Pebble Beach is a Must Do for the Avid Golfer

Squirrel away a little money at a time, sell those old baseball cards or bicycle, or anything else that may be gathering dust in the garage. Do what you must, but be sure you get your hands on the cash to play Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay golf courses.


Inn at Spanish Bay

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by txgolferguy on May 17, 2005

Best Things Nearby:


Best Things About the Resort:
The golfing, the restaurants, the view, and the proximity to both Monterey and Carmel

Resort Experience:
The Inn at Spanish Bay is a great getaway, not only for an avid golfer but anyone who would like to take a break and relax in style. The hotel staff is very courteous and attentive. Whether it's sipping on your favorite drink in the lobby lounge, smoking a cigar, just keeping warm near the fireplace on the patio, or experiencing the fine dining in the restaurants, you can always expect to receive excellent service.

The restaurants in the Inn and at the Golf Pro Shop are very good--so good that I recommend you obtain a reservation so that you do not lose out. The restaurants include "Roy's", "Peppoli", and "Traps", which are located off the hotel hobby and "Sticks" which is located next to the Golf Pro Shop.

The rooms are spacious, with views either to the ocean or the nearby garden/forest view. The prices of the rooms range from $505 for the standard room to $2,145 for the Presidential Suite. They do offer Winter Specials which are ideal for the golfer and their spouse.

For convenience, the hotel automatically adds $20 a day which covers the tips for the housekeeping, bellmen, and valets.

I would definitely stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay the next time my travels take me to the Pebble Beach area.

The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, California
(800) 654-9300

Links At Spanish Bay

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by txgolferguy on August 16, 2005

While the Spanish Bay golf course is not as well-known as its sister course, Pebble Beach, it still offer a formidable challenge to any golfer. Actually, it borders on being too difficult for the beginner, as evidenced by the slope of 137 from the gold tees (the intermediate men’s tees). The course opened in 1988 and is owned by the same company that operates Pebble Beach and Spyglass. They allow non-playing spouses to ride with you, which allows you to capture everything via camera. However, don’t spend too much time checking out the scenery, because the marshals will be on you in a flash to make sure you are keeping time. So long as you keep the round to 4 1/2 to 5 hours, they will leave you alone. After all, you will want to slow down some from your normal golfing pace to enjoy yourself and get your money's worth, but hopefully not through additional stokes.

The difficulty of the course is not in the distance of the holes, but rather the fact that the high grass and environmental areas, which will result in a firm tongue-lashing by the marshals if you dare walk into them, make it tough to deal with any wayward balls. I am a 12 handicapper and lost eight balls. The high winds also contribute to golf balls flying off the playable field as well. You can almost bank on a two or three club wind most of the time. If you incur anything else, consider yourself lucky. Trees are not an issue, and while visible, water is not a major incumbent either. The lack of those two items is more than made up by the undulation of the fairways and numerous sand traps, as well as the high grass and environmental areas previously mentioned. The undulation of the greens can also result in some tricky putts, which results in the dreaded three-putt.

Other tips:
1) Start your day with breakfast at Sticks, located next to the Spanish Bay Pro Shop, and enjoy the scenery of the first hole and the rugged coastline. It’s a rather pricey meal, but well worth the price of admission to enjoy the scenery.
2) While there is a practice putting green and chipping green, there is not a driving range available, so be sure to sharpen your swing up prior to arrival.
3) The pro shop is well stocked with all kinds of memorabilia for you to show off to your buddies back home.
4) If possible, hang around outside on the patio of the Spanish Bay Inn until dusk and listen for the bagpipes, a great ending to a memorable day.
5) Take advantage of their Winter Special, which is viewable on the Pebble Beach website and available through April 30, 2005. The Winter Special includes two nights of accommodations at either the Pebble Beach Lodge or the Inn at Spanish Bay and two rounds of golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay/or Spyglass.

Links at Spanish Bay
1700 17-Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach, California
(831) 647-7495

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by txgolferguy on August 16, 2005

If you consider yourself a true golfer, then it is imperative that you play Pebble Beach at least once during your lifetime. While I have watched the pros play it on television and walked the course during the 2000 U.S. Open, it is nothing like actually playing the course. The course, even though it was built in 1919, is still a test for any level of golfer. As a bonus, there are great views of the ocean on most of the holes. They allow non-playing spouses to ride with you, which allows you to capture everything via camera. However, don’t spend too much time checking out the scenery, because the marshals will be on you in a flash to make sure you are keeping time. So long as you keep the round to 4 1/2 to 5 hours, they will leave you alone. After all, you will want to slow down some from your normal golfing pace to enjoy yourself and get your money’s worth, but hopefully not through additional stokes. And once you get to the 7th-hole tee box, you will not want to leave.

The front nine of Pebble Beach is tougher than the back nine due to the proximity to the ocean. But stay alert, because the back nine holes can jump up and bite you if you do not pay attention to the proper club selection. As a general rule, always take an extra club in those instances where the back nine holes are uphill. There usually is not too much trouble behind the green, but plenty of trouble for being short.

Other tips:
1) Start your day with breakfast at The Lodge and enjoy the scenery of the 18th hole and Stillwater Cove. It’s a rather pricey meal, but well worth the price of admission to enjoy the scenery.
2) If you are in a rush to catch a plane after the round but wish to take a shower, visit the Beach Club near the 17th hole, which is accessible by car.
3) Make sure you buy the scorecard memorabilia from the golf shop so that you can show off the great round you had to your buddies. If your round wasn’t so great, you can settle for the Pebble Beach logo ball.
4) If possible, hang around The Lodge until dusk and listen for the bagpipes, a great ending to a memorable day.
5) Take advantage of their Winter Special, which is viewable on the Pebble Beach website and available through April 30.

Pebble Beach Golf Links
17-Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach, California
(800) 654-9300

Pebble Beach Golfing

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by txgolferguy on March 29, 2005

If you consider yourself a true golfer, then it is imperative that you play Pebble Beach at least once during your lifetime. While I have watched the pros play it on television and walked the course during the 2000 U.S. Open, it is nothing like actually playing the course. The course, even though it was built in 1919, is still a test for any level of golfer. As a bonus, there are great views of the ocean on most of the holes. They allow non-playing spouses to ride with you, which allow you to capture everything via camera. However, don’t spend too much time checking out the scenery, because the marshals will be on you in a flash to make sure you are keeping time. So long as you keep the round to 4.5 to 5 hours, they will leave you alone. After all, you will want to slow down some from your normal golfing pace to enjoy yourself and get your money’s worth, but hopefully not through additional stokes. And once you get to the 7th hole tee box, you will not want to leave.


The front nine of Pebble Beach is tougher than the back nine due to the proximity to the ocean. But stay alert, because the back nine holes can jump up and bite you if you do not pay attention to the proper club selection. As a general rule, always take an extra club in those instances where the back nine holes are uphill. There usually is not too much trouble behind the green, but plenty of trouble for being short.


Other tips:

1) Start your day with breakfast at The Lodge and enjoy the scenery of the 18th hole and Stillwater Cove. It’s a rather pricey meal, but well worth the price of admission to enjoy the scenery.

2) If you are in a rush to catch a plane after the round but wish to take a shower, visit the Beach Club near the 17th hole, which is accessible by car.

3) Make sure you buy the scorecard memorabilia from the golf shop so that you can show off the great round you had to your buddies. If your round wasn’t so great, you can settle for the Pebble Beach logo ball.

4) If possible, hang around The Lodge until dusk and listen for the bagpipes, a great ending to a memorable day.


The price of the round is a steep at $400, and escalating to $425 on April 1, 2005. Who knows how high the rate will climb over time. I remember the rate being around $200 in the early 1990s. I took advantage of their Winter Special, which is viewable on the Pebble Beach website and available through April 30 of 2005. The Winter Special includes two nights of accommodation at either the Pebble Beach Lodge or the Inn at Spanish Bay and two rounds of golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay/or Spyglass (all of which are owned by the same company). The rates for the special are stated on the website.


If you only want to play Pebble Beach and stay at a more affordable lodging alternative, I would suggest staying in Monterey or Carmel, which are just a few miles from Pebble Beach. Monterey offers more family-oriented activities, while Carmel is a heaven for the true shopper, especially someone shopping for original paintings and other artwork. I can’t remember ever seeing so many galleries crammed into such a small area. Monterey includes more traditional hotel and motel alternatives and Carmel is loaded with bed-and-breakfasts, with more interesting restaurant alternatives than Monterey. If you have time, don’t miss taking the 17-mile drive around Pebble Beach or going 30 minutes south of Carmel on Highway 1 to see Big Sur. Big Sur is loaded with great views and the opportunity to drive over the bridges you see in all the automobile commercials.


The Pebble Beach website offers great directions to get there from either the Monterey or San Jose airports. From the San Jose airport, Pebble Beach is approximately a 1.5-hour drive.


Spanish Bay Golfing

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by txgolferguy on May 17, 2005

While the Spanish Bay golf course is not as well known as its sister course, Pebble Beach, it still offer a formidable challenge to any golfer. Actually, it borders on being too difficult for the beginner, as evidenced by the slope of 137 from the gold tees (the intermediate men’s tees). The course opened in 1988 and is owned by the same company that operates Pebble Beach and Spyglass. They allow non-playing spouses to ride with you, which allow you to capture everything via camera. However, don’t spend too much time checking out the scenery, because the marshals will be on you in a flash to make sure you are keeping time. So long as you keep the round to 4 1/2 to 5 hours, they will leave you alone. After all, you will want to slow down some from your normal golfing pace to enjoy yourself and get your money's worth, but hopefully not through additional stokes.


The difficulty of the course is not in the distance of the holes, but rather the fact that the high grass and environmental areas, which will result in a firm tongue-lashing by the marshals if you dare walk into them, make it tough to deal with any wayward balls. I am a 12 handicapper and lost 8 balls. The high winds also contribute to golf balls flying off the playable field as well. You can almost bank on a two or three club wind most of the time. If you incur anything else, consider yourself lucky. Trees are not an issue, and while visible, water is not a major incumbent either. The lack of those two items is more than made up by the undulation of the fairways and numerous sand traps, as well as the high grass and environmental areas previously mentioned. The undulation of the greens can also result in some tricky putts, which results in the dreaded three-putt.


Other tips:

1) Start your day with breakfast at Sticks, located next to the Spanish Bay Pro Shop, and enjoy the scenery of the 1st hole and the rugged coastline.. It’s a rather pricey meal, but well worth the price of admission to enjoy the scenery.


2) While there is a practice putting green and chipping green there is not a driving range available, so be sure to sharpen your swing up prior to arrival.


3) The Pro Shop is well stocked with all kinds of memorabilia for you to show off to your buddies back home.


4) If possible, hang around outside on the patio of the Spanish Bay Inn until dusk and listen for the bagpipes, a great ending to a memorable day.


The price of the round is a $230 as of April 1st, 2005. I took advantage of their Winter Special, which is viewable on the Pebble Beach website and available through April 30, 2005. The Winter Special includes two nights of accommodations at either the Pebble Beach Lodge or the Inn at Spanish Bay and two rounds of golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay/or Spyglass (all of which are owned by the same company). The rates for the special are stated on the website.


If you only want to play Spanish Bay and stay at a more affordable lodging alternative, I would suggest staying in Monterey or Carmel, which are just a few miles from Pebble Beach. Monterey offers more family-oriented activities, while Carmel is a heaven for the true shopper, especially someone shopping for original paintings and other artwork. I can’t remember ever seeing so many galleries crammed into such a small area. Monterey includes more traditional hotel and motel alternatives and Carmel is loaded with bed-and-breakfasts, with more interesting restaurant alternatives than Monterey. If you have time, don’t miss taking the 17 mile drive around Pebble Beach or going 30 minutes south of Carmel on Highway 1 to see Big Sur. Big Sur is loaded with great views and the opportunity to drive over the bridges you see in all the automobile commercials.


The Pebble Beach website offers great directions to get there from either the Monterey or San Jose airports. From the San Jose airport, Pebble Beach is approximately a 1 1/2-hour drive.


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