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

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Course City Rates from
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $35
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Boulder Creek $20
The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
Salinas Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Salinas $35
Pajaro Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Royal Oaks $32
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $42
BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $20
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $13
East Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $19
West Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $19
Gavilan Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Diablo Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $58
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $28
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $19
Monterey Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $5
Gabilan Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $25
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $210
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $29
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $29
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club Carmel $75 - $150
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort Carmel $85 - $185
Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $150 - $350
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $495
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $8
Peter Hay Par-3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $30
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Pasatiempo Golf Club Santa Cruz $250 - $280
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $315
Institute Golf Course Morgan Hill N/A
Bolado Park Golf Club Tres Pinos $26
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $170 - $295
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $165
Corral de Tierra Country Club Salinas $75 - $125
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Del Monte Golf Course Monterey $110 - $135
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Nicklaus Club-Monterey Monterey N/A
Twin Creeks Golf Course Salinas $9 - $21
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $50
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