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 temperate 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.
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 features a meandering layout that has provided a challenge to even the most adept golfer for over 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 features 18 holes with beautiful pine and cypress trees throughout.
The Links at Spanish Bay was designed with the original Scottish concept of golf firmly in mind. Links is an old Scottish word that describes a sandy environment, usually near the sea, with intense winds and thick grasses. Veterans of 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 wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean, and, to top it off, a bagpiper closes the course each evening in Scottish tradition.
Opened in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island. Spyglass Hill Golf Course features two distinctly different types of terrain that greatly affect how the holes play and look. The beginning five holes contain sandy dunes that provide a unique challenge to the player and highlight the importance of choosing the best path to get to the hole. The next 13 holes feature majestic pines and elevated greens as well as strategically placed bunkers and lakes. Not for the faint at heart, Spyglass Hill Golf Course is rated as one of the most difficult courses in the world with a course rating of 75.5.
Located on the coast of Pebble Beach, California, Pebble Beach Golf Course is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the entire world. Designed with the intent to bring as many holes to the rocky coastline as possible, Pebble Beach Golf Course provides spectacular 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. Truly a golfer’s paradise, the Pebble Beach Golf Course is a course unlike any other.
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."
A new era has been ushered in at Blackhorse Golf Course thanks to award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates. Bates has tastefully redesigned the course and incorporated new tees, greens, fairways and bunkers on each hole. 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.
Neighboring the Carmel River, Rancho Canada Golf Course features 36 championship holes spread over two courses, with a wonderful view of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Rancho Canada’s East Course features great variety throughout its 18 holes, even implementing the Carmel River into the course five different times. Rancho Canada’s West Course features deceptively broad fairways with cottonwood and sycamore trees throughout. A local’s favorite, Rancho Canada is even home to an award winning golf shop.
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 golfer due to its hilly typography and narrow, uneven fairways. Laguna Seca Golf Course has received a course rating of 70.7 with a par of 71.
Recently renovated in 2009, Monterey Pines Golf Course holds a special place in the hearts of many a Monterey Peninsula Golfer. Veterans of the course agree that it is well conditioned and reasonably challenging, while also possessing a friendly staff and great pace of play. The recently renovated course offers some of the most affordable rates in the area while still providing an excellent experience for any golfer. Monterey Pines Golf Course features a Grill & Bar as well as Banquet rooms for special events.