Pebble Beach - California - USA

Pebble Beach Resorts,
1700 17 Mile Drive,
Pebble Beach,
California (CA) 93953,
USA


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  • Laird Small

  • Jack Neville

  • Chuck Dunbar


Cypress Point is the course you can’t play at Pebble Beach, but thankfully Pebble Beach Golf Links is one you can. “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play at Pebble Beach. I loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.” Jack Nicklaus knows a good course when he sees one, so who could argue with him?

Dating back to the 1930s and originally known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – as it is now called – is a 72-hole PGA Tour event which is typically held on three Californian, Monterey Peninsula courses. Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills have all been among the trio of host courses. The cut is made after Saturday’s play and the 60 leading pros and 25 pro-am teams play Pebble Beach for the tournament and the multi-million $ purse. However, back in 1937, Sam Snead picked up a relatively modest $500 first prize.

Pebble Beach is Mecca for so many golfers and it’s such a joy that everyone can play here if they can afford it. At more than $400 per round, it’s not the cheapest green fee on the planet, but where else can you soak up so much history?

The course opened its tees for play in 1919 and Jack Neville laid it out with a little help from Douglas Grant (the first Captain of Canterbury Golf Club in England), but the course we play today is primarily with thanks to Henry Chandler Egan who remodelled the course ahead of the 1929 U.S. Amateur Championship. The culmination of their combined efforts, with a little help from the “Golden Bear”, had probably resulted in the most spectacular and memorable golf course in the world.

“If Pine Valley is the most dramatically beautiful pine-and-lakeland course in this country,” wrote Robert Trent Jones in the Complete Golfer, “Pebble Beach is its unrivalled counterpart among our oceanside courses. I say “oceanside” and not “seaside,” because “seaside has come to imply low-lying linksland, and Pebble Beach is quite the reverse. It is routed along the craggy headlands that drop abruptly into Carmel Bay.

While the architects of Pebble Beach deserve acclaim for the intrepidity with which they seized the opportunities the headlands afforded, it remains an enigma to me why they did not invoke the same shot values for the interior holes. The interior holes could not have been bequeathed the gorgeous excitement of the holes along Carmel Bay, but the same grandeur of design could easily have been sustained.”

Pebble Beach is a classically simple out-and-back affair but it makes the adrenaline pump. If you can ignore the beauty of the surroundings and keep your mind focused on the game, you might card a decent score. If you can’t ignore the thundering Pacific, just take a deep breath and enjoy yourself. With so many great holes to mention we’ll keep it brief. Holes 7 to 10 comprise of probably the greatest sequence of holes on the planet.

Take a deep breath and get your wallet ready for the rollercoaster golfing ride of its life.

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Description: Cypress Point is the course you can’t play at Pebble Beach, but thankfully Pebble Beach Golf Links is one you can. Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Reviews: 44
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David
All in all a real disappointment for me. Obviously Cypress Point is a must play if you can get on but I would rate Spanish Bay and Spyglass above this course. Yes there are three or so good holes along the coast line but the rest are mediocre. On these holes I found the designs predictable and unimaginative, and the “wild” areas to look scruffy and artificial. The marshals are unusually aggressive and unfriendly, and are obviously there to squeeze maximal revenue from the punters (the caddies call them cash flow managers). Even the starter was unusually pompous telling us that “Arnold Palmer has requested no mulligans on the first”. As every green has bunkers completely surrounding it, and most are on the small side, the greens were often covered in sand. The practice green was immaculate though. To top it all, there was no spike bar to enjoy a drink with a view of the 18th. The bar overlooking the course was spikeless and full. Overall way too expensive, and over-rated.
May 29, 2007
6 / 10
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Rob G
August 14, 2010
Whoa my boy! I have played it twice and each time it was a truly religious experience. First time: 1982 day after final round of US Open. (Watched from 18th stands as Watson chipped in on 17th and Nicklaus walking down 18 never turned nor batted an eye {he knew}). I was glorious hacking through 6 inch rough (when I had to) to see the promised land, and on Seven I dreamed of acing 7 as I watched Weiskopf do on Saturday's third round (though I chipped in for birdie out of the land side bunker for a thrill ...lucky shot)... and finished with an 85 from the original tips. Fast forward to 1998 and the return to my baptism. Parred 14 through 18 in and finished with an 83 and cried walking off 18 knowing it may be my last visit... Spent $300 on the logo'ed fleece wind shirt and still drag it out of the bag when it counts. Let's all be honest, If you complain your a "sandbagger" anyways...
Steven
June 27, 2011
Way over-rated? Then way has it hosted so many championships and why is it that nearly everyone in the world, including most leading golf course experts rate it as the best by far, and it's not just the ocean holes, it's the whole course design, 1 through 18, uh?
John
No doubt Cypress is better than Pebble but I'm not sure that a ride around the course in a cart constitutes a fair hearing. Yes there are number of average holes at Pebble, yes there are a number of great holes at Pebble and yes there are a number of good holes at Pebble. Basically there's a mix and it seems that Pebble comes in for criticism due to the hefty fee. Perhaps it's overpriced, but so are plenty of courses that you won't remember playing. One thing is for sure, play Pebble once and you'll remember it forever.
December 04, 2006
8 / 10
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john schick
Ok, the course has 6-7 great holes but all the others are just average which doesn't add up to greatness in my opinion. It certainly isn't worth $450/round to play it plus caddy fee.
September 11, 2006
6 / 10
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John
Well I’m surprised to be the first to post a review for Pebble Beach… surely tens of thousands have played here judging by the number of people who were out on the course when I last played here in fall 2004. This is a religious experience without a doubt but surely beyond the means of ordinary folk. I think the fee is close to $2,000 per tee time and that’s a hefty fee in anyone’s book. No doubt this is a stunning course and the Oceanside holes, like Turnberry are terrific but the inland holes are not in mind great and the rangers seemingly come at you from all angles encouraging you to speed up play, even when there is nowhere to go and you are hard up against the group in front. It’s too much of a commercial merry-go-round for me. I’d rather play my golf in more relaxed surroundings. It’s a must play once course just to tick the box but it’s not a patch on the truly outstanding Cypress Point.
August 30, 2006
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Keith
September 13, 2006
Just to clarify. The current cost (as at Sept 2006) per single green fee for Resort Guests is $450 incl. cart. For Non-Resort Guests price is $450 + cart. Therefore the minimum standard cost for a fourball is $1,800.
Ross Lumsden
April 09, 2007
Hold on hold on. Pebble beach is far from ordinary this course is excellent after playing both pebble and Cypress in the summer of 06 i can safely say that i could not pick a favourite. Pebble's top holes top cypress's while the points other holes are better than pebbles. so it comes down to the history for me. Watson chipping in and running around the green doing god knows. and tiger destroying the field