Carmel Valley Ranch Resort

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4.6
113
5 Stars
70
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
94.5%
Recommend this course
107 out of 113 reviews
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Average Rating
4.5
18
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.4%
Recommend this course
17 out of 18 reviews
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4.6
42
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
92.9%
Recommend this course
39 out of 42 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 6117
Slope 131
Rating 70.1
Type Private/Resort
Back along Snively’s Ridge on the eastern boundary of the Santa Lucia Preserve is a spot that is one of the great luxury getaways in the USA. It’s called Carmel Valley Ranch, and its Pete Dye par-70 layout is a very playable golf course that was voted one of the Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses in the country by Golf for Women’s Magazine.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6117 yards 70.1 131
White 70 5664 yards 67.9 126
White (W) 70 5664 yards 72.9 132
Red (W) 70 5230 yards 70.8 129
Red 70 5169 yards 65.7 121
Gold 70 4433 yards 62.3 113
Gold (W) 70 4433 yards 66.2 114
Scorecard for Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Brown M: 70.2/130 W: 75.6/141 341 293 340 397 151 532 118 375 375 2922 454 426 394 141 340 411 226 359 444 3195 6117
Orange M: 68.1/124 W: 73.6/137 325 281 332 310 141 487 105 362 351 2694 429 396 378 134 330 395 180 323 405 2970 5664
Lavender M: 65.8/118 W: 71.0/131 325 269 323 289 120 456 97 354 336 2569 398 354 343 118 280 391 144 294 339 2661 5230
White M: 63.2/112 W: 66.4/121 278 240 297 248 103 417 70 312 260 2225 359 300 279 116 188 284 104 260 318 2208 4433
Handicap 13 15 9 1 11 7 17 3 5 10 4 8 18 14 6 12 16 2
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 70
Handicap (W) 13 15 9 5 11 3 17 1 7 6 4 8 18 14 10 12 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 1981
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens T1 Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1981)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.6
113

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 15
Bunkers 13
Water Hazards 10
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 16
Worth the Drive 13
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course never disappoints me...always in great shape with friendly and helpful stafff..from the main office guys to the starters and cart guys ...bar crew again friendly and helpful....with post play enjoyment!

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

Will be back

It’s a very nice course. Fantastic view and wild life. The course is not that difficult but enjoyable. Will be back to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Course but Horrible Pace of Play

The back nine is a gem with drastic elevation drops and some blind shots. The course is fair for all levels with the back tees being less than 6,200 yards - so the course was not too long. The back nine took 3 hours to play and everybody was a twosome. No ranger or other course management. We would finish a hole and the group in front of us was always still waiting to tee off themselves. The front nine played faster but with some similar waits. There was a fivesome playing two groups ahead which caused those delays on the front. I would love to play this course again sometime but not if it is a 5 hour round.

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

Well maintained course

Course conditions immaculate! Nice variety of interesting hole layouts and challenges. One downside is holes that are tight along roads or homes; need to hit it straight!

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

Great course but service inside after round was terrible we had to serve ourselves

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Nice but too easy

Instead of the extreme challenges at Pasatiempo, my wife and I opted for the scenic Carmel Valley.

This turned out to be a beautiful choice for an adventure.

Being so close to the chaos of Carmel yet in the valley and vineyards of this resort made this special.

The golf course is beautiful and well maintained almost like a private club. The afternoon we played was a little crowded and somewhat slow but the scenery is worth the wait.

For me, there were too many 350 yard par 4s and every par 3 is a mountain goat downhill demon.

This course is best for the real beginner and the older golfer who loves being able to hit par 4s in regulation.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great golf course

The staff was very friendly. I was treated so well. The power carts have a lot of juice for getting up those hills and very quiet. The fairways and greens were perfect! Had a great day! Worth the money. Worth every penny!

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

Nice Front 9

Great front nine then made turn and a 6some was in front of us. The 4some in front of us must have been let thru. After calling pro shop we were also let thru but the group tried to hit into us. I think it was a wedding party. The disruption thru us off our rhythm which was too bad.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Some of the best views on my golf vacation

Spectacular views, nice layout. Great place to stay as well. Would have been perfect if there wasn’t a fivesome a few groups in front of us and a crazy lady behind hitting into us. Actually hit are cart once as we were putting our clubs in our bags!!

Will return the next time I have a chance to go to California

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

Carmel Valley Ranch a real golfing treat!

All aspects of the day were perfect ( except my golf score)...Staff friendly...course in excellent shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
San Francisco Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

Fun Layput w/ great conditions

Was "forced" to play Carmel Valley Ranch today. We practically had the course to ourselves all day. No one behind us for 4-5 holes and we never caught up to anyone until the 17th and I'm still not sure where that foursome came from! Greens were rolling the perfect speed at a medium fast pace. Greens were still firm with approach shots rarely leaving a divot.

Fairways are green and lush. First cut of rough is very playable with the second cut being "good luck" territory. As in good luck finding your ball and good luck getting a club on it if you do.

Wildlife is plentiful with an abundance of deer and turkeys on the back nine. The front nine is easily walkable but the back nine would be extremely difficult to walk due to the severe elevation changes and long transfers between holes.

Definitely a recommended "go to" course in the peninsula.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Unusual layout, but fun and interesting.

First nine is flat, second is in the hills creating wonderful views. Not long but tricky. Fun!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

AWESOME DAY FOR GOLF

This Course is an amazing course to play, the weather was awesome, the sights and surroundings are amazing, and even on the 14th. hole if it is a clear day, you can see the Ocean View in the background. This is a Great course to se A lot of animals as well during your play, a must at least once, this was our second time in 4 months.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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
Previously Played

Difficult to concentrate on golf

The course is set at the base of mountain range, the views take your breath away. The course is challenging, number 10, for. starters, several blind tee locations, with the Carmel River rushing by. The staff. Is beyond helpful, if you can snag a tee time on golf now take it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Nice coourse

Very nice people working there. My one complaint would be the fairway grass was mowed very short...probably the time of year we played. .. very thin.

Course was fun with great views and wildlife.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Stay & Play Offers

$199 Starting price
Valid dates: Oct 19, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players, daily American breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and 10% savings offered at the Golf Shop.
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