Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California, USA | GolfPass
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4.6
232 Reviews (232)
5 Stars
186
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
87.6%
Recommend this course
209 out of 232 reviews
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4.8
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.9
92.3%
Recommend this course
24 out of 26 reviews
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4.5
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
82.4%
Recommend this course
42 out of 51 reviews
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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

4.6
232 Reviews (232)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 16
Undulating Greens 16
Elevation Changes 14
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 15
A Weekend Splurge 13
Advanced Golfers 13
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Reviews 2
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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best golf course I’ve been on

Pasatiempo is hands down the best course I’ve ever played. A magical day with mild temperatures, light wind, no clouds, enhanced the experience of walking the greatest course I’ve walked on. Perfect tee boxes, perfectly manicured fairways, exceptional greens with dramatic slopes and waves made for a perfect golf day. Even a triple bogey on the par 3 finishing hole was fun.
If I could afford the rates I’d play here all the time but I appreciate the rare visit and will be returning for special occasions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Pasatiempo Critique

I had played two other courses designed by Alister Mackenzie (Cypress Point & Augusta National), and Pasatiempo differed greatly from them. The greens seemed much larger than I had expected. The course had several forced carries, that provided a challenge because I don't carry the ball as far as I did when I was younger. The routing was rather confusing, particularly on the back nine where directional signs could have helped. Shrubbery along the property line could have enhanced the back nine where houses detracted from the view. Course fronting neighbors' houses have a hodgepodge of walls, fences, their own vegetation, and nothing that detract visually. The driving range with mats for the tees, remote from the clubhouse, and probably built after the course itself, also detracted; however, I enjoyed the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Overpriced yet somehow worth it?

First things first this is a very expensive golf course to play in. It’s beautiful and the layout is amazing very well-maintained challenging greens. You get your moneys worth from McAllister designed golf course. It is the closest thing to Augusta that you will ever experience in California. However paying this amount of money made me think twice as I should have just played Pebble Beach or Spanish Bay or pelican Hill in Southern California however it appears that I actually had a great time playing Pasatiempo.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Nice.

This was the first time I played Pasatiempo and I was very pleased with my experience. This course was on my bucket list and I'm glad I played it sooner than later. The staff were friendly and helpful and had I known there were caddies I would not have gotten a cart. I played as a single and was partnered with a very nice family from out of state. I'm not going to lie it was a tuff course but I enjoyed the challenges this course threw at you. Not only the aesthetics of the course is a pleasure to look at but there's the history behind it as well that makes this one of the top 10 courses I've played throughout my 25. years learning this game. I totally give Pasatiempo a thumbs up.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pasogolf

Fun to Play an Allister McKenzie course. Closest I’ll get to Augusta!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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 Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout - plays long

Course condition ok - greens were much slower than the putting green, fairways cut pretty short, no lush fairway lies, plays long - even from the middle tees (white) there were several par 4’s longer than 420 yards and a couple of long par 3’s. Very expensive for walking - although carts are available at the course for an extra cart fee (which is higher priced than other courses). Also, course is fairly hilly and not the easiest walking round. I got my round at a reduced rate due to booking it the morning of the round and also had a 20% off code - but still the total cost was much more expensive (even for walking) than other high quality courses in the area.whose tee times come with carts. I personally feel the course at Wente Vineyards, the Bridges golf course and Cinnabar golf course are equivalent if not better course conditions and also these all have very interesting layouts - for a much better price point.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A beautiful and challenging course.

It’s a taste of Augusta. Has it own challenges and very well protected with bunkers.
Better practice your bunker shots and commit to it. Or you’re gonna have a bad time. Lol
Love the course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

An old girl...

Last played this gem ~30 yrs ago. Hasn't changed a bit. Greens are a great challenge and the layout offers both unique and routine play. Practice your bunker play before you come. Can't wait to do it again...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Course!

Had an amazing day at Pasatiempo. The weather was great, and the recently aerated greens putted better than any aerated course I've ever played, and slowed the greens just enough to be able to make a few putts.

Pace of play was a little slow (4h 30m) for a semi-private golf club. I would've expected to get around a little quicker.

Advice:
- Take an extra club on pretty much every par 3. Even the ones that look flat are either deceivingly uphill or played into the wind.
- The par 4 #11 needs two extra clubs, at least.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wonderful layout

This course is very challenging, need to have prior course knowledge to stay out of trouble.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Love the layout. Challenging course

Enjoyed my first time playing the course. Will return later.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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