The Preserve Golf Club

4.7142857143 4.7 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7138 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 19 Pronghorn Run, Carmel, California 93923, Monterey County
  • (831) 620-6700, (831) 620-6762
  • (831) 626-8282
  • www.santaluciapreserve.com

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

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

4 out of 5 reviews


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"Special and rare"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Wonderful Golf Experience"


tdrasler1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Out of this world"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Preserve"


BPD2577's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful clubhouse and a neat course"


Char1208's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2013
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.<br/> 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.<br/> The clubhouse is one of a kind.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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