Del Monte Golf Course in California Turns 125 in 2022

Called the oldest US course west of the Mississippi River still in operation by its owner, Pebble Beach Resort, the Del Monte Golf Course celebrates its 125and birthday this weekend. It seems like a great time to look at some pictures of how it was then and how it is now.

The Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, California opened in 1897 with a nine-hole course designed by Charles E. Maud. An amenity of the Del Monte Hotel, it was expanded to 18 holes in 1903. It was the site of California’s first Amateur Championship in 1912 and hosted the Western Amateur in 1916, among the first top level competitions in a long series of events. which included the PGA Tour champions from 2005 to 2014. It is still the site of the Monterey Open and the Monterey City Amateur.

Of the earliest remaining courses in California, the Presidio in San Francisco actually opened a year earlier than Del Monte. But the Presidio was briefly converted into a military training ground during the Spanish-American War in 1898, leaving Del Monte with a claim to be the oldest course in the state in continuous operation.

Del Monte has seen many changes over the years, as you would expect. Pebble Beach Resorts reports that it was further expanded and incorporated as Del Monte Golf and Country Club in 1912, then William Herbert Fowler redesigned it in 1920. It was rerouted in the 1960s to accommodate a freeway, and it reopened in 1970 with three holes – Nos 6, 7 and 8 – designed by Roger Larson.

Today, the course plays 6,356 tight and tidy yards at a par of 72.

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