*** Word to the wise for 2017 USHO players***
July is a very busy season in Monterey and hotels are quickly booked. If you are planning to attend the 2017 USHO, we advise you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa is our official host hotel.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
One Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Rates have been arranged at $189 per night (plus tax). Cut off date for this rate is June 15, 2017.
Phone 888-421-1442 for reservations. Mention that you are with the "2017 U.S. Hickory Open."
Reservations can be extended two nights before the event (July 7 and 8); and for two nights after event (July 12 and 13), at the same rate with no resort fee. To make your reservation online, click here.
For general information about the Monterey area, please see www.monterey.com.
This website also provides links and information on other hotels and accommodations in the area.
Travel tips, maps, and directions can be found on the hotel's website at www.monterey.hyatt.com
Monterey region and the California central coast, regular flights on five airlines are available from Monterey Regional Airport to San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. San Jose (SJC) is approximately 75 miles. Oakland (OAK) and San Francisco (SFO) are both approximately 100 miles.
SFO and OAK will provide the most choice for airlines and times. For those looking to extend their California trip, SFO provides a great opportunity to spend time in San Francisco. The drive to Monterey can be done in around two hours through San Jose, or spend the day driving south down the coastline through towns of Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and Santa Cruz. There are many beautiful views, rugged beaches, and small seaside towns to experience.
Monterey Area Attractions
Many of Monterey’s attractions can be found at www.monterey.com, or can be detailed by your hotel concierge.
For SoHG players considering travel to the 2017 USHO, the Monterey area has much to offer. If you’re considering bringing a spouse or family, there is much to do and see beyond the manicured fairways of the Monterey Peninsula. Here’s little cheat sheet for those traveling to Old Del Monte for this year’s event. It is by no means a comprehensive guide, there’s simply too much available to cover in a brief document, but it’s good start for travel and planning.
The Big Sur coastline South of Carmel, while requiring a day commitment to drive, is one of the most beautiful and stunning sections of coastline in all of California.
Local beaches in Monterey/Pacific Grove/Carmel are easily accessed with fabulous views.
Carmel by the Sea will offer boutique shopping and fine dining experiences.
The Monterey Wharf offers tourist attractions and shopping, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world class facility.
Carmel Valley is a short drive from Monterey offering many wineries for tasting and touring.
Non-Golf Local Activities
Here are few local activities close to Del Monte that don’t require long travel or large time commitments, yet provide a unique Monterey experience.
Sunset bagpiper at Spanish Bay
Every evening a bagpiper serenades the sunset at Spanish golf course 1st tee. This is wonderful opportunity to have a cocktail on the restaurant patio while he plays. As the waves crash in the background and the sun sets over the fescue you might just think you’re in Scotland.
Pebble Beach Resort – cocktails, putting green, pro shop
You don’t have to play Pebble Beach to visit the course. Bring a putter and spend some time on the putting green. The resort has several restaurants and lounges, and the pro shop is open for souvenir purchases.
Mission Ranch – Piano bar
Purchased and preserved by Clint Eastwood, the Mission Ranch offers a wonderfully quaint setting with outdoor patio, restaurant, and piano bar.
Area Golf Courses
Peninsula golf can be an unparalleled experience. You might choose to extend your stay and knock one or two courses off your bucket list. For reasonably priced Peninsula golf, a local favorite is the Pacific Grove golf course, which has hosted many hickory events and has ocean views on eight of the back nine holes.
Bucket list golf: Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Spanish Bay, Poppy Hills
Notable golf: Pacific Grove, Bayonet, Black Horse
On the North side of Santa Cruz is a wonderful 1929 Alister MacKenzie course, in fact he chose to make his home near the course. Pasatiempo’s No. 16 par four was MacKenzie’s favorite hole in golf.
Bucket list golf: Pasatiempo (Santa Cruz)
Notable golf: Half Moon Bay Links (Half Moon Bay)
San Francisco golf
Harding Park is a wonderful example of historic San Francisco golf and host to many PGA tournaments. Sharp Park is another Allister MacKenzie course that is municipally owned and managed. It’s a parkland experience, with low fees and historic feel. Country club members with reciprocal playing opportunity might enjoy The Olympic Club (1924 Watson/Whiting), The Peninsula Club in San Mateo (1922 Donald Ross), or The Claremont Country Club in Oakland (1929 Alister MacKenzie).
Bucket list golf: Harding Park
Notable Golf: Sharp Park, Presidio