In 1919, Jack Neville and Douglas Grant set about creating a
golf course that vindicated its position perched on the cliff tops overlooking
the Pacific Ocean. While this pioneering duo laid the foundations of Pebble
Beach, it was one Henry Chandler Egan who sculpted the course largely into its
The course opens in a subdued and understated fashion, easing
you into the round and preparing you for the adrenaline rush to come, with a
sub-current of tension and drama palpable for every visiting golfer.
From the 6th, where the golf course begins to
meander along the dramatic cliff-side, Pebble comes into its own and it’s easy
to see why it enjoys such an iconic reputation.
The views from the course are simply incredible – you might
even catch a glimpse of humpback whales depending on the season – and the
golfer is asked plenty of questions, particularly on the seaside holes. The
greens in general are very small and well protected so the key to scoring well
can often lie in the accuracy of your approach shots; that and being able to
ignore the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and concentrate on the task in
There’s a grand sense of history here too and on your way
around the course, you can’t help but think of the greats of the game whose
footsteps you’re following in. Channelling your inner Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson
or Tiger Woods makes the experience all the more magical.
Pebble Beach is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime golf course,
so if you happen to get a chance, be sure to grasp it.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is ranked as one of the best courses in America it is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime golf course, so if you happen to get a chance, be sure to grasp it.
||Jack Neville & Douglas Grant
|Opened for play
||US Amateur, US Women’s Amateur, US Open (x5) & AT&A Pro-Am
Signature Hole – No18: Par 5, 543 yards (Blue Tees)
Picturesque yet perilous, the closing hole at Pebble Beach is one of the world’s
most famous par 5s. The hole hugs the Pacific coastline, gently sweeping round
to the left, and yet from the tee at least, it seems the hole is quite a
dramatic dogleg. Golfers playing from the back sticks must tee off over the
rocks and the crashing waves, and from the fairway, long hitters will be able
to have a crack at the green in two. With the ocean to the left and bunkers in
play around the green though; laying up is often the best strategy. If you’re
unsure about your putt, just remember they tend to break towards the water!
The Pebble Beach Golf Academy &
Practice Facility is one of the finest in the USA. Improve your game at the
3,000 sq foot learning centre where coaching staff can make use of three
instruction studios that feature all the latest technology including 3D Motion
Capture Analysis, HD Video and a Golf Simulator.
Practice facilities include a 350-yard, double-ended driving
range with natural grass hitting area, a 4,500-square-foot practice putting
green and a comprehensive short-game practice complex with bunkers and chipping
At The Clubhouse
Open to Pebble Beach members and guests
of Pebble Beach Resorts, the Beach Club is an amazing place to enjoy a bite to
eat or indeed a few well deserved drinks before or after your game. Take a
short stroll from The Lodge at Pebble Beach and enjoy amazing views out over Stillwater
Cove, Carmel Bay and the 17th fairway.
While the weather in California
is commonly ideally suited for golf, Pebble Beach’s coastal location means it
can change in a heartbeat. You probably won’t need them, but pack waterproofs
if you have the space.
With arguably the finest stretch
of holes anywhere in the world between the 6th tee and the 10th
green, packing a camera is also advised.
Golf Buggies are available but with
the infinite beauty of the course and its surroundings in mind, we’d advise
taking your time and walking the course if you can manage it. There is a caddie
service too, so you don’t even have to carry your clubs if you don’t want to!
What the pros say:
“This is one of the most special
golf courses in the planet.” – Graeme McDowell
“A fantastic golf course and
venue. It's one of those places that you always look forward to going back
to...no matter how many times you have been there before.” – Lee Westwood
“I don't think you can get a
better venue any place in the world.” – Ernie Els
“If St. Andrews is the home of
golf, I think Pebble Beach feels like the home of American golf, like the home
of championship golf. It has a real sense of history here.”- Stewart Cink<
“If I had only one more round to
play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I've loved this course from
the first time I saw it. It's possibly the best in the world.” – Jack