Opened in 1897, Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has tested golfers for more than a century.
With its immaculately conditioned and classic layout, Del Monte Golf Course features wide fairways lined with oak, pine and cypress trees and the back nine includes a treacherous par-5, 512-yard 13th hole. Adjacent to the course, the Del Monte Pavilion offers an inviting outdoor setting for any special event, from hosting a corporate outing or a tournament awards ceremony.
Over the years, Del Monte Golf Course has hosted numerous tournaments. It was the original host of the California State Amateur and continues to host the Monterey City Amateur and the Monterey Open Championship.
Golf enthusiasts on the Monterey Peninsula have always known of the course’s rich history and beautiful challenges that make it such a special place to play. For the traveling golfer, a Pebble Beach experience would be incomplete without a round at Del Monte!
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A reachable par-5, the approach to the green should come from the left side of the fairway to open the hole. The gentle uphill slope will add distance to your actual yardage.
Place your tee shot just left of the fairway bunker. At all costs, do not go over the green.
An uphill par-4, remember to add some club to compensate for the uphill green. A treacherously sloping green, you're best putting position is from straight below the hole.
This hole looks downhill, but plays to the actual yardage. There is more green to the right than can be seen from the tee.
Keep your drive short of the fairway bunkers. Distance control on the approach is critical. Over the green is absolute jail.
Nothing deceptive here. You simply need a solid shot. Missing the green will test your short game.
A tee shot too far left or right is trouble on this uphill hole; as is low and short. There are pin placements on all three tiers, so place your approach accordingly.
A dogleg right, big hitters can cut off some bend. High-lipped bunkers front this green.
Long hitters can reach this in two with a well-placed drive up the left side. The ocean effect keeps putts straighter than they look.
A beguiling, short par-4. The fairway narrows as you approach the green. A long mid-iron puts you in the proper position to attack this pin.
From the tee, you can choose to either lay back or carry the first fairway bunker on the left. Careful club selection will give you the best opportunity for a birdie.
A miss right here is usually OB or lost. The green has a steep slope; below the hole is where you want to be.
Before you tee it, check 15's pin placement. Then long and straight is all you need. Fairway bunkers protect the hole from miss-hit or misjudged shots.
The crowned green is still in its original 1897 design. This tough par-3 has more slope on the green than you can see.
A hole for shot makers. The fairway narrows as you approach the green. Leave yourself a longer second shot and you will increase your chances.
A tee shot on the left side opens up this green. Play your approach under the wind. A miss short and left will leave a manageable chip shot.
This is another reachable par-5. Following the theme of Del Monte, keep the ball below the hole. Remember to check 18's pin placement from the tee.
This is a terrific finishing hole. Place your tee shot right or past the fairway oak. On your approach, keep in mind that the green slopes left.
From the Monterey Open Championship and the historic Monterey City Amateur, to corporate events and fundraisers: Del Monte Golf Course has a proud tradition of hosting great tournaments.
Known for being both challenging and fun, Del Monte Golf Course features a timeless design that more than holds its own against fellow counterparts on the Monterey Peninsula.
In the early 1890s, the game of golf makes its way to California—and on May 1, 1897, Del Monte Golf Course opens as a 9-hole golf course.Course History
In 1903, Del Monte Golf Course is expanded to become one of the first 18-hole golf courses in California.Course History
Del Monte Golf Course hosts the 1916 Western Golf Association Amateur Championship, making it the first time the event is played west of the Continental Divide.Course History
"The staff is always friendly, course always in great shape and pace of play is phenomenal. I would recommend playing Del Monte on any trip to the Monterey Peninsula."
"It's challenging and enjoyable at the same time…Also, Del Monte Golf Course remains in excellent condition. Putting provides as much fun as hitting drives and approaches."
"If you are looking for a great vacation golf course Del Monte is your course. The cost is good for Monterey and the staff is exceptional."