The 407-yard, par-4 fourth hole at Spanish Bay.
Taku Myamoto
By Joe Passov
Friday, September 21, 2007

The ultimate golf dream today is the same as it was 25 years ago — win the lottery, move to Monterey and play every day at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and, in the fantasy sequence, the very private Cypress Point.

You need serious coin and connections to access that triumvirate regularly. The question is, can regular guys enjoy a golf vacation on the Monterey Peninsula and still have money left over?

Absolutely. Save Pebble for special occasions. Here's where else you should play in Monterey.

The Links at Spanish Bay
6,821 yards, par 72 Greens fee: $250-$280
800-654-9300, pebblebeach.com
Architects: Robert Trent Jones Jr./Tom Watson/Sandy Tatum

Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course
5,727 yards, par 70 Greens fee: $35-$57
831-648-5777, ci.pg.ca.us
Architects: Chandler Egan/Jack Neville

Bayonet Black Horse Bayonet Course
7,133 yards, par 72 Greens fee: $77-$128;
831-899-7271, bayonetblackhorse.com
Architects: Gen. Robert McClure/Gene Bates

Poppy Hills Golf Course
6,857 yards, par 72 Greens fee: $195-$212; 831-625-2035, poppyhillsgolf.com
Architects: Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Where to stay
The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach is worth every penny. Rooms start at $565 (800-654-9300, pebblebeach.com). If you need to be in the heart of Monterey, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is your best bet. Rooms start at $190 per night (831-646-1700, montereyplazahotel.com).

What to see
Carmel's Ocean Avenue is home to a splendid collection of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Monterey offers Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (831-648-4800).

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