Pasatiempo's bunkering and greens are world class, there is no doubt. The genius of MacKenzie (helped along by Doak's restoration) is on full display when you play the course.
While the front 9 is solid and even a little reminiscent of the recently renovated Cal Club, the back 9 is where it is at. Favorites there have to include the fantastic 10th which tempts players to hit the green but hitting a worm-burner down the right might give you a better option. The 14th hole has a fantastic swale running as a ribbon down the left side. The 15th is as pretty a par 3 as you will see in North America. Finally, the 16th is utterly staggering once you crest the hill and see the audacity of the 16th green and bunker complexes.
Do I wish houses weren't built so close to the fairways at Pasa (nor the 17 freeway)? Could there be a bit of tree thinning especially on 11 and 12? Sure, these are quibbles but minor ones at that. If you are a fan of MacKenzie but can't score an invite to Cypress, Augusta or Crystal (and who can?) then this is definitely the course to check out.
Date: August 26, 2019