Pacific Grove GL

Pacific Grove, CA

Front 9: 1932, H. Chandler Egan (West Seattle GC)
Back 9: 1960, Jack Neville (Pebble Beach GL)
Men's Tees: Par 70, 5553, 66.6, 115

'08 Fees: $45 Wknd.

Named as one of the best deals in golf by Golf Digest 2008: Just 5½ miles from Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pacific Grove Golf Course has comparably terrific views of the Pacific Ocean. The course doesn't have the teeth to host a U.S. Open, but if your wallet and/or ego needs a respite after playing Pebble for $495, the Grove lets nonresidents play for $45 on weekends. That's up $5 from the old green fee, but hey, word has gotten out.

T&L Golf Review: Pacific Grove GL. 3.5/5 stars. The "Poor Man's Pebble" by the same design team has a tight parkland front through homes and cypress woods. The links-style back runs dramatically out to the Pacific at Point Pinos. Sandy fairways, tiny dune-flanked greens, and the truest links on the Peninsula despite being only 5732 from the tips.

Golfcourse.com Review: This course is one of the most affordable and enjoyable courses to play on the Central CA Coast. The front 9 goes through trees and houses with views of Monterey Bay. The back 9 is more of a sand and ice plant links-style course with a view of the ocean. Due to the great design, views and low green fees this is the busiest course in the Monterey area.

**4th & 13th holes on Golf Calendar, looks like phenominal true seaside links

Best Bar Nearby: In Monterey, I'd recommend the pool hall, an upscale joint, which if memory serves me is called The Blue Shark .  Mike Cannavino says Clint Eastwood's bar in Carmel is called Hog's Breath , more of a divey neighborhood joint than a tourist trap. I've also read good online recommendations for Crown & Anchor (150 W Franklin, Monterey), serving good wings and chowder. Critiki.com recommends Hula Grill for a good tiki bar.

Where To Grub: For a good steakhouse, T&L Golf recommends Rio Grill in Carmel (831-625-5436).  If you're in Monterey and feeling touristy, try The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for dinner.  Jim Furyk recommends Sardine Factory for seafood while Rocco Mediate likes it for the lamb.  David Toms goes for Forge In The Forest for the house specials, and Jeff Sluman always hits Mondo's Trattoria for lasagna.

For carousing in San Fran, Maximum Golf (a short-lived golf mag by the guys at Maxim ) recommends Sno Drift , 1830 3rd St.  70's ski lodge decor with circular fireplace, sno-cone machine, and vodka-spiked confections.  Also, Backflip , 601 Eddy St., watery-blue hotel lounge with fountains, rock stars, and good DJs.  Or, Dalva , 3121 16th St. local fave with good sangria.  Also, Red Room , 827 Sutter St, everything bathed in red with award-winning Cosmopolitans.  Check out Harry Denton's Starlight Room , 450 Powell St. at Sir Francis Drake Hotel with a retro Vegas vibe.

For San Fran eats, Travel Channel likes the Chicago deep-dish pizza at Zachary's . MG recommends Foreign Cinema , 2534 Mission St, French fare with an avant garde movie thrown in.  Also, Buckeye Roadhouse , 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, American BBQ menu with hunting lodge feel.  OR, Moki's Sushi , 830 Cortland Ave.  OR, Pancho Villa Taqueria , 3071 16th St, big space and big burritos.  OR, Bruno's, 2389 Mission St, a onetime Rat Pack hangout with live jazz and tapas.