Featured Monterey Area Golf Courses
Following a $13 million renovation at this 36-hole former military facility, Black Horse Golf Course was not only dramatically improved, but now comparable to its more revered sister course, Bayonet. Black Horse has long been considered the easier of the two, but that's not exactly a given now.
Located about an hour from both the Monterey Peninsula and the San Francisco Bay area is Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, a city known as the "Garlic Capital of the World" and just east of Santa Cruz.
It was upon this land that General Bob McClure constructed the Bayonet Golf Course in 1954 and, due to Bayonet's initial acclaim, Fort Ord decided to expand the course. In 1964 a second 18-hole championship course named Black Horse was officially opened.
Originally designed by Floyd McFarkland, Pajaro Valley Golf Club has large Monterey Pines lining its generous rolling fairways. Elevated tees provide scenic views of the Pajaro Valley below. Opened in 1922 and redesigned in 1962 by Robert Muir Graves, the course features small bentgrass greens and four ponds with water in play on three holes.
Northern California's San Juan Oaks Golf Club is located halfway between the Silicon Valley and Monterey Peninsula off Highway 101 near the historic town of San Juan Bautista in Hollister. Opened in 1996, the 18-hole golf course is Fred Couples' first signature design in California and features five sets of tees for varying skill levels.
Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club is tucked away in the foothills of Napa Valley, offering one of the most scenic courses in the area. It is also considered by many locals to be one of the most challenging.
Salinas Golf & Country Club in Monterey boasts a reputation as "the friendliest club in the area." Opened in 1925, it's also known as one of the area's oldest clubs though they are loathe to label themselves as "traditional".
The Championship 18 hole course and driving range contains 140 acres adjacent to Salinas Municipal Airport. The course is a par 72 with a Blue Tee 69. 9 rating, a White Tee 68. 5 rating, a RedTee 67.
Sitting at the gateway to the renowned Napa Valley wine district, Chardonnay Golf Club meanders through acres of lush Chardonnay and Merlot vineyards dotted with sparkling lakes and wandering creeks.
Originally designed by Chandler Egan in 1932, the first nince holes takes you through the forested areas of Pacific Grove. Egan's nine takes you through an inland terrain and reflects much of the charm of an English rural course done in the old style.
The Links at Bodega Harbour is conveniently situated along the Sonoma County Coast, only an hour from San Francisco and two hours from Sacramento. Its location perched above the Pacific also provides stunning ocean views. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.in 1978, the back nine was the original course before the front nine was added nine years later.
613 S VanderhurSt Ave
King City, California 93930
It might not have a lot of competition, but Gilroy Golf Course dubs itself as the "Best 11-Hole Golf Course in America. " Built by local farmers and businessmen in 1923, this unique 11-hole routing east of Santa Cruz features small greens and wide, tree-lined fairways set along the Uvas Valley that has changed very little since its founding.
Once a prized portion of the 4,366-acre California Rancho "Canada de la Segunda," the West Course, one of two championship 18-hole layouts at Rancho Canada, will test your golf skills.
Originally Rio Del Mar Country Club, Seascape Golf Club is a classic 18-hole layout perched on the coast highlands of the Monterey Peninsula. Opened in 1926, the course was actually shut down during World War II when it served as a “victory garden” to help grow crops for the nation's war effort.
350 Garden & Fairgrounds Rd
Monterey, California 93943
Located in Hollister just 40 minutes south of San Jose and Monterey is Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, home to two 18-hole championship courses. The Diablo course is considered to be the more scenic of the two Ridgemark courses, both of which are named after the mountain ranges that protect the courses and help to yield ideal year-long golfing conditions on both of its courses.
Laguna Seca Golf Club is a favorite destination for local and visiting golfers because it offers the well groomed amenities of a private facility at surprisingly modest daily fees.
Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach is home to the Northern California Golf Association. It is the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association.
Like its sister course, the West Course, the East Course at Rancho Canada was also once part of a of the 4,366-acre California Rancho "Canada de la Segunda. " As the shorter of the two courses, the East Course is a true shotmaker's course.
Perched in the hills above Santa Cruz, De Laveaga Golf Club features plenty of elevation changes as well as tight, tree-lined fairways making this short layout anything but a cinch.
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club is a 36-hole northern California club that has been around since 1974 and features two championship golf courses set beneath the Diablo and Gabilan mountain ranges which meet at Pinnacle's National Monument - all in view from the two golf courses.
Gavilan Golf Course is a nine-hole executive course located in Gilroy, about an hour's drive from Monterey and the San Francisco Bay area, and takes its name from the Gavilan mountain range that is the backdrop throughout the course.