Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea

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    Pebble Beach Golf Links

    by machomikemd Written May 10, 2012
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    the 17 mile drive is one of the most wonderful attractions in Monterey County. This is a private enclave straddling the Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel Towns and is where the world famous pebble beach golf course, home of the US Open, is located. It also has the less expensive Spy Glass Hill Golf Course plus other assorted areas of Interest like the rocky outcroppings along the drive in the beaches, the famous lone cypress, the Spanish Bay and more. The 17 mile drive provides vistas of golf courses including Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. After reaching Carmel Way, and the exit to Carmel, the 17-Mile Drive then heads northeast to the Highway 68/Highway 1 interchange, where one can exit, or continue to loop along the higher vistas of 17-Mile Drive, some of which offer views from more than 600 feet above sea-level. The full loop will take you back to the Pacific Grove Gate at Sunset Drive, roughly a distance of 17 miles hence the name.

    The 17-Mile Drive is a 17 miles (27 km) long scenic loop having five entrances, including one at California State Route 1 and one at Pacific Grove off Sunset Drive and you have to pay an entrance fee of $ 9.50 per person to enter it (will be free if you dine at any restaurants inside the pebble beach and have them validate your admission ticket and the guardhouse will refund the price upon exit).

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    The Iconic Lone Cypress

    by machomikemd Written May 10, 2012
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    This Rare Monterey Cypress is the Iconic Symbole of Pebble Beach and the 17 mile drive plus The Lone Cypress Tree is the only living entity to be trademarked. This is the recent pictures of this iconic lone cypress tree with the vista point now further away from the tree that you have to use an ultrazoom camera to get closer to the tree.

    The 17-Mile Drive is a 17 miles (27 km) long scenic loop having five entrances, including one at California State Route 1 and one at Pacific Grove off Sunset Drive and you have to pay an entrance fee of $ 9.50 per person to enter it (will be free if you dine at any restaurants inside the pebble beach and have them validate your admission ticket and the guardhouse will refund the price upon exit).

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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach

    by machomikemd Written May 10, 2012
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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the main center of commercial activity in the 17 mile drive. The Lodge at Pebble Beach envelopes the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links and has a hundred plus upscale rooms plus suites, small number of shops, a wine store and some restaurants within the premises. I will do a separate shopping tips for it. It is here in the 18th hole were the climax of previous American Open Championships and US PGA Sanctioned Tour Golf Tournaments ends and they even have a faux US Open Champion Claret Jug you can have your picture taken hehehe.

    the 17 mile drive is one of the most wonderful attractions in Monterey County. This is a private enclave straddling the Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel Towns and is where the world famous pebble beach golf course, home of the US Open, is located. It also has the less expensive Spy Glass Hill Golf Course plus other assorted areas of Interest like the rocky outcroppings along the drive in the beaches, the famous lone cypress, the Spanish Bay and more. The 17 mile drive provides vistas of golf courses including Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. After reaching Carmel Way, and the exit to Carmel, the 17-Mile Drive then heads northeast to the Highway 68/Highway 1 interchange, where one can exit, or continue to loop along the higher vistas of 17-Mile Drive, some of which offer views from more than 600 feet above sea-level. The full loop will take you back to the Pacific Grove Gate at Sunset Drive, roughly a distance of 17 miles hence the name.

    The 17-Mile Drive is a 17 miles (27 km) long scenic loop having five entrances, including one at California State Route 1 and one at Pacific Grove off Sunset Drive and you have to pay an entrance fee of $ 9.50 per person to enter it (will be free if you dine at any restaurants inside the pebble beach and have them validate your admission ticket and the guardhouse will refund the price upon exit).

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    Pebble Beach and surrounds

    by SONG Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    Just north of Carmel is the world-famous 17 Mile Drive. There is a $9.50 entrance fee at the entry gate, but it is well worth the price. Motorcycles are not allowed, probably because of the noise factor. You will wind through miles of some of the finest homes in the area......and of course they are in the $millions$. One home outdoes the last as you drive through the area. Beautiful architecture , outstanding landscape, unparalleled Pacific Ocean views, and breath-taking natural beauty greet you at every turn. Much of the 17 Mile Drive runs right next to the Ocean, with numerous "scenic pull-overs" and free parking available to stop and view the beauty of the ocean and the local sea creatures. Sea otters can be seen playing in the surf, and huge rocks out in the water are covered with the larger seals and / or ocean-going birds. While enjoying your leisurely time in the area, be sure to save some time for a visit to the Pebble Beach Country Club and Golfcourse. You can dine outside on the patio as you observe folks who can afford the "green fee" to play on this world-famous golf course ($495.00 usd and cart fee $35.00 usd fall / winter 2011).

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    • Family Travel
    • Birdwatching

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    Catch a Pebble Beach Sunset

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 9, 2008

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    Pebble Beach has a number of great spots to watch the sunset. My favorite has always been the Lodge at Spanish Bay where you can sit at the outdoor bar by the fire with a blanket and a beer, and watch the bagpiper on the golf course with the sun dipping low behind him. Other popular spots to watch the western skies at sunset include Point Joe, where the unsettled sea creates an interesting foreground for your view, and Bird Rock, where the birds and sea lion are silhouetted by the setting sun.

    Nearby sunset spots are Carmel's white sandy beach, Monastery Beach, and Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove.

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    Take an early morning stroll on the beach

    by TRimer Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    Bring your dog too (Your pooch is allowed to run off-leash as long as he or she is under voice control.)

    Carmel City Beach - which is an easy walk from the downtown shops on Ocean Avenue- is known for its sparkling white sands and magnificent sunsets.

    We took a stroll- along with a few dozen visitors and residents and their dogs (some had several) along the beach. To the right, you can see Pebble Beach in the distance. To the left, lots of magnificent homes.

    Each year the beach hosts the Great Sand Castle Contest.

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    Pebble Beach

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    The community of Pebble Beach is actually an unincorporated area run by a corporation rather than by an elected government but it falls under a census designated place called Del Monte Forest. Del Monte Forest has an average house value of about $800,000, while the residents are 90% white, with average incomes of about $100,000 per year. You will see small metal shields attached to residents' cars to allow them entry to 17 Mile Drive without paying the $9 fee.

    Pebble Beach is a private, gated community along the Pacific Ocean known for its golfing, expensive houses, and 17 Mile Drive along the beautiful shoreline. Pebble Beach traces its history back to 1919 when Samuel FB Morse established the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Del Monte Hotel (now the Naval Postgraduate School). In the 1970s 20th Century Fox took ownership of Pebble Beach before selling to a Japanese businessman in 1990. In 1999 Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer, and Peter Ueberroth led a group of investors who purchased Pebble Beach, intending to further develop the area.

    The Pebble Beach community contains eight golf courses. Spyglass, Pebble Beach, and Spanish Bay are owned by the Pebble Beach Company and reserved for members or guests at the corporation's lodges. Cypress Point, as well as the Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Dunes Course and Shore Course are private, while Poppy Hills and the Peter Hay 9-hole par 3 golf courses are the only public courses in Pebble Beach.

    Famous Pebble Beach homeowners include Paris Hilton, George Lopez, and Tiger Woods.

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    Walk to Pebble Beach from Carmel

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    If you want a cheap and easy way to see some of Pebble Beach (hey, my middle name is cheapandeasy). You can walk from Carmel Beach north just a few hundred yards to Pebble Beach. It's a beautiful walk along with water, and it allows you to avoid the $9 vehicle entry fee along 17 Mile Drive.

    This walk takes you along the Pebble Beach Golf Links. If you go to Pacific Grove on the north side of Pebble Beach, you can walk from Asilomar Beach to the Links at Spanish Bay.

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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    If your budget is anything like mine, you won't be staying at this lodge . . . Knowing this ahead of time, we took the time to stop at the lodge, visit the shops, have lunch on the grounds and then get in our car and go back to Carmel . . . An easy and certainly less expensive way to experience the lodge

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    If you are a golfer you have...

    by JERICO Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you are a golfer you have to try to play Pebble Beach. You might have to take out a second mortgage to do so but its worth it, even just to say you did it. And it is every shred as hard as people say it is, even though it is amazingly picturesque. Greens are like glass, you will lose balls in the rough and - if you find it - you won't be able to hit it out. And the wind from the mighty Pacific can blow you over (we had a caddie who was an amazingly nice guy - thanks, John! - who actually told us to aim left of the hole on the 18th while putting to compensate for wind - no joke!). Play here and you realize just how good the pro's really are.

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    Pebble beach, the world famous...

    by neopetsfan Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Pebble beach, the world famous golf course where Tiger Woods played and won many competitions.
    Great little expensive shops.

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