I almost feel like this tip is sort of redundant. I would say the vast majority of people who choose to read a tip on Virtual Tourist about Pebble Beach will already know that this place is the golf mecca of the US, and may just rival it to the best in the world (which I would think still belongs to St. Andrews). If you are one of the small minority who does not know about Pebble Beach, let me share a little. Samuel Finley Brown Morse (distant cousin to the Morse who invented the code) established this property located in Monterey officially at the time for a golf community and conservation of the beach and surrounding areas in 1919. The Pebble Beach Company is a corporation built to ensure the preservation as well as maintain and operate the three courses on the Pebble Beach Community. The course itself has received multiple #1 Public Course awards throughout the years by publications like Golf Digest, and still receives this honor even with a price tag of $500 a round. Some people save up their entire lives to make the trip and play the trifecta (Pebble, Spanish Bay, and Spyglass).
Equipment: Rental clubs and caddies are available, although for this type of money I would recommend bringing your own clubs.
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Pebble Beach Golf Courses
Few places in the world have so many famous clubs so clustered together. The oldest club is the Del Monte, which claims to be the oldest continuously run golf course west of the Mississippi River. Pebble Beach Golf Links are the most known for hosting Pro-Am and U.S. Open tournaments, but adjacent to it, Spyglass, boasts the toughest pro course in the world, as well as one of the most scenic. The venerable, quiet, private, and independent Monterrey Peninsula Country Club has 36 holes and plenty of land nestled between the Pebble Beach Corp Links. Most courses are adjacent to each other along the northern part of Pebble Beach with homes and open space planned into the landscape. At the north end, near the Pacific Grove Gate, are the ecologically minded (old quarry replaced with natural bunch grasses and other drought tolerant plants) Links at Spanish Bay, while the tiny 9 hole 3 par Peter Hay course is separate from the others quite near the south Carmel Gate. Past Japanese ownership of the Pebble Beach Corp created a buzz among members, so the clubs now swap land and water rights in an effort to maintain joint prosperity and low profile public scrutiny. For example, Monterrey Peninsula Country Club gave land to the Pebble Beach Corp, the Links course I believe, for fairway development in exchange for a golf cart underpass below part of the 17 mile drive where back to back blind curves had mixed sport car with golf cart. The two 18 hole courses of Monterrey Golf Club traverse woodland, meadow, and ocean cliff landscape of its sizeable territory. Diversity is what make Pebble Beach so great. However, due to both housing and course development, courses are now irrigated with reclaimed water from the Carmel treatment plant. Salt is an issue in this matter, so periodically the courses are watered with fresh water to keep grass green. Resident millionaires ARE public pressure for more thoughtful ecosystem management of grass, greens, and rough.
Equipment: Check with your local club pro about this. I'm not sure what the long list of equipment rules are for the various clubs. I do know that tee reservations are required at minimum, and that prices to play will be among the world's highest. Golf carts are allowed on some courses, but taking the cart off the designated trail is likely to put the player in hot water. In some cases, chasing after the ball in the sensitive ecosystem of some course roughs may be forbidden. Regardless of how good you play, plan to lose a few balls. The coastal winds, slippery slopes, and water hazards are designed to keep the professional player alert.
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if you are a golfer then pebble beach is thone of those things to do in life.
all the big shots in gold has played here several times so why shouldn't you do it too.
Equipment: golf clubs and golf balls will be an advantage when attempting this sport :O)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Every year pro golfers such as Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh grab their golf bags and step out onto the Pebble Beach courses paired with George Lopez, Dan Marino, Chris Berman, Kevin Costner, and even Kenny G. This one-of-a-kind meeting of pro golfers and celebrities traces its roots back to 1937 when Bing Crosby had his first pro-am at Rancho Sante Fe, CA. In 1947 the tournament was moved to Pebble Beach and was played on the courses of Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In 1967 Spyglass replaced MCC, and Poppy Hills replaced Cypress Point in 1991. Tiger Woods claimed the championship in 2000 and Phil Mickelson won the tournament in 1998, 2005 and 2007 with some of the lowest scores in the history of the tournament.
The tournament is held each February (in 2008 it is 7-10 February). Tickets start around $50 for spectators. Parking is available in PG, Monterey, Cal State Monterey Bay, and other locations, with a shuttle bus bringing spectators to PG.
This is one of the busiest winter weekends on the Monterey Peninsula. Besides the celebrities and pro golfers, thousands of spectators descend on the area, packing local restaurants and bars. It seems like every bar in town has live music this weekend to take advantage of the bigger crowds.
During the four-day tournament 17-Mile Drive is closed to tourists, so check the schedule before you plan your drive!
Playing Golf at Pebble Beach is the most popular activity in the area and is every Golfer's Wet Dream! the area has 8 golf links and has everything for every budget and the cheapest is at the Spy Glass Hill Golf Links and the most expensive is at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. A round of golf will cost $ 250 to $ 500 a game excluding the caddies and the golf carts and the golf equipment unless you bring your own equipment. 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.
Equipment: Bring Your own golfing equipment to save on rental fees.
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