The Preserve Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7138
Slope 141
Rating 74.4
Type Private
Designed by Tom Fazio and opened 2000, this exclusive private golf club was built on the Santa Lucia Preserve, formerly known as Rancho San Carlos. Located on the southern ridge of Carmel Valley, the course reflects the contours of the natural terrain that surrounds it. The Santa Lucia Mountains, mature oaks, grassy meadows and flowing streams are the attributes that make the course look like it's been there far longer than it has. In typical Fazio fashion, expect to find plenty of strategically place deep bunkers, fast greens and challenging approach shots. The club is limited to 300 members, and guests must be accompanied by a member to play the golf course.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7138 yards 74.4 141
Black/Gold 72 6836 yards 73.4 138
Gold 72 6603 yards 72.3 137
Gold/Blue 72 6342 yards 71.0 132
Blue (W) 72 6174 yards 75.2 133
Blue 72 6174 yards 70.3 129
White 72 5662 yards 67.8 124
White (W) 72 5662 yards 72.4 128
White/Green 72 5437 yards 71.6 125
Green (W) 72 5081 yards 69.0 120
Scorecard for Preserve
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.1/140 442 186 373 562 357 209 360 527 458 3474 377 457 412 557 198 443 141 558 450 3593 7067
Gold M: 72.6/137 412 163 341 528 340 177 331 500 422 3214 335 427 372 535 171 415 126 535 425 3341 6555
Gold/White M: 71.4/134 412 163 341 528 320 177 331 500 381 3153 310 397 372 502 171 374 126 535 399 3186 6339
White M: 70.2/131 W: 75.0/132 354 157 321 516 320 154 327 475 381 3005 310 397 348 502 141 374 112 500 399 3083 6088
Red W: 69.8/121 288 132 277 468 298 128 300 438 341 2670 277 327 267 365 129 352 102 410 249 2478 5148
Handicap 11 17 9 1 7 15 13 3 5 14 4 8 6 12 2 18 10 16
Par 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Santa Ana Hybrid Bermudagrass
Greens A-4 Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (2000) Mike Poellot (2000) Sandy Tatum (2000) Kevin Norby (2016) Wadsworth Golf Construction (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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Special and rare

My Son and I have played almost all the best courses from San Francisco to Carmel. When you take many factors into account, we feel the Preserve is the best course out there. It's the course we would choose if we could play only one course for the rest of our lives. Are there more beautiful courses? Yes. Are there more challenging courses? Yes. Are there more exclusive courses? Yes. Are there courses with better weather? Maybe no. More friendly staff? No. But, taken together, the Preserve is top 2% on all of these metrics in one location. It's special, it's rare. It's an amazing place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderful Golf Experience

My wife and I played as guests of a Preserve member. I asked our caddy to drive the cart for my wife while I walked. The course was in good condition although dry due to the drought. Very fair from tee to fairway but the greens are lightening fast and challenging. The clubhouse is small but very nice and practice facility is wonderful and quiet - great place to work on your game. The overall Preserve Club is nothing short of world class.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Out of this world

This ultra private club isn't easy to get to. If you take the non-resident way up, it's a windy, narrow road up the mountains to an inconspicuous gate, which reveals an understated clubhouse for such a grand golf course. From the very first hole, you know what you're in for, with elevated tees and views as far as the eye can see. As a walking course, it's a fair workout, having to climb down and up to greens, but very enjoyable. From the rearward tees, the carries can be pretty intimidating, especially the 18th. Wildlife variety is also a common site at the true refuge away from it all.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing

The Preserve

Vastly overrated and is not a top 100 golf course in America. Set amongst beautiful mountains with great vistas the course itself is relatively forgettable. Relatively non-descript holes make the Preserve nice, but not great. I was waiting for the spectacular moment of the course and it never came. A serene setting gives the Preserve the air of exclusivity, perhaps making it too empty. I saw only one other group the entire day. Elaborate clubhouse and nice bar and grill room, but 30 minutes from any civilization. Really tough to compare the Preserve to the iconic clubs in the area, playing inland golf on the Monterey Peninsula doesn't seem right. If given the opportunity, sleep in, get brunch and go for a walk on the beach in Carmel instead.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful clubhouse and a neat course

This course was fun to play and the views were really nice as well. The journey to get there is another story but it made for an adventure, that's for sure. The preserve had a ton of cool wildlife and the course was nice as well. There are a lot of elevation changes and the caddy was very helpful for our group. The greens are very large so accuracy is very helpful here. The clubhouse is one of a kind.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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