Pasatiempo Golf Course

February 21, 2007

Santa Cruz, Calif.
6,439 yards, par 70; Greens fee: $175; 831-459-9155,

Since invitations to play Augusta National or Cypress Point are about as common as ashtrays on motorcycles, course connoisseurs who want to experience the genius of Alister MacKenzie can sample the next best thing: Pasatiempo, the good doctor’s finest public-access course. Ranked No. 71 on GOLF MAGAZINE’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S., Pasatiempo opened in 1929, when Bobby Jones scratched out a 1-over 75. While par has been chopped to 70 today, it seldom takes a beating. Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Tiger Woods have all failed to better 67 here. Pasatiempo sports stellar par-4s. Byron Nelson says the 384-yard 11th is one of the toughest he ever faced. MacKenzie’s advice: “Do not hook on the par-4 11th. We have allowed for a straight drive and a crisp iron across the arroyo to the green.” Easier said than done, Doc.