Pasatiempo - California - USA

Pasatiempo Golf Club,
20 Clubhouse Road,
Santa Cruz,
California (CA) 95060,
USA


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Pasatiempo was the vision of expert horsewoman, lady golfer and entrepreneur Marion Hollins – the only woman in America with a men’s polo handicap. The great Alister MacKenzie designed the course and it opened for play in 1929 with a mixed exhibition foursome between Marion Hollins, Bobby Jones, Glenna Collett and Cyril Tolley.

The course is set on the rolling southern hills near Monterey Bay and it’s these slopes that provide much of the Pasatiempo drama. Pasatiempo has a number of Spanish meanings including, “hobby”, “pastime” or a “relaxed passage of time.” Certainly the front nine is a relaxed affair that offers straight tree-lined fairways, but the back nine is a monumental challenge with deep intimidating ravines – known as barrancas in Spanish – which cut across the fairways and greens.

In the early 1990s, club historian Robert Beck discovered many old course photographs and so Pasatiempo embarked on a lengthy restoration programme. The club entrusted Tom Doak with the task. Doak is an admirer of MacKenzie’s work and was therefore the perfect man for the job. The restoration of Pasatiempo completed in 2007 and Doak commented as follows:

“The restoration project was unusual in that we did the work over a period of years in order to keep the course in play throughout. We had the challenge of working with several green committees through the process, but their vision was always clear and consistent — to restore MacKenzie's design as closely as possible. Moreover, I would like to thank the three men who were a part of the project from beginning to end — club historian Bob Beck, who kept digging throughout the project for more photos to help us get things right; superintendent Dean Gump, who kept us organized and got us whatever we needed; and my lead associate Jim Urbina, who managed to keep finding time to get back to Pasatiempo in between building some great new courses for us. Dr. MacKenzie would be proud of them all.”

Undeniably, Pasatiempo is an entertaining course that holds the attention from the opening drive to the last putt. This semi-private club is one of the greatest public access courses in America and, in this day of so many closed and private Top 100 Golf Clubs, we raise our glasses to Pasatiempo.

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Description: The great Alister MacKenzie designed Pasatiempo and it opened for play in 1929 with a mixed exhibition foursome between Marion Hollins, Bobby Jones, Glenna Collett and Cyril Tolley. Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Reviews: 22
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Whilst the timing of my visit wasn't good - the annual round of serious course maintenance had started 1 day previously - the course more than made up for it. The front 9 was excellent, featuring 2 demanding par 3's (esp the 3rd) and the deceptive par 4 7th. Then comes the back 9...a magnificent collection of holes requiring imagination and nerve not to mention most clubs in the bag and your very, very best putting. Prepare to be amazed at the signature 16th hole. As I prepared to leave a fellow non-member approached me and said "as someone that's been fortunate enough to have played Augusta National this course is as close to it as most folks will ever get." Praise indeed.
September 22, 2008
10 / 10
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John McPheson
Pasatiempo and Spyglass are the most underrated courses in the US. Pasatiempo is a thinking man's course. This is where Bobby Jones decided Alistar McKenzie was the man to build Augusta National. The fact that McKenzie thought Pasatiempo was his best work should tell you all you need to know.
May 03, 2007
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