Category: Pebble Beach

June 20, 2013

The 19 Best 19th Holes in Golf

Posted at 2:49 PM by

1. Arcadia Bluffs (Sunset Grill), Arcadia, Mich.:

A world-class links course deserves a world-class 19th hole, the aptly named Sunset Grill, high above Lake Michigan, where good things come to those who wait. In the summer the sun doesn’t go down until almost 10, and the view is heaven on earth.

2. The Country Club at Castle Pines (Panorama Bar), Castle Rock, Colo.:

Scenic views of Pikes Peak and a cozy mountain atmosphere serve as a reminder that the PGA Tour committed a flagrant party foul by dropping the quirky but beloved International tournament in 2007.

3. Doonbeg (Darby’s Bar), County Clare, Ireland:


Great fireside atmosphere and views of the seaside par-5 1st hole join a backdrop of enormous, shaggy sand hills. With the warmth of Ireland and a touch of New England charm, Darby’s has all the modern conveniences, including a huge flatscreen TV behind the bar.

4. Dunvegan Hotel and Lounge Bar, St. Andrews, Scotland:


It’s not affiliated with the Old Course, but it’s only 112 yards from the 18th green, and this quaint retreat offers just the post-round vibe you crave after dueling with the ancient links. Open lore abounds at what Sam Torrance has called “the perfect 19th hole.”

5. Edgewood Tahoe (Brooks’ Bar and Deck), Stateline, Nev.:


Indulge in the signature mojito and take in the sumptuous mountain and lake views. Sweeping, vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows, plus flatscreen TVs, make this a mash-up of a Frank Gehry building and sports bar.

6. Fallen Oak Golf Club (Fallen Oak Bar), Biloxi, Miss.:

Exclusive to guests of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Fallen Oak is a low-key, Old South treat. A sunken bar peers out at the 18th hole, a lake and the eponymous Fallen Oak. Beer from the state’s only microbrewery is on the menu.

7. Granite Links Golf Club (Tavern at Quarry Hills), Quincy, Mass.:

Floor-to-ceiling windows give the bar its expansive views of the Boston skyline, and the busy kitchen serves award-winning food. Look for golf-loving local sports heroes such as retired Boston Bruin Ray Bourque.

8. Grayhawk Golf Club (Phil’s Grill), Scottsdale, Ariz.:


A roaring fire, leather couches and a cool hardwood bar are among the touches that give the place character. Phil Mickelson is the club’s Tour ambassador, and among the Phil artifacts on display is the persimmon driver he swung in his junior days.

9. Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean Terrace), Half Moon Bay, Calif.:

Whether you play the Ocean course or the Old, cap your experience next door at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, a cliff-top retreat 25 miles south of San Francisco. Cocktails around the fire pit as the sun sets over the Pacific will cure whatever’s ailing you.

10. The Inn at Spanish Bay (Sticks), Pebble Beach, Calif.:


Picture windows and an outdoor area overlook the 1st fairway and the Pacific Ocean at Sticks, where you can get a cold one and then stick around for dinner.

11. Pasatiempo (The Tap Room), Santa Cruz, Calif.:

Located inside the historic Hollins House restaurant, the Tap Room is lined with classic, 1930s- and ’40s-era photos of PGA Tour and Hollywood stars. Gaze out at the sailboats in Monterey Bay as you ponder the genius of course designers Alister MacKenzie and Marion Hollins.

12. Pebble Beach Golf Links (The Tap Room), Pebble Beach, Calif.:


Peruse memorabilia from past Bing Crosby Pro-Ams and U.S. Opens, keep your eyes peeled for Clint Eastwood and other celebs sipping from the bar’s deep reserves of spirits, and close your eyes and imagine the late, great Jack Lemmon making the Crosby cut.

13. Pelican Hill Golf Club (Pelican Grill), Newport Beach, Calif.:

The place is bound to impress with its extensive, by-the-glass wine menu, two nine-foot plasma TVs and a heated outdoor terrace that overlooks the Pacific.

14. Pine Crest Inn, Pinehurst, N.C.:


The 19th hole of choice for nearly 40 area courses, the Pine Crest Inn is a shrine to former owner Donald Ross, whose image is everywhere in paintings and photos. The famed “chipping hole” in front of the fireplace gets busy at cocktail hour.

15. Pinehurst Resort (Ryder Cup Lounge), Pinehurst, N.C.:

Behold the signature cocktails, crab cake sliders and cool golf memorabilia at this 19th hole, which will be hoppin’ when Pinehurst No. 2 hosts the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on back-to-back weeks in 2014.

16. Princeville Resort (The Tavern at Princeville), North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii:

The bar and restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi offers local food and drink in a casual setting that overlooks the 18th hole, the Sea Cliffs and Hanalei Bay.

17. St. Andrews (The Road Hole Bar), St. Andrews, Scotland:

Enjoy a Scotch and have your picture taken at the Home of Golf, all while looking out at the tourists and dog-walkers traipsing along some of the game’s most iconic architecture. You’ll be drinking in the footsteps of many an Open champion.

18. Trump National Golf Club (Golfer’s Lounge), Los Angeles:


With big, leather chairs, flatscreen TVs and great views of this stunning, oceanside course, what’s not to like?

19. Whisper Rock Golf Club (The Hang), Scottsdale, Ariz.:

With PGA Tour players congregating at almost every table and a sublime chocolate-banana milkshake, it’s clear why so many want to hang at the Hang. Be sure to check out the Masters flag signed by Lower course designer Phil Mickelson.

--By Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine

Photos: Darby's courtesy of Doonbeg; Dunvegan by Erick W. Rasco/SI; Brooks Bar courtesy of Edgewood Tahoe; Phil's Grill courtesy of Grayhawk Golf Club; Sticks courtesy of Pebble Beach; The Tap Room by Alex Vertikoff/Pebble Beach Company; Golfer's Lounge courtesy of Trump National

June 07, 2013

Travelin' Joe Passov: Changes at Pebble Beach Will Elevate My Favorite Place

Posted at 4:19 PM by Joe Passov


Pebble Beach has a driving range? Who knew? I’ve been lucky enough to play Pebble six times since 1980 and I’ve never once hit balls there. I think I warmed up one time at Poppy Hills, elsewhere within fabled 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, but that’s about it. Otherwise, my first tee preparation was pure nervous energy and nothing else.

It turns out that Pebble Beach offers a practice ground, maybe a mile from the course that seems adequate for shaking off the rust, but little more. On the plus side, if you’re camped at Pebble Beach Resorts, you can catch a ride in a Lexus to take you to your pre-game session.

This past week, however, the powerbrokers at Pebble, led by CEO Bill Perocchi, announced sweeping changes to the range, the resort and even the course itself. Well, tweaks, rather than wholesale change to the course -- but much needed, including an ongoing renovation of the 9th green, which will restore putting surface to its left side, creating a new hole location behind the yawning bunker that fronts the green. Current work on that green also includes calming the contour in the center of the green, to make it more puttable at faster tournament speeds. Perocchi hinted at other green alterations, likely at the par-5 14th and par-3 17th, greens that elicited heavy criticism at the 2010 U.S. Open.

Still, the larger story was the plan for the new Pebble Beach Driving Range, accompanied by an expanded Golf Academy. The improvements make up the major part of Phase I of the Del Monte Forest Project, a multi-phase development and conservation plan intended to protect native habitat, enhance guest experiences, and solve the traffic snarls that occasionally gum up the entrance to 17-Mile Drive at the Highway 1 gate. Eventually, over 10 years, plans call for new rooms at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Inn at Spanish Bay, a new 100-room hotel near Spyglass Hill, extra parking, 90 residential home sites and most significantly, the preservation of 635 acres of native habitat.

First up, though, is the range and academy. It’s never really bothered me that the practice and teaching facilities were so meager -- it just seemed kind of “Old World.” Honestly though, when compared to facilities at other great golf resort destinations, Pebble lagged -- and clearly, that was obvious. Pebble always had superb instructors: Current staffers Laird Small and Dan Pasquariello have both been ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers. In the near future, they’ll have triple the space in which to operate, as well as access to a larger club-fitting area. The new range will be double-sided and almost twice the size of the existing range. Situated across Portola Road from the present range, the new facility will occupy the same ground that housed the media center at the 2010 U.S. Open. Expected opening date for Range and Academy is January 2014, prior to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Part of me will miss the old simple setup that characterized Pebble Beach. A bigger part of me welcomes the progress as a necessary step towards keeping my favorite destination resort among the elite. I’m still going to head to the first tee ice cold, but it will be of comfort to know that a primo practice park awaits nearby in case I change my mind.

Photo: The 18th hole at Pebble Beach (Even Schiller).

June 01, 2013

Pebble Beach Resort adding new practice facility, teaching academy and hotel

Posted at 7:09 AM by

By Tom Mackin

If there was one amenity lacking at Pebble Beach, a perennial Golf Magazine Platinum Premier Resort, it was a world-class practice facility. By next January, that will no longer be the case.

Ground was broken this week on a new double-ended range (pictured above) located directly across from the existing facility (which means a short drive or shuttle ride to Pebble's first tee will still be necessary).

Plans also call for a new 3,000-square foot Pebble Beach Golf Academy (led by Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers Laird Small and Dan Pasquariello), plus a club fitting area and indoor hitting bays (floorplans below).

Expected to open right before next year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the facility is just one of numerous new developments coming to the famed resort. Approximately 100 new rooms will be added to The Lodge, and a 100-room hotel will be built near the Spyglass Hill golf course. No start date has been announced yet for the latter two projects, but current plans call for both to be completed over the next decade.

Now, if they could just do something about that $495 green fee ...


(Photos: Courtesy of Pebble Beach Company)

January 31, 2011

For affordable golf near Pebble Beach, try this Bayonet Blackhorse-Poppy Hills package

Posted at 12:18 PM by

Poppy-Hills With the AT&T Championship approaching at Pebble Beach, the golfer's mind turns to the Monterey peninsula, and the golfer wonders: is there anywhere near Pebble that doesn't cost so much to play?

An answer comes in the form of a stay-and-play package, a cool tandem offering by Bayonet Blackhorse, a newly renovated 36-hole facility, and Poppy Hills, formerly part of the AT&T rota. Here's the deal: 18-hole greens fees on two of those three courses, and an overnight at one of two hotels: Casa Munras, a hacienda-style hotel in Monterey, or the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay, which offers a hot breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets.

Prices range from $252 to $274. Or roughly half the price of a round at Pebble Beach. The deal is good through March 31.

For booking reservations at Casa Munras, call (831)-375-2411 or visit their website. For the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay-Seaside, call Andrea Jackson at (831) 241-9116.

(Photo: Joann Dost)

December 18, 2008

The latest holiday deal? Tee times at Pebble Beach

Posted at 12:49 PM by Alan Bastable

Everything, it seems, has been discounted this holiday season — cashmere sweaters, flat-screen TVs, even tee times at Pebble Beach. Yes, the venerable seaside links known as much for its imposing $500 green fees as its dramatic oceanside setting is on the sale rack. Through the end of next month you can play Pebble for a relative pittance — just $375. And why’ll your there, how does Spyglass Hill for $185 a round sound? Or, better yet, the Links at Spanish Bay for a mere $135? Cart included! Every tee time must go!! These prices are INSANE!!!

Now for the catch. The offer is good only for members of the Northern California Golf Association. But wait, keep reading — if you’re a member of any state or regional golf association, the folks at the NCGA will happily take you in for just $25. Give them a buzz at 831-625-4653.

Too good to be true? I thought so, so I called both Pebble and the NCGA. Both confirmed the deal is a deal. “It hasn’t spiked our membership,” says Tom Bowden, the NCGA’s director of member relations and development. But, he reckons, the offer has attracted nearly 1,000 new members.    

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