Monterey is literally home to dozens of world-class golf courses open to the public. The backdrop of the Pacific and the natural surroundings of woods and forests create secluded, exclusive and impeccable links on which to play.
The Pebble Beach Golf Links has consistently made the Top 10 on Golf Digest's 100 greatest links in America list, coming at Number 6 for 2009-2010. It's Number 1 here for it's unprecedented scenery (tee-off as you over look the roaring Pacific) and the star power that comes to PB several times a year. The Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which pairs professional golfers with A-list stars, draws huge crowds every year in February. The great thing about Pebble Beach is that everyone has access this one of a kind courses.
Coming in at a close second is Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Located just to the south but on the same trajectory as Pebble Beach, Spyglass offers the same great views and pristine fairways but at a reduced price. Some golfers even prefer Spyglass to Pebble Beach.
The Monterey Pines Golf Course (Number 8 here) is an under-the-radar course that has become a local favorite for its accessibility and ease of play. Monterey Pines has gained a reputation as the links for a beginner to get their bearings and anyone looking to get the rust out of their swing to loosen up. You won't break the bank (or a few sand-wedges) at this course.
All in all, it's hard to pick a bad course in Monterey, but any of these Top 10s will satisfy your urge to hit the back nine. If you can spare the extra money, playing a course like Pebble Beach or The Links on Spanish Bay is very much worth it.
2700 Seventeen Mile Drive
(The Inn at Spanish Bay)
2700 17-Mile Drive
Breathtaking scenery and challenging golf... read more
10520 York Road
Challenging golf in sunny Carmel Valley... read more
1300 Sylvan Road
Behind the Monterey Hyatt next to Highway 1.
The oldest continuing operating golf course west of the Mississippi... read more
1 McClure Way
3200 Lopez Road
Beautiful spot in the Del Monte forest... read more