July 6, 2022

With the fountain of options California provides in golf courses, one has to get the question: Is Pebble Beach worth the money? Many might say that paying such a high price on a golf course is tantamount to throwing your money down the drain. We, however, would like to take a different approach.

We argue that there is some worth that one can derive from going to Pebble Beach, for golf or otherwise, that justifies the fees. 

In this article, we break down each of Pebble Beach’s offerings and try to answer the very personal question of is it worth the money?

Is Pebble Beach Worth It?

It comes in as the #1 In Top Golf Course in California, so for golf lovers, going to Pebble Beach for the golf course alone is well worth the cost.

If you live nearby, it’s especially advisable. Pebble Beach is undoubtedly beautiful. The 18-hole course is nestled on the rocky seaside coast overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean. 

Officially opened in 1919, it goes without saying that this course has had a long and storied history. It is also often the host of many national and international tournaments.

There have been many times in the course’s history that it was unanimously rated the No. 1 Public Course in the Country. 

One only has to look at the official website to learn of the many tournaments, both professional and amateur, that Pebble Beach has hosted. Many legends have swung their way into victory at this very course!

Pebble Beach Green Fees

Alright, so what does Pebble Beach Cost? What are the green fees?

Well, while the green fees at Pebble Beach are certainly not cheap – they’re beyond worth it. For a Resort Guest, you can expect to pay up to $595 plus tax.. The price for Non-Resort Guests is the same but it would include a Cart Fee of $50 per person, making the total about $645 without taxes. 

Caddies can cost anywhere from $150-$200. With a course so large, you might want to consider enlisting a caddy for help. But if you’re looking for some exercise, or would like to appreciate the spectacular views on your own, then you can traverse the terrain easily enough on your own. 

OptionAPRIL 1, 2022 – MARCH 31, 2023
Resort Guest$595
Non-Resort Guest$595 + cart fee
Cart Fee$50 per person
Pull Cart Fee$15
Single Bag Caddie Fee$150
Double Bag Caddie Fee$200
Forecaddie$50 per person/3 player min
Club Rentals$100 per bag + tax

According to the Pebble Beach website, these prices will be maintained until the end of March 2023. 

Is the hotel worth it?

When talking about the hotel in Pebble Beach, there are 3 for you to choose from: The Casa Palermo, The Inn at Spanish Bay, and The Lodge. Each of these hotels varies in amenities and cost. Let’s go over each of them: 

Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

We would recommend this one for a person looking for a window back into California’s Spanish past. Tiled roofs, lush gardens, crystal clear pools, what else can one hope for? 

The Mediterranean-style houses are tucked away in the rocky hills means these rooms are perfect for those looking for the utmost privacy. 

The only downside is that Casa Palermo is one of the pricier options of accommodations available at Pebble Beach.

How much does it cost?

The most affordable room available at Casa Palermo is the 1-bedroom Estate Room which costs $1,225 to rent. A close second to that is the Estate Studio, also a 1-bedroom, which goes for $1,325.

If you want to splurge a little on a fancy getaway, the most expensive accommodation you can get in this hotel is the Palmero Suite which is $4,300 a night.

The Inn at Spanish Bay

the inn at spanish bay pebble beach

Of all the hotels available at Pebble Beach, this is the one you go to if you’re looking for spectacular views. The Inn offers its guests an amazing variety of views. Their rooms are sorted by the specific sight the guest is treated to. i.e.Ocean View, Forest View, and the Garden View. 

Personally, for the same price, we would pay for the cheapest room in Casa Palermo, we would for the Ocean Loft which has an endless look at the Pacific Ocean.

The Inn also has the benefit of being the hotel with the lowest rates among the 3 hotels. These are by no means a drop in the pocket, but it’s still something worth considering.

How much does it cost?

The most affordable room one can rent at The Inn, and in the whole Pebble Beach actually, is the Garden View. This costs just $920 a night for either a 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom room.

There are also Executive Suites which can cost anywhere between $2000 to $4000 depending on the view.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

The Lodge, in our opinion, is the perfect balance between the two previous hotels. It has great views, luxury-level accommodations, and pretty impressive architecture (if you’re into that sort of thing). 

It is also the one that has the easiest access to the golf course, which is always a plus in our book! 

How much does it cost?

The most affordable option in The Lodge is the Garden View which costs $1,045 for a 1-bedroom stay, or $1,100 for a 2-bedroom.

The most luxurious options are Fairway One Cottage Suites which can cost $3,720 for a 1-bedroom suite to $7,980 for a 4-bedroom suite.

Overall Costs

It should be noted that none of these figures also account for tax which, unless you live nearby, you are obligated to pay. This could add as much as 12% charged for your stay. There’s also the cost of travel, which is a variable that depends on where you’re coming from. 

All in all, the minimum cost to stay a night and play golf at Pebble Beach is around $1500 + 12% + Travel Expenses.

It is also important to note that the figures listed in this article are found on the Pebble Beach website which states they will increase after March 2023. So if you want to enjoy these rates as they are right now, you best book your trip to Pebble Beach soon!

Is Pebble Beach Worth the Money?

We are, of course, in no position to tell you what to do with your money. You have every right to decide for yourself whether it’s worth it or not. 

Heck, who are we kidding – heck YES it’s worth the money!

We believe that anyone who stays at Pebble Beach, whether for golf or as a vacation with family or friends, can get their money’s worth. Even if just for a day, you’re sure to build memories that’ll last forever.

At the very least, you get to play on the same golf course that the sport’s giants regularly visit.

About the author 

Linda Parker

My name is Linda Parker, I’ve been around golf since I was born, and I’ve been golfing since I was four years old!

I’m here to share my love of the game with you, so please do let me know if you have any questions!

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