Signature Events

Signature Events

The Preserve believes in creating unique memories with family and friends that cannot be found or repeated elsewhere.


The solitude of Spanish ranchers in 18th century Monterey lent special significance to visits of family and friends, who were entertained with feasts, music and adventures. The Preserve reinvents these historic traditions of spontaneous hospitality and merriment by bringing together family and friends in celebration.


Fandango - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
Our Fandango celebrates the “Vaquero” traditions of horsemanship, style and community spirit. A Friday night barn-dance begins the weekend with families and guests kicking up their heels and bellying up to the cowboy bar under the roof of the rustic Old Barn. Saturday morning the arena is filled with horsemanship competitions for all ages. Buckles, ribbons and bragging rights go to the winners. Saturday afternoon brings the roaring barbeque, traditional country music and a trunk show of California’s finest western ware, hats, jewelry, gear and crafts.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
Walk down a trail and across a creek to the enchanted Redwood Grove for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a fashionable evening of cocktails, live music and dinner. As was first done by George Gordon Moore in the 1940s, an ampitheatre is set upin a circle of 100-foot redwoods, where musicians play classical and jazz compositions. At twilight, candles are lit on elegantly dressed dinner tables, and in the soft light, a stylish wait staff serves a gourmet meal on silver trays. The otherwise quiet Redwood Grove fills with conversation and laughter.

Wild Mushroom Hunt

Wild Mushroom Hunt - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
Our Wild Mushroom Hunt is held in the early winter months when The Preserve is rich with treasured chanterelles that grow below the landmark oaks. California’s leading mycologist and local mushroom authorities guide us on an exciting search through oak woodlands for the delicious mushroom. Like children on an Easter egg hunt the gatherers elate over baskets piled high with fresh chanterelles. After the hunt, guests are treated to a tasty lunch using the day’s bounty. The day ends with a pile of chanterelles to share at home.

Independence Day

Independence Day - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
Over Independence Day weekend we host a traditional 4th of July community picnic. Family and friends meet in the morning at the Sports Center and divide into neighborhood teams. Teams select their best contenders for some good old fashioned competition, including: the water-balloon toss; three-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races; trivia and extreme hula hooping. Almost everyone receives a prize or ribbon, but the winning neighborhood gets bragging rights until the next Independence Day. A little tired, maybe a grass stain or two, we all gather on the Polo Lawn for a Grand Americana Barbeque and country music.

Member Guest Golf Invitationals

Member Guest Golf Invitationals - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
The Preserve Golf Club is defined by a number of traditions. Women members invite their friends to compete in their foursome for The Ladies’ Round Up. Men likewise pick a partner to join the competition of The Boar Hunt. Winners are awarded silver “cowboy” trophy buckles. The top team is selected by a horse-race in which teams from each flight compete with one eliminated on each hole until only one team remains. The names of these players are engraved on the base of a trophy supporting an 1890’s museum-quality Native American basket woven by a California tribe.

The Stocker Cup Invitational

The Stocker Cup Invitational - Luxury Community Events Carmel, California
The Stocker Cup Invitational is held annually at The Preserve Golf Club in honor of Tom Gray’s late partner, Peter Stocker. The Stocker Cup is patterned after the famous AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Rather than professional golfers, fifty nationally ranked amateurs from around the Country are paired with invited guests for three rounds with the top 25 amateurs playing on for a fourth round. Trophies are awarded to an individual amateur champion and a team champion. The Stocker Cup is a qualifying tournament for selection on the Walker Cup. It attracts the top amateur players from across the country and has become one of the most sought after invitations in amateur golf.