Pasatiempo; World Class Golf and Dining

I, Mark Wise, love Santa Cruz Real Estate.  I am a transplant from Florida who fell in love with a local, then moved to Santa Cruz, and am now enjoying helping folks buy and sell real estate locally.  I have owned homes and investment properties and love to look at neighborhoods, open houses, new construction, and now get the pleasure of doing it as my career.

Recently I was watching a tree trimmer climb very high into a tree and I asked “Are you not afraid?”

He said, “When I was a kid I loved climbing trees, and now I paid for it.” I think you get the point… I love viewing, selling and investing in Santa Cruz Real Estate.

This first blog entry is going to be about a neighborhood that I really think is very special for many reasons and I know I won’t get them all in but here is a start….

Pasatiempo, created in 1929, is rated as one of the top 100 golf courses in the United States.  To achieve that designation is impressive.  I am not much of a golfer but a buddy of mine spoiled me with guest privileges and I got to experience what it is like first hand on multiple occasions last year.

The Pasatiempo staff is gracious, professional, knowledgeable, and they make you feel like a VIP in every conversation.  They chauffeur you down to the driving range and pick you up promptly prior to your tee time.

Pasatiempo’s course was designed by the same person who designed the Masters in Augusta, Alister Mackenzie, and her personal home was located on the 6th fairway.

The Pasatiempo golf course is not the only place that is world class, The Hollins House Restaurant led by general manager Eli Levi provides the best service in the county “hands down”.

Eli Levi is very excited about head chef John Paul Lexenberg’s culinary creations and touts him as an “amazing chef”. He loves to bring fresh-from-the-farmers-market ingredients for his creations daily.

Each night, in addition to the main menu, specials are created. Tuesday is Tapa’s night (with live music) starting at 5:30. Eli Levi suggests reserving a seat outside. Call for reservations at (831) 459-9155.

Personally I have sat on that deck quite a few times and just let the view mesmorize me.  It is peaceful, relaxing and wonderful.  Full bar, outstanding food, and an undiscovered gem. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. How Santa Cruz….

As I stated above I am not much of a golfer but I am an excellent eater.  Pasatiempo also

boasts the MacKenzie Bar and Grill which has direct golf course and ocean views that are spectacular. I find myself getting the same thing for lunch; chicken cob salad and the soup of the day.  The 1/2 salad is huge and the best in town.  The soups rotate and are made fresh everyday.

Recently I spoke to one of the chefs, Francisco Garcia, and he reminded me of the Eggs Benedict made with caprese (served for breakfast), he says this dish is currently a major hit.  The Burgers also are great, and new are the Asian and Salad wraps.  Happy hour features 1/2 price appetizers and one can make a meal with the appetizers and drink specials.

Open everyday  from 8:30-4:30, MacKenzies Bar & Grill is worth the drive.  The big screen TV is huge and the best seats on chilly days are in front on the couches.

Remember, I am not getting paid to write this, so have no agenda but to tell the truth as I see it.  This place is great, and so is the staff and servers.  The people are wonderful and it’s a nice place to relax.

OK….just to round it out, they have complete catering services for parties, events, and are an outstanding venue for Weddings.  The gazebo at the top of the hill and design near the Hollins  House is as angelic  They provide a full brochure on the scope of services that are offered. Again, worth investigating as the venue is world class.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog on Pasatiempo.  Of course I would love to hear from you with any of your Santa Cruz area real estate needs, or if you just want to find out what your property is worth in this hot market.  You can email me at or call me at (831) 420-7038. Hope to you see you Tuesday for Tapas night.

In terms of Santa Cruz real estate, Pasatiempo is one the finest spots in northern California to plan and spend some time or even a lifetime. Santa Cruz Real Estate is the best…and my best to you.

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