Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Before teeing it up at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore course (MPCC), I figured it would be a good course but I wasn't prepared to be hit with one of the best golf courses I've ever had the pleasure of playing. Mike Strantz is an artistic genius that makes playing MPCC feel like traveling through a series of stunning paintings crafted out by a master. Strantz left little evidence of the 1961 Bob Baldock course and rerouted most of the holes so that they now faced the crown jewel of all courses; Cypress Point. The course uses the cypress tree perfectly throughout the course to frame holes and/or greens and masterfully crafts bunkers to seamlessly flow throughout the More >

Pacific Grove

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Dubbed as "the poor man's Pebble Beach," Pacific Grove is a wonderful tribute to municipal golf. The quaint layout up the coast from Pebble Beach gives golfers an opportunity to enjoy golf among the sand dunes and on the coast for a fraction of the cost that most courses located on the Pacific Ocean charge. The coastal course is an easy walk and is one of the few courses that opens up with a par three. The layout is rather short and the conditioning is far from Augusta-like, but the back nine routing and views are worth the price of admission on its own. Signature Hole:  16th - 355 Yard Par 4   Best Par 3:  17th More >

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Spyglass Hill shares the unique situation of being neighbors with some of the finest tracks in the world (Cypress Point, MPCC, Pebble Beach) yet delivers an experience unique to the surrounding golf courses. While most coastal courses, Cypress Point being no exception, wait until the end of the round to play the ocean side holes, Spyglass takes the golfer on a 600 yard plunge from the clubhouse down to the 1st green and onto the sand dunes of the Monterey coast. The first five holes are world class in every way and deliver the kind of exhiliration that playing along the ocean delivers so well. The final 13 holes travel through the dense Del Monte Forest and More >

Cypress Point Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  I don't even feel worthy to write a review on Cypress Point; the best golf course in the world. The course is so special, so magical, and so beautiful that it is difficult to portray the experience in writing. The club at Cypress Point delves deep to the roots of golf where players must walk their round, be accompanied by a club-carrying caddy, and rely on their caddy for distances since there are no yardage markers on the course. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt (no Tiger mock turtlenecks) and slacks while changing your shoes anywhere but in the locker room is strictly prohibited. Dr. Alister MacKenzie's work has set the standard by which golf course architecture More >

CordeValle Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: CordeValle is a high end service centered resort that offers public play while delivering membership options as well. Like most RTJ II courses, CordeValle is loaded up with bunkers and challenging holes. The layout is spread out over 270 acres of rolling terrain that boasts large oak trees and natural water hazards. Since designing an exceptional course with no encroachments was at the core of the CordeValle vision, the course is free from any residential or commercials structures and rests one with nature inside the surrounding preserve. A great variety exists in the playing direction of the holes which enhances the experience in a variety of wind conditions. This solid track is considered by many to be one More >

The Links at Spanish Bay

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Considered the 3rd wheel at the Pebble Beach Resort since opening in 1987, Spanish Bay is still a legitimate Top 100 public course design with a ton of charm. The coastal Scottish links style layout provides a different experience from the other resort courses of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill by allowing players to utilize either their aerial game or ground game to work their ball around the course. The rye grass fairways and Poa annua greens don't offer as firm and fast of links conditions as the fescue grass at Bandon does, but it still represents the purest public links experience on the sand dunes of the Monterey Coast. Caddies or carts are available during your More >

Poppy Hills Golf Course

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  A Robert Trent Jones Jr. design located just east of Spyglass Hill near famed 17 mile drive, Poppy Hills was part of the three course rotation at the AT&T Pro-Am on the PGA Tour from 1991 to 2009. It represents the first course owned and operated by an amateur golf association (Northern California Golf Association) and utilizes the course as its headquarters. Poppy Hills tends to be one of those controversial courses partial due to the heavily doglegged design, undulated greens, and various hills but comes under extra scrutiny due to its location near some of the finest courses in the world. The course closed in March 2013 to address some of the design and drainage issues More >

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Written by Jimmy Ferguson

Almost everyone who has ever picked up a golf club has heard of Pebble Beach. Those that haven’t may have been living under a rock. There are many great books available about Pebble Beach, so I'll just give the very short story here. The course was designed by two first time architects Jack Neville & Douglas Grant - and what a job they did! Since opening in 1919, their maiden course has hosted five U.S. Opens and four U.S. Amateurs which is not too shabby for a couple of first time architects. Every year since 1947 the course also has played host to what was formerly known as the Crosby Clambake (as in Bing Crosby) and is now currently known More >

Terravita Golf & Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Terravita is a private club located in the golf rich community of Scottsdale north of Phoenix. The Billy Casper design is one of the most playable desert courses I've had the pleasure of visiting due to the extra generous fairways and greens. The course has little elevation change, however the distance between some greens and tees will discourage many golfers from walking the course. The course doesn't rely on a dramatic stretch of holes to define itself and rather employs one solid hole after another thus bringing balance throughout the routing. The club is a big draw for Canadians looking to get out of the cold and now employs an annual America vs Canada Ryder Cup type More >

Quintero Golf & Country Club (Founders)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Quintero is a big course located in the hills of Peoria about an hour from Phoenix's Sky Harbour Airport. The course features several elevation changes and a dramatic set of par 3s, three of which play WAY downhill. If you are familiar with Rees Jones courses then you'll feel right at home with the bunkering style and strategy involved at the course. For the most part you can stand on the tee and know exactly where you need to place your tee ball, but there are some holes where some of the fairway isn't visable. Overall, Quintero is a dramatic course due to the elevation changes and overall length (over 7200) with par 3s that you won't More >