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!
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!
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!
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.
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!).
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!
Favorite thing: Pebble Beach and the seventeen mile drive toll is expensive, you might wonder if it’s worth the trip. I believe so, you will see sea lions and otters, terrific homes and lands, a glimpse at the rich and famous, ...
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