The Preserve Golf Club

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Pebble Beach, California | The Preserve Golf Club

Architect: Tom Fazio, J. Michael Poellot & Sandy Tatum
Year: 2000

19 Pronghorn Run
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 626-8200

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized golf carts and caddies available
on-site accommodations


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Hidden amongst the ridges of the Santa Lucia Range this golf course is as much of a nature hike as it is a round of golf.  In a clear contrast to the nearby coastal offerings of Pebble Beach, this course provides a mountain golf experience that is as inspiring as it is fun.

Local Knowledge: Be on the lookout for interesting wildlife.  The course gets very little play and a variety of animals on the property are quite comfortable roaming about the course as if it were their own.

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Bill Satterfield

The Preserve Golf Club

What to Expect: The grand Santa Lucia Preserve consists of 20,000 acres of gorgeous property near the golf mecca of Carmel and Monterey. The Preserve found itself on national television in 2002 when Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples squared off on the recently opened course that houses far more wildlife than it does golfers. The vast property gave Tom Fazio's team (J. Michael Poellot and Sandy Tatum) oodles of latitude on how to layout the course and best take advantage of property. Just to arrive at this remote location requires a 15 minute drive up one of the windiest and skiniest roads you'll ever encounter but upon arriving at the property it is all worth it. The views and remoteness of the course has few rivals while the course itself is another solid Fazio design that doesn't trump the surroundings. Signature Hole:  18th - 450 Yard Par 4 - The final… More >

The Itinerant Golfer

The Preserve Golf Club

The Preserve is the fifth and final round of my Monterey Peninsula trip. I was very excited to see this course that is set in a wildlife preserve. It was designed by Tom Fazio who, at the time of this writing, has more golf courses listed in Golf Digest's Top 100 than any other architect. My trip to the Preserve started with a dry run two days prior. I didn’t play golf on Wednesday so I did a time trial to find The Preserve. I’d heard that is was in the middle of nowhere and I didn’t want to run the risk of getting lost on my way to play it. I plugged the address into my GPS, took the online directions I’d printed and hit the road. After driving around Carmel Valley for 30 minutes I finally found the sneaky little side road that would deliver me to the… More >