Pebble Beach Golf Courses

Pebble Beach golf courses are the mecca and epicenter for golf enthusiasts who love their game and for very good reasons.

While Pebble Beach is known world wide for it's stunning beauty, elegant and posh accommodations, and sophisticated dining, it's also known for some of the best golfing opportunities anywhere ...  and I mean anywhere in the world.

Just look at this map of the 5000 acre Del Monte Forest and count how many Pebble Beach golf courses there are, and how much of this small community is devoted to golf.

This is where those who have a passion for golf come to satisfy the golf challenge on their "Bucket List." It is "The" place to play your best game of golf. Yes it's expensive to play here, but everyone who has played the "Glass" or the "Lodge" will tell you that it's worth it!

Standing on the stunningly beautiful 7th green where Arnold Palmer made a brilliant shot through the mist from the pounding white water just below his feet, is nothing less than exhilarating! You don't think about the $500 you dropped to play here at times like this. The high is palatable, and many who came here just to cross this place off their bucket list say they plan to come back again ... even if they have to downgrade from their BMW 5 series to a VW Passat.

The World Famous Pebble Beach Golf Course 18th Green

Pebble Beach Golf Courses ... So Many Choices!

  • The Pebble Beach Golf Links- Stunning and not as tough as you might think
  • Spyglass Golf-Ocean views on the "Sunset Six" and then back into the forest
  • The Links at Spanish Bay- Scottish inspired with ocean views galore
  • Poppy Hills Golf Course- Just redesigned and opened in April, 2014
  • The Links At Del Monte Golf Course-Among the oldest golf courses around
  • Cypress Point Club-Private members only. Ranked 3rd best in the world
  • Peter Hay-Public nine hole perfect for a warm up before playing the "Pebble"

The "Glass" Is Tougher Than You Think

No Carts On The Course ... Get A Caddie

Brand Spanking New Poppy Hills

No matter where you choose to stay, a day on any one of the Pebble Beach Golf Courses that offer unique challenges and views, and that inspire your game can't get any better than what is available right here at Pebble Beach. The choices are plentiful!

Choose to warm up at the Peter Hay short game or go for the game of your life and shell out $500 for a day on one of the exhilarating Pebble Beach Resort Golf Courses.

This is 18 holes of pure cart is extra and a caddie is essential!

Pebble Beach Golf Links At The Lodge

As everyone who has ever lifted a golf club knows, the 18 holes at the Pebble Beach Lodge are the most amazing in the world. Those who play here are skilled golfers ... some with deep pockets and others who have saved for a long time to front the $495 greens fee and another $150 for a caddie and tip.

Deals are available if you play multiple courses and yes you can arrange better start times if you stay at the Lodge. It is possible to play here without staying at the Pebble Beach Lodge but it usually requires a 24 hour notice during times when the course is slow. Some have even been able to get in with the permission of the starter at the last minute when occupancy is off but that is not typical.

Despite the expense, almost all who play this Holy Grail of golf, would tell you it's more than worth it. It is on every golfers "To do" list and needs to be played at least once in your lifetime. You do receive a cherished Pebble Beach "Bag tag" and a Pebble Beach tee marker when you play, so don't scoff at the expense.

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This is an unforgettable experience. The course is not the toughest or longest course most will play, but it is meticulously maintained. The reality of walking in the footsteps of the golfing greats is more than most expect. The views are uncompromisingly beautiful and even distracting. The 7th and 18th tees are perhaps the best views in golf anywhere in the world.

Book early! If you have a room at the lodge you receive preferred start times. Get a caddie! The course is tough enough that the greens can be hard to read and a caddie will take at least 4 or 5 shots off you final score.

Along the greens that front the Pacific Ocean, the ocean mist can play havoc with your sighting, so be aware if you wear glasses or use sunglasses while you play.

The starters and marshals can be a little pushy, especially when crowded to be sure everyone moves along in a timely fashion but few complain.

Pebble Beach Lodge Views Of The 18th Green on A Foggy Day

Consider playing Spyglass or Poppy Hills before you play this stunning course for your best score. 

Starters Clock

Need A Pebble Beach Polo?

Lunch At The "Bench" Restaurant

Cocktails At The "Lodge"

The Links At Spanish Bay

The Spanish Bay Golf Course is a "True" links course with 15 holes right along side the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean. If Spyglass is too wooded, and you play better in the open, then the links at Spanish Bay may be the better choice... and it's cheaper. 

Plan to shell out about $250 to get onto the course unless you are eligible for NCGA discounts. Players who start later in the afternoon can sometimes also get significant "Twilight" discounts ($130) after 3PM in the summer.

The greens here are narrow and fast, and there are several blind shots required during your course of play. The wind off the ocean can be troubling as can errant deer wandering across the fairways.

The course is stunning and many comparable the Spanish Bay Links to "Pebble." 

It's about a 5 hour course but when you have completed your game, and if you time it right, you will see the Scottish bagpiper stroll across the greens after the last player has surrendered and sunset arrives. There is nothing like the sounds of a bagpipe and Amazing Grace as you stroll over to Roy's for an evening meal.

Bring lots of golf balls, as the course has protected areas where you cannot fetch your wayward balls so plan ahead. There is also no driving range here, but you can go up the hill to Spyglass and practice there if you are inclined.

Roy's Restaurant Is Great After Your Game!

Be Sure To Be Here At Sunset For The Bagpiper's Rendition Of Amazing Grace

Need A Wind Breaker?

Newly Redesigned Poppy Hills Golf Course

New Course And Golf Center In 2014 

The new redesign of Poppy Hills undertaken as a 13 month revitalization of a very popular and challenging course has met with mixed reviews. Opening was April 4th, 2014.

This is still the most affordable Pebble Beach golf courses at $210 and another $25 for a cart. NCGA discounts make the day more enjoyable with fees under $100. The course can be walked, but a 6 hour day can take the thrill out of your play.

The new design by Robert Trent Jones Junior eliminated some large trees, some lakes, and softened some of the slopes. Fairways were widened and huge efforts were made toward water conservation and new "Waste areas" are to be seen across all 18 holes. The turf was replaced and new bent grass now blankets the course. 

This is now a cart path only course which has upset return players hoping for a better experience. What many have found is that the greens are hard, extremely fast and too tough even for good golfers. Many suggest that even good shots are punished.

Time will likely soften the new greens and bring back those who have decided to wait for the course to mature.

"Poppy" is destined to continue to rank high among deveoted players especially if time is good to this new and beautiful course in Pebble Beach.

Entrance To Poppy Hills

A Lounge With A View!

Getting Started To Play

Huge Deck Overlooking The Course

The Driving Range Is Exceptional

The Links At Spyglass

Spyglass is rated among the top 5 courses in the United States and some would say, is equally as beautiful as the links at Pebble Beach.

The first 6 holes are know as the "Sunrise Six" and front onto the Pacific Ocean with sensational views.

Plan on 5 hours play and smooth, fast greens. There are a number of blind shots and challenging bunkers to manage as well.

It's one of the more frequented of all the Pebble Beach golf courses so make sure this is part of the multi course package deal when you arrange to stay here.

"Twilight " discounted rates ($180) are offered here as well after 3PM in the summer.

The slopes can be tricky and a good experienced caddie is a necessary part of your game at Poppy Hills.

Del Monte Golf

Above The City Of Monterey In The Oak Trees With Distant Views Of The Monterey Bay

Steeped in classic old style tradition, the Del Monte Golf Course has been around since 1897 and is the oldest course west of the Mississippi.

The course is relatively flat set against a backdrop of mature oak trees developed around a residential neighborhood. You won't find the magnificant views that are offered by it's sister courses in Pebble Beach, but there is a rich relaxed flavor here that is appealing. No crowds and a much slower pace than at "Pebble" or the rest of the ocean front courses in Pebble Beach. Unfortunately there is no driving range, but this is a great place to get ready for the big day when you tackle one of the "Big boy" Pebble Beach courses.

The greens are well cared for, the fairways are wide and the price is right. Expect to pay about $110 plus cart for a day unless you can swing a discount.

The Cypress Point Club

Designed by Allister McKenzie in 1928 the "Club" is open to members only and the rule suggest there is no variance to the policy. The only chance you will ever have in your lifetime to play here is if a current member invites you to play along ... otherwise you will have to settle for the also stunning Pebble Beach Golf Course.

The golf course winds through the dunes and gnarled cypress trees so as to disturb the natural environment as little as possible. The 16th hole here is only yards away from the jagged cliffs that front the Pacific Ocean and is known worldwide as the "Most visually stunning hole in the world."

The AT&T Pebble Beach Natiuonal Pro-Am golf Tournament has been held here every February since 1937.

Those who have interviewed after a guest play have all been brief but emphatic with their comments ranging from "Well worth it" to "The ultimate golf experience ever."

Peter Hay Course Warm Up

The public Peter Hay nine hole warm up course directly across the street from the Pebble Beach Lodge. It's not one of the most popular Pebble Beach golf courses, but this par 3 course is a great way to stretch out and warm up your golfing muscles and prepare for the challenge of the "Pebble" across the drive or the "Glass" up the hill.

At $30 per play, it's the best bargin at Pebble Beach.

When You Return ... And Yes You Know You Will

The ability to have the resources and ability to play any of the Pebble Beach golf courses is something to be grateful for. Maybe when you return, and gain more seasoned experience, this is the place where you might feel most comfortable and inspired, to do something magical on that 18th hole.

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