Beyond Pebble Beach

Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course
Evan Schiller
The 316-yard, par-4 13th hole at Pacific Grove.

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

Once the property of the Army's Fort Ord, the Bayonet will slice you to ribbons, especially if you play military golf (left, right, left, right). Bayonet torments players with an inordinate number of uphill doglegs, all hemmed in with cypresses, pines and damp rough. The golf is honest — if difficult — and thankfully, on a sunny day, ocean views are not scarce.

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

Poppy Hills is an exceptional course that's lacking in drama compared to its neighbors. The course is framed by pines, which, while attractive, block out ocean views. But sharp-eyed golfers will relish the strategy demands. With its huge, wildly heaving greens and clever fairway bunkering, Poppy Hills is worthy of its status as co-host to the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach event.

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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