After the great Scottish golf course architect Alister MacKenzie had completed work on Cypress Point he was hired to design a course in the hills above Santa Cruz. When Pasatiempo opened in 1929, Bobby Jones played in its inaugural match, and it was after this experience that Jones invited MacKenzie to design his course in Augusta, Georgia.Pasatiempo means hobby or pastime in Spanish but as golf courses go, it's a genuine challenge. Both outstanding and difficult, it deserves to be in any conversation about the best courses in America that are open to the public. I've played it and the greens and bunkering are daunting, so when you make a good shot where you're supposed to, it's exhilarating.The green on the 387-yard par 4 16th hole is truly amazing and one of the best approach shots I've ever gotten to hit. It's built into the side of a hill and has three tiers. You'll first make a blind tee shot before you see it and then when you do, it blows you away. It's a spectacular hole. MacKenzie actually lived at the end of his life in a house off the 6th fairway of Pasatiempo. If I acquired a house bordering this course I'd considering moving there.
Date: January 05, 2016