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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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 $15
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $29
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $30
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $65
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $24
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $49
Monterey Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Monterey $15
Black Horse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
Gavilan Golf Course Gilroy $6 - $12
Del Monte Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $60
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $8.5
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $14
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $170
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $9
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $30
Pinnacle Hills Golf Course Tres Pinos $10 - $17
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
Tee Times
Carmel $64
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
San Jose $44
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $21
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $125
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $28
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $29
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $495 - $535
Pajaro Valley Golf Club Royal Oaks $23 - $48
Corral de Tierra Country Club Salinas $75 - $125
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $225 - $395
The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch Salinas $75
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $15 - $35
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $390 - $420
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $155 - $310
Shore 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
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $250
Nicklaus Club-Monterey Monterey $90
Twin Creeks Golf Course Salinas $9 - $21
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
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