Grab your clubs and your sense of adventure and head to Monterey County for a golf getaway. The Monterey Peninsula boasts some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses on the California coast. From the iconic Pebble Beach to the Jack Nicklaus course at The Club at Pasadera, golfers will discover championship holes, hilly fairways, tricky bunkers, and breathtaking coastal scenery.
Here are some top favorite public and private golf courses in Monterey County. The courses on California's central coast will blow you away.
1. Monterey Pines Golf Course
This 18-hole public golf course - originally designed by Robert Muir Graves in 1963 – offers a short and playful design perfect for beginners and short game practice. Adjacent to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and the airport, Monterey Pines Golf Course features bent grass greens that roll true, open fairways, two lakes, water hazards, and tight doglegs for a fun golf experience in Monterey. Tee Times: (831) 656-2167.
2. The Club at Pasadera
Play 18 holes of heaven on the only Jack Nicklaus signature course on California's Central Coast. This private club features a breathtaking par 71 course that plays through dramatic hills, scenic valleys, and ancient oak trees. Native grasses, free-flowing bunkers, and elevation changes create an entertaining golf experience. Inns of Monterey has an exclusive partnership with The Club at Pasadera, so guests can reserve the Member For The Day Golf Package and play Monterey's most prestigious golf club.
3. Santa Lucia Preserve Golf Course
This top 100 Tom Fazio championship is surrounded by untamed natural beauty and landscapes contoured out of the coastal Santa Lucia Mountains. This beautiful 18-hole course plays through 365 acres of redwood trees and a wildlife preserve. The course was named one of America's 100 Greatest Golf Course by Golf Digest 13 years in a row.
4. Del Monte Golf Course at Pebble Beach
The oldest course on the West Coast, and part of the Pebble Beach Resort, Del Monte is a landmark and birthplace of the California State Amateur. With its classic charm, small sloping greens, challenging bunkers, dogleg fairways, and views of Monterey Bay, Del Monte Golf Course attracts the game's best players. Tee Times: (800) 877 0597
5. Pebble Beach Golf Links
Rated the No. 1 Public Course in the Country, Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful and challenging championship courses in the world. Host of the U.S Open in 2019 and 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, this legendary course boasts tight, sloped greens, testy bunkers and holes that edge the beach, cliffs and Pacific Ocean. Pebble Beach will play host to the first U.S. Women's Open in 2023 and a seventh U.S. Open in 2027. Play where Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have chased immortality. Tee Times: (800) 877 0597
6. Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr., this spectacular 18-hole golf course features many elevated tees and strategic bunkers that guard every green. The club features a 13-acre natural grass practice area, a pro shop with Callaway golf club rentals, a restaurant and bar, and tournament services. The challenging 6226-yard championship course has an exciting layout with uphill doglegs, water, and bunkers that require every club in your bag.
Inns of Monterey
Take a summer break and renew your spirit on the fairways in Monterey – the jewel of the California central coast. Inns of Monterey offers a collection of five boutique hotels in downtown Monterey and on Cannery Row, minutes from the top golf courses in Monterey including The Club at Pasadera, Monterey Pines Golf Course and the legendary Pebble Beach resort courses.
After a day on the greens, settle into charming rooms and suites with views of the bay and Cannery Row. Enjoy soulful dining and a warm coastal vibe. Plan your Monterey getaways with our all-inclusive Inns of Monterey Golf Specials: