Salinas Fairways Golf Course

4.1714941176 4.2 stars from 5 (175)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6479 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 70.5
  • Layout

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  • 45 Skyway Blvd, Salinas, California 93905, Monterey County
  • (831) 758-4653
  • (831) 758-4656
  • salinasfairways.com

Year built: 1957
Architect(s): Robert Muir Graves, Jack Fleming (1957), Stephen Halsey (1998)
Type: Public
Greens: Kikuyu Grass
Fairways: Kikuyu Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 175 Reviews
5 stars:
53
4 stars:
95
3 stars:
23
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

170 out of 175 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards plays long   Great for drinks watching the game patio dining  

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Reviews


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thomasalex's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fantastic conditions and great value"


rpintaric18's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Best greens in area"


fishsticks's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great muni course"


manuel8991458's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
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Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



sweetpea61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course for the price"


u513482006's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Time"


Onofrioleon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


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


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
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Reviewed on

A nice walking course with wonderful course conditions


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Bogie1248's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ho Hum layout with OK to decent conditions"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Unexpected surprise"


u000006408938's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Awesome course"


David8897833's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were able to book last second and actually enjoyed playing this course more. Its been several years since played last. Pro shop employee was very friendly and helpful. Will play again!


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


"Consistent"


David6786660's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Always in good shape

People are helpful

One of my favorite places to play


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


"Salinas Fairways"


u4778059's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Staff is very friendly and helpful. Course is always in good condition. Very good value.


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



Rcortez716's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



hsmahew's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Salinas fairway Experience."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course to play in, Greens were awesome and fairways where wide open had a wonderful time playing this course. Not a course for people who need quietness. All and all I had a great Time.


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


"Salinas Fairways GC"


Garry2181780's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

My Golf Buddies choose to travel 40 miles to the Course because:

1. The Fairway drains well after a rain

2. Its a great bargain.

3. The layout is challenging enough for Senior Players.

4. The greens are kept up.

5. The staff is very helpful and courteous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Municipal Course"


stevelaughton's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've been playing this course since the early 1970's. off and on. Took a 15 year hiatus from golf and just retuned to it about 4 months ago. This course had a multi million dollar renovation some 10-15 years ago I believe it was. It improved the course. The course is challenging yet playable for the beginning to intermediate golfer. Green fees are on par or cheaper with other municipal courses in the area. The course can get somewhat crowded at times.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good day"


rhmoen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in nice condition. Greens fast. Course layout, glad to play with someone who knew the course. Would play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Salinas Fairways Golf Course on 03/02/2018:

Hello, and thanks so much for your review! We love it when golfers like you have a great time on our course. We're so glad that you enjoyed the layout and found it challenging. We are also pleased to hear that the pace and course conditions met your standards. We hope to see you on the course again soon. Thanks for choosing Salinas Fairways!


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