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Golf on the Monterey Peninsula

Independent golf tips for the professional at Leisure

July 2009

Visiting Monterey for golf

The Monterrey peninsula is a noted tourist attraction, a lush, cool area that is absolutely delightful ion the summer.  While inland temperatures swelter at 100 degrees, the cooling Humboldt Current ensures that Monterey stays a cool 60-70 degrees, even in the middle of the summer.  Most of the hotels don�t have air conditioning, they don�t need them!

Near Pebble Beach

Hotels are extremely reasonable, and the Hyatt Regency Monterey was less than $200 per night (and it�s also dog friendly).

The Hyatt Regency Monterey resort has a nice outdoor pool and is adjacent to the Del Monte golf course, the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi (The oldest in America is the Oakhurst golf links in West Virginia.

The Pacific Grove Lighthouse

When touring Monterey, make sure to take the 17-mile scenic drive along the coast, a delightful ride, which is especially nice when the area is clear of fog.  Monterey is also known for their Aquarium, and their outstanding golf.  Monterey is a great place to stay when playing some of the world-class golf courses like Pebble beach, Spyglass and Spanish Bay, but there are some hidden gems, like Pacific Grove, a delightful municipal golf course known as the �poor man�s Pebble Beach�.

The back nine at Pacific Grove


Pacific Grove golf

Playing Del Monte

The Del Monte is the poor cousin in the Pebble Beach family of golf courses (including Pebble Beach Spyglass and Spanish Harbor) and green fees range from $85 to about $200 (including rental clubs and a cart).  The Del Monte course is drop-dead gorgeous, well maintained, and loads of fun to play.  It does not have the scenic beach vistas of the other courses, but is oozes charm, with challenging greens and well-placed bunkers.

Playing Pebble Beach

Pebble beach has a reputation as one of the world�s most beautiful golf courses, but it�s clearly among the most expensive. 

Playing Pebble Beach is not just a round of golf, it�s an experience, walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest legends in golf and all the while enjoying a spectacular beachfront experience.  With the 2010 US Open coming to Pebble Beach, it�s hard to get a tee time, but there are some tricks. 

Pebble Beach golf for first time players

Pebble Beach golf for high handicapper beginners





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