Monterey has been immortalized by world-renowned authors, nature enthusiasts, wine-lovers, and golfers galore. Monterey is known around the world for its championship golf courses that are a dream for golfing enthusiasts. The Monterey peninsula’s best golf courses have hosted U.S. Opens and many other tournaments, making it a bucket-list destination for any avid golfer. The courses are for pros and experts willing to pay a premium price for a golfing experience like no other. Where should you start your golfing adventure around Monterey? We profile the top courses in the area below.
Pebble Beach golf courses
If you’ve spent any time watching champion golf tournaments on TV, you’ve no doubt heard of Pebble Beach. There are several courses at Pebble Beach that offer the golfing experience of a lifetime for those who are lucky enough to secure a tee time. The courses at Pebble Beach are by far the best golf courses in the Monterey peninsula, and the word has gotten out.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
This course is rated as the best course in the U.S. by Golf Magazine and is considered one of the top ten golf courses globally. The stunning waterfront holes offer golfers gorgeous views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, with a challenging course frequented by the PGA Tour and have hosted six U.S. Opens.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Another world-class golf course, Spyglass Hill, offers oceanfront views for the first five holes, then quickly turns to the Del Monte Forest wooded areas for the back nine. This course hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am every year, as well as the U.S. Amateur Championships in 2018.
Pasatiempo Golf Club
This golf course is sculpted into the Santa Cruz Mountains and dates back to 1929. Renovated in 2007, this course offers world-class golfing experiences. The fairway is home to majestic mansions that were homes of famous names from the golfing community like the course’s architect, MacKenzie, and hall-of-famer Juli Inkster, who grew up on the green. This is a semi-private golf club with select tee times available to the public. If you do secure a tee time, be sure to check out the MacKensiize Bar and Grill after you play for stunning views of Monterey Bay.
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Courses
This golf course is located on a former military base and was designed by one of the generals who resided there. Legend has it that the general was left-handed, explaining the dogleg lefts on holes 11-15 on the Bayonet golf course. Due to this, it’s known as one of the most challenging courses in the area.
Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course
This 500-acre ranch is more than just a golf course. Located 10 miles inland and on a microclimate, the Carmel Valley Ranch is sunny for 300 days out of the year and avoids the misty ocean breezes found at other golf courses near Monterey. The other activities at the ranch, such as vineyards, hiking trails, apiaries, and gardens, provide a beautiful backdrop for your game and give you ample opportunities to tee off among lavender fields, rolling hills, and grapevines.
The golfing experience of a lifetime awaits
Monterey offers some of the best golfing experiences in the world, and when you stay at the Ramada Monterey, you’re close to it all. You’re also nearby to explore everything else Monterey offers, whether it’s the best breakfast spots in Monterey or visiting one of the area’s many wineries. View our blog for more information about things to do in Monterey!