Cypress Point - California - USA

Cypress Point Club,
17 Mile Drive,
Pebble Beach,
California (CA) 93953,

  • +1 831 624 6444

  • No website available

  • Leave Hwy 1 at Pacific Grove exit follow Carmel Hill towards Pebble Beach

  • Members and their guests only

Every true golfer would love to play Cypress Point, but the reality of the matter is that unless you are in the know only a lucky few will ever get the chance to tee it up on the 1st. Folklore has it that J.F. Kennedy was once refused entry to the restaurant and, with only 250 members, mere mortals find it hard to get a game.

Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling. Almost as many superlatives have been used to describe the beauty of the location as the course itself.

Masa Nishijima, co-author of Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, commented as follows: “Seth Raynor was under contract to do the course, but Raynor passed away in 1926 before the start of construction, and Robert Hunter managed to convince the client to let Dr. MacKenzie have a look at the course when he made his first visit to California later that year.”

“The best 17-hole course in the world” is how Cypress Point has been described. The closing hole is considered by some to be little more than a route back to the clubhouse and perhaps the 16th hole is a weakness too, especially if you can’t carry the ball more than 200 yards into the prevailing wind. The Pacific is the ultimate water hazard on this 231-yard one-shot hole. It’s considered the best golf hole in the world or the worst if you dump your third tee shot into the sea.

David commented on our Cypress Point article. We feel his points are valid and worthy of sharing:

“While most of your course intros seem ok, this one is really off. It was one guy, Jimmy Demaret that called Cypress Point the best 17-hole course he's ever played. He was a great pro, but not an expert in golf course architecture by any means. Granted the 18th might be a little strange, but it's a great hole in its own right. At most courses maybe even their signature hole. A blind tee shot over Cypress Trees to a narrow fairway the dog legs steep up a hill to a green sloping form back to front with a huge cypress tree blocking out the entire left side of the green requiring a perfect drive to have a chance at the green with a shaped approach from an uneven lie. Land it too deep above the hole and you’re faced with a treacherous putt, miss right while shaping your shot and you are in one of the bunkers guarding the green. Does that sound at all like a weak hole?

Also the 16th is not properly described. In typical MacKenzie fashion this hole can be played many ways. He always leaves a way for weaker golfers. The 16th is no different. If the carry is impossible for your ability level you can play left requiring a carry of around or less than 100 yards to a partially hidden fairway and play this hole as a par 4. Any level can do this. I watched a 92 year old man par the hole with no problem in that fashion. So I'd argue this is not my opinion even, it's just plain fact which makes the intro you have incorrect and a bit unfair to Cypress Point and to MacKenzie.”
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Description: Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling. Rating: 9.9 out of 10 Reviews: 31
I had the great fortune to be invited to play on this course by Sandy Tatum in 2002. Everything about the place just oozes quality. The clubhouse is without doubt the most understated I have every laid eyes on, being only a small wooden house. The views are truly breathtaking and with so little play throughout the year the course was in incredible condition. The rough in places was severe and it is an awesome challenge off the back tees which we played from. Everyones highlight is the remarkable par threes 15 and 16 which are unusual in not only being back to back but being one of the only times that I have ever been truly scared over a tee shot. Amazingly I hit my seven iron to 10 foot on 15 and then holed the putt and then hit a driver straight onto the green at the petrifying 16th. I lipped out with my putt but I was immensely proud of needing only 5 blows on two of the toughest holes in world golf.Yes, it is almost impossible to get on but once you have played it there really is no doubt in your mind that you have been privy to something very special indeed. Without doubt the best course anyone will ever play in their life!
July 03, 2006
10 / 10
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Ortwin Klang
March 20, 2007
Another clear 6 points. Everything is said
Tom Browning
March 31, 2007
I had the pleasure of playing Cypress Point a few years back, and it is truly amazing. Saw one other foursome on the golf course the whole day, and loved every second of it. In a part of the world so famous for golf the others in the area pale by comparison. Pebble Beach is 6 of the greatest holes in golf and 12 fairly ordinary ones. Cypress Point has 17 that are spectacular. I haven't had the pleasure of playing Augusta, but in the world I'd rank only Pine Valley and Royal County Down ahead of it.