Club Spotlight: Monterey Peninsula Country Club

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Monterey Peninsula Country Club

A Platinum Club Since 2010

Recognized as one of the top country clubs in the nation and home to two nationally acclaimed golf courses, the Shore Course and Dune Course, MPCC rests on over 450 acres of natural dunes and forest, spanning two miles of the California Coastline.  MPCC prides itself in also offering a full suite of Member services and social opportunities. The Club also operates six successful fine and casual à la carte dining venues, which draw in an excess of $5M annually.  Founded in in 1925, the Club has an active membership of nearly 1,100 Members.

The Club first achieved Platinum Club recognition in 2010 and has maintained this status ever since.  The recognition is representative of the Club’s mission to consistently “exceed the expectations of Members and guests.”  The Club’s success is attributed to the leadership of General Manager, Michael Bowhay and his executive management team.   For over 25 years Michael Bowhay has been at the helm of the organization.  During his tenure he has overseen capital improvements over $50M, including construction of the Shore Course in 2003, renovation of the main clubhouse in 2005, construction of a golf house in 2006, and currently underway the 2015 renovation of the Dunes Course, slated to open winter of 2016.

A project spanning over eight years’ time, to renovate the Dunes Course, is led by the Dunes Course Master Plan Committee, Co-Chaired by Michael Chandler and General Manager Michael Bowhay. The Committee selected The Fazio Design Team made up of Architects Tom Fazio Design and Jackson/Kahn Golf Course Design. The plan was set to establish goals such as improving drainage; installing a modern and efficient irrigation system; eliminating concrete cart paths; improve aesthetics and playability with distinct differences from the Shore Course; and to reduce irrigated turf acreage as water continues to be in short supply. In February 2014, the Membership voted on the capital improvement project with a price tag upwards of $11.7M and overwhelmingly approved the proposal with an 86 percent approval rate. The Club held a final tournament on the Dunes Course in conjunction with the Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration on April 11, 2015. An intimate groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday, April 20 with the Board of Directors and Dunes Course Master Plan Committee. Construction was underway the following day. The Membership anticipates the re-opening of the new and improved course in early 2016.

Today, Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s 749 Regular members and nearly 500 Social members take a full measure of enjoyment in the two championship courses and the ambience of the beautiful, spacious Clubhouse, Golf House and Beach House.

Reflecting on their heritage, the members’ sentiments are well expressed by the comment made years ago by Bing Crosby, “I shall never cease being grateful to that eminent sportsman, Sam Morse—the man whose vision, dedication and almost religious devotion to quality, tradition and deep sense of the dramatic made the Monterey Peninsula one of the showplaces of the world.  Without Morse, there would be no Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Monterey Peninsula Country Club—or anything.  It would all be Coney Island!” The renovation will include an upgrade of the infrastructure, assuring year-round playability, creating 18 distinct holes and provide more tee pads to accommodate all levels of play.

The Clubs Culture and Core Values includes a statement: “… bound together by their love of golf as well as differences with their backgrounds, experiences and interests, our Members value the opportunity to meet new people and develop long-lasting friendships… .”  This attention to “Member experience” and social connectivity contributes to the unique environment at MPCC. Truly, a fine example of what a Platinum Club of America represents.

Monterey Peninsula Country Club | 3000 Club Road | Pebble Beach, CA 93953
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