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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Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $29
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Boulder Creek $15
Monterey Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Monterey $15
The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
Black Horse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $125
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $49
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $29
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $8.5
Del Monte Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $60
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
Tee Times
Carmel $64
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $225 - $415
Gavilan Golf Course Gilroy $6 - $12
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $295
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $21
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $30
Peter Hay Par-3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $65
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch
Tee Times
Salinas $75
First Tee of Monterey County Salinas $15
Corral de Tierra Country Club Corral de Tierra $75 - $125
Pajaro Valley Golf Club Royal Oaks $38 - $60
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $30
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $170
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $575
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $65
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $24
Institute Golf Course Morgan Hill N/A
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $14
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $250
Club at Pasadera Monterey $90
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $28
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $15 - $35
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $9
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $390 - $420
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Pinnacle Hills Golf Course Tres Pinos $10 - $17
Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
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