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    The Links at Spanish Bay

    by Yaqui Written Aug 8, 2015

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    The Links at Spanish Bay mirrors the rugged coastline and natural beauty of Scotland. Links is an old Scottish word for sandy wasteland, usually near the sea, with bristly grasses and ever prevailing wind.

    The Links at Spanish Bay was also built with a deep respect for environmental preservation. To further continue this mission, we have designated "environmentally sensitive" areas.

    Every evening, a bagpiper closes the course in Scottish tradition.

    Holes: 18 Par: 72

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    Restless Sea

    by Yaqui Written Aug 8, 2015

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    At this stop 6) From this vista point, take note of the unique offshore turbulence generated by the submerged terrain off Point Joe.

    Why is the sea so restless?

    Some say ocean current collide here to create the restless sea you see on most days. But it's unlikely that offshore currents create the motion so close to shore. The more likely cause is submerged rocks which slow the water, causing waves to break early. This makes the seal look restless.

    Seashore life depends on the restless sea to deliver food and nutrients. Many marine animals catch and eat plankton: microscopic sea life that drifts by. But ocean waters can be deadly. Waves slam onto the beaches, ripping seaweeds and sea life from the rocks. Living here is a balancing act between the hazards and benefits.

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    Point Joe

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    At stop 7) Joe was a Chinese man who lived alone in a driftwood home near this point in the early 1900s. He made a living selling trinkets to tourist and tending goats. No one knows for sure if the point was named after Joe or if he was named after the point.

    Like you, Joe probably saw a variety of wildlife from this spot. During the summer, thousands of pelagic (sea-going) birds migrate past this area. From December to March, you can see gray whales swim by on their yearly trek from feeding grounds off Alaska to calving and breeding grounds off Baja California. In late spring the whales return north.

    Early mariners often crashed upon these rocks after mistakenly setting their course for this point, believing that it was the entrance to Monterey Bay.

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    Bird Rock Picnic Area

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    At this stop 10) Not just for the birds. At times its easy to see how this rock got its name. During springs and summer, nesting cormorants and gulls and roosting pelicans cover Bird Rock. At one time Bird Rock was just for the birds, but after its coating of bird dropping (guano) was mined for fertilizer, seals and sea lions moved in - or so they store goes.

    Bird Rock is a granite outcropping shaped by wind and waves. The rock's location provides a somewhat sheltered spot between the waves and the shore. Here you can watch sea otters among seaweeds, seabirds diving for fish, and seal lions bellowing and barking from the rocks.

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    Fanshell Overlook

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    At stop 13) The pure white sand of the beach below is irresistible to harbor seals, who each spring return to bear their young. Closed during the harbor seal pupping season, April 1 to June 1.

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    Cypress Point Lookout

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    At stop 14) In 1542, the explorere Cabrillo called this point of land Cabo de Nieve - Cape Snow - to describe the white landscape before him. No one's sure what he saw. In 1774, Tomas de la Pena, a missionary, gave this western most point on the Monterey Peninsula the name, La Punta de cipreses, or Cypress Point. The name stuck and became official in 1967.

    Surrounding you are the majestic trees for which Cypress Point was name. During Cabrillo's time this species was near extinction. It occurs naturally inonly two places - from here to Pescadero Point (four stops to the south) and at Point Lobos (south of Carmel). Today, Monterey cypress have been planted worldwide, usually near coastlines.

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    Crocker Grove

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    At this stop 15) This 13 acre nature preserve harbors numerous species of native pine and cypress. The granddaddy of all Monterey cypress is located here. It is named for Charles Crocker, who established 17-Mile Drive in 1881.

    In this grove are the oldest Monterey cypress tress - some nearly 300 years old. These trees occur naturally only here and at Pt. Lobos south of Carmel; all others have been planted. The grove, named for a founding family of this area, became a nature reserve in 1952.

    The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree. These trees, once near extinction, occur naturally only here and on Pt. Lobos south of Carmel. They can reach 70 feet (20 m), and live about 300 years. Their popularity may have saved them from extinction - they're planted in California and around the world.

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    The Lone Cypress

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    At stop 16) Perched over the Pacific for hundreds of years is a testament to the hardiness of these trees. It has withstood Pacific storms and winds for roughly 250 years. Fences and cables now offer added protection in the hopes it will live to be 300.

    Due to Samuel F.B. Morse, the preservation minded founder of Pebble Beach, the Del Monte Forest now consists of nature trails and reserves, spectacular 17 Mile Drive, resorts and golf courses, and private homes. Lone Cypress is the symbol of Pebble Beach Company, owner and manager of much of the 5,300 acre Del Monte Forest.

    If you stop in the parking lot don't get confused that this is the only area to see the cypress. There is a wonderful viewing area with steps down to a deck to get fabulous views and photos. Yet, if you cannot use the stairs you can see the cypress from the parking area too.

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    Pescadero Point

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    Stop 18) This beautiful location has some spectacular views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove. Make sure to walk along the path and take in all the beauty.

    Pescadero Point is the northern boundary of the Carmel Bay Ecological Reserve. Within the reserve, which extends to Point Lobos south of Carmel, you may not take any marine invertebrates, such as crabs, starfish, abalone, snails, etc.

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    Bing Crosby 1904-1977 Marker

    by Yaqui Written Aug 8, 2015

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    The marker reads: In 1937, out of his love for golf and personal interest in helping young people, was born the Bing Crosby Pro-AM Golf Tournament the "Crosby Clambake" as it is popularly known, under Bing's personal supervision, has attracted top professional and amateur players from around the world and become the classic golf tournament of the year. This annual event has raised millions of dollars for youth centers, orphanages and student loan funds at more than 100 small colleges throughout the country.

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    Sam Morse Marker

    by Yaqui Written Aug 8, 2015

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    The marker reads: Sam Morse was a preservationist long before fashionable. In 1915, he was sent by the Pacific Improvement Company to liquidate its land holdings in the region, including the area now known as Pebble Beach. Instead of pursing the liquidation, Morse decided to form an investment group to buy the land himself.

    Over the 50 years, Morse presided over the careful and orderly development of the property. It included the creation of a special style of resort experience he once described simply as "selling happiness."

    In a gesture that clearly indicated his unique perspective, Morse destroyed the original development plans, which would have put the best views in private lands. Instead, he pursued the novel idea of creating a golf course on the bluffs above Carmel Bay. What resulted is arguably the most famous and scenic resort destination in the world. Thanks to Sam Morse, Pebble Beach remains a spectacular site shared with thousands of visitors each year.

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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 8, 2015

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    This is stop 19) and it was built in 1919 in the heart of Pebble Beach and home to world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Open to the public, if offers a variety of dinning and shopping options. Enjoy views of the sweeping 18th fairway and green.

    We ventured in and as you pass the very simple check-in desk, is the main lounge....Wow! A very beautiful place with very elegant decor, but the view of the golf course with the ocean as it's backdrop is stunning!

    If you walk along the hallway is located some very impressive trophies made from crystal and and golf memobilia. There are some of wonderful places to dine here. Parked along the driveway to the main entrance is some very impressive vehicles too.

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    Shepherds's Knoll

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 8, 2015

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    You'll find all along the 17-mile drive are 21 stops of interest. The 1st stop is thru Carmel, but that depends on which entrance you come thru. If you enter thru Pacific Grove it starts at 21). Not all the pullouts have alot of parking spaces, but most don't stay long and head on their way.

    Shepherd's Knoll is a vista point gives a grand view of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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    Peter Hay Golf Course - Fun 9-hole course

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 17, 2014

    A fun 9-hole par-3 course to play if you want to work on your short game or are learning golf. It is across the street from Pebble Beach Golf Links. We played it going around twice for 18 holes. Fun Sunday afternoon of short game golf with our daughter-in-law who was taking golf lessons. Plus afterwards, we could shop or have a drink at the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

    Scenic view at Peter Hay Golf Course A  Hole on Peter Hay GC
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    Playing the Infamous Pebble Beach Golf Links

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 17, 2014

    This course lives up to its legend. It is a fantastic course with some awesome views. Watch for specials on pricing as there are many out there. Plan on a 5-hour round. We were lucky with fantastic weather and really enjoyed our day. We didn't stay at the Resort just played golf. Take your camera and enjoying getting some spectacular shots.

    After golf enjoy drinks at the Lodge at Pebble Beach! Great finish to wonderful day!

    Teeing off over the bushes on No. 15 Hurrah!  A great day of golf at Pebble
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