Pasatiempo Golf Club

4.4859647059 4.5 stars from 5 (72)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6500 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

  • 20 Clubhouse Rd, Santa Cruz, California 95060, Santa Cruz County
  • (831) 459-9155
  • (831) 426-0739
  • www.pasatiempo.com
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Year built: 1929
Architect(s): Alister MacKenzie (1929), Tom Doak (1997), Jim Urbina (2018), George Waters (2005), Donald Knott, Gary Linn
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Poa Annua Grass
Fairways: Winter Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 70 6500 yards 72.4 141
Gold/White Combo 70 6245 yards 71.3 135
White 70 6125 yards 70.8 134
White (W) 72 6125 yards 75.9 142
White/Green Combo 72 5806 yards 69.6 133
Green 72 5685 yards 68.9 130
Green (W) 72 5685 yards 73.4 135
Green/Hollins Combo 70 4772 yards 68.8 120
Hollins (Red) (W) 70 4476 yards 67.2 117

This classic golf course is arguably one of the top venues in the country. Pasatiempo was certainly one of designer Alister MacKenzie's favorites. The legendary architect made his home off the par-5 sixth hole and regarded the difficult, uphill 16th as one of the best par 4s ever designed by him or anyone else. To make it even better, the golf club embarked on a two-year restoration project headed up by Tom Doak. The result was nothing less than spectacular as bunkers and greens were to returned original specifications with modern turf and drainage technology. With its great design and elevation changes, Pasatiempo Golf Club plays much longer than its yardage and will test good players. The back nine is particularly strong, perhaps as good as any in the country.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 72 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

63 out of 72 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks patio dining  

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5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A terrific day of golf!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2019
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The course and grounds are gorgeous. The layout is outstanding and the course was maintained at the highest level that I have ever experienced. A perfect day of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"West Coast swing review"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
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This course is an extremely tough test of golf. Not over long but requires precise ball striking especially into the greens.

Tough bunkering and very undulating greens make this a course that only really good golfers (3 or below) would enjoy. At $275 a round it is really top end on price. Clubhouse was tired and changing rooms needed up grading. Food and beverage staff very friendly. Golf shop staff less so.

Unless you enjoy really tough tests don’t go here


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Review from a Caddy Perspective"


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Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
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Reviewed on

I caddied for a buddy in US Open so I just wanted to a throw a review out there from a different perspective.

- Legendary, awesome, beautiful, stunning, relentless, pure, must-play, underrated.

That's it.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Worst Conditions on the best layout"


u000007523933's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2019
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I played the course on 4/28/19 and it was the worst conditions I have ever played on.

That said, the course was one of my all time favorite layouts ever.

I will play here again once it heals from getting punched (and not before) as I think it would be a true test of your golf skills.

However as it stands regardless of the reduced cost for greens fees due to the recently punched greens and fairways the value represented is next to nil as the course is basically unplayable. Even all of the beautiful green contours... the ball just doesn’t break when the greens are running at 6-7 on a stimp meter.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Wait for the greens & fairways to heal"


u000007523933's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2019
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Flat out, this is one of the prettiest courses you will ever find. It’s a true test of every club in your bag, and from downhill, uphill and side hill lies at some point in your round as the fairways don’t have a lot of flat spots.

That said, I played it right after they punched the greens and fairways and so while they usually have the greens rolling at 12-15... they were at a 6-7 today... so all of the amazing Mackenzie green contours... nope the ball just landed and stopped. Even putts that would probably be 90degree putts at 12-13 were maybe 25-30degree putts.

Stated simply, the way it played was not what Mackenzie intended at all. I’ll be back to the west coast just to test my game on this course every so often as this course in working order would be a true test of anyone’s game.

Worth noting: the back 9 is probably the best 9 hole stretch of golf outside of pine valley.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day of Golf"


dkronser's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2019
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Pasatiempo lived up to its hype. The staff was friendly and helpful. The course was in fabulous shape. The greens were incredibly fast and difficult. It's a must-play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


clark29's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2019
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Staff was friendly and helpful, layout is great and the course, greens and tee boxes were in excellent shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"An Alister MacKenzie Gem You Can and Should Play"


u000005233600's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2019
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Reviewed on

I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play Mackenzie's masterpiece Crystal Downs here in northern Michigan a few times every summer. I have also played his design at the University of Michigan several times. It's safe to say that I am a huge fan of his work. So a tee time at Pasatiempo was a must during our trip to the area to watch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Articles I read beforehand referred to the back nine as one of the best nine hole stretches of golf holes in the world. As I walked down the fourth fairway, I thought to myself, how can it get any better than this?

The recent renovations done by Tom Doak, from what I understand, really brought back a lot of the original feel of the course. I must say, the bunkering certainly looks like classic MacKenzie...the rounded shapes are beautiful to look at and enjoyed most when your ball avoids them.

My wife and I walked the course; I carried and she pushed a cart. The elevation changes are significant and she grew tired soon after we made the turn. She doesn't have the chance to play much golf and accordingly, found the course to be challenging, which added to her fatigue.

As an avid walker, I too was well aware of the fact that we had walked after the round, but it is the best way to enjoy this beautiful course. The greens putted well with speeds that were probably close to what the design intended. After all, there are plenty of greens that demonstrate MacKenzie's love for undulation.

Course conditions, speed of play, and overall courtesy of the staff were all wonderful. It's a course that is worth the price and if I ever return to the area, I will certainly play here again. With any luck at all, it will be following a round at his Cypress Point masterpiece.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




Krish22769's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



skemper002's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2018
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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u000005814051's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2018
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Way to expensive for a golf course under renovation

7 temporary tees

Contractor everywhere

$200 !!!

Probably ok when the renovation will be over


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Pasatiempo excels"


Gardnerbird's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2018
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Pasatiempo offers a supreme challenge to everyone who plays there. The back nine is superb and very difficult. The views are stunning and beautiful everywhere. Currently 4 tee boxes on the front nine are being redone which makes these holes shorter and easier. Lots of hills make walking tough for seniors. For the discounted price I paid using Golfnow this was a great bargain and a wonderful day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



krkcooper's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000008089270's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
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Amazing course from tee to green. I heard a lot of reviews about the greens being super hard. I didn't find that to be true. Maybe I was just hitting it on the right side of the greens. They are fast but receptive to shots . Staff was friendly. I have been in the Bay Area for 20 years. Finally got out there to play and I will be going back for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course. Very challenging"


MikeW2381's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
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Pasatiempo is one of those courses that if you get a chance to play, do so. It is wide open on some holes, but very challenging on others. The greens were very tough but fair. The staff was very friendly. Overall, a great experience all around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful golf experience"


pinecrest3920's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
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Can only afford to play once a year or so but this place keeps us coming back even when the fees are almost $300. Course conditions are super and the design is unparalleled.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Quality Mackenzie design"


Michael2024073's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
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Stunning views and an overall amazing layout. Pricey but it's a bucket list worthy experience. Greens were punched a couple weeks ago so greens weren't in optimal condition. Challenging layout that requires careful approach shots. Would love to play here again when it's in prime condition. Members I met at the clubhouse were really nice and welcoming, staff was great as well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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