Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 19 - Golf at Pasatiempo

Up and gone from hotel by 8am. Drove an hour or so to Santa Cruz where we were playing golf at Pasatiempo. Arrived early and had breakfast there overlooking the course - very nice. Weather started off overcast but no rain which was good, sunny by the afternoon, perfect for golf.

Pasatiempo Golf Club
The course was wet underfoot and the greens had been cored in the past week (we knew this when we booked) so we got to play for half price which was good. Great layout with some wonderful holes.
 I played quite well again, had 3 x 3 pointers in a row on the back nine - 2 pars and a bogey. Sean did not play so well today, had a bit of trouble with the cored greens. We both really enjoyed the course though which was the main thing.

Pasatiempo GC
 Headed into Santa Cruz for a drink and a snack after golf. It is a really lovely town, very clean and a bit "trendy or alternative". Great coffee too!!

Pasatiempo GC
 Headed an hour or so south to our final hotel for this trip - the Spindrift Hotel in Cannery Row, Monterey. WOW, it is beautiful. We were greeted with wine and cheese in the foyer, then headed up to our room which literally has the ocean lapping under the bay window. A magnificent canopied bed and 2 armchairs in front of an open fire and large plasma with over 100 channels (heaven! - I may stay here for ever).

Spindrift Hotel

View from our window!
 Nice shower and sat around in the robes for a while. Went out for dinner, only had to walk about 100 meters as everything is so close. I had crab encrusted sea bass which was delicious. Sean had steak which also looked good.
Back to hotel to relax for a while, watching the golf channel, and listening to the waves crashing down outside. Tomorrow we are playing Spyglass Hill - can't wait. Weather forecast to be fine. Almost got onto Pebble Beach but called a few minutes too late (have to stay there ordinarily to play there, but you can ring up at 7am the day before to see if there are any empty spots), very happy with Spyglass Hill though, one of the best courses in the USA. Going to enjoy the chocolate on my pillow now............. :-)

Cannery Row - Monterey

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