Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach will always be special
I've been lucky enough to play Pebble Beach twice - in June of 2003 and December of 2009 - and the memories of those rounds are still vivid in my head. I think that's the ultimate sign of a 'bucket list' experience. Both times I walked the course without a caddie, carrying my own bag. I was lucky to get sunny days with little wind. I feel bad for those people who sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime round and get blasted with wind or rain or a thick marine layer that clouds the ocean views. It can happen to anybody. As for the course, it takes two holes to shake off the excited nerves. That's about the time the magic happens. The fourth through 10th holes roam along the rocky cliffs of the coast. The scenery is just off the charts, but I think it's the variety of holes that's even more special. The tee shot at the short seventh and the scary approach shot at no. 8 are epic moments in any golf career. Execute them properly and you can brag about them forever. The inland holes of the back nine take some grief from critics, although they're all solid holes. I think the par-3 17th is actually a bit overrated. It's almost impossible to hit the hour-glass-shaped green unless you're a single digit handicap, and there's not much scenery until you reach the green. I'm in the camp that believes the two trees in the landing area of the 18th fairway should be removed, but regardless, it's still a great hole. Everybody, no matter how rich or poor, should play Pebble Beach. It's a special day from start to finish.
February 9, 2015
The place is a money grab! Living off its reputation. The course was is poor condition for the money charged. They do not appear to have a dress code or if they do, they do not enforce it! Played with to people that tee'd off with there shirts untucked and had zero golf etiquette.Do yourself a favor go to Bandon, Pinehurst, Whistling Straits or TPC Sawgrass where you are welcomed by folkes who appear to genuinely appreciate your business. If you want to see the views of Pebble Beach Golf Links nothing stops one from walking the course. This is the first review I have ever posted on any site, but felt so ripped off at the entire golf experince I felt the need to post.
November 2, 2014
Get a Caddie
There's nothing I can add to Pebble Beach's heaps of praises, all of which are well deserved. It's a magical experience. The two things that I must emphasize are these: walk, and hire a caddie. This is arguably the world's most beautiful golf course; why anyone would want to ride in a cart on it is beyond me. Pebble Beach is an experience, and to be properly experienced, it must be walked. Likewise, a caddie is going to improve your experience by saving you TONS of shots (mine probably saved me 10 strokes), carrying your bag, cleaning your clubs, raking the bunkers, and otherwise making your round hassle-free.
One last thought about caddies: not all caddies are created equal. I got lucky with a spectacular, insightful, funny caddie named Crawford. My playing partners got a forecaddie who was not nearly as excited to be there. So if you know anyone who's been to Pebble, ask who caddied for them. If they recommend him/her, ask for that person in particular.
If I go back, I'm asking for Crawford.
September 1, 2014
Pebble Beach Dream
Fabulous experience. Have someone walk with you to enjoy the walk. Forget the score and savor the experience. Awesome!
August 2, 2014
I mean, come on, it's Pebble Beach
This place is Heaven on Earth and one every golfer's bucket list. Do what you have to do to play here at least once in your life.
I've played here twice and remember every shot I hit for both rounds. Other than Augusta National and Cypress Point, I don't recall another course where this is the case.
It's so fun because you know all the holes before you even play. Still, once you're there, it's better than you image. Enjoy it, take photos and, more importantly, get a good caddie. Sure, they're all good, but find one highly recommended and enjoy the walk.
March 18, 2014
As good as it gets!
Are you a fan of golf? If so, you NEED to play Pebble! The course is simply wonderful and while pricy, is absolutely worth the high rate. Played 18 with one of my best friends and will never forget the experience.
Course conditions were excellent and even though they were getting ready for the Pro-am, it did not change the overall experience.
February 21, 2014
A Must Play!
My husband and I went out to Pebble for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing. The greens were a lot smaller than I thought and the course was very demanding. Holes 6-10 are just unlike any I've ever seen.
Pebble Beach was everything I hoped for and more. We had an awesome caddy and we walked the course which I would recommend. Otherwise, it's cart path only and you end up walking more to and from your cart.
This is a must play if you ever have the opportunity!
January 16, 2014
Should be on every golfer's bucket list
I don't know how many times I've heard people say if Pebble Beach wasn't on the ocean, it wouldn't be that special. That's one of the dumbest statements a person can make about a golf course because setting is always a huge factor in the quality of a course and the setting just doesn't get any better than Pebble Beach. Yes, it's expensive at $495 (and the hotel rates if you book in advance), but how many $250 courses out there aren't really that memorable. Just put two of them together. And yes, it takes 5-plus hours to play, but you're at Pebble Beach; soak it up for as long as you can. And finally, the design of the holes are special, even if it wasn't on the ocean, even the inland holes. Never sell this course short; it's a world treasure.
December 20, 2013