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3.5
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4.8
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Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
84.1%
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4.3
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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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Alister MacKenzie's gift to golfers

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
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Plays A few times a week
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hard but fair

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..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Excellent weather

Alister Mackenzie at his best

It's not everyday you can play an Alister Mackenzie public course, as most of his great work are reserved for the private side (Augusta, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne, Crystal Downs.) On this occasion, I flew from Phoenix to San Francisco (with a work stopover in Florida) just to get a round in on this masterpiece.

I was a single but got paired up with a local which made the pace of play more manageable (wasn't going to be setting a land speed record on a Saturday afternoon.) I played Pasatiempo last July in the middle of the California drought. This time around the course, while still dry, was in much better shape.

What makes this course so special are the greens and bunkers. Tom Doak did a fabulous job in his restoration. I've been to Augusta and have played Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, and I can see the similarities at Pasatiempo. I would hate to play these greens when they are firm and fast.

My favorite green has to be #16, a diabolical triple-tiered green that you need to hit your approach on the correct level (the pin was on the middle tier and I came up about a foot short and my ball rolled back down off the front of the green.)

Overall, it was a great round and I highly recommend this course to anyone with an appreciation for courses designed and built in the golden age of architecture. The course is also not overly difficult for the average golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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A NoCal treat for architecture buffs

It's always sunny in Santa Cruz, at least that's what the locals say, compared to the nearby Monterey Peninsula. That was certainly the case when I made the drive up on my way back to San Francisco at the end of my golf trip in 2013 to play Alister Mackenzie gem, a rare design of his open to the public.

Pasatiempo is certainly a standout, about as architecturally interesting as any public course in the west. Despite the fact it's not right on the ocean, the walk is every bit as thrilling as any course in the state, starting with a long par 4 from an elevated tee with a view of the ocean in the background.

The bunkers and green complexes steal the show, and recent turf reduction efforts have given it a really neat, natural look. The 16th green is a marvel, and the course ends with an intimidating par 3. Pasatiempo is the kind of round that flies by all too fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
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Save your money

This course, because of the drought in California, is in horrible condition, I was lucky to find a patch of grass in the "fairway". To top it off the maintenance crew had no clue as to how to clear the way for the players. One crewman stood in front of the green hand watering without a hard hat and no intention of moving while I was trying to hit an approach shot.
They offered a $50 discount for the next round, I live 500 miles away, what am I going to do with that?
SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 09/02/2016

They have secured water for the next 50 years so the conditions during the summer of 2014 will no longer be a concern for any future visitor. I played this course in August of 2016 and it is in fabulous shape. The fairways are green and there is no more concern about dead grass.

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1 star ? Really ?

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best Course in Northern California I've played

I played Blackhorse and Bayonet, Ranch Canada, Pastiatempo, Half Moon Bay, and Pacific Grove on my trip. Pastiatempo is in a league of its own. Outstanding course! If you want a challenge you have it with this course. These greens are the toughest I've ever played on due to speed and slopes. But they roll true. An amazing golf experience. Best I've probably ever had. Play this course ASAP.

Conditions Excellent
Value 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
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

I had high expectations and I was blown away

I have never heard of one golf course that has so much hype in my life. I was a bit worried because everyone raved about this golf course being in their top 3. I thought there was no way this place could be that good. I have played a lot of high end golf courses in the area, and this one is phenomenal. The uniqueness of the design in unmatched. Every hole is a great hole and I was never bored. Walking the course gave me a big appreciation for the details. It was the second highest green fee that I have played, behind Spyglass, and it was worth every penny. I highly recommend playing this golf course at least once in your life, you will not regret it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Alistair MacKenzie at his best

Architect Alistair MacKenzie lived on the course and called the 16th the best par-4 ever designed. Painstakingly restored a few years ago by Tom Doak, the course is memorable in so many ways. The back nine may be among the top 5 in all of golf. Every hole is special, with the possible exception of the par-3 18th, but that might be nitpicking. Definitely a must-play if you have the opportunity.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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