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While Pebble Beach beckons with its legendary status, golfers seeking a more accessible option won’t be disappointed in Carmel and the surrounding area.

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Chipping to the 14th green on the Ocean Course at MPCC - Photo by Yvonne Carpenter-Ross

Public courses offer scenic challenges and well-maintained greens at a more moderate price point. Just outside Carmel, Poppy Hills Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a favorite. Rolling fairways wind through Monterey pine forests, culminating in breathtaking bay views. Another option is Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey. This parkland course offers a delightful mix of challenge and playability, perfect for golfers of all skill levels.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Golf Courses

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Carmel Valley Ranch

Designed by Pete Dye, this scenic 18-hole course offers stunning views and challenges golfers of all skill levels.

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Without a doubt, the No. 1 Public Course in the Country! And every February, the PGA Tour sets up camp there for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This tournament is now a tradition – one that started in 1947

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Offering stunning scenery with the Carmel River winding through the course. Known for its playability and pristine conditions, this 18-hole course is a favorite for golfers of all skill levels!

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The Hay

Redesigned by Tiger Woods himself, The Hay offers a fun and accessible short course with stunning ocean views. Play the replica of Pebble Beach's 7th hole or hone your skills on the expansive putting course.

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The Links at Spanish Bay

This stunning links course, designed by golf legends, offers dramatic coastal views and a challenging round against the Pacific winds.

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We launched this website in 2004 after getting married on a beautiful bluff just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, on the patio of a small restaurant called Rocky Point. Since that time, we have returned to the West Coast as often as time and funds would allow, always seeking new restaurants, wineries, beaches, unforgettable memories…“


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