For GoodLife Report | With so much attention surrounding the historic Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco, home of the 112th US Open Championship, golfer’s around the world can’t help but be intrigued by this beautiful area of California and its bounty of great courses. Though the general public cannot play Olympic, there are several hidden treasures just off the coast highway where you can escape into the luxuries of California’s most sought-after golf experience.
At the top of this list is Pasatiempo Golf Club. Located an hour south of San Francisco in the majestic town of Santa Cruz, Pasatiempo offers incredible views of Monterey Bay and a challenging course that rivals any in the area. In fact, Golf Digest has ranked Pasatiempo, along with Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, as one of “The Top 3 Courses You Can Play in California.”
Says Alan Shipnuck, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, “If you come to NorCal and don’t play Pasatiempo, you’re making a grave mistake. It’s a spectacular course, definitely Top 100….interesting, varied terrain; wild greens; artful bunkering; endless mix of shots; the ghost of MacKenzie; fun; walkable. What’s not to love?”
From the moment you step onto the first tee, you will be in awe of this shot-maker’s course that provides one amazing panoramic view after another. By the time you arrive to number twelve, be prepared for a beautiful hole that can deceive the most skilled golfer. The local tip? Remember to keep the ball well to the right side of the fairway and ride the slope down towards the green. Like many of the old Scottish and Irish courses, contours and local knowledge play a big role at Pasatimepo.
Of course, no northern California golf excursion is complete without a great dining experience afterward. A spattering of low-key restaurants can be found in the area, serving locally sourced produce from the fertile lands of California’s central coast. But why get into a car right after your round? The Hollins House, adjacent to the course, is exactly what you’ll want. Enjoy the local Dungeness Crab and Bay Shrimp Melt Sandwich (with Gruyere cheese) or indulge in the Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon. The extensive wine list features many of the great producers from the nearby Carmel Valley.
When all is said and done, your day at Pasatiempo, which appropriately means “relaxed passage of time,” will leave you with high hopes that the clock will speed back up – so that you can come back again, of course.
Published: Good Life Report