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Value
3.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
84.1%
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4.3
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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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Top 100

Mackenzie wrote the book on golf course design, and this is a great challenge. If you like to walk only fairly flat courses, take a cart.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
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4.0
First Time Playing

Worth playing at least once

Been waiting to try Pasa for a long time, finally got to do it. Based on all the hype, I went in with crazy high expectations. For the most part, the course lived up to the hype. Some incredible holes, especially #3, 5, 10, 11 and 16 which are among the best I've ever played. Some greens are amazing but crazy difficult: don't be surprised to 4-putt (I did) or even putt it "from to off" the green (I did), but it's all part of the Mackenzie charm and makes you appreciate how the pros occasionally do the same thing at Augusta. It's a very walkable course; lot of hills may tire you out but worth the effort if you can do it, heightens the "old school" feel of the course in my opinion. Range is pretty disappointing but not a huge detractor. All in all a great day but it's pricy, so not someplace I will play frequently. That said, it's a great course for a splurge or special occasion.

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

Public MacKenzie

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Always a great track

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Great Alister MacKenzie course

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.

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

Well kept and Challengin

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.

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
First Time Playing

My favorite golf course that I've ever played

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

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

Missing tee time

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.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather

Great Course!

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather

Always a treat to play here

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0

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?

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

A must play for golf lovers

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!

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great experience, even though I played terrible

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Compares with any course incl. Monterey

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Perfect Day at Pasatiempo

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent course

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

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not good value

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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