Pebble Beach Became World Famous not because of the wonderful views around the site but due to the Popularity of Golf Being Played in the area so that at present, there are 8 golf links located along the area for any type of budget and is the site of Many US Opens (which is one of the 4 Major golf Tournaments Around the world with the US Masters and the US PGA Tours and the British Open) and A T & T Pro Am plus other US PGA Sanctioned Golf Events and other International Golf Events and is one of the Major Golf Destinations around the World.
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).
Address: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Directions: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Phone: (800) 654-9300
Fondest memory: the assorted golf links
Cypress Point, the "Sistine Chapel of Golf," is the most exclusive golf course in Pebble Beach. Designed by noted golf course architect Alister MacKenzie in 1928, it features a stunning array of holes along--and even over--the Pacific Ocean. Cypress Point is believed to have been inspired by MacKenzie's favorite course, St. Andrews in Scotland. MacKenzie also crafted Augusta National in Georgia, which is certainly among the greatest of his numerous accomplishments.
Until 1991, Cypress Point was part of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am along with Spyglass and The Links at Pebble Beach. the PGA Tour dropped Cypress Point from the tournament because it did not have any black members, and Poppy Hills became the third course. That's funny since Augusta still doesn't have any women members (though it officially allows them), and the PGA Tour has never punished that course. At the same time of all this controversy, Dan Quayle continued to play at Cypress Point, obviously not reading the news or listening to his staffers. In fairness to Cypress Point, they do not have rules against black members, just a seven year waiting list to become a member, and they felt it unfair to allow people to jump up in the list, for any reason, especially just to be politically correct. Kudos for at least sticking to their guns and not caving to the waves of PC activism. They suffered the consequences of losing the Pro-Am, but at least they maintained control of their club.
Just south of the clubhouse along 17-Mile Drive check out the area called Cypress Point Lookout. It offers some great views along the coast towards the Links at Pebble Beach and Carmel. There are also a fews seals and sea lions in the small cove there.
A short scene from the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo was filmed here. Other scenes from the movie include Fort Point and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and Mission San Juan Bautista.
Favorite thing: The Pebble Beach Corporation owns three courses in the Pebble Beach community--Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay--as well as the Del Monte Golf Course in nearby Monterey. Pebble Beach Golf Links is the company's landmark course, widely recognized as one of the best places for golf in America. The course was constructed in 1919 and has hosted four US Open Championships in 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2000. Pebble Beach is open to the public, but its fees of around $500 mean most people will never play here.
Favorite thing: Monterey Peninsula Country Club has two private courses called the Dunes Course and the Shore Course. The Dunes Course opened in 1925 and has a lot of history over the Shores Course which opened in 1961. The Shores Course was successfully reconstructed from 2002 to 2004 by Michael Strantz, having been lengthened and with much improved drainage.
Spyglass Hill opened in 1966, and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course borrows its name from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1863 novel Treasure Island as it is said Stevenson walked these same grounds for inspiration. Five holes of the course follow the dunes along the water, while the remaining holes meander through the pines on the hillside above the ocean. In 2003-2004, Spyglass was named the 5th best public golf course in the US by Golf Digest.
While Spyglass is highly regarded by players, most visitors who just cruise down 17-Mile Drive will not even notice this masterpiece as its fairways and greens are set farther back from the main thoroughfare as opposed to Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spanish Bay, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, and the Peter Hay Course, all of which have holes right along the road. Only Poppy Hills is further off the beaten path than Spyglass.
Today Pebble Beach's high school is named Robert Louis Stevenson after the author.
Spyglass Hill is famous for hosting the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, along with Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills.
Spyglass's clubhouse is located a mile from 17 Mile Drive where Spyglass Hill Road meets Stevenson Drive.
Fondest memory: Spyglass maintains the character of Treasure Island including:
Hole one named "Treasure Island."
Hole two is named "Billy Bones" after the fictional pirate.
Hole three is named "black spot" after the symbol for execution in the novel.
Hole four is named "Blind Pew" after a begger.
Hole six "Israel Hands" after another pirate character.
Hole nine is called "Captain Smollett" from the captain of the Hispaniola.
Hole ten "Captain Flint" after another pirate.
Hole eleven "Admiral Benbow" after a pub from the book.
Hole twelve is called "Skeleton Island" one of the islands in the book.
Hole thirteen is "Tom Morgan" after one of Captain Flint's sailors.
Hole fourteen is "Long John Silver."
Hole fifteen is "Jim Hawkins" after the story's narrator.
Hole sixteen is "Black Dog" after one of the worst pirates.
Hole seventeen is called "Ben Gunn" was a crazy pirate who had been marooned alone for 3 years.
Hole eighteen is "Spyglass" after the novel's Spyglass Hill.
Located just across the street from the Lodge at Pebble Beach is the tiny Peter Hay 9-Hole Par-3 course with just one hole over 100 yards! This little gem aside its bigger and more famous brother was opened in 1957, and it sits just down the hill from the Pebble Beach Driving Range and the equestrian center. At the top of the Peter Hay course is the 30,000 pound bronze sculpture, named "Encircling Centuries of Excellence" that was created for the 100th US Open in 2000.
The best thing about the Peter Hay course is the cost: just $20 for all day unlimited play, $5 for 12-17 year olds, and free for those under 12!
The course was named for Peter Hay, the former Pebble Beach head golf professional from back in the 1950s.
Spanish Bay was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson, and Sandy Tatum, to resemble the original courses in Scotland. Conceived in the 1970s on an old sand mine and opened in 1987, Spanish Bay is the newest course in Pebble Beach. The links, hugging the Pacific Ocean shoreline, is ranked No. 43 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 public courses in America.
It is said that the annual Pebble Beach Pro-Am skips Spanish Bay in favor of Spyglass, Pebble Beach, and Poppy Hills in order to preserve the protected dunes and vegetation.
Greens fees at Spanish Bay are $250 including cart for resort guests and $250 plus cart fees for non-resort guests. This 18-hole par 72 is located at The Inn at Spanish Bay on 17 Mile Drive near Pacific Grove & Asilomar State Beach. Visitors may walk into Spanish Bay from Asilomar via the beach or the boardwalk.
Poppy Hills is one of the Pebble Beach community's eight golf courses, and one of five public courses in Pebble Beach. Created by the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) in 1986, it is the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association. Along with the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Poppy Hills co-hosts the PGA TOUR's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.
Poppy Hills is near the back side of Pebble Beach at 3200 Lopez Road, and it is surrounded by the Huckleberry Hill Natural Area. Greens fees here are $195 for the general public, and as low as $53 for members. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
The NCGA is headquartered at Poppy Hills, and with 180,000 members, it is one of the largest regional golf associations in the world. The NCGA also owns Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, and is associated with some 1,250 courses in California, Nevada, and Oregon. NCGA was founded in 1901.
Favorite thing: Nature may have its perfect weight loss specimen in this cute yet ferocious hunter, the Sea Otter. Upwards of one million of these animals existed at one time, although the numbers are closer to 1000 now, as many people hunted these animals for their fur. This fur was very valuable because of its density, known to be 8-9 times more dense than others. This is what keeps the otter in such tremendous shape, since the dense fur allows for less body fat on the otter. This does come at a price though, because with the lack of fat, the otters metabolism is so high that it has to hunt as much as 5 hours a day to keep satiated. The Sea otter is officially on the endangered species list, so please only take photographs!
Surviving in the harsh conditions of the Pacific Ocean can be tough for some animals. Take for instance this seagull, having to live its entire life on one leg. Amazing to think that this gull could take off and land so many times on just one leg. As we sat there, we just gawked at the ability of this avian acrobat. My hat goes off to it. Well, it went off to it until the gull dropped its other leg down from under its feather coat.
Oh well, I still had respect for the bird anyway!
Favorite thing: During your drive throughout the Pebble Beach community, you will see an abundance of flora and fauna. One particular animal however should be looked after extremely carefully. There is a large number of deer that stay primarilly in the wooded areas in close proximity to the road. For the safety of these animals and your car, please drive slowly here!
go on the scenic 17-Mile Drive.
Don't ever let the admission fee of US$7 dissuade you from entering. You'll be missing out on one of the most SPECTACULAR drives in the entire world. I'm really not kidding.
Shall we begin our drive??
Along the 17-Mile Drive....
As you drive along the rugged coastline and deep into the Del Monte Forest, don't forget to make short stops at the following scenic spots:
Point Joe and marvel at the colliding ocean currents of the Restless Sea.
Bird Rock (home to tons of sea lions, harbor seals and bird!). Don't worry... Binoculars WILL be provided to allow visitors a closer look.
China Rock (named in memory of the Chinese settlers who lived in fishing villages here in the 1800s).
Fanshell Overlook... and Fanshell Beach.
Cypress Point Look-out.
Crocker Grove (did you know that the oldest and largest known Monterey cypress tree grows in this beautiful sanctuary?). Enthralling!
Lone Cypress Tree - This 200-300 year old tree is definitely the most famous tree in the entire world!
O.K., enjoy your drive now! :-))
Fondest memory: That's my little sister... photographed some where along the 17-Mile Drive. No... she didn't come with me on this trip. This pic was taken recently when she was there with her buddies. Doesn't she feel cold?? Hm!
visit the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Many major golf tournaments are held here.
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Fondest memory: Hi. That's a pic of me standing just outside the clubhouse... trying to amuse myself whilst my buddies were out golfing that early morning (yawn!).