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4.5
197 Reviews (197)
5 Stars
128
4 Stars
57
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
94.3%
Recommend this course
188 out of 197 reviews
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4.4
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.4%
Recommend this course
27 out of 28 reviews
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4.6
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.8%
Recommend this course
44 out of 45 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Par 70
Length 6117 yards
Slope 131
Rating 70.1

Back along Snively’s Ridge on the eastern boundary of the Santa Lucia Preserve is a spot that is one of the great luxury getaways in the USA. It’s called Carmel Valley Ranch, and its Pete Dye par-70 layout is a very playable golf course that was voted one of the Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses in the country by Golf for Women’s Magazine.

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Course Details

Year Built 1981
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens T1 Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1981) Gene Bates (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Cafe, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Spa, Locker Rooms

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
197 Reviews (197)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 15
Bunkers 13
Water Hazards 10
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 16
Worth the Drive 13

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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 9
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4.0
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Carmel Valley Ranch

Conditions were great, pace was outstanding but it was very uncrowded. A few shots that were a little tricky if you haven’t been there before. I would most definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
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Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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Previously Played

Punched greens stink

Scheduled golf here with family member in town. Showed up to find greens had been punched and sanded and were basically unplayable. The person checling us in gave us a discount due to these conditions, but any reservations should have warned us about these issues. We would have never played a course with newly punched greens. A miserable day. No way to cancel and find another option at the last minute.

Back nine has cool elevation changes and nice views.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Under maintenance poor conditions of sanded greens

Arrived to find back 9 closed, had to play front 9 twice. Very good conditions tee/fairways but greens were heavily sanded, not advised until check-in. Would have preferred to know this in advance and would have played elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Slowest round ever!

Upon arriving at the course I was told that a Member’s Match had been given my Tee Time and I had to Tee off 20 minutes later. The Match was sooo slow it turned into a 5.5 hour round of golf waiting on every shot on every hole.
RUDE!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Interesting Course

The course I was in great shape, from tee to green. A beautiful layout with lots of elevation change. Some holes re a bit difficult to judge what to hit off the tee. Due to elevation as well as strategically placed bunkers. Nevertheless, the course is very fair and a lot of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
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
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the ranch

This course never disappointed, always in great conditions, great service and staff. Only issue is a foursome in front of us would not let USA two soho b pass making the back 9 very slow
Again love the course .
Thanks and will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time at Carmel Valley Ranch

We played on a glorious day at Carmel Vallry Ranch! Staff were so friendly and the course was immaculate! The back nine is definitely more challenging than the front nine. I recommend this course for all levels of skill.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

This is the best course for the money on the Peninsula in my opinion!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Stunning views on a well kept course

An exceptional staff from pro shop, range support, starters and Marshall’s. The course is in great shape and the scenic views are breathtaking. A truly great level of enjoyment.

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