PGA TOUR Destinations

 

 

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

 

February 2009

 

The 6th PGA TOUR Event of the 2009 tour season is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  World renowned for its fantastic views, Pebble Beach is a favorite among many players and fans on the PGA TOUR.

 

If a person could only go one place on the tour for vacation it should be Pebble Beach because of the outstanding golf courses, amazing views, and sightseeing. 

The golf courses are authentic and difficult to score on due to constant erratic weather that has become a staple of this event.  Spyglass Hill is the toughest course of the three played during the tournament and may be one of the toughest courses on tour.  Spyglass is mostly tree-lined, with small sloping greens that are hard to handle even if you are putting uphill.  It is usually wet due to the fog and rain prevalent in the area, so walking this course is a challenge in itself.  Pebble Beach is about the view.  Be sure to take a camera if you play because the whole place is one big picture of awesomeness!  The houses, the ocean, the trees, and the wind make Pebble an unforgettable masterpiece.

 

While at Pebble Beach be sure to walk around Carmel, my favorite town in America, to check out the wide selection of art galleries, shops, and restaurants.  The streets are narrow and the Real Estate is tightly woven together with the terrain to provide an ambiance of warmth even though it is usually chilly.  There are many places to stay at Pebble Beach, but we usually end up at The Inn at Spanish Bay.  Spanish Bay is not far from Pebble Beach and has a Roy’s Restaurant in the hotel with a fabulous view of the ocean.  At dusk guests will gather around the outdoor fireplaces as a bagpiper plays and marches to the sea.  This Scottish setting is a surreal experience one will remember forever.

 

For great ocean views, take a ride on the 17-mile drive and you will run into Cypress Point Golf Club.  In my opinion, it is the number one golf course in the world. Once, several years ago I was at Stanford University when my wife was teaching at Learning Forum Super Camp.  I decided to drive down to Pebble Beach to look around and ended up pulling into the Cypress Point Golf Club.  Out of blind luck I managed to talk to the Pro, a man named Jim Langley, who asked me if I would like to play.  He set me up with a caddie and I played Cypress by myself in three hours.  This is one of my favorite memories in over 40 years of golf and 300 plus tour events.  It was truly the experience of a lifetime and something that I would wish for every golfer.

 

While in the area be sure to go to the Monterrey Aquarium, one of the finest in the country.  Also, take a drive down Highway 1 and through Big Sur National Park.  The cypress trees and ocean views are beyond comparison!  It is a great spot to take in nature at its best.  While driving along Highway 1, there are several places where sea otters, sea lions, whales, and other amazing marine life can be seen.