Yesterday I was too tired when I got back to the RV so I didn’t post the blog. So here are the results from our day at Pebble.
First, we were delayed almost an hour on the tee off. They had an early morning frost delay and a professional tournament ahead of us (The winner got $100,000). That meant that things were really backed up and it took us a little over 6 hours to play. We finished after sunset and it was almost dark. But it was Pebble Beach!
The weather was fantastic and there was little wind. If you have watched the tournaments held here on TV, the afternoon wind can play havoc with scores. Fortunately, we didn’t have that excuse. The course is hard enough already.
John Bardin, Phil Barricklow, Doug Kretz and me on tee #1
The day started out well as I got a par on the first hole. I made 4 good shots in a row and really enjoyed it. But as you will see, these are tough holes. There are many sand traps and the greens are fast and do not hold. Many of our approach shots landed on the green but wouldn’t stay.
Approach to green #4.
The views of the water were stunning all day. I can see why this is rated the number one course in the world for both the course itself and the surrounding scenery.
Fairway view of #6
The course surrounds Stillwater Cove and the Pacific Ocean is actually quite calm in this area. You can see too that the sky is totally blue – no clouds. The temperature was about 68 degrees.
Looking back toward the Beach Club from the fairway
There are some holes that go away from the ocean but even these have great scenery.
Approaching the green on #5
Looking out to the offshore rocks from the tee box.
The Monterey Cypress tree on hole #6 is the trademark for Pebble Beach.
The green on #7 surrounded by the sea.
Most of the holes are surrounded by bunkers and they are often really steep. I visited several during the round and was able to get out of about half of them. My playing partners had about the same luck.
View from tee box #8
Another view backwards from #8 tee box
Doug and Phil discuss the approach shots to #8
Finally a wide open green with only a few bunkers.
One of the few greens with no ocean view
The view up #15 as the sun gets lower in the sky
Fairway on #16 in the fading light
The staff at Pebble Beach is awesome. They bend over backwards to ensure you have a great time. The smallest request is responded to quickly and with a smile. Of course when a round of golf costs $495 (more in the summer), I guess they can afford to be really nice.
My driver was working pretty well all day. The rest of my game was only so-so though. The course was in fantastic condition, and while I didn’t play too well later in the round, it was great being there with good friends!
Today we complete our triple treat here with a round at Spyglass Hill, another of the courses used each year in the Pro-Am event that used to be called the Bing Crosby.