Course Spy: Pasatiempo Golf Club

Course Spy: Pasatiempo Golf Club

If you can't swing an invite to Cypress Point or Augusta National, Pasatiempo could be the next best thing.
Rob Babcock

Pasatiempo Golf Club
Santa Cruz, Calif.

6,511 yards, par 70; Green fees: $200;

Thankfully, the staff
doesn’t hound you
when you pull into the
lot. The driving range
isn’t the stuff of modern
golf schools, but who
cares? The short game
matters most here, and
there’s a great putting
green and practice
bunker by the first tee.


Pasatiempo is semiprivate,
and the members keep things
moving — and give
you an earful if you
don’t. It also helps
that tee times are
spaced 10 minutes
apart. Expect to wrap
up in less than four
and a half hours.


If you don’t have an
in at Cypress Point or
Augusta, this is your
best chance to
experience Alister
MacKenzie’s artistry.
You’ll love the lilting
fairways and whitesand
bunkers that
track like paw prints
around the course.


Two bills is top dollar,
but Pasatiempo is a
top-notch course.
Considering its
pedigree and location
(between Monterey
and Silicon Valley)
the price is in line
with a region
where no one ever
gets off cheap.

MacKenzie called
this his favorite
course, but that
doesn’t mean it’s his
best. Still, this is
definitely subtle,
beautiful golf.
Pasatiempo is one of
those rare courses that
grows more appealing
the more you play it.

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