Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula, arguably the mecca for any golfer or golf fans. You'd be hard pressed to find a place of comparable beauty and elite golf anywhere in the United States. (Obviously Scotland is better but we're keeping it on this side of the pond for the sake of this statement). The PGA Tours best will be teeing it up in a pro am style with some big name celebrities playing 3 of America's best courses, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula CC Shores Course.
This tournament began in 1937 by Bing Crosby (this guy did so much for golf) and was originally held at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in San Diego County. In 1947 the tournament moved to the Monterey Peninsula and became a 4 round event, part of the PGA Tour schedule.
The original 3 courses in the Peninsula to host the tournament where; Cypress Point Golf Club, Monterey Peninsula Dunes Course, and Pebble Beach. I wish these courses still held it... Imagine seeing 15 and 16 at Cypress on TV every year, I dare a casual sports fan not be awestruck by what they saw on TV that week.
Now, the tournament is held at Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula Shores, and Spyglass Hill GC. Let's take a look at these courses...
Pebble Beach Golf Links
- Par 72, 6819 yards
- Hardest hole: par 4 9th- 4.3 stroke average
- Easiest hole: par 5 2nd- 4.5 stroke average
- Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant
Spyglass Hill GC
- Par 72, 6,858 yards
- Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
- 4th green is 55 yards long and 10 yards wide
Monterey Peninsula CC
- Par 71, 6,958
- Designed by the late Mike Strantz
- You won't see it on TV unfortunately
Solid Bets: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker
Dark Horses: Shane Lowry, Kelly Kraft, Patrick Cantlay
My Pick: Patrick Cantlay- I'm going on a gut feeling here