Del Monte is a landmark course that has played an instrumental role in popularizing golf out West since its inception in 1897. The birthplace of the California State Amateur and the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi retains much of that classic charm today, challenging the game’s best golfers with its small, sloping, old-school greens. The venerable layout brings out of bounds into play on more than half its holes, and puts a premium on placing the ball below the hole with well-bunkered greens that are often pitched strongly from back-to-front.
Originally designed as a nine-hole course in 1897 by Charles E. Maud and expanded to 18 holes in 1902, Del Monte promptly attracted the game’s best players. The course’s Del Monte Championship was so highly regarded that many considered the champion to be the best golfer in the state. When the California State Amateur was founded in 1912, Del Monte was the natural choice to host it. Del Monte was also selected to host the 1916 Western Amateur, marking the first time one of the era’s biggest national amateur events was played west of Colorado.
Del Monte annually stages the professional Monterey Open and amateur Monterey City Championship, and has regularly tested PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players as a previous host of the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational presented by DELL Technologies and PURE Insurance Championship.
From the the first California State Amateur in 1912 to the annual Monterey Open Championship and Monterey City Amateur today, Del Monte Golf Course has a proud tradition of hosting great tournaments.
A round at Del Monte Golf Course is a tour through California golf history. Del Monte quickly became one of the most prestigious golf courses in the Western United States shortly after it opened in 1897. Del Monte still maintains much of its classic charm today, with its vintage tiny sloping greens, and precise 6,365 yardage.
In the early 1890s, the game of golf made its way to California — and on May 1, 1897, Del Monte Golf Course opened as a 9-hole golf course.Course History
In 1903, Del Monte Golf Course expanded to become one of the first 18-hole golf courses in California.Course History
Del Monte Golf Course hosted the 1916 Western Golf Association Amateur Championship, the first time the event was 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…Putting provides as much fun as hitting drives and approaches."
"Small greens make this relatively short course deceptively tricky."
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