Adjacent to the sunny slopes of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains, Pasadera Country Club’s spectacular stretch of dramatic hills and lush valleys are immersed in the history and legacy of early California pioneers.
Settled in the late 1700s by Spanish missionaries from Mexico, the land was named Rancho Laguna Seca. As part of what then was Alta California, in 1821 it fell from Spanish rule to Mexico until the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.
The rich, rolling landscape -- part of which makes up present-day Pasadera -- was eventually granted to Catalina Manzanelli de Munras in 1865. She was the wife of 19th century artist Esteban Carlos Munras, a native of Barcelona who settled in Monterey in 1812 and established a trading company, importing fine household furnishings and necessities to the earliest settlers in what became California’s first capital.
The property was purchased from the Munras family in 1953 by Frank Bishop, who along with wife Connie transformed it into a sizeable thoroughbred horse farm, with 36 stalls. Renamed Laguna Seca Ranch, the spread was originally planted in Kentucky Bluegrass and became the breeding ground for 1974 Kentucky Derby competitor Ga Hai, which that year won the Derby Trial.
The Bishop family, which developed some of Laguna Seca Ranch into home sites as early as 1958, divested their final holdings of the property in the early 1990s. In 1999 the development of Pasadera took shape, with the new golf course and gated community unveiled in 2000.
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