Architect(s): Robert Muir Graves,Marc Messier,Kevin Tucker
Greens: T-1 Bent Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Season: Year round
Known by locals as the "Navy Course," Monterey Pines Golf Club is an 18-hole regulation facility open to the public. It's located near the Monterey County Fairgrounds, site of the former Monterey Pop Festival and also right next to the Monterey Airport. The course started out as a Robert Muir Graves-designed nine-hole course in 1963. The back nine was added in 1972, and architects Marc Messier and Kevin Tucker did a redesign and renovation that flipped in the nines in 2009. Monterey Pines is a somewhat tight, but fun par-69 layout that's just 5,600 yards from the tips. (There are three sets of tees.) The course has just two par-5 holes, and the seventh and eighth holes are back-to-back par 3s. There are a few trees, bunkers and a couple of ponds that come into play. The 10th, for example, is a dogleg right with water that comes into play for anything missed right on the approach. The course also has a driving range, short-game area and putting green. And inside the clubhouse golfers will find a golf shop, restaurant and meeting/banquet facilities.