Set in coastal dunes, the course enters the Del Monte forest during the front nine and reemerges to the rocky coastline for the finishing holes. The signature hole is #16, which requires a 231-yard tee shot over the Pacific to a mid-sized green guarded by strategically placed bunkers.
Cypress Point Club was ranked #2 on Golf Magazine's 2011 List of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World and #5 on Golf Digest's 2011-12 list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
When playing Cypress Point, management requires all players to have caddies. Because there are only approximately 275 members, and only 30 of them "locally", many of the tee times on the course are used by guests. On a typical day, the course sends out 8 groups, with the first starting at an early 7:00 tee time.