Golf Tips

On the Monterey Peninsula, golf is king. Whether you are a lifelong resident or first time visitor, golf is probably near and dear to your heart. It’s no surprise that the game starts with the Pebble Beach Resort and its four courses which include the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill. Pebble, as it’s affectionately known, has hosted 6 major championships including 5 U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship and 6 USGA Amateur Championships while other public and private courses in the area have hosted a variety of PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour events. With its rich mix of historic layouts, award-winning public courses and hidden gems, the Monterey Peninsula is widely recognized as one of the premier destinations in the world for the game of golf. From the Del Monte Golf Links, the oldest course west of the Mississippi to the just renovated Quail Lodge Golf Course and Resort, there is a type of course to suit every type of golfer.

To help you choose your next game, we’ve rounded up some of the Portola Hotel & Spa’s resident duffers to offer their thoughts on where you should tee it up!

“My husband and I played the newly renovated Quail Lodge Golf Course last Sunday afternoon.  The course has been closed this past year for a complete renovation.  The improvements to the course are spectacular.  It is one of our favorite resort courses, as it is in great condition, easily walkable and is set in Carmel Valley which is absolutely beautiful.  We highly recommend putting this course on your radar.  In fact, if you are in to playing two days in a row, add Poppy Hills to the itinerary.  Both courses are in fantastic shape and worthy of a fun filled golf get-away.”

Janine Chicourrat, General Manager

 Dave Potter Golfing

Janine’s husband Dave golfing in Monterey.

“I always like to recommend Pacific Grove Golf Links for its great value and views. Half of the course is on the water and a person can golf for less than $125 in most cases. Another thing you can mention is that there are so many great options for everyone. There are multiple golf courses in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, and Pebble Beach. There is something for everyone!”  

Jasmin Becerra, Concierge

 Troy golfing in Monterey

Troy’s photo of sunset while golfing in Monterey

“The Monterey Peninsula has the most prestigious public golf courses in the world.” 

Troy Reil, Director of Rooms

 Troy golfing Pebble Beach

Troy’s photo of Pebble Beach golf course

“As a father of three it is hard to sometimes get the time to get any golf in and that is why I love Peter Hay golf course. Peter Hay is a 9-hole par three course situated within Pebble Beach with stunning ocean view. It’s the perfect spot to take my kids and have fun but also work on my short game.” 

Sonny Petersson, Director of Food and Beverage

 Poppy Hills, Scott Seward, Bruce Charlton, Robert Trent Jones II

Poppy Hills Golf Course

“When playing on the courses here in Monterey there are a few things to remember.

  1.  Always tuck a jacket in your bag.  The fog can roll in at any time. 
  2. Sometimes the break isn’t always towards the ocean.
  3.  Plan on meeting some great people out on the course enjoying the great views and beautiful scenery along with you.
  4. There are usually some great deals out there, just channel your inner golf-pro and find them.”

 Jason Giles, Executive Chef

Explore all the great golf course options on the Monterey Peninsula!


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