Del Monte is a landmark course that has played an instrumental role in popularizing golf out West since its inception in 1897. The birthplace of the California State Amateur and the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi retains much of that classic charm today, challenging the game’s best golfers with its small, sloping, old-school greens.
The venerable layout brings out of bounds into play on more than half its holes and puts a premium on placing the ball below the hole with well-bunkered greens that are often pitched strongly from back-to-front. Originally designed as a nine-hole course in 1897 by Charles E. Maud and expanded to 18 holes in 1902, Del Monte promptly attracted the game’s best players. The course’s Del Monte Championship was so highly regarded that many considered the champion to be the best golfer in the state. When the California State Amateur was founded in 1912, Del Monte was the natural choice to host it. Del Monte was also selected to host the 1916 Western Amateur, marking the first time one of the era’s biggest national amateur events was played west of Colorado.
Relatively flatter than Spyglass Hill and featuring less water hazards than the other Pebble Beach Golf Courses, Del Monte is a fantastic way to kick-start a golfing trip to the Monterey Peninsula. As is standard for every golf course in the area, Del Monte is immaculately kept and has preserved some tough shots that reflect as surprise bogeys on scorecards. These surprises come in the form of doglegs flanked by gnarled trees and sprawling bunkers that pepper the course. This creates a deceptive layout that will result in a bad scorecard if caution is not used. That being said, it is an easier course to contend with compared to the others in the area mainly due to the fact it has much more protection from the wind than the Pacific-side courses.
Pebble Beach Golf Academy & Practice Facility is the world’s premier golf instruction and practice experience. Located on California’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula, the Facility features internationally renowned golf instructors, state-of-the-art golf-swing technology and cutting-edge training facilities. In Studio 1, they use full swing analysis technology: the most advanced and effective golf improvement technology in the industry where their Academy professional can accurately film, analyse and improve your swing. In Studio 2, they use putting stroke analysis technology, where the measurements, analyses and training systems at Pebble Beach Golf Academy will dramatically alter the way you think about the nature of putting. In Studio 3, they use a club fitting system by TaylorMade, which will pinpoint the equipment that will produce the best results for you.
The driving range features multiple sculpted target greens with surrounding bunkers, offering a look and feel to mimic shots found throughout Pebble Beach Golf Links. It accommodates up to 85 golfers and has a 350-yard/320-metre double ended range with grass hitting areas. The short-game practice complex features a 481m² putting green, with greenside and fairway bunkers alongside chipping areas.
Overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Bench at The Lodge at Pebble Beach delivers an eclectic menu inspired by international styles and methods and uses the innovative technique of wood roasting and open-flame cooking. You can also enjoy an array of wines on tap as well as premium micro draft beers. The Bench is designed with an open-air atmosphere and includes an expansive dining room surrounding a lively bar, glass-enclosed conservatory and the picturesque outdoor dining area with fire pits and fire tables. The Bench is a must visit for cocktail drinkers as they pride themselves on an extensive, one-of-a-kind cocktail program utilizing freshly made juices, purees and garnishes daily.
After a spectacular round of golf or a brisk walk on the beach, STICKS is the perfect place for savory food served up in a lively sports-bar atmosphere. Enjoy cold beverages, shared bites and creative entrees while catching a big game on multiple flat-panel TVs. Outside on the patio, enjoy seating next to the fire pits while soaking in gorgeous views of The Links at Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Stillwater Bar & Grill
The sensational scenery sets the stage for a memorable meal overlooking the world famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach and stunning Stillwater Cove. Discover a thoughtfully crafted seasonal California Coastal cuisine menu featuring fresh and flavoursome sustainable seafood that is paired with local organic produce.