I spent the week with my wife in Carmel three weeks ago and noticed several things. First, i had a 8:50 tee time as a single at Spanish Bay (my wife likes to ride at some of the pretty courses). We showed up at 8AM and were told that there was one foursome just teeing off, and other than that the course was empty and we could tee off when ready. We passed the foursome on the third tee and palyed the round in about 2.5 hours, which included some pictures, etc as we had the whole course to ourself. Granted, it was a monday, but that's not busy even for the local courses here locally.
Second, regarding Pebble Beach, I called for a tee time for two six months in advance. There was only one opening in a three week period that started before 2:30.
We started at 10AM with a caddie and the round was almost five hours. We didn't mind since it was our first time out there, but there was a huge emphasis on the 4:30 hour round, which is a major push for Pebble Beach Resorts. They had a lot of marshals on the course and told our caddie to speed it up several times. The real reason for our slow play was the other twosome, which had a cart and wanted to know every yardage exactly and where to go, forcing the caddie to basically do double duty for free, which is something he said happens too often. The cart definitely slowed play, as the group in front of us was well ahead. The caddie said there wasa lot of discussion of requiring a forecaddie for people insisted on carts, to speed up play.
Nevertheless, the course was in great condition other than the terrible temporary green on #2. I only saw one worker on the course on the #7 green, and it was well worth the money, although i don't know how often i'd say that.
My only real complaint was that i left our stuff at the bag drop, and ther guy working there acidentally sent my buddys shoes to Spanish Bay, which weren't discovered/recovered until after the round, and basically initially accused us of misplacing them. They gave him a too small back up pair, but he shot a great score for him,so his grumblings about his feet hurting were limited, but they were not very apologetic.
Finally, we there for a few days and never had any trouble getting in to any of the restaurants at either resort, and nothing seemed too crowded, but SPyglass and PEbble Beach definitely were very full courses.