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Photo by Joe Flood / Flikr

Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula area offer some of the most scenic and challenging golf courses in the country, from panoramic views in the Carmel Valley to majestic seascapes at Pebble Beach. Golfers looking for an unforgettable round will want to take note of these memorable holes.



Photo by Matthew Vignieri.

10. Carmel Valley Ranch – Hole No. 13, Par 3

Set among the hills of Carmel Valley, the 13th hole at Carmel Valley Ranch boasts amazing elevations and a tight run to the green. Views of the course and its water features make it a picture worth taking before you tee off.


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9. Poppy Hills — Hole No. 5, Par 4

Recently renovated by Robert Trent Jones, Jr,. the 5th hole at Poppy Hills was transformed from a wide green to a bunker-protected fairway with views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s 478 yards to the pin but you’ll enjoy the view from every approach.


8. Cypress Point Golf Course — Hole No. 16, Par 3
This is the signature hole at Cypress Point that requires a 231-yard tee shot over the Pacific Ocean to get to the green. With bunkers all around this mid-sized green you’ll want to remember this Par 3 and the scenic wonder it took to par it.


7. Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Hole No. 3, Par 5

They call the this hole at Spyglass “Treasure Island” and you’ll know why when you see it on the course map. On a clear day you will see the Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey Bay and the top of the Del Monte Forest. At 529 yards from the white tee, you’ll find the treasure when you get to the green and take in the views from this challenging hole.


6. Monterey Peninsula Country Club – Hole No. 11, Par 3
This is a demanding Par 3 with views of the Pacific that takes golfers left and right to get to the pin.. Although MPCC is a private course, it is worth the mention as so many professional tournaments are played here. For those less fortunate who may never get to play it – enjoy the view!


5. Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Hole No. 4, Par 4

What makes this hole scenic is the landscape around it and the angles and trouble it gives golfers are they pursue the pin, some 345 yards from the tee box. The green is encircled in ice plants and the fairway undulates with some of the most beautiful turf seen.


4. Quail Lodge – Hole No. 17, Par 3

The 17th Hole at Quail Lodge is part of the challenging finishing stretch where five of the last holes on have water hazards. This hole is the most photographed by golfers and professionals for its landscape and beauty, perhaps because Quail Lodge is described as parkland, with rolling greens and the gentle hilltops of Carmel Valley.


3. Pebble Beach – Hole No. 7, Par 3

Pebble Beach’s seventh hole is likely the most photographed golf hole in the world. Views of the water and the Monterey Peninsula area follow you through the entire experience.


2. Pebble Beach – Hole No. 18, Par 5

Finishing a round at Pebble Beach, golfers are surrounded with amazing water views and a sea wall with crashing waves. Golfers often imagine themselves coming into this hole with crowds on their right, the Ocean on their left and victory in their grips.


1. Pebble Beach – Hole No. 8, Par 4

This 427-yard Par 4 is scenic from every angle. It is also challenging and requires an amazing shot to make it over the crevasse to par. Miss it and your ball takes an ocean voyage. Take a picture from the tee box, the cart path and the pin. You’ll look back at this majestic hole with all the gasps and envy it deserves.