Pebble Beach

With the upcoming Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament February 7-10, Mark Rivkin decided to take an in-depth look at one of the best places in the world for golf: Pebble Beach, California. There are actually eight golf courses located in the Pebble Beach area, though the most recognizable of which is Pebble Beach Golf Links, where top professionals gather for some of the sport’s finest competition.

For nearly a hundred years golfers have enjoyed this spectacular ocean side course and it’s often referred to as the greatest public golf course in America. In addition to hosting the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament, the course has also been the stage for five U.S. Opens. Jack Nicklaus is even quoted as saying “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach…It’s possibly the best in the world.”

The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, two amateur golfers in the early twentieth century. Amazingly the course has seen few alterations, though there have been adjustments through the years. In February of 1919 Pebble Beach Golf Links was officially opened and the magnificent and challenging course hugs the rugged Pacific coastline with wide-open vistas, cliff-side fairways and sloping greens.

The breathtaking ocean side locale is surrounded by the lush Del Monte Forest. Considered one of the most challenging rounds of golf, the world famous course welcomes golfers of all skill levels. It is open to the public, but a minimum 2-night stay at the resort is required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links. Visit to learn more about tee times and booking information.

Other top golf courses in Pebble Beach, California include Spyglass Hill, Del Monte Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and the Peter Hay Golf Course. At each course, a staff of professionals offer individual and group instruction, clinics and group tournaments. Caddies are available and guests of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero can take advantage of special booking privileges.

Stay tuned for the latest golf course reviews from Mark Rivkin.

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