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putt1058
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Golf on Monterey Peninsula
I'll be heading to the peninsula in May. While I don't mind paying $595 to play Pebble Beach, they require you to stay on their property to play. The "reasonable" rooms are $940/night with a 2 night minimum. I ain't payin' $2500-3000 to play Pebble, sorry.

Poppy Hills is supposedly almost as beautiful as Augusta....I dunno. It's not on the ocean though.

Any recommendations? TIA
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hehateme2285
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Katy, TX
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Just show up early and tell the starter you’re a single. They should be able to get you on


putt1058
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Where? Which course?


Big L
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Played poppy hills last year...it’s not in the same galaxy as Augusta. Nice course but nothing special. For what it’s worth, aside from the few ocean holes that everyone knows, that’s what folks say about pebble. I was told that if I called the starter the day before as a single that they could probably get me on at pebble the next day. Weather was bad so I didn’t do it.


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hehateme2285
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
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Where? Which course?


Pebble


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icegator337
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
You don't have to stay on their property to play Pebble


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SDwhodat
Member since Apr 2007
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Spyglass, Spanish Bay, Bayonet, Blackhorse are all obviously great courses. All have ocean views. Both Spanish Bay and Spyglass have twilight rates that start about 3 to 3 and a half hours before sunset. In May the sun is out so late there, you can get in 18 if you hussle, as the courses are actually fairly empty in the evenings at that time of year.

Pasatiempo up the road in Santa Cruz is fantastic.

Enjoy! No better place for golf than the Monterey peninsula.


dpd901
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South Louisiana
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
If you want Augusta-like, definitely go play Pasatiempo. Awesome peice of property and the greens and bunkering are amazing. Same course architect as Augusta.


LSUShock
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Kansas
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Pasatiempo is on of Alister MacKenzie's best pieces of work. Definitely worth the trip if you're going for actual architecture vs name brand.


wahoocs
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Played Pebble 1st wknd in Feb end of Jan. We played Spanish Bay too when we stayed on the property

Played Pasatiempo and it’s definitely as good as advertised, but bring ur A game

I was told by a tour caddie that the best back 9 in golf was a public course on Monterrey. Pacific Grove. Called a month in advance and made tee time for 4 for $65 per. LOL

It was worth it and was the most enjoyable round I played there


0jersey
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Paradise
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Agree with what many here have already said. If you call Pebble they can tell you the day before if they potentially have any openings. I can’t remember if I had to call first thing in the am to get my time or not, but I got on. It’s certainly worth playing once in your life.

Pasatiempo is a special course as well. Absolutely the best bunkers I’ve ever played. I walked it and it rained steady the entire last 10 holes. I was in the bunker on 16 or 17 and the bunker played like dry powder.

I personally loved Spanish Bay, and the opening holes of Spyglass are fantastic. Lots of breezes on SB, and you need to be long off the tee at Spyglass.

Heard the Bayonette courses are good but tough. And heard great things about Pacific Grove although I’ve never played it. It has people continually say it was their most fun round in the area.

Make sure to spend some time in Carmel with your lady.

ETA: Poppy was the most lackluster course I played of the ones I mentioned. My group was severely underwhelmed by it. It shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as Pebble, Spanish, Spyglass and Pasatiempo
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CaLSUTigerFan
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
We love Pacific Grove. The back nine are on the ocean. Fun course that won't break the bank.


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Tim
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
One of the best courses and not talked about much is Spanish Bay. Poppy is not even close to Augusta.


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skuter
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P'ville
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Bayonet & Blackhorse


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LSUERDOC
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
You do not have to stay on site to play at Pebble. I played there last year and stayed in SF. Call them and they will fit you in.

I liked Spy Glass better.


putt1058
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Thanks to everyone for the info. I'll look into the ones y'all suggested. Spyglass, Pacific Grove, and Pasatiempo sounds like great options.

Leaving for Augusta tomorrow morning with my peeps. Rock Creek tomorrow at 11, driving to St. Augustine for WGHOF. 3 days there, then off to Augusta for practice round Wednesday.


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SDwhodat
Member since Apr 2007
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
Just watched a piece on golf channel and they talked about how basically Pasatiempo was the inspiration for Augusta National. See Marion Hollins.

So if you want to get a little bit of Augusta National out West, this is where you must play.


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Goldensammy
Cypress, TX
Member since Jun 2016
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
I too likes spyglass better than PB. Maybe it was because I scored 10 strokes better on spyglass. PB was slow, and after about 14, I was spent. Also got the opportunity to play Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which was amazing.


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CelticDog
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
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 May the sun is out so late there, you can get in 18 if you hussle, as the courses are actually fairly empty in the evenings at that time of year. 


Because it's going to be cold for golf unless you are a scot.
Water is 55 or so.
Dress for 55 degrees.

Wetsuit guide for Carmel lends some irony to the dress consideration.





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shrevetigertom
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re: Golf on Monterey Peninsula
You have to play Pebble while you are there. Spyglass was my favorite.


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