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.
• 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).