Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 7
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 7
Pebble Beach Golf Links will host the 2019 U.S. Open to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Courtesy of Pebble Beach Golf Links
Spyglass Hill G.C. - 4th
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Spyglass Hill G.C. - 4th
Dunes surround the famous par-4 fourth hole of Spyglass Hill Golf Course at Pebble Beach Resorts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Links at Spanish Bay - hole 1
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The Links at Spanish Bay - hole 1
It's all ocean views on the first hole of The Links at Spanish Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
CordeValle golf course - hole 6
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CordeValle golf course - hole 6
CordeValle, venue for the 2016 U.S. Women's Open and past host of the PGA Tour's Frys.com, is only a short drive from the Monterey Peninsula. Courtesy of CordeValle
Pacific Grove Golf Links - 15th
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Pacific Grove Golf Links - 15th
Pacific Grove Golf Links' back nine sits on sandy dunesland beside the ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Del Monte Golf Course - hole 7
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Del Monte Golf Course - hole 7
The seventh hole is the no. 1 handicap at Del Monte Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Quail Lodge & Golf Club - 16th hole
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Quail Lodge & Golf Club - 16th hole
The completed renovation of the golf course was the final phase of a $28-million renovation of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch - hole 17
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Laguna Seca Golf Ranch - hole 17
The short, downhill par-3 17th is one of the many fun holes at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach - Peter Hay Golf Course
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Pebble Beach - Peter Hay Golf Course
Pebble Beach Resorts' nine-hole, par-3 Peter Hay Golf Course overlooks Stillwater Cove. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poppy Hills golf course - No. 18
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Poppy Hills golf course - No. 18
The redesigned, renovated Poppy Hills Golf Course isn't your father's Poppy Hills. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bayonet course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 8
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Bayonet course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 8
The par-5 eighth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse plays downhill to a three-tiered green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Black Horse course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 15
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Black Horse course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 15
The 15th hole on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse provides the best view of the Monterey Bay on property. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Carmel Valley Ranch golf course - hole 16
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Carmel Valley Ranch golf course - hole 16
At Carmel Valley Ranch, blue sky and bright sun are the norm. Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch/Joann Dost
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In photos: Great golf around Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- A year-round golf climate. A picturesque rocky coastline along the Pacific. Migrating whales breaching offshore in winter. Annual PGA Tour and Champions Tour events. Coveted private clubs. Arguably the most famous public course in the world. There are so many reasons why golfers love California's Monterey Peninsula.

It all starts with Pebble Beach Resorts and Pebble Beach Golf Links , Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Links at Spanish Bay . All three have memorable views and holes on the water. Pebble Beach, annual host of the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Champions Tour's Nature Valley First Tee Open, is always in the spotlight. It will burn even brighter during the 2019 U.S. Open for its centennial celebration.

Beyond that, there's plenty of golf for all budgets. The short but intriguing Pacific Grove Golf Links and the tough duo of Bayonet/Black Horse , two former military courses in Seaside, are more affordable options that still deliver views of the water. Further inland, Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club and Quail Lodge & Golf Club showcase the beautiful rolling hills of the Carmel Valley. Both the Quail Lodge and Poppy Hills Golf Course , owned by the Northern California Golf Association, have undergone dramatic renovations within the past three years to improve turf conditions and their routings, not to mention becoming more environmentally friendly.

Just off the Monterey Peninsula resides CordeValle , a former host of the Frys.com of the PGA Tour and upcoming U.S. Women's Open host that's a part of a five-star resort just south of San Jose. You'll run out of time or money before you'll run out of choices in this mesmerizing golf mecca.

Here's a tour of some of the top courses around the Monterey Peninsula for all budgets. Tell us your favorites in the comments below.

Matt Ginella on the best courses to play around the Monterey Peninsula

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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