Best golf courses: Monterey / Carmel

Monterey / Carmel: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. 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 for the rating definitions.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Carmel-by-the-Sea
McClure, Bob

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

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

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carnes, Edwin

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

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

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

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

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Carmel-by-the-Sea
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

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Private club

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Charles Maud (a golf and polo enthusiast).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Raynor, Baldock, Stranz et al

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Private club

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

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).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Egan & Neville

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

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

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

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Visitors welcome

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

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
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Fazio, Poellot & Tatum

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Private club

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Tom Fazio, J. Michael Poellot & Sandy Tatum

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Robert Muir Graves

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Carmel-by-the-Sea
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.

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr. The first six holes inspired by Pine Valley, the rest by Augusta National was how RTJ once described Spyglass Hill. Modifications by Tom Fazio (1996).

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Tournaments

Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).

Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).

Who's Who

Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.

Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.

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.

Costa Cruise & Golf

Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...

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