Pebble Beach Golf Linkswww.pebblebeach.com
"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."
There are few golf thrills like teeing-up for the first time on Pebble Beach Golf Links. You sense the presence of golf's biggest legends. You anticipate each and every storied hole while recounting some of the greatest moments in golf history. The course hugs the rugged coastline, providing wide-open vistas, cliffside fairways and sloping greens.
Location: Monterey peninsula, California, USA
Year founded: 1919
Courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, 7040 yards
Architect: Jack Neville (1919), Douglas Grant (1919), Jack Nicklaus (1990, 1998)
Hole #7 - 109 yards par 3
There are very few holes in championship golf under 110 yards and even fewer that are well respected; well the 7th is just 106 yards and ranks as one of the most famous and favorite par 3s in the world. The coastal wind can cause havoc to golfers when making a club selection but even more distracting is the stunning beauty of this hole sitting in the ocean with waves crashing on the rocks.
Hole #8 - 428 yards par 4
A blind uphill tee shot with less than a driver is usually required over the aiming rock viewable from the tee. The closer you can land your tee shot to the cliff edge the better; an exciting risk/reward blind tee shot. The comes the most exciting approach shot in golf; a mid-long iron shot over a chasm of Monterey Bay to a small, slanting green. Downhill shots are always exhilirating, but add into the fact you are playing one of the most famous courses in the world and taking dead aim at a small target over the ocean and you have an amazing golf experience all by itself. Flat out amazing!
Course played: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Date played: 6th November, 2011