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The Greatest Meeting of Sand and Trees

If Pebble Beach is the Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea, then perhaps Spyglass Hill should be dubbed the Greatest Meeting of Sand and Trees. The defining takeaway at Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of your round. Sweeping ocean views with holes darting though a daring dunescape give way to the understated natural beauty and brawn of the Del Monte Forest. Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National, as Sports Illustrated eloquently described it.

As an annual co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, as well as a stroke-play venue for a pair of U.S. Amateur Championships (1999 and 2018), Spyglass Hill’s championship pedigree has veen validated by the game’s very best.

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Scorecard

Par 5
1
595 yds
Treasure Island
On a clear day, you can stand on this tee and see the Santa Cruz mountains, Monterey Bay and the canopy of the Del Monte Forest. This boomeranging downhill par-5 swings hard left, finishing at a raised green divided by a vertical tier.
Par 4
2
349 yds
Billy Bones
A layup to the base of the hill leaves you 125 yards in. From there, you must correctly judge the elevation, wind and pin position on a skinny green that is cut diagonally into the side of a hill.
Par 3
3
172 yds
The Black Spot
The tee box yields a specular view of Cypress Point Club, Bird Rock and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Since this downhill shot faces the Pacific Ocean, it is almost always into a seaside breeze, making the distance difficult to calculate. Once you find the green, notice that putts race to the ocean.
Par 4
4
370 yds
Blind Pew
This is Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s favorite par-4 he ever designed. Admire this wild green sunken between sand dunes. The putting surface is just 10 yards wide at its most forgiving, and some 55 yards deep. Be mindful of the hole location. It will dictate the type of shot you'll want to play.
Par 3
5
197 yds
Bird Rock
Enjoy your last hole along the ocean. This par-3 plays slightly uphill to a green surrounded by dunes and bunkering. The safest section of the green to hit is the bowl in the middle.
Par 4
6
446 yds
Israel Hands
The character of Spyglass Hill visibly changes on this tee box, as you'll spend the rest of your round hiking the Del Monte Forest. Try to take a peak at the pin when you're in the first fairway. This giant green has three distinct sections that play dramatically different.
Par 5
7
529 yds
Indian Village
Aim your tee shot at the pond in the distance and swing away. If you catch a good drive, you can go for this short par-5 in two. If not, give yourself 100 yards in right behind the pond to set up the best angle into this green that tilts strongly from back-to-front and right-to-left.
Par 4
8
399 yds
Signal Hill
It's the toughest hole on the course, and it doesn't even reach 400 yards. This reverse camber fairway produces a hanging lie into an elevated green with a severe false front. The second shot always plays longer than the sprinkler heads indicate.
Par 4
9
431 yds
Captain Smollett
Like the sixth hole, the elevated green at No. 9 is guarded by deep bunkers and can be cut up into three distinct sections. The closing two holes on the front nine pack some serious punch. Par is always a great score here.
Par 4
10
407 yds
Captain Flint
A tree guards the inside of the dogleg along the left edge of the fairway. Lay up wide of it off the tee, or wrap an aggressive drive around the corner. The approach shot is surprisingly downhill and difficult to hold, as the green runs from front-to-back.
Par 5
11
528 yds
Admiral Benbow
Aggressive drives that cut the corner can pay off big-time here, setting up reachable second shots into this par-5. If you can't get home in two, it's wise to lay-up at the end of the first fairway, 125 yards out, and short of an armory of bunkers guarding the right half of the green.
Par 3
12
178 yds
Skeleton Island
Like the third hole, this par-3 faces the ocean, although the forest obscures the view. It's tempting to underclub this downhill tee shot fronted by a pond, so check which way the moss is pointing in the trees above you to get a handle on the wind.
Par 4
13
460 yds
Tom Morgan
You don't notice how uphill this hole plays until you reach the green and look back at the tee. The back half of this elevated green also slopes steeply toward the front of the putting surface.
Par 5
14
560 yds
Long John Silver
This double-doglegging par-5 is challenging to reach in two because of its shape. An imposing pond also starts 70 yards in front of the green. The middle half of this green does feed right, which can help approaches work their way toward a hole tucked behind the pond.
Par 3
15
130 yds
Jim Hawkins
Barely longer than the famous seventh hole at Pebble Beach, this downhill par-3 is guarded by a pond short, and a hillside dotted with bunkers long. Watch out for a tier that divides the upper back half of the green from the lower front.
Par 4
16
476 yds
Black Dog
A tree protects the inside corner of the fairway on this sharp dogleg right. Check your yardage to the end of the fairway — you might need to shape your shot to the right to keep it in play off the tee. The massive green slopes strongly from back-to-front.
Par 4
17
325 yds
Ben Gunn
This short dogleg-left par-4 wraps around four fairway bunkers. You don't need much off the tee, but you'll want to keep your second shot below the hole. The 17th green is one of the steepest on the course.
Par 4
18
408 yds
Spyglass
It's a straight foward tee shot with one fairway bunker to avoid, but the two-tiered green is one the trickiest on the course. Know where the flag is before firing your final approach of the day.
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  • Novel Inspiration

    The name Spyglass Hill takes its inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island.

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  • What They're Saying About Spyglass Hill

    "I love this track a lot."

    - Jordan Spieth
    2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Champion

  • What They're Saying About Spyglass Hill

    "It might be blasphemy to say this, but Spyglass is right there with Pebble as far as strategic value. It’s awesome."

    - Arron Oberholser
    2006 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Champion

  • What They're Saying About Spyglass Hill

    "If it were human, Spyglass would have a knife in its teeth, a patch on its eye, a ring in its ear, tobacco in its beard and a blunderbuss in its hand."

    - Jim Murray
    Hall of Fame Sportswriter

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Course Notices

  • Golf carts are only permitted on the cart path.
  • Pull carts are permitted but are not available for rent.

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Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Stevenson Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953