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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

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Monterey is a charming Pacific seaside town and the perfect base to stay as part of your California golf experience. The Portola Hotel & Spa is our recommendation, it is a great hotel, perfect for golfers exploring the local area and playing the very best golf courses. 

With 4 restaurants and bars onsite, the Portola is a golfer's hub and the rooms are very comfortable too.

There are so many unforgettable golf courses in the local area. We recommend playing Pasatiempo and Poppy Hills before going onto the courses at Pebble Beach Resort which are only 15 minutes away from Monterey. Staying and playing in Monterey is an experience not to be missed.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

There is nothing quite like standing on the 1st tee of Pebble Beach getting ready to hit your drive straight down the middle.

This course is, quite rightly, one of GolfKings Iconic Courses of the world.

It was designed by Douglas Grant and Jack Neville and has, since its inception in 1919, become famous world wide.  

Pebble Beach has hosted many of golf`s most prestigious tournaments and will welcome back the U.S. Open in 2019.

Pebble Beach is firmly established as a `bucket list` course by many many golfers, so why not tick it off....

Distance From Course: 4 miles

The Links at Spanish Bay

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson and Frank “Sandy” Tatum,  The Links at Spanish Bay meanders amongst the sand dunes and  unveils some of the most spectacular seaside views in Pebble Beach.

The rolling fairways gently flow through and around the gorgeous dunescape, briefly weaving between towering Monterey Pines, before returning to the white sand of Spanish Bay Beach for a thrilling finish along the coast.

The spectacular setting offers panoramic ocean views of some of 17-Mile Drive’s most scenic stretches, showing off whitecaps bouncing on the power Pacific and a brilliant sunset. The Links at Spanish Bay is very much a sensory overload, with the smell of the beach carried in by a cooling ocean breeze, the sight of the spectacular jagged coastline, and the sound of the famed bagpiper leading you home at the end of a twilight round.
 
The Links at Spanish Bay requires precision and patience while negotiating sand dunes, pot bunkers, challenging greens and an ocean breeze. Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum teamed up to artfully craft a distinctly Scottish look, blending green and golden hues against a spectacular beachside backdrop to produce a memorable experience unlike any other in Pebble Beach.
 
 
 
 
 

Distance From Course: 3 miles

Del Monte

 The birthplace of the California State Amateur and the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi retains much of that classic charm today, challenging the game’s best golfers with its small, sloping, old-school greens. The venerable layout brings out of bounds into play on more than half its holes, and puts a premium on placing the ball below the hole with well-bunkered greens that are often pitched strongly from back-to-front.

 
Originally designed as a nine-hole course in 1897 by Charles E. Maud and expanded to 18 holes in 1902, Del Monte promptly attracted the game’s best players. The course’s Del Monte Championship was so highly regarded that many considered the champion to be the best golfer in the state. When the California State Amateur was founded in 1912, Del Monte was the natural choice to host it. Del Monte was also selected to host the 1916 Western Amateur, marking the first time one of the era’s biggest national amateur events was played west of Colorado.
 
Del Monte annually stages the professional Monterey Open and amateur Monterey City Championship, and has regularly tested PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players as a previous host of the Pebble Beach Invitational and First Tee Open.
 
 

Distance From Course: 1 miles

Spyglass Hill

Start your round with five spectacular sand-splashed holes that cruise up and down a sea of dunes while showcasing sublime oceanfront scenery and shots you’ve surely never seen.
 
But the defining characteristic of Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of the round. 
Incredible ocean views give way to the understated natural beauty of the Del Monte Forest, as the final 13 holes relentlessly examine your game with a litany of bunkers, ponds and uphill tests.
Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National, as Sports Illustrated eloquently described it.
 
When the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design hosted medal play during the 1999 U.S. Amateur, no player in the field was able to break 70, and the setup maxed out at a slope of 155. 
Bing Crosby famously bet that Jack Nicklaus wouldn’t be able to break par at Spyglass Hill the year it opened in 1966. 
Nicklaus shot a 2-under 70 in his first round, but Spyglass Hill has been a demanding, yet fair test for pros and guests alike ever since.
 

 

Distance From Course: 4 miles

Poppy Hills

Poppy Hills Golf Course is an excellent addition to any golf itinerary in this very prestigious neighbourhood located close to the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the golf course is nestled in the Del Monte Forest and is almost 200ft above sea level!  It is a delight to play.

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Distance From Course: 3 miles

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