Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Campground in Monterey

Our little campground is known as "Monterey Pines" and is in the middle of the golf course by the same name. (It is a military campground run by the Navy.) When we drove into the golf course, a sign said, "Park RV here" which was in front of the golf pro shop and not far from the #1 tee.
That is a first.  And the office is in the back of the pro shop.  What a fantastic place to have a campground office!  I'm not too sure how well it works out for the golfers and the pro shop, but if I were the campground manager, I would say it doesn't get much better than this.

The campground itself has been here a while and looks as if it has been upgraded.  The whole golf course looks like it has been 'redone' and given a shot in the arm.  We played the course last week and though it is a short course, the tees, fairways and greens and in very nice shape.  It is very well maintained.

The RV campground has holes around it on every side.  And a couple of times, the Roadrunner got belted with a golf ball on top of the roof.  Though there is a high net fence protecting one side of the campground, golf balls seem to make their way into the parked RVs with regularity which is a bit disconcerting.

Rule #1 for campers is that they are not allowed on the course.  As a golfer and a camper, I can understand that and have no problem with it.  And to my knowledge it is not a issue.
As I said the campground has been upgraded.  Or at least there is a new shower and laundry.  It is quite nice.
Our campsite is fine, nothing exceptional.  The biggest thing for us at this campground is that we have a site that is long enough for The Roadrunner, and it is fairly level.
A key consideration for us when we set up, it to try and get the place on the site where all the wheels are still on the ground.  We don't like to be sitting on the jacks only, with the wheels raised in the air.  Some people don't mind it, but we try to avoid it.  There are a few campsites here where that is unavoidable.  Fifth wheels have no problem in those spots.  With a motorhome, its different.

The area around our campsite it nice.  There is no view to speak of (we are next to the back of a warehouse parking lot on the course).  But there are some trees (DirecTV access was no problem) and our own little 'space'.
And we have good space between our site and our neighbors, so we appreciate that.
I would say the campground is small, but adequate.
It definitely did not have the 'it' factor, but then few of campgrounds where we stay, do.  The 'it' not high on our list of priorities.  We usually are looking for a place that has 50 amp in the middle of the summer or winter (so we can run the a/c or the heaters without concern), has level campsites and fairly easy access, and is near our budget ($20/night).  I lowered our budget from $25 to $20 this year, just to see if we could do it.  So far, we are above that.  Last month our daily campground fee averaged $30.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this place a 6.  But I would come back.  It is not the campground that draws us here to the area.  But the price is right and it meets our needs.

So that is a look at our 'spot' for the last couple of weeks in Monterey, California.  The Monterey Bay region here on the coast is among the most scenic we have ever experienced.  It may be my favorite place to stay.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  And thanks for taking a moment and leaving a comment!


  1. Some famcamps do seem to suffer from lack of views:) Of course, you you might get some excitement from flying golf balls:)

  2. It's hard to stay on budget with some campground prices. We like to use Military campgrounds as often as we can to save money, they usually run right about $20/night. No sales tax is a plus.

    Just don't consider using the new CG at Ft. Belvoir, VA. They charge $60/night! What are they thinking?

  3. Thanks for the very informative famcamp review. Staying within a $20/night budget can be a challenge. Thank goodness for the famcamps. They are such a great benefit to active duty and retired military folks.