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Golfer's dream: ways to get on a Monterey course.

Whether you're a new golfer ready for challenges or an experienced player looking for alternatives to the crowded local course, you may be delighted to find out about less expensive options at one of the West's most famous golfing spots-the Monterey Peninsula. Now and in late fall, it's easier to get on these courses. Green fees here begin at $14 but go as high as $200-and now more lodging and golf packages may save you up to 20 percent. Getting a tee time anywhere can be a hassle; we list best times to call to reserve for each course. A bonus with packages: tee times are set for you. Teeing off with a golf package Rates (per person double occupancy, except where noted) cover lodging and green and cart fees. Some packages exclude weekends.

Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, I Old Ranch Road, Carmel; (800) 422-7635. Sample packages for two nights with two rounds of golf at private Pete Dye course run about $600 for two.

Hidden Valley Inn, 102 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; (800) 3673336. You choose from eight courses, including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills. Typical one-night package with golf at Poppy Hills costs $139. Hyatt Regency Monterey, I Old Golf Course Road, Monterey; (408) 372-1234. One night's lodging and one round of golf on the Del Monte course cost $105. Los Laureles Loqge, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; (800) 533-4404. One night's lodging and golf run $99 at Del Monte, Laguna Seca, Poppy Hills, Rancho Canada, or private Carmel Valley Country Club; two nights' lodging and golf, at Laguna Seca or Rancho Canada, $200; three nights' lodging, two days golf at Poppy Hills or Rancho Canada, $301. Mariposa Inn, 1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey; (800) 824-2295. Sunday through Thursday packages include one night's lodging and golf at Laguna Seca or Rancho Canada; cost is $74.50. Pebble Beach Resorts, (800) 654-9300. Has holiday golf packages (for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving). Two nights at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and one round of golf are $470, three nights and two rounds are $730; two nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay and one round of golf are $395, three nights and two rounds are $620. Courses include Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, and Spyglass.

Quail Lodge Resort, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel; (408) 624-1581. Two nights' lodging with three rounds of golf cost $279; three nights/four rounds, $389. Play at private Quail Lodge course. Eight public courses-shore to valley Most of these courses are included in some of the packages. We list course yardage from the men's tees, par, nonpackage green fees for 18 holes, and rental for power and pull carts. All have putting greens and restaurants. Call for tee times and directions; area code is 408. Del Monte Golf Course, 373-2436; 6,003 yards, par 72; $25 to $30; carts $22, $5; club rental $25. Flat, cypress-lined course next to Hyatt Regency Monterey has lots of sand traps, but beginners can handle it; front nine holes are in hilly terrain. You can take 1/2-hour lessons ($30 to $40). Call at 6 A.M. to reserve tee time up to two months ahead. Laguna Seca Golf Course, 373-3701; 5,71 1 yards, 7 1; $40; carts $21, $3; club rental $12. Tucked in the hills, fairly wind-free. Exciting course (but good for beginners) boasts hills and water hazards. Practice at the chipping green. A new clubhouse has just opened. Reserve tee time for weekends after 12:30 the Monday before.

Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course, 648-3177; 5,600 yards, 70; $14 weekdays, $16 weekends; carts $19, $2.50; club rental $20. Great for beginners. Front nine holes are inland with wide, wind-sheltered fairways lined with tall cypress trees; back nine are windier but scenic, skirting the bay. Drought has hit fairways hard. Take 45-minute lessons ($25) or use the driving range ($4). Reserve tee time a week ahead; call at 6:30 A.M. on weekends, at 6:50 A.M. on weekdays.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, 624-661 1; 6,357 yards, 73; $200 (includes cart); club rental $35. Tucked along a rugged coast and lined with gnarled cypress trees. Pebble Beach has a renowned big finish-the last two holes are hard by a rocky shore requiring accurate tee shots. Take 1/2-hour lessons ($30 to $40), or use the driving range ($5) or chipping green. Or try the Peter Hay course here, nine holes (all par 5-great for beginners); $6 (free ages 18 and under), no reservations. At press time, tee time reservations were only being taken 24 hours ahead.

Poppy Hills Golf Course, 625-2035; 6,865 yards, 72; $85 ($35 for Northern California Golf Association members); carts $26, $3; club rental $25. Hilly, sunny, and wind-sheltered. It presents huge contoured greens, five par 5 holes, and some blind tee shots and dense rough to make it challenging. Take a 1/2-hour lesson ($30), or use the driving range ($4) or chipping green. Reserve tee time a month ahead; call at 6:30 A.M.

Rancho Canada Golf Club, 624-0111; east course 5,822 yards, 71; west course 6,071 yards, 72; $48 each; carts $22, $3; club rental $25. Both sit warm and windsheltered against the Santa Lucia Mountains in the Carmel Valley. On east course, new sprinkler system should improve playability. You can take a 1/2-hour lesson ($20), or use west course driving range ($3), or chipping greens. Reserve tee time a week ahead for weekends (call at 6 A.M.) or a month ahead for weekdays. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, 624-661 1; 6,277 yards, 72; $125 (includes cart); club rental $35. Beautiful and challenging: it has four holes with water hazards and skirts dense pines and sand dunes. Take a 1/2-hour lesson ($30 to $40), or use driving range ($5) or chipping green. Reserve tee time two months ahead; call between 7 A.M. and 7 Pm. The Links at Spanish Bay, 624-661 1; 6,078 yards, 72; $125 (includes cart); club rental $35. Designed in the Scottish links style with rolling fairways broken up by sand dunes edged in native coastal plants. Take 1/2-hour lessons ($30 to $40) or use chipping greens. Reserve tee time two months ahead; call between 7 and 7.
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