Carmel Valley Ranch Resort

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4.6
117
5 Stars
73
4 Stars
38
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
95.5%
Recommend this course
111 out of 117 reviews
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4.6
9
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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4.6
26
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.2%
Recommend this course
25 out of 26 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Par 70
Length 6117 yards
Slope 131
Rating 70.1
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) Gene Bates (2006)

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
117

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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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Really enjoyed back nine. Thought the front was a little boring

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

Most Enoyble

This course is a very enjoyable, challenging layout especially from the back tees. Don’t let the yardage fool you if you are single digit. There are some holes that can sneak up on you to reek havoc with a steady round. The scenery and elevations are spectacular . The Pro Shop is always engaging and making sure you have. a good experience. This goes for cart and bar staff also. Play Carmel Valley Ranch and enjoy a most enjoyable round

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

Carmel Valley Adventure

The course was in perfect condition and I liked the pace of play status tracked in the "smart" golf carts. Tee boxes were excellent and the greens were great. The cart programmed on how to play each hole helped immensely as well as the on-line gps.

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

Fast greens

My buddy and I played two weekdays on a golf package. Pace of play was perfect. No one behind or in front of us for two days.

The yardage on the card is short (6100+) but it plays longer and you can play driver from all par 4s and 5s (back tees).

Some say the course is easy, but it does have some protections from scoring (I'm a 5.3 index). The greens are fast and undulating. I added about 3 strokes in putting. A lot of tightly moved chipping areas with 4 to 8 foot falloffs. My up and downs percentages were about 1/2 of normal. The fairways have a very tight mow. Mishits will have a poorer outcome than cushioned fairways. Especially wedges from inside 100 yards. This added a few strokes to my score. Finally, the course is target golf with OB and hazards on almost all holes. I had one OB and two shots in the water over 3 rounds (I was driving great too).

Course conditions are fantastic, scenic and fun to play.

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