Cypress Point Club is a private golf club in California. The club has a single 18-hole course, one of eight on the Monterey peninsula near Monterey, California. The course is well known around the world for a series of three dramatic holes that play along the Pacific Ocean: the 15th, 16th and 17th, which are regularly rated among the best golf holes in the world. The 16th is a long par three that actually plays over the ocean. The course was designed by golf course designerAlister MacKenzie, collaborating with Robert Hunter, in 1928. It formerly was one of the courses used for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but was dropped from the rotation in 1991 due to its refusal to admit blacks.
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.