Inside the course: Pebble Beach GL and Del Monte GC

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The 18th hole at Pebble Beach offers one of the most scenic views at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
August 27, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Original architect Jack Neville and Douglas Grant (1919)
Course remodel Ed Conner & Jack Nicklaus (1991); New 5th hole-Jack Nicklaus (1998)
Course superintendent Chris Dalhamer
Number of TOUR events as host venue 5 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 8 (out of 30) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2007
Yardage history 6,822 yards (2004-2006)
6,837 (2007-present)
Grass Perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10 ft
Sand bunkers 107
Water hazards Ocean on 9 holes
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Craig Stadler
Year
2004
Round
2nd
Finish
Won
Holes-in-one
There have been no aces recorded during the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-5 572-yard 14th
The dogleg right is a three shot hole for virtually all players. A well-placed bunker on the right will capture shots aimed at cutting the dogleg. Hit as much club as possible on the second shot and if the pin is tucked upper left, take at least one extra club to carry the huge frontal bunker.
2007: 0 eagles, 23 birdies, 80 pars, 43 bogeys, 6 double bogeys, 3 others.
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 520-yard 6th
The optimum placement for the tee shot is left center of the fairway. Your second shot must carry the steep slope but beware of the bunkers on the left.
2007: 5 eagles, 64 birdies, 73 pars, 10 bogeys, 3 double bogeys, 0 others.
Pebble Beach GL2007 rankings Last 4 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 380 4.116 7 4.095 7
2 5 515 4.71 17 4.706 17
3 4 405 4.006 13 3.985 12
4 4 340 3.923 16 3.934 16
5 3 187 3.226 4 3.226 4
6 5 520 4.626 18 4.632 18
7 3 110 2.961 15 2.935 15
8 4 416 4.232 3 4.229 3
9 4 462 4.135 6 4.239 1
10 4 434 4.252 2 4.200 5
11 4 381 4.013 11 4.027 10
12 3 201 3.213 5 3.177 6
13 4 396 4.045 9 4.087 8
14 5 572 5.271 1 5.231 2
15 4 396 4.026 10 3.977 13
16 4 401 4.013 11 3.987 11
17 3 178 3.058 8 3.058 9
18 5 543 4.974 14 4.974 14
NOTES: The par-three 5th hole at Pebble Beach was rebuilt and reopened in 1998. The redesign was performed by Jack Nicklaus and is located along the pacific coastline on a 50-foot cliff. At a cost of $3 million, No. 5 is possibly the most expensive new hole in championship golf.
• Pebble Beach was the site of the 100th United States Open Championship in 2000, which produced a record-setting 15-shot victory for Tiger Woods at 12 under par.
Course origins
Since 1919, the exquisite beauty and unique challenge of Pebble Beach Golf Links has thrilled golfers and spectators alike. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach has been the site of golfs most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 1972, '82, '92 and 2000 U.S. Open Championships. The course will again serve as the host for the 2010 U.S. Open. Pebble Beach Golf Links was ranked the No. 1 Public Course in America by Golf Digest in 2007.
Eight players in the field enjoyed success on the PGA TOUR on the Monterey Peninsula, including Mark O'Meara, who won five times. In addition to O'Meara, this year's field includes 2005 champion Hale Irwin, who also won the 1984 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am; Tom Watson, who won the 1977 and 1978 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and later claimed the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach; Tom Kite, who won both the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach; John Cook, the 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am winner and the first of his 11 PGA TOUR titles; Ben Crenshaw, the 1976 Bing Crosby Pro-Am winner; Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1986 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner and Peter Jacobsen, the 1995 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, Calif. (2004-present)
Del Monte GC Monterey, Calif. (2005-present)
Bayonet GC Seaside, Calif. (2004)
Fast facts: Del Monte Golf Course
Original architect Charlie Maud (1897)
Course superintendent Mike Phillips
Number of TOUR events as host venue 4 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 27 (out of 30) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2007
Yardage history 6,357 yards (2005-2006)
6,365 (2007-present)
Grass Perennial ryegrass; Poa annua (tees, fairways); Poa annua (greens); Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10.5 ft
Sand bunkers 65
Water hazards 1
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
D.A. Weibring
Des Smyth
Year
2006
2007
Round
1st
2nd
Finish
T7
T4
Holes-in-one
There have been no aces recorded during the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 196-yard 6th
Nothing deceptive here. You simply need a solid shot, as missing the green will test your short game.
2007: 0 eagles, 7 birdies, 47 pars, 23 bogeys, 1 double bogeys, 0 others.
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 512-yard 13th
Before you tee it up, check the pin placement on No. 15. Then long and straight is all you need. Fairway bunkers protect the hole from miss-hit or misjudged shots.
2007: 5 eagles, 38 birdies, 31 pars, 4 bogeys, 0 double bogeys, 0 others.
Del Monte GC2007 rankings Last 3 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 5 505 4.615 16 4.726 16
2 4 328 3.833 12 3.838 12
3 4 376 4.077 6 4.034 8
4 3 178 3.192 3 3.132 4
5 4 327 3.872 10 3.889 11
6 3 196 3.231 1 3.184 2
7 4 379 4.013 7 4.056 7
8 4 384 3.872 10 4.017 9
9 5 524 4.718 15 4.761 13
10 4 293 3.756 14 3.748 14
11 4 331 3.782 13 3.739 15
12 3 171 3.192 3 3.175 3
13 5 512 4.436 18 4.675 17
14 3 218 3.231 1 3.226 1
15 4 330 3.923 9 3.910 10
16 4 421 4.103 5 4.068 6
17 5 500 4.603 17 4.637 18
18 4 392 3.987 8 4.085 5
NOTES: Although short by modern standards, the course is well protected with mature pine and oak trees and small greens with tight bunkering around the greens.
• From the beginning, Del Monte was acknowledged as one of the best courses in the world. Scotsman John Lawson, founding member and early club championship of the SFGC proclaimed of Del Monte in May of 1897: "these links are the finest in the world with many natural hazards and a course of natural turf."
•  As "natural turf," Lawson was referring to the grass green putting surfaces. The Presidio course had sand greens, packed down with a layer of oil.
Course origins
The Del Monte Hotel, near Monterey, Calif., opened in 1880. It was by most definitions one of the grandest hotels ever built, and set out to provide every desire of its guests from around the world. Its parent company, Pacific Improvement, had vast land holdings including most of the Monterey Peninsula and several thousand acres in nearby Carmel Valley. Early on, the hotel offered a polo field and racetrack for its guests. Ironically, in the 1890s, as golf was introduced in California, PI Co. had insufficient land near the hotel to build a course.
PI Co. arranged to lease some acreage from David Jacks and began constructing a nine-hole layout in early 1897.
Over the last 100 years, there has been much debate over which golf course was the first in California. At one time, Del Monte was considered the first. As far back as 1902, this question was being asked with no real assurance. It is generally conceded in this day the first course in California was a nine-hole layout at Riverside in either 1891 or 1894. The first course in Northern California was the San Francisco Golf Club's nine-hole course at the Presidio. Ground was broken there in December 1895 and the course was completed in early 1896. The late 1890s saw a boom in golf and courses multiplied throughout the state.
Of the earliest courses, only Del Monte and the Presidio courses remain. In reality, the Presidio was actually closed and turned into a practice drill field during the Spanish-American War. While the Presidio course beat Del Monte's course into existence by a little over one year, the Presidio course was briefly changed back to a drill field before reopening as a golf course. The fact that members could not depend on using the course led to SFGC to seek a new location. SFGC abandoned the Presidio and moved to a new 18-hole layout at Ingleside on August 1, 1905.
Given the above, Del Monte Golf Course proudly and rightfully claims being: the oldest golf course West of the Mississippi River in continuous operation.

The Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, the only event on the Champions Tour where two courses are used during the competition, will take place at both Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Learn more about these two historic venues:

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