Pacific Grove Golf Links

4.3822000000 4.4 stars from 5 (485)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5727 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 67.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 5727 yards 67.5 118
White 70 5571 yards 66.8 116
White (W) 72 5571 yards 71.6 115
Red (W) 72 5305 yards 70.2 116

Originally designed by Chandler Egan in 1932, the first nince holes takes you through the forested areas of Pacific Grove. Egan's nine takes you through an inland terrain and reflects much of the charm of an English rural course done in the old style.

The back nine was designed by Jack Neville, the original designer of the Pebble Beach Links. It opened in 1960, and is laid out in true links design over dunesland that approaches the sea.

Over looking the course is the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Built in 1855, it is the longest continuously operating lighthouse in California. It is a historical sentinel and picturesque landmark of the golf course.

A scenic tour of the dramatic coastline provides views of Lover's Point, Point Pinos, Crespi Pond and the natural dunesland at Asilomar. You will be enchanted by the abundance of natural wonders such as the plentiful Pacific Blacktail Deer, seals, sea lions, sea otters, pelicans and gulls.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 485 Reviews
5 stars:
196
4 stars:
220
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

453 out of 482 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views walkers locals   Challenges include bunkers narrow fairways elevation changes   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best ocean views around"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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The course is challenging but forgiving. I’ve played this course several times and have seen deer on the course every time. The front side has tree lined fairways. & the back 9 has beautiful ocean views. The back side is a links style course including a breeze coming off the ocean. I highly recommend it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



avaspapa's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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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: Average


I recommend this course


"great views"


u000002957809's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had not played this course for many years so it was a pleasant surprise to see all the improvements made at the course. We almost cancelled our times due to the rather extreme winds from the previous day. I am glad we did not cancel. The course is rather short. under 6,000 yards from the tips but very playable and fun. The fairways were in great shape for a municipal course The greens in great shape but surprisingly firm and sneaky fast. for public play conditions.. the best part of the venue is the coastal views along most of the back side. I just wanted to sit and enjoy the views of the California coast.. As they say Very easy and relaxing course to walk. alas a good walk interrupted by a round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



Johan1318418's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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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



ellerylake7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"My four star rating is not the whole story"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Who doesn't like to play the second (ocean) nine at Pacific Grove? I am always a little excited to book that course. In fact, I am playing there twice this week. The views are on par with some of the best that Spanish Bay and Spyglass have to offer...and at a fraction of the price. Plus the layout is just good fun. For these reasons, I rate it a four.

However, the greens were downright poor. Worst of all the courses I play in the Monterey Bay area. They are receptive and moderately paced, but they are diseased, lumpy, and untrue. It appears they do not roll the greens and that they are losing the battle with whatever is attacking or invading the grass on their greens. Else the course (fairways, bunkers, rough, and tees) was in good shape and was a kick to play...especially in those brisk winds. On many of the exposed holes, keeping the ball in play off the tee was a real challenge.

They need to fix the ends of the paved cart paths. Exiting the cart paths onto the fairway usually meant a string of potholes and a spine-jarring experience. This problem can and should be fixed.

I enjoy the course but you folks need to get working a bid harder on the conditions out there. Your greenskeeper should call in some expert advice. . Good luck.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


""Babyish Pebble Beach""


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place is Amazing! I have played Pebble Beach twice and the back nine is very Pebble like. The front nine is like many courses in the area except for the greens, there are in GREAT shape all 18. The greens are true, about a 10. There was a marshall on the course, but the ladies and gentlemen know how to keep things moving. I got paired with two other amazing guys, and their name both was Mark. My round there was awesome, I was hitting my driver straighter and longer, but the approach shot stop me from shooting a very low round. I am not that used to playing in the wind so I missed a lot of greens with wedges. The course in not a very long course so with a good tee shot low rounds can be had.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



garyjune56's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
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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: Poor


I recommend this course



shaffferhouse's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



sblaziek's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
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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



u000003065217's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

The scenic back nine WOW! What a place to spend our anniversary.


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


"Fun back nine"


johnabaron's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens had some sand maintenance which took a bit of the shine of a fun day. Short but challenging at sea level!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great conditions with an ocean view!"


Alex326's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
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PG is always an enjoyable track. Course starts out out with two par 3's then a driveable par 4 on the 4th hole. Front nine is set in a tight wooded scene with several looks at the ocean from a few blocks above. Hole 9 is a 220 yard par three that plays directly into the wind.

The back 9 is set right on the ocean and winds around the lighthouse. Gone are the tree lined fairways of the front with sand dunes guarding the edges of the fairway. The beauty of being right on the ocean comes with a price, as the wind will now be a factor in almost every shot on the back nine.

Hole 17 is a short iron par 3 with the ocean directly on your left and a forced carry over a pond in front of the green. It doesn't get any more beautiful and fun than that!

Greens are small but roll smooth and are soft, easily holding approach shots. Fairways are in very nice shape as well. Tee boxes were a little thin on a couple of the par 3's but were divot free.

Customer service is great in the pro shop. Course does have a range and carts have a USB port for charging electronics but do not have GPS. Probably because GPS devices frequently don't work at this course. I believe it has something to do with interference from the lighthouse. Be prepared for your electronic device distance device not to work here.

Restaurant has a great view but that's the extent of it. Food is way overpriced and garbage.

Overall, PG is a super fun course at a very reasonable price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Poor Man's Pebble"


Scott9100's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
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Reviewed on

A technical front 9 that winds through the neighborhood is followed up with a back 9 packed full of wonderful beach views and hilly fairways. Tough time from the rough whether it be the old growth trees on the front nine that impede your slightly inaccurate tee shots or the sun bleached white beach sand that makes up the the rough on the back 9. Well kept greens and clean amenities. You'll get your moneys worth at this affordable version of pebble beach.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Value"


snyderj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
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Played course with son who regularly shoots in low 80’s. Must say this course was about as much fun as we have experienced. We liked it so much that we went back and played again on 4/2. We will be playing Spyglass and Pebble the next two days. Can’t imagine how anyone could criticize this course. Greens not that fast but great shape. Beautiful!


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



lolihawaiigolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow and busy"


u841637901's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2018
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Th front nine is an out and back with not much to recommend it...the back has amazing whew of the ocean and the bay. Because of its location, it is busy with people who are just sightseeing and don't think a lot about the golfers so they may just walk across the fairway! The course itself is in pretty good shape and was fun to play...just wish we hadn't had to wait for so many shots...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great views on the back 9, but lumpy greens"


u455543569's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A fun course to play because of the location and views, especially on the back 9. However, the greens and bunkers were in rough shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"top dress greens ( sanded greens ) no advisory"


djcat57's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

No warning the greens had been top dress. with sand ... other then that it just a average golf except for the stunning ocean views


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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