Spyglass Hill Golf Course is an interesting mix of links & parkland. Its variation makes for a challenge that is both exhilarating and memorable. Trees, bunkers, water hazards and steep terrain creates a challenge that is not seen on any of the other Pebble Beach golf courses. It also creates some of the best par-3’s in golf. Spyglass Hill is a favourite among many and is underrated due to it being out shadowed by Pebble Beach Golf Links.
One of the most respected and revered courses in the world begins with one of the greatest opening stretches in golf: five spectacular sand-splashed holes that cruise up and down a sea of dunes while showcasing sublime oceanfront scenery and shots you’ve surely never seen. But the defining characteristic of Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of the round. Incredible ocean views give way to the understated natural beauty of the Del Monte Forest, as the final 13 holes relentlessly examine your game with a litany of bunkers, ponds and uphill tests. Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National, as Sports Illustrated eloquently described it. When the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design hosted medal play during the 1999 U.S. Amateur, no player in the field was able to break 70, and the setup maxed out at a slope of 155. Bing Crosby famously bet that Jack Nicklaus wouldn’t be able to break par at Spyglass Hill the year it opened in 1966. Nicklaus shot a 2-under 70 in his first round, but Spyglass Hill has been a demanding, yet fair test for pros and guests alike ever since.
If a round is begun poorly at Spyglass Hill, do not psyche yourself out too early! The landscape changes dramatically after the opening five holes and a simple change of a land’s layout is sometimes all that’s needed to turn a positive into a negative, or vice versa. Having said that, raised greens and water hazards are a frequently occurring theme at Spyglass Hill, and Robert Trent Jones rarely gives any slack when designing his courses, but a great amount of gorgeous scenery and frequent reminders that you’re playing at one of the great golf courses and complexes in the World is always enough to numb a bad scorecard. With the distant backdrop of The Pacific on numerous holes, there is always consolation that you won’t be eaten by a shark when trying to fetch your ball from the drink. A further consolation is that the Del Monte forest, which Spyglass Hills runs into on the 6th hole, provides much-needed respite from frequent winds that batter the oceanfront courses at Pebble Beach. Its place in the World’s Top 100 courses is timelessly cemented.
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.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach, CA, USA
Robert Trent Jones Snr. & Tom Fazio
6,364 Metres / 6,960 Yards