Best golf courses: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Carnes, Edwin

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Original design by US Army General Edwin Carnes. Significantly upgraded, re-routed and re-bunkered by Gene Bates (2008/09).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
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Maud, Charles

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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Designer

Charles Maud (a golf and polo enthusiast).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Graves, Robert Muir

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Robert Muir Graves

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Egan & Neville

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Front-nine originally designed by Chandler Egan (1932). Back-nine designed by Jack Neville (original designer of the Pebble Beach Golf Links).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Original design by Pete Dye. Later renovation designed by Gene Bates (2006).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Jones II, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Jr; renovated by RTJ Jr & Bruce Charlton (2013).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
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Fazio, Poellot & Tatum

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Private club

Nearest city

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Designer

Tom Fazio, J. Michael Poellot & Sandy Tatum

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
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Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Designer

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, who said of Spyglass Hill "the first six holes were inspired by Pine Valley, the rest by Augusta National." Course modifications made by Tom Fazio (1996).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
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MacKenzie, Dr Alister

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Private club

Nearest city

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Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Visitors welcome
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Neville & Grant

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Designer

Original design by Jack Neville & Douglas Grant (1919), with later improvements by Herbert Fowler (1920), H. Chandler Egan (1928), Jack Nicklaus (1998) and Arnold Palmer & Thad Layton (2007-16).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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McClure, Bob

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Visitors welcome

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Designer

Originally designed by General Bob McClure. Significantly upgraded, re-routed and re-bunkered by Gene Bates (2008/09).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
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Raynor, Baldock, Stranz et al

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Private club

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Designer

Dunes course: original design by Charles Blair Macdonald & Seth Raynor (1925); modifications by Rees Jones (1998), and Tom Fazio, Tim Jackson & David Khan (2015). Shore course: Robert (Bob) Baldock & Jack Neville (1961); redesigned by Mike Stranz (2004).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Jones II, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr, with Tom Watson & Frank "Sandy" Tatum.

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Tournaments

124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

Who's Who

Nelly Korda: won the Mizuho Americas Open (May 16-19) at Liberty National GC, continuing her extraordinary form in LPGA events. This was her sixth win in seven starts in 2024.

Xander Schauffele: recorded his first major championship win, and second record-equalling low score of 62 in a major. Only he, Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry have achieved this feat in a men’s major championship.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Prince's Golf Club, Kent (UK)

Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

Stay&Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available

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