The Takeaway: Off the radar for most people that visit the Monterey area, Pasadera deserves more acclaim than it gets. It can’t compete with the courses on 17 Mile Drive, but Nicklaus did manage to design several memorable holes that take advantage of the elevation changes and inland views. Grade B-
Designer: Jack Nicklaus in 2000
Phone Number: (831) 647-2421
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Pasadera Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 100 Pasadera Dr., Monterey, California 93940
Accolades: Ranked 28th in California on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Pasadera is a residential development golf course that was laid out on top of the diverse terrain that includes canyons, groves of oak trees, and plenty of elevation changes that many California courses are known for. Fantastic views are afforded of the surrounding mountains, particularly on the back nine when the golfer climbs to the highest point on the golf course. One of the unique features at Pasadera is the mega-long par four 15th hole that stretches out to 562 yards - the longest I've ever played. The hole plays way downhill and over a canyon so the actual length is much less than the card indicates, but nonetheless it is one stout hole and unique feature. At Pasadera you can expect a solid test of golf and one spectacular clubhouse (38,000 square feet) that is known to host some of the best weddings in the surrounding area.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 585 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 14th Hole – 209 Yards
Best Par 4: 13th Hole – 370 Yards
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 585 Yards
Birdie Time: 2nd Hole – 291 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole – 562 Yard Par 4