific Grove.
Blue Yards. Men Rating 67.9 Slope 113: White 5571 YRDS. Men Rating 67.0 Slope 110 Women Rating 72.3 Slope 120: Red 5305 YRDS. Women Rating 70.2 Slope 116
gren fees: $46-$63 Plus Cart
Monterey Pines Monterey
Address: 1250 Garden Rd. Monterey, Ca. 93940 Phone: 831-656-2167 Website: https://monterey.navylifesw.com › programs
Shhh...Don't tell anybody but Monterey Pines is the best kept secret as far as a golf course is concerned on the Monterey Peninsula. This little gem is located above the Monterey County Fairgrounds and was limited to public play as it was run by the Navy as part of The Monterey Naval Postgraduate School. Its still part of the Navy but the course has been opened to the general public. I have to say that is one of the few great decisions the Federal Government has made. This is a fun little course and even though it is short, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. The greens are small and fast. The course places a premium on accurate shots. As far as the layout, it is basically flat, but there are some subtle elevation changes. The course fell into disrepair just after the Navy opened it to the public and was redone after an admiral, who was an avid golfer, led the charge to renovate the course and improve it. Thank God he did.
Tees: Par 69
Blue 5409 YRDS. Men Rating 66.3 Slope 111 Women Rating 70.5 Slope 122: White 4878 YRDS. Men Rating 64.1 Slope 105 Women Rating 67.6 Slope 107: Red 4513 Men Rating 62.9 Slope 100 Women Rating 65.2 Slope 104
Green Fees: $19-$40 Plus Cart
Laguna Seca golf resort Monterey
address: 10521 York Rd. Monterey, Ca. 93940 Phone: 831-373-3701 Website:
This course is located outside Monterey as you are going to Salinas on Highway 68. The clubhouse is located on top of a hill and you would think that the course would be hilly. In fact, number 1 is downhill and numbers 9 and 18 are uphill and go back to the clubhouse. However, the lies on this layout are basically gentle if you are shooting uphill or downhill. Number 10 is an interesting hole where the fairway slopes rather decidedly to the right and you must place your drive to the left in order to score well. I like number 11 which is a dogleg right from an elevated tee, but the drive can be tricky in that there are bushes to the left and a hillside to the right. The green is well protected by a couple of mature oaks. Most of the front is pretty straight up. The course is a lot of fun to play and the green fees are fairly reasonable plus you are away from the coast and up in the hills a bit so it tends to be warmer and has less fog.
tees: Par 71
Black 6174 YRDS. Men Rating 70.2 Slope 129: Blue 6007 YRDS. Men Rating 69.6 Slope 126: White 5863 YRDS. Men Rating 67.9 Slope 122: Green Women Rating 71.2 Slope 125: Red 4332 YRDS. Women Rating 65.0 Slope 110
green fees: $40-$70 Plus Cart
Quail Lodge Golf Club Carmel
Address: 8205 Valley Greens Drive Carmel, Ca. 93923 Phone: 931-620-8808 Website:
I got to play this course in an NCGA event after playing Poppy Hills. I did not find it difficult but it did have some interesting holes. I really don't remember much about the course it was so long ago that I played it. I do know that the course was basically flat and there was water. The fairways were pretty generous and the greens putted well. The course has been updated so I don't have much info on the course after its renovation. There is a lodge on the property with some pretty good stay and play packages available. It was a fun course to play, I do remember that but I am a little fuzzy on the specifics.
Black 6464 YRDS. Rating 71.3 Slope 128: Black/Orange Combo 6256 YRDS. Rating 71.3 Slope 126: Orange 6051 YRDS. Rating 69.6 Slope 124: Orange/Blue Combo 5714 YRDS. Rating 67.9 Slope 120: Blue 5476 YRDS. Rating 67.2 Slope 116: Blue/Green Combo 5273 YRDS. Rating 66.1 Slope 115: Green 5009 YRDS. Rating 65.0 Slope 114
Blue 5476 YRDS. Rating 71.9 Slope 125: Blue/Green Combo 5351 YRDS. Rating 71.3 Slope 125: Green 5009 YRDS. Rating 69.4 Slope 119
Green Fees: $100-$185
Pasatiempo golf course santa cruz
address: 18 Clubhouse Rd. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060 Phone: 831-459-9155 Website:
Pasatiempo was designed by the famed golf course architect Alister MacKenzie who also designed Cypress Point and Agusta National. Supposedly this was his favorite course design and he made his residence on the 6th fairway. His ashes were also spread behind the 16th green. This is a great example of his golf course design genius. He was a camouflage expert during World War I and so he used a lot of that philosophy in designing his courses. Bunkers are not where you think they are but are either short of the green or surround the green. Speaking of the greens, they are fast and true. The course is basically flat, but there are some slight elevation changes and forced carries over barancas. The 18th is probably one of the most fun par 3's I have played and it plays over a canyon.
Tees: Men Par 70 Women 72
Gold (Championship) 6500 YRDS. Men Rating 72.5 Slope 141: White (Middle) 6125 YRDS. Men Rating 70.8 Slope 134 Women Rating 75.8 Slope 142: Green (Forward) 5685 YRDS. Men Rating 68.5 Slope 132 Women Rating 73.3 Slope 135: Red (Hollins) 4366 YRDS. Men Rating 63.2 Slope 117 Women Rating 67.0 Slope 117
Green fees: $260 Plus Cart
Range: No (Short Game Practice Area)
De Laveaga Golf and Lodge Santa Cruz
Address: 401 Upper Park Road Santa Cruz, Ca. 95065 Phone: 831-423-7212 Website:
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De Laveaga is located in the hills above Santa Cruz. The course is hilly and there are a couple of barancas you have to negotiate. It took a few times for me to play this course before I could appreciate it and almost love it. the fairways are lined by tall eucalyptus trees and the greens are fairly small. I love the par threes here, especially the three that are on the front nine. If you play here look out for the number 10 hole as it is a doozy. Your drive has to find a very narrow part of the fairway about 200 yards out. On the left is a canyon and to the right is out of bounds. This is probably the only hole on the course that I don't like and think it is kind of unfair, Oh well. The fairways are fairly level to hit off of although you will find yourself with many uphill, downhill and side hill lies. Its a great track.
tees: Par 70
Blue 6049 YRDS. Men Rating 70.1 Slope 134: White 5659 YRDS. Men Rating 68.5 Slope 129 Women Rating 73.4 Slope 136: Red 5081 YRDS. Men Rating 66.1 Slope 119 Women Rating 70.5 Slope 122
Green Fees: $30-$60 Plus Cart
Pajaro Valley Royal Oaks
address: 967 Salinas Rd. Royal Oaks, Ca. 95076 Phone: 831-724-3851 Website:
To be honest I have to say that it has been a long time that I have played Pajaro Valley and I don't remember much about it. I played it with my daughter when we were together at a conference in Monterey and had a window of time to play golf. We chose Pajaro Valley because I had never been there and had driven by it several times but never played it. I do remember that it has some picturesque holes that are near the Elkhorn slough. I remember it being a pretty good track and we had fun playing it. My Monterey golf friends tell me that its not in such good shape and after looking at the green fee structure it looks like it is a little overpriced. That's a shame because I think I would enjoy playing it again.
Blue 6432 YRDS. Men Rating 70.6 Slope 125: White 6097 YRDS. Men Rating 69.4 Slope 119 Women Rating 74.7 Slope 125: Yellow 5747 YRDS. Men Rating 67.9 Slope 116 Women Rating 72.7 Slope 121: Red 5426 YRDS. Men Rating 66.4 Slope 110 Women Rating 71.1 Slope 118
Green Fees: $20-$55 Plus Cart
the club at crazy horse ranch (formerly salinas golf and country club) Salinas
Address: 475 San Juan Grade Road Salinas, Ca. 93906 Phone: 831-449-1526 Website:
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Salinas Country Club decided a few years back that they wanted to open their doors to public play on a limited basis and go semi-private. They still offer memberships but now you can play one of the finest formerly private golf courses in the area. This course is immaculately maintained. There are trees and the greens are very small. The course is on gently rolling hilly terrain, but the course is very playable. My favorite hole is the signature hole 187 Yard par 3 fifth which to call it a downhill tee shot is an understatement. The hole drops about 100 feet from an elevated tee to the green. There are a few level spots on the course but generally you will be hitting off a gently rolling fairway. There are bunkers so be prepared for some sand play, but they are not that intrusive. Check out our YouTube Video and you can get a better flavor of the course.
Blue (Triple Crown) 6106 YRDS. Men Rating 70.1 Slope 130 Women Rating 75.8 Slope 132: White (Belmont) 5883 YRDS. Men Rating 69.1 Slope 128 Women Rating 75.1 Slope 130: Red (Derby) 5514 YRDS. Men Rating 66.9 Slope 122 Women Rating 73.0 Slope 125: Gold (Preakness) 4952 YRDS. Men Rating 65.2 Slope 119 Women Rating 70.1 Slope 120
green fees: $65-$75
Salinas Fairways Salinas
address: 45 Skyway Blvd. Salinas, Ca. 93905 Phone: 831-758-4653 Website:
This course is a kick in the butt to play. What's not to like? It is fairly flat and you have trees, water, bunkers and small greens to contend with, oh and don't forget the wind and airplanes landing on the runways at the airport right next door to the golf course. This course is a hidden gem. The front nine and back nine are a bit different in that the front nine"s fairways are gently contoured because the land is a bit rolling. However, the contouring is not extreme. The back nine is basically flat, but there is more water. The greens here are small and fairly well bunkered. There are some fun par 3's here as well. As I said, it can get windy here in the afternoons so if you can get an early tee time that would be an advantage to scoring.. If your front nine is not going well or you are not playing well, you can always pause and watch the airplane fly over you and land at the airport. course is a kick in the butt to play
Blue 6479 YRDS. Men RAting 70.5 Slope 121: White 6247 YRDS. Men Rating 69.3 Slope 120 Women Rating 75.8 Slope 127: Gold 5486 YRDS. Men Rating 65.8 Slope 112 Women Rating 70.6 Slope 117: Red 5168 YRDS. Women Rating 69.0 Slope 111
green fees: $11-$37 Plus Cart
San Juan Oaks Hollister
address: 3828 Union Rd. Hollister, Ca. 95023 Phone: 831-636-6114 Website:
I had some very high hopes when I found out I was going to play San Juan Oaks for the first time. On my many travels to Monterey I passed the course as it sits a few miles off State Route 156 and you can see the course. I had stopped by the course on a couple of occasions just to kind of check it out, but had never played it. Finally, I got the chance. I don't like the course after playing it. There are too many forced carries on the course and the average player isn't given enough "bail out" areas if you can't carry the barancas that you are forced to carry. The back nine and front nine are very different as the front nine is basically flat, although the terrain is gently rolling and the back nine is hilly. Most of the forced carries are on the back nine. One last thing I will say about San Juan Oaks is that the wind blows and in the afternoon it blows hard. I would like to play the course again but from a different set of tees.
Black 7092 YRDS. Men Rating 74.6 Slope 141: Blue 6712 YRDS. Men Rating 72.9 Slope 136: White 6342 YRDS. Men Rating 71.2 Slope 130 Women Rating 76.9 Slope 135: Gold 5785 YRDS. Men Rating 68.6 Slope 125 Women Rating 74.1 Slope 134: Red 4770 YRDS. Men Rating 64.0 Slope 116 Women Rating 69.2 Slope 119
green fees: $25-$110 Plus Cart
address: 3800 Airline Highway Hollister, Ca. Phone: 831-637-1000 Website:
This course has been suffering an identity crisis. It doesn't know whether it is a resort destination with a lodge on property or just a golf course that happens to have a lodge that you can stay at. Golf and lodging packages are available but from what I understand is the lodge is kind of old and tired. From what I hear there is a pretty good restaurant on site. The facility used to have two courses, The Diablo and The Gabilan. The two courses have since been melded into one with holes being closed on both courses and others left in play to form the one course. I have heard from many players that the new layout is confusing. Another thing I have heard is that the course is not in great shape either. I can't confirm this because I haven't been to the course since they consolidated the two courses. I do remember enjoying the course and it did have some interesting holes. As it stands right now, this course is a big question mark for me.
Blue 6920 YRDS. Men Rating 73.1 Slope 130: White 6393 YRDS. Men Rating 70.7 Slope 125 Women Rating 76.2 Slope 133: Gold 6014 YRDS. Men Rating 69.1 Slope 119 Women Rating 74.1 Slope 126: Red 5666 YRDS. Men Rating 67.1 Slope 117 Women Rating 72.1 Slope 120
green fees: $24-$65 Plus Cart
Eagle Ridge Gilroy
address: 2591 Club Drive Gilroy, Ca. 95020 Phone: 408-846-4531 Website:
I really don't mean to knock Johnny Miller. I met him at a golf tournament one year and he is a very nice guy. He just has problems designing golf courses. This one is no different, although it is a pretty neat golf course-until you get to number 13. I actually like this golf course, or at least most of it. Its built in the gently rolling hills above Gilroy, California. You do get a variety of lies but the course is by no means unfair. It is playable and enjoyable. The fairways are lined with mature oaks and pines. In some cases you have a creek to contend with and on many holes if you stray from the fairways you have lost your ball in a canyon that goes alongside the fairway. The course is lush and green with the greens being fairly large but "Johnny Miller" undulating. I would play it again, it was pretty enjoyable.
Black 7005 YRDS. Men Rating 74.5 Slope 145: Blue 6665 YRDS. Men Rating 73.3 Slope 141: White 6290 Men Rating 71.6 Slope 134 Women Rating 76.8 Slope 143: Yellow 5959 YRDS. Men Rating 69.9 Slope 131 Women Rating 75.2 Slope 138: Green 5546 YRDS. Women Rating 73.3 Slope 133: Burgundy 5102 YRDS. Women Rating 70.7 Slope 125
green fees: $30-$99