Carmel Valley Ranch Resort

4.5686813187 4.6 stars from 5 (93)
  • 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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 93 Reviews
5 stars:
57
4 stars:
32
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

88 out of 93 reviews


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"Great layout and challenging!"


Eric9504616's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful course with views of Carmel Valley!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



chicanogolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018

Reviewed on


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



u000003258682's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great destination course"


jmeador21's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played Sunday at noon. Course may not be long, and you think you can move back on tees, but this course has nuances that take care of any challenge you might want. Staff was very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Irons only on the driving range, but you don't need the drivers many holes as strategy is more of the challenge. First time to play and we will be back.

Pace was very good for Superbowl Sunday, right at 4 hours. Not a real walking course as the elevations are very challenging. Lots of elevated tees. What a beautiful 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


"Amazing Views"


u9861464's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played on a Saturday at 11:00 am and didn’t have to wait once. Amazing course conditions for February, it was sunny and 75 degrees out, very light breeze. Carts have GPS and preview of each hole. Course can be tricky, not very long, but some fairways are narrow. My only downsides are that there are only 2 par 5 and the driving range is irons only. Great course overall, would recommend for all!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day!"


seanwri's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great views on the back nine. Interesting holes on the back nine as well. Got done in 4 hours. I will be back.


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


"Another beautiful round in Carmel!"


Noah10101's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Spectacular views and amazing course layout. I absolutely love this course. I would recommend to any and everyone!


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


"Amazing course and great staff"


u000003218182's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Really love this course. I haven’t played here in 10 years so I has so happy to see it’s been well cared for and kept up. A must if your in the Carmel area. Everyone there is really great and super helpful. Thanks for the lesson Leon.


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


"Beautiful Experience"


kuA691's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This was our (my wife and I) second time playing and it was even better than the first time. Though she's an "advanced beginner," she really enjoyed the course (and played great!). The back nine is unlike any other in the area - beautiful vistas, wonderfully elevated tee boxes and a pleasure to play.

Pace was perfect: what a great way to usher out 2017


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


"A very enjoyable course."


hhobbs6544's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I had an 11:10 tee time and drove from San Mateo to the course. Traffic was heavy leading up to the New Years weekend so I arrived late. The starter took me out to 15 to start since the next tee time would have been noon so he saved me 40 minutes of waiting.

Pace was great and conditions were ideal. (Sunny and nearly 70 f) My only criticism is my attempt to purchase a souvenir shirt. The clerk was so pre-occupied with answering the phone that after 3 phone call interruptions to my purchase I left without the souvenir... Rude and patronizing demeanor.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jisook7991870's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun Day"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Enjoyed our round of golf. Have golfed this course several times. Always very consistent experience. Look forward to playing it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


u000006906752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course condition was great. The greens were extremely well kept and the grounds were groomed nicely. That course is tucked away in Carmel Valley hold with beautiful scenery. The first nine is relatively flat and the second nine is hilly with some breathtaking views and some elevated T shots that challenged into reach Par 4 with your drive.

I liked the course slot. I would say that you should play from brown tees to have similar yardage to a white/blue typical yardage. The course is otherwise short with only 2 Par 5’s.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"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

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

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

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

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


"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


"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

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



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