Pasatiempo Golf Club

4.5994470588 4.6 stars from 5 (50)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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

This classic golf course is arguably one of the top venues in the country. Pasatiempo was certainly one of designer Alister MacKenzie's favorites. The legendary architect made his home off the par-5 sixth hole and regarded the difficult, uphill 16th as one of the best par 4s ever designed by him or anyone else. To make it even better, the golf club embarked on a two-year restoration project headed up by Tom Doak. The result was nothing less than spectacular as bunkers and greens were to returned original specifications with modern turf and drainage technology. With its great design and elevation changes, Pasatiempo Golf Club plays much longer than its yardage and will test good players. The back nine is particularly strong, perhaps as good as any in the country.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 50 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
9
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

46 out of 50 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 drinks patio dining  

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"Beautiful day on a very tough course"


US28289's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful course with spectacular views nestled into an area shaded a bit from the wind making it much warmer than the surrounding courses. It is beautifully kept and blends well into the natural geography. First rate all the way. Lots of sand and greens with many contours make it quite a challenge, but if any course around is worth the rather significant greens fees, this is it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Ddube29's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
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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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Impeccable"


fuzzy1424's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
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Reviewed on

Everything about this course is outstanding. The layout is second to none, every hole is a stunner with superb bunkering and incredible greens. The staff was great, the clubhouse is not a work of art but it does the job. The conditioning was incredible even after getting rained on for three straight days. Do yourself a favor and play this course if you have the chance. I'd put it up there with the bandon properties in my book.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Low service for a 200 dollar round"


hhobbs6544's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
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I wasn't told until Check in that the cart was an extra $30.00.

Staff was not friendly.

Greens were disappointingly slow.

Nowhere near a $200.00 course...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Not for the faint hearted"


u000003523128's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am an avid golfer who lived in Santa Cruz 30 years ago and played Pasatimepo before it was renovated. It's a beautiful course, but you may forget that as your well-struck ball rolls off the green into a deep sand trap. The greens are undulating throughout, and it is difficult to ensure that your ball will stay on the green. It was a humbling experience but, in sum, worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A must play course for any golf lover!"


u2088899583's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've been wanting to play this course for decades and finally made my dream come true. The course is nestled up in the forested hills above Santa Cruz and the views are amazing. Just like the course itself, what a layout!! I played a Monday and our foursome had no one in front, or behind us. A rare treat! The course was in great shape, especially the greens. They were perfect and trickier as heck. Now I know what the Pro's are putting on every week! The pin placements were tough that day, because there was a junior tournament earlier in the morning. You'll love them though, but its hard to get the ball into the hole due to the fast speed and undulations that are classic Alastair McKenzie. Like bunkers? You're in luck because there are hundreds of them in all shapes, sizes and angles...good luck...bet you go bunker to bunker like we all did! The staff was great and the facilities top notch. Be sure to ask the pro shop guys about Pasatiempo's connection to Augusta...it's a classic!

Can't 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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Course Worth Playing"


u000002697163's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am one of those golfers that hates paying more than $40 for a round of golf. That said I did pay $170 for this round, very well spent. I am almost 69 years old and I walked the course checking out everything. The gentlemen I was partnered with had played the course before and he really helped me out. The course is just beautiful, fairways are in just great shape, bunkers have real sand, greens were fast but true and the tee boxes were the best I have ever hit off of. In my ratings for value I put excellent because walking this course you can see that it takes a lot of money to maintain it. As I always put in my reviews you get what you pay for and I got my money's worth today. These courses are really out of my normal expenses but once in a while I do it, I guess you could say one of my bucket lists. Highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



jorihoj1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Pure Pasatiempo"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Playing Pasatiempo overwhelms the senses of even the most hardened golf critic (me).

I can think of dozens of courses that I've roasted over the years for these problems:

A lack of a quality practice facility.

Safety nets protecting homes and roads too close to the course.

Fencing within the routing where holes dangerously interact with one another.

Parallel holes where stray balls can end up in your fairway.

Holes along roads.

A hole where the length and difficulty is out of whack with the par on the card.

A layout too short by modern standards to hold any prominent event.

Pasatiempo has all of these 'issues', and I could care less. The place is so special that it's easy to overlook such minor details.

Walking Dr. Alister MacKenzie's home course is simply one of the best days in golf. Each MacKenzie bunker looks like its own work of art. The greens might be the most interesting in the game. Some tough holes I may never solve - no. 1 and no. 11 specifically - but it sure is fun to try.

If Pasatiempo isn't on the itinerary of every bucket-list chaser coming to Pebble Beach, then they're not doing the trip right.

Thanks, Doc. We owe you a cold one in golf heaven for leaving such a treasure behind.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Met my (very high) expectations"


martinsheppey's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Genuinely difficult course in good condition. Fair by tough. All should experience at least once. Saturday round, late morning, took 5hours. All staff were very helpful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome day on the Links with my Son"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
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Reviewed on

Weather was great, Course was amazing, Price seems a little high, but great facilities and friendly staff. Resturant was closed due to a private function, but had a beer in the Tap Room after the round. It was a memorable day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Dr Mackenzie had a beautiful mind"


ngaudreau's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great and very challenging golf course. It makes you think about every shot and placement of shots is key. The course is in great condition right now as well. I'd highly recommend it, but bring your A-game!


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


"Crazy to bypass this course on way to Monterey Peninsula"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It is among my favorite things to play a course that you had high expectations going in and actually have the experience over-deliver.

I honestly cannot be effusive enough in my praise for this track. It is a little out of the way, but anyone traveling from San Francisco to the Monterey Peninsula to play should not pass up the opportunity to tee it up here.

There is a vibe here that harkens back to the early 1900s. A classic old-school layout built in the tradition of dramatic elevation changes and natural hazards. It is rugged, but the fairways and greens blend seamlessly into into the surrounding environs. The bunkering is a hallmark. Cavernous traps guard greens and the fairway bunkering is sound.

Elevation changes and sloping fairways are a natural defense of the course. The par-4 10th hole sweeps from right to left, feeding into a tricky green guarded by a massive trap on the left. The par-4 11th is one of the toughest par 4s I can remember playing. The second shot uphill over a barranca requires a 2-3 club up and a false front on the green will still repel approaches.

The variety of the holes is tremendous. The par-4 14th is an excellent example of what makes the course special. This would otherwise be a rather straightforward, mundane hole if not for the hillocks and hummocks on the left side of the landing area of the fairway. Balls collect here, much like links golf and makes the hole infinitely more interesting.

The par 3s are fantastic. The third and fifth holes play long uphil and are again guarded menacingly by sand. The eighth plays dramatically downhill and employs a beguiling slope that can carry the best of tee shots maddeningly to the front of the putting surface. No. 15 looks simple enough at a touch under/over 100 yards depending on pin placement, but it is a narrow target with no bailout surrounded by a natural hazard. Eighteen is like something out of Pine Valley. What a green complex!

I don't walk often, but I did here and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. I teed off at 7:20 and had no one in front of me or behind, making for a pleasant walk.

Tip: Golfnow offers hot deals here around noon or 1 p.m. If you want to play in the morning, wait a week out then check tee times for early in the day. They drop rates about $75 off the rack rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Nice but."



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
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Reviewed on

Course in great shape but were sanded then watered so puddles on the green ,not all but a few. Bathrooms on the course did not wook a few of the water dispensers not functioning, no cart person so no water to drink. I realize it was 0800 tee time but staff never inforned us of any issues. So paying that much money and traveling form Phoenix to play there was disappointing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"One of the Best of Traditional Layouts"


JohnFrazer'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 07/18/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course has charm, variety and cleverness. I understand why it led to Alistair Mackenzie being chosen for Cypress and Augusta. The course condition was excellent. Play was pretty quick at 1:00 P.M. The course is quite walkable.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"A true classic"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
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One of the best courses in the country...and possibly the world.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Living Up to the Hype!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

After years of thinking about Pasatiempo I finally took the plunge and made a weekend out of playing it. The course was fantastic, the views, course layout, and greens presented a tough but fair golf course. Besides a few holes where we just weren't sure where the fairway went, it was fantastic. Highly recommended crossing this off your bucket list!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Piece of history"


u000003139228's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Giving this course a rating doesn't even come close to doing it justice. Pasatiempo is a flat out piece of history. Everything about this place is immaculate, from the clubhouse to the 18th green.

Anyone who is fortunate enough to play this course is being treated to golf architecture that is unmatched and can't be replicated or duplicated anywhere. Sit back, relax, and soak in every single piece of this place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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