Pebble Beach Iconic Resort and Golf Links
Monterey and Carmel Sightseeing Attraction
The iconic Pebble Beach is famous for its elegant resorts, unique coastal beauty, and home to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Founded in 1919, the grand Pebble Beach Golf Course (also called Pebble Beach Golf Links) has established itself as one of the most premiere locations for expert and novice golfing in the world. The course’s location within the elite community of Pebble Beach, CA is probably its most remarkable feature, affording to those who play it a feeling of exclusivity and privilege. Pair that with its rare and unique location directly adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, and you have a world-class golf course with incredible views and an expertly designed and maintained green – in the other words, you have Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Today, The Lone Cypress Tree is the official symbol of Pebble Beach and you will. The Pebble Beach community is well-known as a kind of resort town, as it houses several more golf courses, a hotel, and a spa within its perimeters. Beginning in the early 1900s as an undeveloped but strikingly beautiful swath of land just north of the bustling port town of Monterey, developers known for their investment in the transcontinental railroad then invested in the Pebble Beach area, starting the location on its future of becoming an internationally recognized and revered location for golf and resort living alike. The other courses in the area are the Links and Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Golf Course, and the Del Monte Golf Course (the oldest of the four courses).
But although Pebble Beach Links was not the first course on the Pebble Beach land, it is surely the most famous today, and the most revered on the west coast. The course is comprised of 18 holes and was designed by golfers Jack Neville and Douglass Grant, relative newcomers to the course-designing world. However, their inexperience proved, if anything, to help their design of the course. They used an innovative figure-eight layout, which allows for the space to be used very efficiently as well as for the last several holes of the course to end dramatically next to the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline. This is probably the most unique aspect of the course, as it gives viewers an almost incomparable view of the tumultuous waves of the rocky California beaches and breakers.
Even though the incredible vistas – try golfing at sunset! – are an amazing part of the Pebble Beach Golf Course experience, it is surely not the only reason golfers travel from all over the world to play this course. It is also well-known for its difficulty, being rated the Number One golf course in America in Golf Digest magazine’s 2001 list. Clearly this speaks to not only its aesthetic prowess but also its difficulty, as the award’s prestigious nature reflects all aspects of the course, not just its amenities and location.
In addition to winning several awards, the Pebble Beach Golf Course has also been hosting to many tournaments, both professional and private invitational. The first competition to be played on its soil was the Monterey Peninsula Open held in 1926. The event drew many of the most famous golfers in the country at the time, officially putting the Pebble Beach Links on the international golf map as a destination for golf professionals everywhere. Then, just three years later in 1929, the course was the site of the United States Amateur Championship. This famous course organized by the United States Golf Association was highlighted across the country, something that truly got the word out about Pebble Beach Golf Course’s impeccable green. In 1977, the green hosted the PGA Championship (sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association of America), giving champion Larry Wadkins the first and only major championship victory of his career. Additionally, and probably most famous of all, the Pebble Beach Golf Course is a five-time host to the U.S. Open, the big kahuna of all golf championships. Esteemed winners are greats Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, and – everyone’s favorite – Tiger Woods!
Among celebrities who frequent Pebble Beach include Bill Murray, Larry Fitzgerald, Macklemore, Kira K. Dixon, Kathryn Newton and Alfonso Ribeiro will compete in a five-hole match-play event at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Dustin Johnson is the favorite in this event every year and has played incredibly well but hasn’t actually won at Pebble Beach in a decade now. Whatever is your reason for visiting the majestic Pebble Beach, California – whether it be the beaches, the scenery, the quaint shopping, the glorious vistas of the 17 Mile Drive, or even the golf – be sure not to miss your chance to play on this world-renowned green. You’ll never forget the experience!