One Old Ranch Rd,
Carmel, California 93923
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (front-nine); several slopes to climb (back-nine).
Residential and wooded hills.
Original design by Pete Dye. Later renovation designed by Gene Bates (2006).
7 miles E of Carmel-By-The-Sea
From Hwy 1, at the southern end of Carmel-by-the-Sea, turn onto Carmel Valley Road, direction Carmel Valley. After approx 6 miles turn right into Robinson Canyon Rd. After o.2 miles turn left into Old Ranch Rd. Follow road to golf clubhouse.
Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club: Laid out by highly acclaimed course architect Pete Dye, the excellently presented Carmel Valley Ranch first takes you on a picturesque tour of the valley floor.
The front-nine's flatter, parkland holes bring into play plenty of stylish bunkering, as well as occasional ponds and small lakes. Water most notably flanks the fairway at the par-4 4th and guards the green at the short par-4 2nd, where a tree-clad cliff provides a stunning backdrop. The 6th and 7th holes run alongside the Carmel River, which is mainly hidden behind a line of trees. At the par-3 5th very little apart from water lies between your tee-box and the green, no matter which tees you play from.
The very scenic and more dramatic back-nine loop, contains significantly more elevation changes than the front. As the wonderfully snaking par-5 10th takes you up and into tree-clad slopes behind the clubhouse, you can look forward to many captivating views down into Carmel Valley, and plenty of roller-coaster undulations on the golf course. During the closing stretch, the layout resumes a flatter disposition, and again skirts alongside the Carmel River.
The resort properties and a few houses around the course perimeter are generally not too distracting, allowing you to enjoy a layout that retains a pleasantly natural feel, most especially on the predominantly housing-free back-nine.
Although not overly long at just over 6100 yards from the back tees, and inevitably containing several short par-4s, Carmel Valley Ranch is an enjoyable and scenic course, one that lays down a worthy challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Carmel Valley, through which the Carmel River runs down towards the sea, is one of California's recognised wine-growing regions (an AVA or American Viticultural Area). The vineyards in the region are mostly located at least 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level, where the presence of coastal fog and high winds are less common. The AVA is home to a number of wineries and vineyards (many of which have tasting rooms), as well as the town of Carmel Valley Village.
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Nestled in the lush forests of the Santa Lucia Mountains, a short drive from beaches and charming shops and galleries, Carmel Valley Ranch is a 400-acre countryside estate. The relaxing resort hotel has 144 guest suites, featuring wood burning fireplaces and panoramic views. A member of the LXR collection of luxury hotels and resorts, you can make the most of your relaxing stay by combining it with tennis lessons, a round of golf, or a spa treatment.
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