Fore! Throwing a Bachelor Party at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

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Planning the perfect bachelor party should involve activities to bring the guests closer together, and not in a prison cell sort of way. Golf, whether you play frequently or not, is one of those activities, and the Monterey and Carmel region in Northern California is all about golf… and so is the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

***This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links. However, the lovely people at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offered Kiss My Tulle associate, Chris Ruth, a free weekend stay last month. Here's his thoughts on this amazing locale and how you could totally have yourself a killer bachelor party there.***

Chris' Disclaimer: I don’t golf. I’ve only played 18 holes once, and it involved almost tipping over the golf cart and getting so drunk we installed a 10-stroke limit. I enjoy driving ranges more, and even then, I’ve been kicked out for embracing my inner Happy Gilmore. What I am is a bachelor party aficionado, having been a best man, groomsman, usher, and groom, and I know a great golfing weekend when I see it.

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Over the years, bachelor parties have become deviant. The term is associated with alcoholism, strip clubs, and lewdness. However, the true nature of a bachelor party is male camaraderie… or if you’re a man who happens to have some really close female friends, it can simply be a celebration of friendship (my best man was my sister, and two of my additional five groomsmen were women).

Planning the perfect bachelor party should involve activities to bring the guests closer together, and not in a prison cell sort of way. Golf, whether you play frequently or not, is one of those activities, and the Monterey and Carmel region in Northern California is all about golf… and so is the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

The Hyatt in Monterey is beautiful in a simple, minimalistic way. However, since this is a bachelor party, it’s less about aesthetics and more about cost, amenities, food, and activities… like golf.

About a ten minute drive from the Hyatt is the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, sandwiched between the coastal towns of Monterey and Carmel. The course is nearly 100 years old, which means you’ll be teeing off alongside the ghosts of Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, and Jack Nicklaus. If the $495 green fee is too high, don’t worry – Pebble Beach has four additional courses, including Del Monte at the Hyatt.

In my opinion, a perfect bachelor party is centered on one or two big activities, which are padded with great meals and a few additional bonding opportunities. Making a weekend out of it really allows for everyone involved, often from all walks of the groom’s life, to bond before coming together to celebrate his marriage.

If you choose to make the Hyatt Monterey your base of operations, you will find affordable rooms (starting at $144 for a Saturday night, depending on the time of year), which can be shared by two guests. Many rooms overlook the Hyatt’s reasonable golf course ($110 plus cart). Golf Digest ranks Del Monte as a top five among courses in America over 100 years old, which is great motivation to wake up and enjoy the greens.

If you play a round of golf, or partake in other Monterey activities like hiking, deep sea fishing, or whale watching (check out Monterey Bay Whale Watch), you must make some time to relax as well.  The hotel offers two heated outdoor pools, as well as hot tubs. There is also an acclaimed spa, for gentlemen who enjoy the finer things in life.

When it’s time to eat, you may partake in either the Hyatt’s Tuscan-inspired restaurant or its sports bar, Knuckles, depending on your mood. Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf also offers fantastic seafood options. A great way to wrap up the evening is at the hotel’s fire pit.  Bring some drinks and the fixings for s’mores. If you want a more adult treat, add cognac or Kahlua and dip your marshmallows before roasting them in the flames (as suggested by their amazing events coordinator, George).

A golfing weekend in Monterey is a far cry from Vegas’ casinos and strippers often associated with bachelor parties, but I’m not suggesting you give up all your vices. Feel free to incorporate plenty of drinking and shenanigans, as long as you remember the goal is to create a weekend you remember for a lifetime, not one you’ve forgotten the next day. Monterey is worth remembering.