Carmel Valley Ranch Resort

4.5256411765 4.5 stars from 5 (80)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6117 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

  • One Old Ranch Rd, Carmel, California 93923, Monterey County
  • (831) 626-2510, (831) 620-6406
  • (831) 626-2561
  • www.cvrgolf.com

Year built: 1981
Architect(s): Pete Dye (1981)
Type: Private/Resort
Greens: T1 Bentgrass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 80 Reviews
5 stars:
47
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

75 out of 80 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"Wonderful 1st Visit"


kuA691's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We've wanted to play this course for a couple of years and finally got the chance. The course is in great shape (fast greens, too) and the weather was spectacular, especially for December.

My wife, an "advanced beginner" golfer, had a wonderful time. I loved the layout (the back nine was just as spectacular as we had heard). Don't walk this course, though; it's a real workout. But with a cart, it's a treat. The views from some of the tees are unbelievable. We were paired with novice golfers on the front nine, so that impacted our pace of play. I wouldn't recommend this course for beginners; too challenging for them.

Great pro shop staff and facilities, too. We'll be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pretty but not what I expected"


MatthewnA's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thanks to Golf Now I finally got to experience the one time private, now overpriced, Carmel Valley Ranch. I'm glad I played it, if only for the 11th hole where you tee off from the top of the world and face a uphill second shot that sends short approaches to a collection area about 100 yards out! Thankfully the green fees are cart included...not only for the hilly holes on the backside...but for a layout around a gated community that requires a long drive to get from green to tee. As far as from Tee to Green long drives are not required as this course is senior golfer friendly. There is GPS in the carts that works well, when it does, but the twosome with me could not work their's. Their cart almost died going up the backside as well, which could have been a disaster!

Not a lot of marshalls and when we saw one they didn't much care when members jumped in front of us with a 5 some. In fact I did feel a bit like an interloper. I would play it again if me and friends could all get a hot deal rate. But for the the normal asking price...there are too many other options here, to pay that much to play there. For a course that asks about $150 I expected more.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Carmel Valley Ranch"


dunlopti's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course excellent condition . Front nine very scoreable and pretty straight forward . Back nine goes up into the hills and much more difficult.Greens very true and smooth .Overall very beautiful golf course . Not very long yardage wise . Definitely an iron course .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u498254651's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Don't walk, ride!"


jpmcw1967's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some ridiculous trails from some greens to the next tee. Thank heavens for golf carts.

Course O.K., but didn't ring out special to me.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"You can score"


mikecsicustomhomes's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in a beautiful valley. Fog that we dealt with the previous day at Poppy Hills was above us at mountain top all day, Not a problem. Nice layout that gave you the opportunity to score if you didn't force the birdies. Nice practice facility. Will go back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Day"


mjkaiser51's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. Hreens fast and true while also receptive. Would definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Valley Gem"


sjcrad's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Spectacular views!! Challenging course with variety of hole shapes and shots required. Local course knowledge would go a long way for playing several of the downhill and uphill shots, as well as tee shot placement for approaches. Love to play it again. f


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing course even better staff"


ABoore's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in spectacular shape. Great greens (fast) and fairways were great as well. Overall the course was in great shape. Elevation on several holes made it fun to take a rip with the driver. The staff was extremely friendly and as good as the course is, and it is amazing, the staff was top notch and made the experience that much better. Most friendly staff I’ve dealt with on a golf course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Scenic/Challenging"


tomumps2000's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fast greens. Front nine relatively flat, back nine has some severe elevation changes. Fun track!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



chicanogolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"We Had Fun!"


FlyingChief's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

My wife and I played here while vacationing in the area. You know....some courses are work....some are meh....this one was fun and we truly enjoyed our round! A beautiful setting, the front nine is played on the floor of the valley. Then starting with #10 you start climbing until you reach a point several hundred feet above the valley floor with views all the way to the ocean. Dramatic elevation changes up and down. Par 70. Not overly long - you don't need to hit driver on every hole. Conditions were near perfect. Staff were friendly and helpful. Only minor glitch is that the range is short and limited to irons only. Highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mdickey1962's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"New Top 10 Favorite Course"


Alex326's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my second time playing here. Course conditions are top notch as expected from a high quality resort course. Tee to green the course is in fantastic shape. Greens offer some challenging breaks but have spacious landing zones. The course is set up against a mountain and several of the holes have fun elevated tee boxes with great views of the surrounding mountains and course below. Water hazards add to the beauty and challange of the course.

Turkeys and deer are plentiful on the course for added wildlife scenery. Being inland you are sure to find sun while other Peninsula courses are fogged in. Pace of play was decent considering it was weekend prime time when I played. Only drawback on the track is that there are only two par 5's one of which is uphill (the only uphill hole by the way).

Other than that Carmel Valley Ranch is a super course that's a blast to play and has moved up into my top 10 favorite courses!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Short tough course"


ronjensen's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great shape. I teed of at 10 am and was done in 8 hours Loved the elevation change. Saw deer and wild turkey


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Carmel Valley Gem"


theycallmetak's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in fantastic shape with fast and tricky greens. It's not a long course but a fun track. It's not overly penal but there are risk/reward holes. I arrived early and hit some balls off the turf range (included with greens fee). All of the staff were extremely helpful, professional and made the experience great. The best thing by far though were the gentlemen (members) I got grouped with as I was playing as a single. Generous with course knowledge and kind enough to ignore my wayward shots. They also kept pace extremely well which is always appreciated. A fun round that I'd be happy to pay rack rate for as it was the most fun I've had in a while. If you're looking for a nice day out (and what I hear is a fantastic lunch), don't hesitate to play here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/29/2017

Great review for one of my favorite courses. Thanks for posting. Glad you enjoyed yourself.



mnmnmitchell's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



joanpark's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000001097860's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This Pete Dye course is challenging, beautiful and in great condition. Many elevation changes add to both the beauty and the challenge. Not a long course but still super. Part of the Carmel Valley Ranch resort -!an outstanding resort.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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