Salinas Fairways Golf Course

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4.2
184
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
97
3 Stars
24
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
97.2%
Recommend this course
179 out of 184 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
24
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
24 out of 24 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
50
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
98.0%
Recommend this course
49 out of 50 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6479
Slope 120
Rating 70.5
Type Public
The Championship 18 hole course and driving range contains 140 acres adjacent to Salinas Municipal Airport. The course is a par 72 with a Blue Tee 69.9 rating, a White Tee 68.5 rating, a RedTee 67.9 rating and a Yellow Tee 67.9 rating. In 1998 Golf Course Architect Steve Halsey, of Hlsey Darary Golf in La Mesa California redesigned the course for a complete renovation. Mr. Halsey is an accomplished California Golf Course Architect having provided architectural design for the following golf courses: The River Course at Alisal, Solvang; Coronado Municipal Golf Course; Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course; Salinas Golf & Country Club; Palo Alto Golf Course; Modesto Municipal Golf Course and El Segundo Golf Course.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6479 yards 70.5 120
White 71 6230 yards 69.3 118
White (W) 72 6230 yards 73.9 119
Gold 68 5460 yards 65.8 110
Gold (W) 72 5460 yards 69.7 109
Red (W) 71 5121 yards 67.9 105
Scorecard for Salinas Fairways
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 70.5/121 373 335 161 461 408 552 398 186 353 3227 365 540 346 186 378 411 401 133 492 3252 6479
White M: 69.3/120 W: 75.8/127 355 328 148 449 388 539 387 175 339 3108 352 522 334 172 364 396 386 125 471 3122 6230
Gold M: 65.8/112 W: 70.6/117 306 319 134 438 325 446 360 162 306 2796 321 457 308 143 291 313 292 110 429 2664 5460
Red W: 69.0/111 290 297 112 400 313 434 312 142 296 2596 311 448 299 133 282 306 280 101 390 2550 5146
Handicap 8 12 18 16 2 4 6 10 14 13 3 15 9 1 5 7 17 11
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 12 10 18 6 8 2 4 16 14 9 1 7 15 5 11 13 17 3

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Fairways Kikuyu Grass
Greens Kikuyu Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.2
184

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Watching the Game 10
Patio Dining 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 25
Water Hazards 25
Plays Long 16
This course/club is great for:
Locals 49
Walkers 45
Seniors 41
This Course's Location is:
Near the Airport 41
Convenient to the City 38
Worth the Drive 20
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5.0
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First Time Playing
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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5.0
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Previously Played

Fantastic and friendly

Great day. The gentleman in the pro shop comped me a bucket of balls since I opted not to take a cart. Great customer service. Best greens I’ve played in a long time. Will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Salinas Fairways is Fun

This is a wide open driving course. If you drive well, then this is a course where you can score below your index. Greens were good but very wet. The restaurant had the grumpiest employee I have come across anywhere in a long, long, time. My friend and I met to have breakfast before the round . I ordered French toast, he ordered a burrito. We were told there was no syrup and no salsa. Huh? This is Sunday morning!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Great place to tune in your shots

At 6800 yards from the white tee's, this is a great course to practice your approach shots fairway woods if needed. Always a bit windy on the back 9, but still forgiving and relatively open. The front plays a little tighter and is more technical than its counterpart.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great muni

Been playing here for over fifty years. The greens are always fair and sometimes pro quality. Fun layout

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun

The course is in great shape, Fun layout where you can hit and go.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Course to play.

The course is in good shape. The wind made the course a real challenge to play today.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome

Playing partner and I had an awesome round. Could not believe the greens and how true they were. Groundskeepers are doing an awesome job

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Fantastic conditions and great value

I was surprised at the quality of the greens considering the low cost of my round. The layout is straightforward, wide-open in most places, and a very easy walk. The challenge comes on the back side with a strong prevailing wind on 14, 15 and 18 adding up to two-club lengths to your iron shots. If you don't mind the occasional airplane taking off and the police working on the defensive driving (just off the 13th hole), you will not find a better value on the peninsula.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best greens in area

Great value. And the greens are always in great condition. Very friendly staff and nice breakfast and lunch in the restaurant without breaking the bank on cost. Not the most beautiful layout, but the course is very well kept.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great muni course

The fairways is in great shape. Weekday play no wait Great time Great value

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course for the price

This is a great course for the money. Not too challenging with wide open fairways. This is a long but easy course to walk but made the pace of play pretty slow. There was a foursome walking ahead of me and backed things up, especially for a Wednesday morning. I love to try and play this course as much as possible because the conditions are always kept great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Time

Always enjoy my round at the Fairways. Will come back as often as possible

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hidden gem for conditions, price, & pace of play.

A nice walking course with wonderful course conditions

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
San Francisco Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Ho Hum layout with OK to decent conditions

I had to drop some money off to my contractor, who's office is 2 blocks from this course so I made him come out and play. We used the Golf Moose coupon so it was only $40 for the two of us with a cart. I've never played here but I've heard from others it has decent greens.

First the layout. As Sixpez mentioned, it's a yawner. Front nine has one little lake in front of a par 3 green that makes things interesting otherwise the front 9 is just a parkland setting with some trees to try and keep you honest. The back nine is WIDE open with the only excitement being a long par 4 with a pond in front of the green to make things interesting. And really that was only a challenge because of a strong headwind.

Conditions wise, greens were decent. They rolled smooth at a medium pace and held approach shots very well. There's nothing to the greens as they are all single tiered with just a traditional back to front minimal slope (for drainage).

Skirt area around the greens was lush offering a good lie 90% of the time. Sand traps were surprisingly nice. I was in two and both had great soft sand. Not the pure white pristine sand found at high end courses but definitely soft fluffy sand and very playable.

Fairways were ok. Green for the most part and offered a good hitting surface with a few thin areas here and there.

Most tee boxes were lush. The par 3 tee boxes were ok with a couple of them having excessive divot damage.

No sand in the carts for divots which I thought was odd. Clubhouse is an old rectangle shoe box building with no aesthetic appeal. Check in was super quick and easy. For $20 it makes a decent little "kill some time" course. Actually, layout aside, the course conditions are definitely worth the $20

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Unexpected surprise

Never played before. Surprised how nice this course was. The greens were in great shape and were about a 12 in speed. Would have to play a few times to get use to the greens. Definitely would recommend to anyone int the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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