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Not far from the iconic Pebble Beach Links on the Californian coast is the less celebrated – though still breathtaking – Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The club comprises two courses, the Dunes and the Shore. Both courses benefit from creatively laid-out holes. However, the Shore Course has garnered the most acclaim in recent years.
It boasts fairways situated among trees so players can “dance among the cypress”, in the words of course architect Mike Strantz, who completed the restoration of the formerly unremarkable course in 2004. Meanwhile, the course makes excellent use of natural rock formations. For example, the par 3 11th features an elevated tee atop a natural granite rock offering stunning views of the green and the Pacific Ocean beyond it.
That proximity to the ocean and its accompanying breezes makes the course challenging as well as breathtaking, so it’s little wonder that the Shore Course has hosted the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am in recent years, which it co-hosts with Spyglass Hill. But how can you play the Monterey Peninsula? The Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a private club. Because of this, arranging a round there is more difficult than the nearby Pebble Beach Links, which is open to the public.
Of course, you can become a member. However, this is far from a cheap option. Initiation fees are reportedly around $300,000, while monthly dues are over $1000. Meanwhile, membership to the club is via invitation only. Therefore, perhaps the best option, short of qualifying for the PGA Tour or becoming a caddie, is to know one of the course’s 1,100 members. Then, if you do, before long, a truly unique golfing experience could be yours to savour.
How many members does Monterey Peninsula Country Club have?
Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a private-member golf club with over 1,100 members. Membership to the club is by invitation only. The average age of the membership is 69.
What is the initiation fee at Monterey Peninsula Country Club?
Initiation fees at Monterey Peninsula Country Club are approximately $300,000. Meanwhile, monthly dues are more than $1000. As well as granting access to the club's two courses, those fees also allow members to take advantage of the club's dining facilities.
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories.
He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game.
Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course.
Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.
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