77 Asilomar Ave,
Pacific Grove, California 93950
18 holes. Parkland & links-style. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Residential (front-nine); oceanside (back-nine)
Front-nine originally designed by Chandler Egan (1932). Back-nine designed by Jack Neville (original designer of the Pebble Beach Golf Links).
6 miles N of Carmel-By-The-Sea / 3 miles NW of Monterey
From Hwy 1 (Cabrillo Highway) just north of Carmel-by-the-Sea, take exit 399A and follow the 68-West direction Pebble Beach/Pacific Grove. Highway 68 becomes Forest Ave. In downtown Pacific Grove, turn left onto Lighthouse Ave. At the end of the street, turn right onto Asilomar Avenue. After o.2 miles golf clubhouse is on your right.
Pacific Grove Golf Links: Hard to imagine a golf course with two more contrasting front and back-nines. Where the parkland-style front-nine heads immediately inland, the open, linksy back-nine takes you directly to the ocean.
Opening with two par-3s alongside the El Carmelo Cemetery, the front-nine is characterised by pairs of holes, one out and one back, which snake through tightish fairways, liberally lined with tall cypress and eucalyptus trees. Beyond the holes lie an assortment of houses; those on the par-4 4th hole (on Egan Avenue) are distinctly in range of any wayward attempts to drive the 265 yards to the green.
After a long par-3 closes out the rather ordinary front-nine, the interest quotient is hugely increased as you walk onto the 10th tee and step back about a century or so in golfing terms. Here, alongside the ocean, you will find as open and authentic a strip of golfing terrain as you'll find anywhere in Britain or Ireland.
With the historic Point Pinos lighthouse looking down on your every shot, the relatively compact and unpretentious holes are separated by rugged, open dunes. Fairway and greenside bunkering is relatively light, while the greens themselves are small, but usually excellent to putt on.
This rather short, municipal course is a far cry from the monstrously long and heavily manicured offerings of the modern era, but if the wind is blowing, it too has teeth to bare. As a value-for-money journey into a bygone era of golf, where captivating ocean views complement the rugged openness of the layout, the back-nine of Pacific Grove should certainly not be missed.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.
The city of Pacific Grove is known for its multitude of Victorian homes, Asilomar State Beach, its artistic legacy and the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. Endowed with more Victorian houses per capita than anywhere else in America, several have been turned into delightful bed and breakfast inns. The city is also known as the location of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Pacific Grove is also the place of John Denver's death. In October 1997, Denver was killed when the experimental Long-EZ aircraft he was piloting crashed just off the coast at Pacific Grove, shortly after taking off from Monterey Peninsula Airport.
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