At the heart of Carmel Valley Ranch's 500 acres, winding through the core of the resort from the valley floor though the foothills and up to significant elevation, is the Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course. As the only Pete Dye design in Northern California, the 18-hole, par-70 course has earned a reputation for its stunning views, friendly wildlife, tactical challenges and playability. Experience championship-level play at a course rated among the "Best US Golf Resorts" by Travel and Leisure's "World's Best" readers' survey.
In a region known for spectacular golf experiences, Carmel Valley's unique microclimate bathes the course in more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and the location just a few miles from the coast means that temperatures are comfortable, offering ideal playing conditions year-round. Pete Dye designed this Monterey golf resort course to take advantage of dramatic elevation changes and verdant natural beauty, with the course's two signature holes, 11 and 13, both offering breathtaking drops into the valley. Other holes wind through vineyards, lavender fields, ponds and old-growth oak groves draped in lace lichen—an ideal habitat for the deer and wild turkey that roam The Ranch.
The course underwent a multi-million dollar enhancement, and now features a layout restored to Pete Dye's original design, T1 Bentgrass, enlarged greens and improved tee boxes. In the spring of 2013, our golf clubhouse went through a $1 million redesign. In addition to upgrading many of the indoor spaces with fireplaces, additional flat screen TVs, more relaxed furnishings and locker rooms upgrades, we also expanded many of the outdoor patio spaces adding several cozy fire pits, a water feature and friendly service for a great casual dining option.