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4.8
190 Reviews (190)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
93.9%
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4.8
32 Reviews (32)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
93.8%
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4.8
69 Reviews (69)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 70
Length 6495 yards
Slope 141
Rating 72.5

This classic golf course is arguably one of the top venues in the country. Pasatiempo was certainly one of designer Alister MacKenzie's favorites. The legendary architect made his home off the par-5 sixth hole and regarded the difficult, uphill 16th as one of the best par 4s ever designed by him or anyone else. To make it even better, the golf club embarked on a two-year restoration project headed up by Tom Doak. The result was nothing less than spectacular as bunkers and greens were to returned original specifications with modern turf and drainage technology. With its great design and elevation changes, Pasatiempo Golf Club plays much longer than its yardage and will test good players. The back nine is particularly strong, perhaps as good as any in the country.

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Course Details

Year Built 1929
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Poa Annua Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
190 Reviews (190)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Drinks 7
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Undulating Greens 15
Elevation Changes 13
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 13
A Weekend Splurge 12
Advanced Golfers 11
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12

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Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Nicest course in Bay Area

The course is beautiful and challenging. The greens are the best I’ve played in Northern California. The fairway and rough are plush without any weeds or bare spots.
Today was cart path only which is extremely frustrating. Sometimes I would have to carry 4 &5 clubs because I wasn’t sure where my ball was or the lie I had.
Playing with someone who knows the course is crucial. Looking forward to playing again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Reviews 4
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Plays Once a week
3.0
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Not good for nonmembers

Disappointing round of golf. I was a single and I was hoping to be paired with others. There was no starter and I ended up playing with a woman who only played 9 holes so I was left to play a difficult course without local knowledge.
The course is very difficult and needs more tee boxes for seniors.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Staff
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A very special place

Absolutely amazing experience. Service was excellent from the time you step on the property to the time you leave. The course was in amazing shape and every hole was different and picture-worthy. Can't wait to be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 123
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Pasatiempo: Believe the Hype

I recently had the chance to play Pasatiempo while visiting Santa Cruz. It obviously has a reputation as one of the best courses in the country, and is rumored to be Alister MacKenzie's favorite design. That's a lot of hype!

As an older course on a smaller property, there isn't much in the way of a practice area. While understandable, it's not what you might expect from a top notch course. So just be prepared for that. Cause once you get on course it won't matter.

On the front 9, I was taken by the views of the surrounding trees and even some ocean. I appreciated the subtle misdirections and bunkering, but wasn't totally blown away by the course. Although, I should note all three par 3s on the front are awesome and challenging.

As I made the turn I was wondering if this would just be a "very good" course... then the back 9 happened. Right away, you face a different looking tee shot on 10, but it's the second shot where I really had my first "oh my gosh" moment. Things only got better from there. Most of the back 9 plays around a barranca that influences almost every shot. That combined with the bunkering keeps you on your toes, but also provides some incredible looking golf. I can safely say this is among the best 9 holes I've ever played.

In the end, I left impressed. The price is a bit steep, but I think it's justified. This is truly a gem of a course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Top 5 golf course...

1.Cypress Point
2.Spyglass
3.Pasatiempo
4.Bayonet
5.Montreux-Reno,

Pebble missed the cut, and I havent played Bandon yet.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

TOUGH COURSE WITH LOTS OF CHANGING TERRAIN AND UNDULATING GREENS.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pasatiempo

Great challenging course. Greens are fast and difficult especially if you are above the hole. Walked the course but recommend taking a cart since lots of uphill and downhill approaches. Played with a person who knew the course and he helped guide me where to hit my shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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