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“Love This Golf Course” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pasatiempo Golf Club

Pasatiempo Golf Club
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Owner description: Spanish for "passing of time," this delightful 18-hole golf course overlooks scenic Monterey Bay providing both beauty and challenge to amateur and pro golfers alike.
Denver, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Love This Golf Course”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

Make sure you check the specials... Reservations start 7 days out. Regular price is $220+ $30 for 1/2 a cart. Got a 1:30 tee time for $125. This course is by far one of the most difficult courses I have ever played; Slope of 143 from the tips.

Course was in immaculate condition, staff was friendly and helpful and play; while feeling slow finished in 4hrs & 15m. Highly recommend this course to anyone looking for a place to play in the Santa Cruz area.

Visited March 2012
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Vancouver, Washington
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun, but Overpriced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Pasatiempo has some memorable golf holes, but I'm surprised that it can fetch >$150/rd with so many other golf choices in the Bay Area. I'm assuming the 'upcharge' comes from the McKenzie/Doak/Inkster affiliation.

The Proshop staff + starter were accommodating, but the cart/shuttle guys were a little disorganized. Also, the Driving Range could use a better system to provide range balls for guests (we had to call up to the shuttle guys to have someone drive down just to insert their keycard for more balls).

I agree with another reviewer in that the Bunkers were in great shape. I think Holes 10 & 11 were my favorite 2 on the course.

The biggest downside was that when I played, the greens were surprisingly slow (I was looking forward to 'lightning' greens as the advertised attraction to the course!). With the contours, I can see how the greens could be really challenging with fast stimps. For example, my approach on the 16th landed on the top tier of a 3-tiered green. The flag was on the middle tier, which is easily a 5ft drop from the top tier, and I was able to stop it just by the hole. If the greens were any faster, that ball would've been off the front of the green. Maybe the superintendent keeps it slow on Saturdays to keep pace of play manageable...?

Overall, it was good to see the course, but I think there are much better options for the same quality golf in the Bay Area (and likely more value for the green fees).

Visited July 2011
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“Course Might Be Nice but Staff Stinks”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2009

The attitude and ethics of their staff is appalling. I won't bore you with the intimate details of the situation, but in short, priority tee time reservations are not honored and every pro-shop employee I've encountered has a flagrant condescending attitude.

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San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An Alister MacKenzie gem in Northern California”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2006

I just played the newly restored Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz. It's a very impressive course, one of the few MacKenzie courses in the States that can be played by the general public (it's a semi-private course with ample time set aside for public tee times). It's also one of MacKenzie courses that, with the Tom Doak restoration, is generally true to the original MacKenzie design. If you're playing Pebble Beach or Spyglass, it's only about 45 minutes away, and many players walk away from Pasatiempo expressing the view that it's on par, or even better, than its more celebrated neighbors.

It's a hard course...don't be fooled by the relatively short yardage, at 6600 from the tips and par 70 it's a bear, with lots of elevation changes it plays like 7000 yds plus. The course is very well conditioned, the greens have lots of undulation and are very quick. Over the decades, some trees have been allowed to grow in, and more liberal use of a chainsaw would improve the course. The bunkering is classic MacKenzie work, first class.

The front nine is the weaker nine. There are some very nice views of the Pacific Ocean from a number of the holes, and the first 3 holes are perhaps the hardest start to any golf course you'll ever play, including 2 par 4s that exceed 450 yds and an uphill 217 yard par 3 that will have most players reaching for a driver. It's fun to walk by MacKenzie's old home...he lived on the par 5 6th hole until his death, and that hole has recently been restored to a 565 yd monster. Still, over the years, some homes have been added that are too close to the course, detracting from play.

The back nine is just outstanding, one of the finest nines I've ever played, with a treacherous barranca (a ball eating gorge) coming into play on all 9 holes. 10 and 11 are two of the finest holes on course, both long pars fours that require 2 outstanding shots to get even close to the green. 14 is a strong par 4 that features Juli Inkster's childhood home on the right. 16 is a nasty par 4, MacKenzie declared it the finest par 4 he ever designed. And 18 is a thriler, a long par 3 over the barranca to a treacherous green.

This is an "old school" course...built in 1929, the course has withstood the test of time well. Course difficulty can lead to some 5 hour rounds as players struggle with the greens, so prepare for a nice leisurely day. The clubhouse is simple, and the experience very low key. Ignore the clubhouse bar and go up to the Hollins House next door for a drink after the round in the tap room, the views high up overlooking Monterey Bay and the course from the back lawn will make you forget about the high score you'll probably shot.

You can get a preview of the course by playing the new Tiger Woods 07 video golf game, Pasatiempo is one of the featured courses. Play it in person and you'll see why.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2003

Anyone who truly enjoys playing golf will be ecstatic to play this pre-Augusta Alister McKenzie course. It is truly a gem; I hadn't played here for 35 years but never forgot how demanding it was/is. Watching the NCCA Tourney when Tiger was a senior at Stanford rekindled memories and the pleasure of playing again on my 69th birthday was so enjoyable, I think I'll make this an annual event. Everyone should play this course at least once in their lifetime.Nelson

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