One of the country’s top golfing destinations, Monterey Bay is home to many excellent and popular golf courses including the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Due to the mild climate that the Monterey Bay provides, these golf courses are available for use year-round. There are many different types of courses in the area that range from public to more exclusive. No matter what type of golf course you prefer, you will surely find a suitable course in the Monterey Bay area.
DEL MONTE GOLF COURSE
Originally opened in 1897, Pebble Beach’s own Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. This course showcases a layout that has provided a challenge to even the most adept golfer for more than a century. Being the original host of the California State Amateur, Del Monte Golf Course is also one of three courses on which the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational is played. The course is made up of 18 holes with beautiful pine and cypress trees throughout.
THE LINKS AT SPANISH BAY
The Links at Spanish Bay was designed with the original Scottish concept in mind. “Links” is an old Scottish word that means “sandy environment”, usually near the sea, with high winds and thick-cut grass. Golfers who frequent The Links at Spanish bay agree that the course evokes the original Scottish feel of golf. The course features sloping dunes and multi-tiered greens with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and, to top it off, a bagpiper closes the course each evening in Scottish tradition.
SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE
Opened in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel,Treasure Island. Spyglass Hill Golf Course has 2 distinctly different types of terrain that greatly affect how the holes look and play. The beginning 5 holes contain sandy dunes that provide a unique challenge to the player and emphasize the importance of carefully planning your path to each hole. The following 13 holes feature tall pines and elevated greens as well as strategically placed bunkers and lakes. Not for the faint at heart, this course has been rated one of the most difficult courses in the world with a course rating of 75.5.
PEBBLE BEACH GOLF COURSE
Located on the coast of Pebble Beach, California, Pebble Beach Golf Course, presumably one of the most beautiful golf courses of the world! This extensive course provides magnificent views of Carmel Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Pebble Beach. Many of the most prestigious tournaments in golf have taken place at the Pebble Beach Golf Course including the annual AT&T Pro-Am and five U.S. Open Championships. A golfer’s dream come true, the Pebble Beach Golf Course is a course unlike any other.
BAYONET GOLF COURSE
Recently redesigned by award winning golf course architect Gene Bates, Bayonet Golf Course has been fine tuned to increase the level of fairness for the player as well as offer expanded views of Monterey Bay. Cypress, oak and pine trees provide a lovely and gorgeous atmosphere for golfers and are seen throughout the course. One major improvement to Bayonet is the addition of Jacklin T1 Bentgrass as the sole turf. Previously, two different types of grasses were present on the course which only served to confuse and frustrate golfers. Bayonet is by no means an easy course, even after the renovation, and is ranked 35 on Golf Digest’s list of the “50 Toughest Golf Courses in the United States.”
BLACKHORSE GOLF COURSE
Award-winning golf-course architect Gene Bates has tastefully redesigned Blackhorse Golf Course. With the addition of new tees, greens, fairways and bunkers the course has reestablished itself as a top golfing destination.
Providing a spectacular view of Monterey Bay, Blackhorse Golf Course features long, undulating fairways with beautiful Monterey cypress trees lined throughout. As with its sister course, Bayonet, Jacklin T1 Bentgrass has been added as the sole turf for Blackhorse Golf Course. While it is highly recommended that golfers experience both Blackhorse and Bayonet, Blackhorse Golf Course provides a more relaxing play-through due to its slightly easier approaches and shallower bunkers.
RANCHO CANADA GOLF COURSE
Nearing Carmel River, Rancho Canada Golf Course features 36 championship holes spread over two courses, with a stunning view of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Rancho Canada’s East Course provides course-variety throughout its 18 holes, implementing the Carmel River itself into the course in 5 areas. Rancho Canada’s West Course features deceptively wide fairways with lush trees throughout.
LAGUNA SECA GOLF COURSE
Designed in 1970, Laguna Seca Golf Course features elevated tees and greens with strategically placed uphill doglegs and bunkers. The course has earned the nickname “The Sunshine Golf Course” due to its many bright, sunny days. Considered to be a difficult course, Laguna Seca Golf Course is sure to pose a challenge to any level of golfer due to its hills and uneven fairways. This course has received a rating of 70.7 with a par of 71.
MONTEREY PINES GOLF COURSE
Recently renovated in 2009, Monterey Pines Golf Course holds a special place in the hearts of many local golfers. Veterans of the course will tell you that it is well conditioned and reasonably challenging, nevertheless a great place to play. The friendliness of the staff is also a plus. Monterey Pines offers some of the more affordable rates in the area while still providing excellent golfing knowledge and service. Monterey Pines Golf Course features a Grill & Bar as well as Banquet rooms for special events.