Inside the courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links

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This tournament is known best for its stunning host course -- Pebble Beach Golf Links.
February 05, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The TOUR heads north to Pebble Beach, Calif., this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where the pros, celebrities and amateurs will tee it up on three different courses.

Fast facts
Course Superintendent Chris Dalhamer
Original architect Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, 1919
Redesign Ed Conner and Jack Nicklaus, 1991; New fifth hole by Jack Nicklaus, 1998
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 66 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 17 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 6,815 yards (1947-1994)
  6,799 (1995-1999)
  6,816 (2000-2004, 2006-present)
  6,737 (2005)
Grass Perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10 ft
Sand bunkers 111
Water hazards Ocean on nine holes
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Tom Kite
David Duval
Year
1983
1997
Round
3rd
3rd
Finish
1st
T2
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Nick O'Hern 12 2011
Sunghoon Kang 12 2011
Bill Glasson 5 2005
Mike Heinen 7 2003
David Morland IV 5 2000
Gil Morgan 12 1996
David Graham 7 1995
Vijay Singh 7 1994
Olin Browne 12 1994
Greg Hickman 12 1992
Billy Mayfair 17 1989
Brett Upper 5 1988
Nick Price 17 1988
Rex Caldwell 7 1986
Hubert Green 7 1985
Lou Graham 7 1984
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 466-yard 9th This is the toughest hole on the golf course. Because the fairway slopes severely toward the ocean, the approach must be hit from a hanging lie. What usually happens is that the player leaks it to the right a little or overcompensates and ends up in the left rough or the greenside bunker. The approach to No. 8 may be the most critical on the course, but the approach to the ninth is just as difficult and if you've missed the eighth, the ninth is not place to pick up lost strokes.
2011: 0 eagles, 13 birdies, 134 pars, 65 bogeys, 12 double bogeys, 2 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 513-yard 6th This hole demands the driver. That's because a ball not hit far enough probably will prevent the player from reaching the second landing area, past the swath of rough, on the second shot. That will mean a lay-up and a blind third shot to a small green with a long iron. That's not something to look forward to, so expect to see the field cranking driver here.
2011: 9 eagles, 110 birdies, 88 pars, 17 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 0 others.
Pebble Beach Golf Links2011 rankings
Hole Par Yards Average score Rank
1 4 381 4.075 8
2 5 502 4.606 17
3 4 390 3.978 12
4 4 331 3.903 14
5 3 188 3.186 4
6 5 513 4.527 18
7 3 106 2.889 15
8 4 418 4.159 5
09* 4 466 4.363 1
10 4 446 4.15 6
11 4 380 4.115 7
12 3 202 3.212 3
13 4 399 3.942 13
14* 5 573 5.341 2
15 4 397 3.987 11
16 4 403 4.066 9
17 3 178 3.009 10
18 5 543 4.872 16
Course origins
The par-three 5th hole at Pebble Beach was rebuit 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 U.S. Open Championship in 2000, which produced a record-setting 15-shot victory for Tiger Woods at 12 under par. Graeme McDowell won when the U.S. Open returned to Pebble Beach again last summer.

PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS

MONTEREY PENINSULA COUNTRY CLUB -- SHORE COURSE

Fast facts
Original architect Bob E. Baldock and Jack Neville, 1959
Par value 70
Number of TOUR events as host venue 5 (including 2012)
Yardage 6,838
Grass Poa annua (greens); Bent (tees, fairways)
Holes in one
Monterey Peninsula Country Club
Player Hole Year
Adam Scott 7 2010
Derek Lamely 14 2010
Course origins
Monterey Peninsula Country Club originally opened in July 1926, with the Dunes Course, a vision of Pebble Beach founder, Samuel F.B. Morse. The club properties account for roughly 400 acres of land in the central region of the Monterey Peninsula. The Shores Course was designed by Bob E. Baldock and Jack Neville in 1959 after the members purchased the club from Del Monte Properties.
In 2003, more than 40 years later, the members decided to hire Mike Strantz to redesign a layout on par with the stunning land it was first sowed. "I wanted to shape the course to sweep with the natural terrainthe rocks, the trees and grasses, the ocean," Strantz said. "I dreamed that the course would appear to dance among the cypress trees on this coastline forever." Strantz designed 12 new holes and remodeled the other six to add more than 500 yards to the par-72 layout.
This wonderful layout is located along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Views of the rugged coastline are spectacular. The proximity to the open ocean means wind is a major factor at times. Since the course is private and gets very little traffic, it is in pristine condition.
The Shores Course was part of the Crosby golf tournament hosted by Bing Crosby, currently the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, from 1965, 1966 and 1977. 2010 was a rebirth for the Shores Course as the Monterey Peninsula Foundation announced it would be replacing Poppy Hills Golf Course in the rotation last year. -- www.montereypeninsulagolf.com
Monterey Peninsula2011 rankings
Hole Par Yards Average score Rank
1 4 454 4.09 5
2 4 391 3.942 13
3 3 155 2.974 11
4 4 401 4.205 3
5 4 349 3.885 14
6 5 548 4.782 17
7 3 226 3.103 4
8 4 454 4.263 2
9 3 224 3.083 6
10 5 544 4.551 18
11 3 176 2.981 10
12 5 599 4.814 16
13 4 401 3.827 15
14 3 190 3.038 8
15 4 415 3.968 12
16* 4 500 4.288 1
17 4 430 4.045 7
18 4 381 4 9
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Robert C. Yeo
Original architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1966
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 43 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 15 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 6,810 yards (1967-1976, 1978-1979, 1981-1995)
  6,859 yards (1997-1999)
  6,817 yards (2000-2001)
  6,862 yards (2002-2006)
  6,953 yards (2007-2009)
  6,833 (2010)
Grass Perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (tees, fairways, greens, rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10 ft
Sand bunkers 62
Water hazards 4
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Phil Mickelson
Luke Donald
Year
2005
2006
Round
1st
1st
Finish
1st
T7
Holes in one
There have been nine aces recorded at Spyglass Hill GC
Player Hole Year
James Oh 15 2009
Derek Fathauer 15 2009
Brad Fabel 15 2000
Sam Randolph 5 1998
John Joseph 12 1991
Carl Cooper 5 1990
Gil Morgan 3 1989
Tom Watson 15 1989
Hal Sutton 3 1985
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 399-yard 8th Signal Hill is, perhaps, the longest hole under 400 yards in the world. The second shot is even more uphill than the tee shot. The green is elevated and crowned with the hole's only bunker protecting its right side. This is Spyglass Hill's No. 1 handicap hole.
2011: 0 eagles, 9 birdies, 85 pars, 53 bogeys, 7 double bogeys, 1 other.
Easiest hole
The par-5 528-yard 11th A dogleg-right par-5 is characterized by a necklace of bunkers protecting the right side of the green. While beautiful to look at from a distance, these bunkers are very costly to play from.
2010: 6 eagles, 77 birdies, 61 pars, 9 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 0 others.
Spyglass Hill2011 rankings
Hole Par Yards Average score Rank
1 5 595 4.858 14
2 4 349 4.026 10
3 3 165 3.11 5
4 4 370 3.968 12
5 3 197 3.077 7
06* 4 446 4.277 3
7 5 529 4.716 17
08* 4 399 4.394 1
9 4 431 4.065 8
10 4 407 4.052 9
11 5 528 4.632 18
12 3 178 3 11
13 4 460 4.194 4
14 5 560 4.968 12
15 3 130 2.839 15
16* 4 476 4.335 2
17 4 325 3.826 16
18 4 408 4.09 6
Course origins
Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, Treasure Island, published in 1863. Local legend maintains that Stevenson once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels. A unique aspect of this course is that the holes are named after characters in Treasure Island. Hole names such as, "Black Dog" and "Billy Bones" are hints for the unwary.
As players attempt to master this difficult course, they may hear the laughter of pirates in the distance. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., as part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front. S.F.B. Morse, founder of Pebble Beach Company, and Chairman of the Board of Del Monte Properties, envisioned a string of golf courses around Del Monte Forest's shoreline. Morse commissioned Jones to design a course between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. After six years of planning, Spyglass Hill opened March 11, 1966.
The design features two dinstinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes, challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship Tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA TOUR consistently lists Spyglass Hill's holes 6, 8, and 16 among the toughest on the TOUR, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Rancho Santa Fe CC Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 1937-1942
Pebble Beach GL Pebble Beach, Calif. 1947-present
Cypress Point CC Pebble Beach, Calif. 1947-1990
Monterey Peninsula CC Pebble Beach, Calif. 1947-1952, 1954-1966, 1977, 2010
Spyglass Hill GC Pebble Beach, Calif. 1967-1976, 1978-1979, 1981-present
Poppy Hills GC Pebble Beach, Calif. 1991-2009

SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE

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