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Pajaro Valley Golf Club

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3.3
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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
42
2 Stars
31
1 Stars
16
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
67.5%
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4.0
Value
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5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6684 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.3

Originally designed by Floyd McFarkland, Pajaro Valley Golf Club has large Monterey Pines lining its generous rolling fairways. Elevated tees provide scenic views of the Pajaro Valley below. Opened in 1922 and redesigned in 1962 by Robert Muir Graves, the course features small bentgrass greens and four ponds with water in play on three holes. The fourth is one of the course's most challenging holes, a 420-yard par 4 with triple-tiered green. The course also was once the home of former U.S. Open champion Olin Dutra, who spent the last part of his career teaching here.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6684 yards 71.3 124
Blue 72 6486 yards 70.2 121
White 72 6246 yards 69.2 117
Red (W) 72 5608 yards 72.7 121
Scorecard for Pajaro Valley 1
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 69.5/118 469 404 187 551 298 381 153 418 365 3226 351 180 430 443 183 498 397 579 377 3438 6664
White M: 68.3/116 458 392 177 511 284 357 103 391 355 3028 342 171 416 369 166 468 387 528 362 3209 6237
Red W: 72.7/121 441 357 130 403 272 329 97 378 335 2742 343 152 406 313 149 428 353 487 323 2954 5696
Handicap 8 4 14 10 16 6 18 2 12 15 7 1 13 17 9 3 5 11
Par 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 36 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 5 17 9 1 13 15 3 11 14 16 8 12 18 4 6 2 10

Course Details

Year Built 1922
Greens Rye Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Floyd McFarkland (1922) Robert Muir Graves (1962)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $16 - $20
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.3
175

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Brunch 9
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 26
Bunkers 22
Undulating Greens 19
This course/club is great for:
Locals 30
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 22
Walkers 17
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 23
Convenient to the City 9
In the 'Burbs 8

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Getting better ...

This course has gone through some rough times. Last played it in early 2016 after a very wet, windy winter. I would guess they lost approximately 40 very large trees, mostly on the back nine and in the process their irrigation system got torn out from the downed trees. I vowed not to go back. Didn't think they would ever recover....... April 15, 2018....Man what a difference!! Great shape, greens are awesome. Bunkers need a bit more sand but still playable. pace of play was under 4 hours. I can't wait to go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
San Francisco Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Not worth the money

I had heard this course had been renovated a couple years ago and much improved. I'll save you the time and money. The course is just not worth it. Track layout isn't bad but the fairways were brown, thin and had a lot of bare spots. Greens were so so, they rolled fairly smooth but we're very slow. Tee boxes were average at best.

A couple holes have views of the slough which is nice but some of the holes back up against a run down neighborhood. I was a single and got paired up with a threesome. We were virtually the only people on the course (there were 4 others 5 holes ahead) and it still took us over 4 1/2 hours. Very frustrating to say the least.

Overall the course is below average.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value midweek

First time was a great time. Course was in nice shape. Not to long so I played from the black tees. Greens lush but a little bumpy due to aeration 3-4 weeks ago.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

I played this course on a tuesday. Weather was amazing. I know the is a water issue, bu the conditions here were quit impressive. They air-rated the greens but they were still solid. I staff was fantastic and let me know about up coming events and tournaments. They told about charity tournament benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma society sponsored by Sierra Nevada. I thinks its in October. I had a drink before and after my round. Prices were very fair for a golf course. I had lunch, one of their burgers. Just Scrumptious and price was good. The bartender, I think he said his name was John, let me know that they will be staying open for monday, thursday
,and sunday night football games. Food and Drink specials!! All in all I had a great day..not so much my golf game..LOL!!!! I will be back but with fiends:)))))))))

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don't go there

Terrible golf course.
Staff is unkind.
Course conditions are not good
Price is high.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golfing at parajo

The greens are very fast if you can putt you should be able to make the putting The overall condition of the course is OK needs a little more work make it beautiful again and will keep. golfers at home stead of going to Blackhorse and bayonet rLaguna Seca remember how great parajo was keep up the good work and will get there soon

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens and fees

I've played here many times over the last 20 years. I love the layout. Awesome views on the back nine. The greens seem to be different every time I play here. Today they were a little bumpy. The nicest part of the round was that there was nobody in front or behind us all day. Where was everyone on a Friday? Maybe they didn't want to pay the $68 to play. As much as I like the course, I think it's somewhat overpriced. I won't be back at that price.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

This is a great place to play friendly staff, great course, and great weather when it's hot inland.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

For the Birds

We had no one following during our round, so we could set our own pace. It was not too busy, so we were allowed to play as a pair, rather than having to join folks we did not know. Carts have a convertible windshield...nice feature. Weather was normal for the region: Cloudy & cool a.m., and burnt off to mostly sunny & breezy p.m. Several great views, with a feeling of being on top of the world with vast openness. Fairways are wide, and course if well kept. Cypress trees are great ,too. Driving range on site. No posted/written rules about bringing your own refreshments, and I did not have to change out of my tee-shirt.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Open Course, Forgiving Greens and Great Weather

We come to Pajaro to avoid the crowds in San Jose. We were able to walk right on as a twosome and play a fast 18 holes without waiting. The weather was great, as it usually is. Stayed overcast until 12:30 so it wasn't too hot.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Pajaro Valley rvisited

I had not played PV for quite some time, as I felt the management had let the place deteriorate considerably since I first played there several years ago. They have put a lot of effort into making the course great again, and I was very surprised at the improvements that had been made. The greens are again in extremely good shape and the course is in excellent shape. It was a great pleasure to play there again! I would like to see more specials available to locals and senior players.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
2.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course in Poor Condition!

I have played the Pajaro Valley course many times going back to the early 1980's. Always enjoyed the layout and the reasonable rates but the last 2 visits have been dissapointing to say the least. I played it with friends over a year ago and the greens were in terrible shape, almost unplayable. No discount or warning was given at check-in. This May 2015 we decided to try it again after we had heard the greens wre back in good shape! Much to our surprise the week day green fees had gone up to a wopping $68 with cart $51 to walk. Greens were fair but the rest of the course was in terrible condition. $68 dollars (no senior rates) for this course in it's present condition is a joke! $45 with cart would be more realistic! Go play Crazy Horse Ranch $55 with cart or even Laguna Seca which is also $60+ which is a better layout and in much much better condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

beautiful views

It would be nice if the course was better marked. It is easy to get lost.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Great Time at Pajaro

Great time at Pajaro this last weekend. The little bit of rain Sunday morning must have scared people off. We teed off at 12:00 and had the course to ourselves the whole round. Turned into a very nice day. The course is in really good shape and the greens the best I've seen them. Only bummer was they closed the bar early so no 19th hole for us.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

This course is much improved

I had not played here in quite a while but heard they made some changes for the better and I couldn't agree more. The course is in the best shape I've ever seen or played! The course from the club house to the 18th green are classy and I couldn't say that before. Go back and give them another try or go there for the first time. My partner had never played there and thought is was a very nice and challenging course. Pace of play on a Friday 1000 tee time was great too.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Greatly improved course

I played this course 6 months ago and since then the course has greatly improved. The greens are great and the fairways are all green

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greena

I played here about one and half ago ,the course is greatly improved way better condition and the greens are in very good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pajaro

Greens are getting better. Condition has improved from spring when the course was not being maintained. Tee boxes still need work.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Country club golf

We played 27 holes in 4:10 min.The course was challenging and in good condition.Golf here is an extremely good value.I am looking forward to my next round at Pajaro Valley Golf Club and would Recommend to everybody.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Challenging but playable for high handicappers

Nice course in pretty good condition. Small greens are well protected by bunkers. Fairways are reasonably wide but trees can cause some problems on mishits. Some holes present significant elevation changes. We all felt it was a fun course to play.
We were disappointed that a fivesome was allowed to play right in front of us, which led to very slow play as that group had no desire to speed up play even though we were waiting for them at every tee box. I will be reluctant to play there again knowing that management allows this on busy days.
However, overall it was a fun, but slow, outing.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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