Carmel Valley Ranch Resort

4.5878588235 4.6 stars from 5 (104)
  • 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: 4.5 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: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 104 Reviews
5 stars:
66
4 stars:
34
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

99 out of 104 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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"Great golf course"


mdavidson069's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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Reviewed on

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!


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



u299182622's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a year

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
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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


"Nice Front 9"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Some of the best views on my golf vacation"


u3825357's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Carmel Valley Ranch a real golfing treat!"


chicanogolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


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



Julanlo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun Layput w/ great conditions"


Alex326's avatar
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Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Unusual layout, but fun and interesting."


RG92AEAFA90EB4934DA's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
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First nine is flat, second is in the hills creating wonderful views. Not long but tricky. Fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"AWESOME DAY FOR GOLF"


u857218100's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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



"Difficult to concentrate on golf"


Rodger12's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


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


"Nice coourse"


scsteve's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great layout and challenging!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
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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
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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
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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 Verified Purchaser

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 Verified Purchaser

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
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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
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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 Verified Purchaser

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



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