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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BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $45
Monterey Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Monterey $15
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $25
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Boulder Creek $15
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $18.75
The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $45
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $28
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $47
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $105
Pinnacle Hills Golf Course Tres Pinos $10 - $17
Gavilan Golf Course Gilroy $6 - $12
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $28
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $40
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
Tee Times
Carmel $81
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $14
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $170
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $125
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $45
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $40
Del Monte Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $52
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $8.5
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $9
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $40
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $29
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $29
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $210 - $435
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $295
Institute Golf Course Morgan Hill N/A
Twin Creeks Golf Course Salinas $9 - $21
Nicklaus Club-Monterey Monterey $90
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $495 - $535
Pajaro Valley Golf Club Royal Oaks $20 - $58
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $250
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $15 - $35
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
Peter Hay Par-3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $30
Corral de Tierra Country Club Salinas $75 - $125
The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch Salinas $75
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $155 - $310
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