Those fortunate to secure an invitation to play will be most impressed with the isolation and sheer beauty of the property. Given what land goes for in and around the Monterey / Carmel area it's truly something to have such a location providing utter serenity and such a close bond with nature.
Unfortunately, the golf dimension is simply pedestrian with a few exceptions. Tom Fazio excels in creating eye-candy designs that really are awesome in terms of their overall beauty but the major downside at The Preserve is the architecture is not really compelling but simply matter-of-fact stuff. One would think such a site would be the inspiration for something truly beyond the ordinary.
This is not to say The Preserve is not a good layout -- but greatness escapes it. That's a pity.
by M. James Ward
Date: December 25, 2017