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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Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilroy $29
Pajaro Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Royal Oaks $32
Salinas Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Salinas $35
The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Hollister $20
BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
Seaside $35
The Tournament Course at Coyote Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Morgan Hill $40
Salinas Fairways Golf Course
Tee Times
Salinas $13
West Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $19
East Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club
Tee Times
Carmel $19
Seascape Golf Club
Tee Times
Aptos $29
Diablo Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $58
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Boulder Creek $20
Gabilan Course at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hollister $58
Gilroy Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Monterey Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Monterey $12
DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge
Tee Times
Santa Cruz $28
Gavilan Golf Course
Tee Times
Gilroy $10
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Pebble Beach $210
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Monterey $19
Pacific Grove Golf Links
Tee Times
Pacific Grove $25
Twin Creeks Golf Course Salinas $9 - $21
The Links at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach $170 - $295
Bolado Park Golf Club Tres Pinos $26
Valley Gardens Golf Course Scotts Valley $18
Institute Golf Course Morgan Hill N/A
Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach $165
Mountain/Lake at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
CordeValle Golf Club San Martin $150 - $350
Del Monte Golf Course Monterey $110 - $135
Nicklaus Club-Monterey Monterey N/A
Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club Carmel $75 - $150
Peter Hay Par-3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $30
Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Pebble Beach $100
Tehama Golf Club Carmel $250
Pasatiempo Golf Club Santa Cruz $250 - $280
Canyon/Mountain at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
Spyglass Hill Golf Course Pebble Beach $315
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach $495
Corral de Tierra Country Club Salinas $75 - $125
Spring Hills Golf Course Watsonville $50
Casserly Par-3 Golf Course Watsonville $8
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort Carmel $85 - $185
Lake/Canyon at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club San Jose $52 - $84
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