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4.4
68 Reviews (68)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
84.1%
Recommend this course
60 out of 68 reviews
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4.3
8 Reviews (8)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.5%
Recommend this course
7 out of 8 reviews
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4.3
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
78.6%
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11 out of 14 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 70
Length 6500 yards
Slope 141
Rating 72.4

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.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 70 6500 yards 72.4 141
Gold/White Combo 70 6245 yards 71.3 135
White 70 6125 yards 70.8 134
White (W) 72 6125 yards 75.9 142
White/Green Combo 72 5806 yards 69.6 133
Green 72 5685 yards 68.9 130
Green (W) 72 5685 yards 73.4 135
Green/Hollins Combo 70 4772 yards 68.8 120
Hollins (Red) (W) 70 4476 yards 67.2 117
Scorecard for Pasatiempo Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 72.4/141 457 437 235 378 190 567 348 176 500 3288 440 392 373 531 429 141 387 371 169 3233 6521
Gold/White M: 71.3/135 440 437 195 378 174 516 348 176 500 3164 440 379 373 485 384 141 365 371 143 3081 6245
White M: 70.8/134 W: 75.9/142 440 420 195 358 174 516 335 162 473 3073 440 379 373 485 384 120 365 363 143 3052 6125
Green M: 68.9/130 W: 73.4/135 457 376 175 343 156 486 327 150 420 2890 440 311 373 446 331 96 353 357 88 2795 5685
Red M: 64.6/118 W: 67.2/117 440 298 86 222 65 400 327 150 358 2346 305 265 256 316 331 89 269 217 82 2130 4476
Handicap 4 8 2 16 6 14 10 12 18 5 3 13 15 7 17 1 9 11
Par 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 5 35 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 35 70

Course Details

Year Built 1929
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Poa Annua Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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4.4
68 Reviews (68)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Drinks 6
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Undulating Greens 14
Elevation Changes 13
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 12
A Weekend Splurge 11
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 11

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Conditions Excellent
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Impeccable

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
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2.0
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Low service for a 200 dollar round

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...

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Not for the faint hearted

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must play course for any golf lover!

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

A Course Worth Playing

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Pure Pasatiempo

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Met my (very high) expectations

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome day on the Links with my Son

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Dr Mackenzie had a beautiful mind

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Crazy to bypass this course on way to Monterey Peninsula

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice but.

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

One of the Best of Traditional Layouts

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A true classic

One of the best courses in the country...and possibly the world.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Oregon Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Living Up to the Hype!

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Piece of history

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great Course!

Great course across the board. Course was in great shape, staff was great. Very tough greens but fun to play at the same time. The price is a bit steep even with the Hot Deal but definitely worth playing at least once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

great experience

Pasatiempo is a course not be missed if you are ever in this area of California - well worth the time to get here from either San Francisco or Monteray
great layout, conditions and scenery!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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