Pasatiempo Golf Club

4.5769000000 4.6 stars from 5 (26)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6521 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

  • 20 Clubhouse Rd, Santa Cruz, California 95060, Santa Cruz County
  • (831) 459-9155
  • (831) 426-0739
  • www.pasatiempo.com
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Year built: 1929
Architect(s): Alister MacKenzie (1929), Tom Doak (1997)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Poa Annua
Fairways: Winter Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 70 6521 yards 72.4 143
Gold/White Combo 70 6245 yards 71.3 136
White 70 6125 yards 70.8 135
White (W) 72 6125 yards 75.9 142
White/Green Combo 72 5806 yards 69.6 133
Green 72 5628 yards 68.9 130
Green (W) 72 5628 yards 73.4 135
Green/Hollins Combo 70 4772 yards 68.8 120
Hollins (Red) (W) 70 4476 yards 67.2 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 26 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

24 out of 26 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Public MacKenzie"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is the MacKenzie course you can and do want to play. Unfortunately for us mortals, the options for the Dr's work is limited. Of course, strategy is at a premium from the tee, fairway and those contoured greens. I did play it in a day when there was a four club wind in the morning, so the greens became even more difficult. When the scratch golfer is three putting, it can be a bad sign. After 7 holes, the winds calmed to two clubs and the green speeds weren't an issue. That would be my only possibile complaint.

The course is fantastic. The strategy is everywhere and I am sure that the more you play, the more you know where to go. All holes are fantastic and one commonality is stay below the hole on the greens. The course has quite possibly the best set of par 3s-I really enjoyed the punch bowl 8th. No weak holes here. It is a MacKenzie- so I won't go into details. You know what you are getting-greatness. Great use of hills, a creek on the back nine and barranca.

The course is only 1 hour from Monterey, and well worth the drive. Not as scenic as some of the courses down there, but as far as golf-equals. As far as price-that is relative. By no means cheap, but 36 hole rates and Golfnow do make it more affordable.

The club itself is very nice and welcoming. All of the facilities you want-they have.

If you are anywhere between San Francisco and Monterey-come here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Outstanding"


jlamberto's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Perhaps the best course I've played since moving to California, that includes Pebble Beach. This was the design inspiration for Augusta National and while it was built in 1929, it has withstood the test of time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always a great track"


yomo45's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the old course....easy walk ....will play every time I am out herek


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Alister MacKenzie course"


Andy2045205's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great classic course. Due to recent rains, much greener than when we played last time 2 years ago during the drought. Course yesterday was in superb condition tee to green, even bunkers were immaculate. A must play course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Well kept and Challengin"


chinbkim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

But is it the #2 course in CA? The course is laid out well and you can walk it pretty easily. No hazards really and the test is all in the short game and putting. Club selection on the approach shots are key. However, there weren't any memorable holes. I wasn't "WOW'd" by the course. Maybe the expectations were too high for the alleged #2 course in CA and #13 public course in the USA. Still, a fun course and well kept. Worth checking out.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"My favorite golf course that I've ever played"


Jeffrey8859416's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I liked this Mackenzie gem more than PB, Spyglass & Erin Hills.

Layout-excellent especially the back 9. Mackenzie called the back 9 the best 9 holes in existence

Design & bunkering-genius

Greens-crazy but fun

Definitely a 2nd shot course

The staff was extremely friendly. I enjoyed spending time in the Mackenzie Grill.

I paid $143 on GolfNow.

Weather-horrible haha. Off & on rain during my whole round. It hailed once on each 9.

Conditions-very wet but the staff was trying to keep up. They had 12 greenskeepers working on the bunkers on 1 par 3!

Pace-excellent I was one of 4 people on the course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Missing tee time"


DeepHeat1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite booking my tee time on GolfNow and receiving an email confirmation, my reservation was not on the tee sheet at the course. The pro shop was helpful in finding a time to slot us in, but we got lucky. GolfNow needs to figure out why this doesn't happen so someone doesn't get scr*wed.

Also, course conditions were very disappointing.. Yes it had rained 3-4" in the preceding few days, but for $175, I'd have expected the maintenance to get the course back in shape, particularly since I had an afternoon tee time. Greens were ridiculously slow, and bunkers were washed out and mostly unplayable. Now the greens at least!

Disappointing, cause this is an incredible track.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Course!"


NotMatt's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2016
First time playing Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape and wide open on a cold, Wednesday morning. I walked and finished in under four hours.

Each hole is unique and I ended up using every club in my bag. The fairways were in great shape and the undulating greens were quick. Each hole is unique with MacKenzie's famous bunkers featured throughout the course.

I would highly recommend this course and cannot wait to play it again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a treat to play here"


Jonathan7437056's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2016
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a Monday just after a wet weekend, so the course was pretty soggy in certain parts. The weather itself was great, around 60 degrees. Due to the recent rains, the greens were bumpy and really slow. I played with a member and he was also having trouble adjusting to how slow putts were. The course is really fun to play, despite the difficulty. There aren't many blind shots. The trick is dealing with the elevation changes and knowing where to place the ball. The greens are massive and undulating - leave yourself in the wrong spot and you'll pay the price! There are lots of slope on the fairways, too, so that will test your ability to hit balls above and below your feet. Given the hot deal and coupon, I was able to play for much lower than the rack rate. Otherwise, it's too pricey for me to play regularly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2016

Reviewed on

They've got it good in Santa Cruz. No better west coast Mackenzie course that doesn't require having to do some dirty work for a member. Is there a better opening hole in California?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A must play for golf lovers"


Albert3475249's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Finally able to play this wonderful course....a perfect Santa Cruz day...many views of the spectacular central coast during the round. You notice many Alister Mckenzie trademarks throughout the course..extremely challenging greens, huge deep bunkers, and sloping fairways. Course was in pristine condition. Check Golf Now for occasional discounted rates, but even better rates can occasionally on Pasatiempos own web site. Really not to difficult a course to walk, I'd recommend walking rather than riding...as to ride is over $30! Only real negative I can say was pace of play....took us a good 5 hours...maybe even a little longer.cant wait to play it again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great experience, even though I played terrible"


ryanpmoore24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is now rated as the number 2 course you can play in CA, just behind Pebble Beach and just in front of Spyglass. The course is in pristine condition and in a beautiful location. Be sure to bring your A game because the course is extremely challenging. The yardage is a bit deceiving as it plays much longer and it is a par 70. I usually shoot in the mid 80's, but scored a 103 here. I did play terrible and this course punishes bad play. One thing this course lacks is a decent driving range. The range is not in good shape, is in an awkward location, and you hit off of mats. Overall, a great experience...just wish I would've played better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


weeyamgolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Greens rolled true, quick but not punishingly fast. Playing course for the first time it was a little difficult to find a target line off a few of the tees. 14th fairway was a little crazy with the swale running down the left and across the fairway right in the landing zone. And do not be above the hole on 16th green. Impossible to keep the ball on the green.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Compares with any course incl. Monterey"


jcfarmer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This might be one of the more challenging/fun courses I have played. The greens were fast and undulating, but they were fair. There were a couple greens which were extremely sloped and tiered to the point of almost gimmicky. But the greens were challenging without being unfair.

The course is in gorgeous shape. The fairways and sand are perfect. I walked, but you had better be in shape. It is up and down.

A couple heads-ups: 1.) Most courses on golfnow include cart in their prices or have a separate option for walking. The Pasatiempo price does not include cart. add an extra $30 ride/$10 push cart. 2.) Range balls are included in the price. But getting to the range requires a shuttle down and back. So factor that into your arrival time. The shuttle is quick and frequent, but there is some extra hassle.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect Day at Pasatiempo"


JustHaveFun's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is the best course I have ever played. This year alone I have played 6 of the Golf Digest Top 100 Courses You Can Play, and they have this course ranked #21 while another publication has it ranked #13 and only behind Pebble Beach on the in state rankings. This course was designed by the same guy who designed Augusta National and Cypress Point.

I absolutely loved everything about this course. Each green has it's unique quirks. Make sure to practice your putting on the practice green before teeing off. I had one putt go 3 feet too long and end up rolling all the way off. Holes #3, 10, 11, and 16 are some of the best holes you can find anywhere. Each hole is different and I wound up using each club in my bag. There are no boring or throw away holes here. This is the type of course which challenges you but doesn't beat you up. You enjoy the challenge and welcome the next hole with enthusiasm. I can not pay this course enough compliments. The greens are truly what make this course great. Pay the green fee and play this gem! It is worth it!

When you finish your round make sure to head up to the Hollins House where you will have panoramic views of Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Decent course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course but for the price maybe consider Spanish bay or spyglass


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not good value"


xiaoe2000's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course and great views. However the club doesn't offer yardage book, cart is $32 without GPS. Therefore, it is a really tough course for visitors to play. Regular price is way too much for its value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



jaspreetsingh's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Alister MacKenzie's gift to golfers"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

You can't play Augusta National, but Pasatiempo is a pretty good consolation prize.

The northern Califronia gem, a par 70 of 6,521 yards, sports that irreplaceable, classic look. MacKenzie's magnificent bunkers, artfully restored by Tom Doak within the past decade, are constantly a nuisance on demanding approach shots. Architecturally, Pasatiempo has few peers.

The first three holes play long and unforgiving. The uphill 235-yard third hole is rated the second hardest hole on the course, a rare designation for a par 3. MacKenzie's former home sits near the sixth green, the ending of a narrow par 5. A statue in the backyard and plaque on the sidewalk mark its location.

Barrancas create the most intimidating shots on the hillier back nine. The epic 11th hole requires a difficult carry over a canyon on the approach. Golf Advisor ranks the par-4 16th hole as one of golf's scariest holes thanks to a nasty three-tiered green surrounded by cavernous bunkers. Rounds end with a scenic par 3 over another gorge.

Golf Digest has rated The Tap Room in the Hollins House one of golf's greatest 19th holes. Built in 1929 by golfer Marion Hollins, it sits on higher ground just a short walk from the clubhouse. End a special day for your foursome right here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"hard but fair"


markguilliams's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My favorite golf course I've ever played. Not long very hard lots of fun. I played Pebble and Spyglass on the same trip but if I had to play just one course I would play Pasatiempo forever. The par 3 third is the hardest par 3 I've ever played that didn't have water on the hole. can not wait to go back..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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