Isn't it about time you experienced Pebble Beach?
When a golfer is asked to compile a list of ‘bucket list’ courses – three commonly make an appearance. The Old Course at St Andrews, Augusta National and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The first is easily achievable when visiting Scotland, the second near-impossible, and the third is much easier than you may think.
Arguably the ultimate trifecta of iconic courses, you have the opportunity to tick one off the list by traveling to California and experiencing the psychedelic delights of the beautiful Monetary Peninsula.
An 11 hour flight from the UK to San Francisco is your gateway to a Valhalla of golfing bliss. 120 miles south of The Golden Gate City you will discover the Peninsula, which has homed the rich and famous for decades.
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Once you arrive after a spectacular drive, there are three excellent accommodation options available in the area. The enchanting grandeur of The Lodge at Pebble Beach is among the most popular places to stay, with its 161 rooms providing an elegant base for you to experience the Peninsula. The Inn at Spanish Bay’s 269 rooms offer a more contemporary feel, while Casa Palmero is ideally suited for a more romantic style holiday. Its 24 rooms overlook the 1st and 3rd fairways of Pebble Beach.
Naturally, after you have checked in and recovered from that lengthy journey, the attention will turn to golf. The Peninsula has four superb courses to experience – Spyglass Hill GC, The Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte GC and (of course) the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.
All four courses were designed by well know architects such as Jack Neville, Douglas Grant, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom Watson and Frank Tatum. They all have much to offer from a challenge and aesthetic standpoints but the highlight is undoubtedly Pebble. The jewel in the crown. It will provide the ultimate golfing experience that you are seeking.
Host of five United States Open Championships, Pebble is among the most famous courses in the world, with some of the most iconic moments in major championship golf having occurred on the Peninsula. It was here where Tom Watson dramatically chipped in on the 17th to snatch the US Open from Jack Nicklaus in 1982, and where Graeme McDowell achieved greatness in 2010.
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Most famously, however, Pebble was the canvas of Tiger Woods’ most extraordinary triumph. His 15-stroke victory in 2000 ranks unquestionably among the finest achievements in the history of the game. That same week, Jack Nicklaus bowed out of the US Open after 40 years as a competitor – on a course that he frequently refers to as being his favourite in the world. High praise, indeed.
It has also been the site of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since the 1940s. Originally known as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am, the event has been a favourite on the PGA Tour schedule for decades, attracting leading players and famous amateurs into the field.
The Champions Tour has also featured an event at Pebble for the last decade, serving as a further illustration of the high esteem that this public course is held in the United States and abroad.
By experiencing Pebble - you can soak in the history and walk in the footsteps of legends.
In terms of weather, the Californian climate is extremely palatable to the average Brit. Temperatures range between 8-18 degrees, with the most consistent months being April, September, October November. You can almost be assured of good weather during those periods.
When not golfing and drinking in the beauty of the Peninsula, Monterey has much to offer. The 17 mile drive is a popular attraction to visitors each year. This privately maintained road provides spectacular views of the Pacific coastline and the famous Lone Cypress.
If you’re an active person, other activities onsite include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, cycling and hiking. Or, if you are so inclined, you can simply relax and enjoy a golfing holiday that is ideally suited for a group of players, or indeed couples seeking a luxurious and spectacular getaway.
When trying to make this dream holiday a reality, Golfbreaks.com can handle your entire booking; Flights, Car Hire, Accommodation, Golf. With this all being taken care of by such a reliable and reputable company, the experience of organising your trip will be just as relaxed as the holiday itself. After-all, California is supposed to be cool and easy-going.
All taxes and resort fees included within the advertised price, so there are no hidden costs to catch you out. In addition to all listed above, packages also include buggies and range balls – ensuring that you can practice as much as you want before your rounds.
This is an opportunity to play one of the world’s most iconic golf courses – and experience the beauty of the truly spectacular Monetary Peninsula. Don’t miss out.
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