Destination Guide

Destination: Monterey Peninsula

Those who drive the famous Highway 101 up the California coast will agree there is no better ocean drive in the United States -- and perhaps the world. The beauty of the coastline is highlighted by 17-mile drive along the Monterey Peninsula, which passes through beach towns as well as one of the world's most coveted golf vacation destinations.

Monterey County has about two dozen golf courses, while Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, both dating back to the early 1900s, still make for two of the finest golf experiences on American soil. Four-course Pebble Beach Golf Resort is the main attraction. But you can enjoy many other options in the area as well, such as Bayonet/Blackhorse and Poppy Hills, that more that live up to their prestigious zip code.

Golf is a year-round sport in Monterey, even if the summer months are far busier with vacationers. While the winter months can be windy and rainy, they also yield some very pleasant days for golf, and tee sheets with more availability at Pebble Beach.

While vacationers are off the golf course, surfing, hang gliding, whale and dolphin watching, fishing and other beach sports are commonplace at Pebble Beach.

The Monterey Peninsula can be reached from the larger airports of San Francisco (about two hours) and San Jose (about 90 minutes), or you can fly into the smaller Monterey airport, which services a handful of destinations in the West.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Boulder Creek $20
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $40
Pajaro Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Royal Oaks $32
BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $35
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $35
Salinas Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Salinas $35
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $13
Gavilan Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $29
East Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $20 - $70
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $38
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $29
Gabilan Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $18
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Monterey Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $30
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $19
Diablo Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $58
West Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $19
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $210
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $9
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $170 - $295
Nicklaus Club-Monterey Monterey N/A
Bolado Park Golf Club Tres Pinos $26
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $165
Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $315
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Institute Golf Course Morgan Hill N/A
Peter Hay Par-3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $30
Pasatiempo Golf Club Santa Cruz $250 - $280
Twin Creeks Golf Course Salinas $9 - $21
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $15 - $35
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort Carmel $85 - $185
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $150 - $350
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $495
Corral de Tierra Country Club Salinas $75 - $125
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club Carmel $75 - $150
Del Monte Golf Course Monterey $110 - $135
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
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