Monterey Golf Course Reviews

  • Poppy Hills Golf Course Poppy Hills: Third AT&T layout getting no respect

    Poppy Hills hasn't gotten any respect from PGA players since it replaced Cypress Point on the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rotation in 1991. But this course, which is a Robert Trent Jones II design that opened in 1986 and is home to the Northern California Golf Association, deserves much better. Just minutes from world-famous Pebble Beach, the 6,800-yard course offers a beautiful walk in the Del Monte Forest, where towering cypress and pines saturate salty breezes from the Pacific Ocean.
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  • San Juan Oaks Golf Club San Juan Oaks Golf Club lacks Couples' trophies, but it's a winning course

    Fred Couples -- "co-architect" of San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, Calif. -- might be too modest to display his trophies in the clubhouse. But his pride comes through when talking about the course: "San Juan Oaks ranks right up there with the very best on the Monterey Peninsula," he says. David R. Holland has more.
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  • Del Monte Golf Course - hole no. 4 Del Monte Golf Course: An old timer ages gracefully

    Designed by Charles Maud, Del Monte Golf Course has a slope rating of 122 and plays only 6,339 yards, par 72. It is lined with Monterey pines, oaks and cypress trees. Add lots of bunkers and tricky greens and you have a fun, scenic test. Situated inland on the Monterey Peninsula, the course is further distinguished by an absence of water hazards.
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  • Pacific Grove Golf Links - Point Pinos Lighthouse Pacific Grove Golf Links is the Monterey Peninsula's sleeper course

    Even among its more famous neighbors, Pacific Grove Golf Links shines like the beacon in the Point Pinos Lighthouse adjacent to the 16th tee. Once the best-kept secret on the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove is a bit of serendipity not that much unlike Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, the Links at Spanish Bay and those other famed courses only minutes down the coast. For a fraction of the cost.
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  • Pasatiempo Golf Club Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz: MacKenzie's "other" jewel on Monterey Bay

    It's almost uncanny that Santa Cruz is known more for its famous boardwalk or for having been the birthplace of surfing competitions than for its golf links history found at Pasatiempo Golf Course, designed by Scottish-born golf architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1929. Noted golf course architect Michael Wolveridge said, "Pasatiempo is perhaps the closest of all MacKenzie's works to remain both authentic and provide pleasurable excitement to the public. This course is special indeed."
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  • Spyglass Hill Spyglass Hill Golf Course: Fallen Stewart helped write latest chapter

    Spyglass Hill Golf Course is only 33 years old -- its history is still being played out. But last year during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Head Professional Mark Brenneman witnessed something that will go down in the Spyglass history book. Payne Stewart, leading the tournament on Saturday at Spyglass, also won the tournament here.
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  • Poppy Hills Golf Course Poppy Hills Golf Course: NCGA's home course might bring you to your knees

    You would think that a golf course that has five par-5s would make Tiger Woods drool. But like many others who play Poppy Hills Golf Course in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rotation, Tiger hasn't exactly destroyed this tough layout - yet.
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  • Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel Valley Ranch: Friendly Luxury, Playable Golf

    Back along Snively's Ridge on the eastern boundary of the Santa Lucia Preserve is a spot that is one of the great luxury getaways in the USA. It's called Carmel Valley Ranch, and its Pete Dye par-70 layout is a very playable golf course that was voted one of the Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses in the country by Golf for Women's Magazine.
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  • The Links at Spanish Bay golf course The Links at Spanish Bay: Protected dunes, authentic Scottish golf, weather

    The Links at Spanish Bay is probably the most authentic replication of pure Scottish links golf you can find in the U.S. It's a stern test, especially when the breeze off the Pacific is bending the flags in half. You won't be disappointed in the golf course, but because the weather can mimic Scotland -- damp, cool, windy and gloomy -- your score might just soar if you are a fair-weather golfer.
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  • Rancho Canada Golf Club Playing Rancho CaƱada Golf Club is Like Taking a Nature Walk

    Loping across the fairway just 100 yards away was a bobcat. A bobcat in Carmel Valley? Just a short crow's flight from the famed Seventeen-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach? You bet. California may be the most populated state in the USA with more than 32 million folks, but wildlife is still abundant.
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