Great American Scenery VI

Yes, back by popular demand (yeah, right) is my 6th in the series. North of Big Sur and south of Monterey is Carmel and Pebble Beach. Along this stretch are some of the most beautiful golf links in the world. For you non-golfers, links is the term used when a golf course is located at the sea coast. Within the famed 17 Mile Drive are Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills golf links. I was fortunate enough to be able to play Poppy Hills right after it opened and I have also played Spyglass.Pebble Beach is the most famous. Jack Nicklaus considers it the best golf course in the world. Indeed, he said that if he could only play one more round of golf, it would be at Pebble. Before his death, Bing Crosby lived at Pebble Beach and hosted the Crosby Pro-Am golf tournament each year. It is now called the AT&T Pro Am. I have gone to watch it three times. Celebrities that I have seen playing include Clint Eastwood (former mayor of Carmel), President Gerald Ford, Jack Lemon, Bill Murray, George C. Scott and a host of big name pro athletes. But for me, its more fun to watch the pro golfers. There are hundreds of great photos online of these places if you are interested.

This first photo is of the famous Lone Cypress Tree at Cypress Point. The tree is 250 years old and survives in the middle of this rock outcropping.


This next photo is of number 16 at Cypress Point. The fog in this area can be so thick that playing is impossible.

I’m not sure what hole this is at Cypress but you get the idea. This is not your usual, every day golf course.

The next two pictures are Spyglass Hill. This course is in the sand dunes. The rough is ice plant. Hit your ball in there and you will never hit it out. I learned that the hard way.


Finally, below is an aerial shot of the famed 18th at Pebble Beach. Notice the fairway bunker next to the tree on the right of the fairway. I watched Gerry Ford take three strokes trying to get out of that trap.

 

 

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One Comment on “Great American Scenery VI”

  1. Mickell Says:

    Amazing golf course indeed! I think the Cypress tree was the one featured in some archaic jeans ad. Can’t recall if it was Levi’s or Amcol or somethin’.


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