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Hot! Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Pebble Beach Golf Linksis a golf course located in Pebble Beach , California , on the of the .

Pebble Beach is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. It hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay, opening to the Pacific Ocean , on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula . In 2001 it became the first public course (i.e., open to the general public for play) to be selected as the No.1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest . Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (plus $35 cart fee for non-resort guests) per round in 2008.

Four of the courses in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, belong to the Pebble Beach Company, which also operates three hotels and a spa at the resort. The other courses are Spyglass Hill Golf Course , and Del Monte Golf Course .

The course is included in many golf video games, such as the Links series and the series.


The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened on February 22, 1919. Neville also designed the back nine at Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course on the other side of the Monterey Peninsula. His objective was to place as many of the holes as possible along the rocky and beautiful Monterey coast line. This was accomplished using a "figure 8" layout.

It was bought by a consortium of Japanese investors during the upswing of foreign investments in American properties in the early 1990s. The sale, however, generated controversy when it was discovered that one of the investors had alleged ties to organized crime in Japan. It was then bought by another group of Japanese investors before being sold to the Pebble Beach Co. several years later.


The first professional tournament at Pebble Beach was the Monterey Peninsula Open in 1926, which had a $5,000 purse. Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper of Texas won with a 72-hole score of 293 (+5). In 1929, Pebble hosted its first major - the Harrison R. Johnston of Minnesota but Bobby Jones tied for medalist honors in stroke play.

Beginning in 1947, Pebble Beach began to be one of the host courses for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am tournament, sometimes known as the "Clam Bake", and now known as the Spyglass Hill Golf Course , Poppy Hills Golf Course , and Pebble Beach, although in 2010 the tournament was played at Monterey Peninsula Country Club as well, and Poppy Hills was omitted. In July, the course also hosts the Champions Tour First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with the Del Monte Golf Course .

Layout and signature holes Scorecard 1972 1982 1992 2000 2010 Major tournaments hosted Controversy over further golf course development References

. The 10 Best of Everything. Retrieved 2010-11-06.

Pebble Beach Golf Links fact sheet

SeeMonterey: Pebble Beach Golf

SF Gate: Poppy Hills may be dropped from event

Golf Digest. Retrieved 2011-02-08.

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