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4.6
133 Reviews (133)
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
95.8%
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4.9
16 Reviews (16)
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Conditions
5.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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4.8
25 Reviews (25)
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Conditions
4.9
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
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4.7
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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
Tournament M: 69.0/128 341 293 340 310 151 532 118 375 375 2835 454 396 394 141 340 411 180 359 405 3080 5915
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
Lavender/White W: 68.3/125 325 269 323 248 103 417 97 312 336 2430 398 300 279 118 188 284 144 294 318 2323 4753
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) 14 16 12 6 10 4 18 2 8 3 1 7 17 11 9 15 13 5

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
133 Reviews (133)

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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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Golf in the Carmel Valley

My wife and I played here while attending the US Open at Pebble. We're members of a ClubCorp club at home so we were able to play for cart fees. We always enjoy this club when we're in the Carmel area. The front nine is on the valley floor. The back nine climbs the side of the valley with a lot of elevation changes. Lots of challenging holes that make you think. Course was in excellent condition. Staff was friendly. Enjoyed our day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Course!

Great value for twilight round. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Clubhouse bar provided excellent service and food. The course views were incredible. While not long, the layout and elevation change on the back 9 provide plenty of challenge. Pace of play slowed dramatically on back nine for some reason, which is the only negative as it was getting dark. Overall, highly recommend.

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

Nice

Top notch course. Conditions were excellent from fairways to bunkers and greens. The wind blew hard the day I played and valley was a cool 63 degrees but still played great from the tips. Nice par 3 with water all around... can eat your lunch if you don’t play aggressive. Golf now hit deal made this a garage sale bargain as the US Open was in town and the courses were heavy into price gouging but not this course even off of hot deals. Will always play here when I come back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Amazing views

Carmel Valley is an excellent course for all! Amazing views, great tee shots, and the course was in excellent shape! It was worth the money to play a round here. Would play again if there was another deal like the one we got!

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

A GREAT ROUND OF GOLF

This is a beautiful course, it can be unforgiving, greens are tough, tight fairways, definitely a wake-up call for a harder course.

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

Lovely course and staff

We hadn't played here for over 20 years as it previously was a members only course unless you were staying onsite. It was more challenging than I remembered but still fun. Great views on the back nine. The weather changed 3 times while we were on the course. Cool, warm, windy, cold and then moderate no wind. Dress in layers is my advise. The staff couldn't have been nicer and so very clean, everywhere! Great little café between the 8th and 9th hole. We will definitely be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course is in great shape. Staff was super friendly and helpful. You really get an all inclusive feel here. All of the bells and whistles. Beautiful place to play.

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

Carmel Valley Ranch

I love this track. Very hilly and mountainous at times. Great firm greens that roll true. If you can hit driver down the middle you will enjoy it here. Beautiful design in a remote location. If you want to challenge yourself to a good game of golf go for it! Staff is extremely helpful and very pleasant. Facility is top notch.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Some players are not good.

Some players were slow and selfish. Some players do not like to play golf with strangers even though same tee time.

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

Great Round

The golf course is majestic and complete. Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club is a great facility in a beautiful valley. All of the staff were friendly and courteous. The course is phenomenal and the elevation changes are epic. I can’t wait to get back out there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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
San Francisco Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

Super Fun Layout

Great track with some excellent water features on the flat section and 6 holes that go up
Into the mountianside for some elevation changes. Overall course conditions are great. Fairways are still a little wet and soft from all the recent rain.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
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