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Why is Pebble Beach Golf Links unanimously rated the No. 1 Public Course in the Country? Is it the prestigious championship pedigree? Pebble Beach will host its sixth U.S. Open in 2019, and its fifth U.S. Amateur in 2018. Is it the star-studded history? Pebble Beach has hosted a PGA TOUR event since 1947, rolling out its green-carpet fairways not just for the game’s best golfers, but also Hall-of-Fame athletes and Hollywood stars. Is it the breathtaking beauty? No. 4 tees of a stretch of seven stunning seaside holes perched atop dramatic cliffs, and Pebble Beach finishes with two of the most beautiful holes in golf. Is it the course design and strategy? Pebble Beach features some of the most famous par-3s (No. 7), par-4s (No. 8) and par-5s (No. 18) in golf, not to mention the picturesque but perilous Cliffs of Doom, and plenty of heroic shot-making opportunities.

Or is it something else? The aura and excitement you feel in the air on the first tee? The legendary shots hit here that you are dying to replicate? The thrill of playing the same course as your golfing heroes and celebrity crushes?

There’s only one way to find out. Join us for the round of a lifetime at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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No. 1 since rankings began in 2003

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Yardage: 6,828

DESIGNED BY

  • Jack Neville & Douglas Grant

1st HOLE

Par 4

Take aim at the right edge of the first bunker beyond the fairway with a 3-wood or long iron and try not to cut the dogleg—it doesn't pay. The approach shot plays somewhat longer than the actual yardage and the green is tightly bunkered left and right.

Yardage: 377
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 332
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 346
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Yardage: 309
Handicap: 8

2nd HOLE

Par 5

Find the fairway long off the tee and you can reach the green in two. Another option is to lay up short of the deep bunker or barranca hidden 75 yards from the green.

Yardage: 511
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 428
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 460
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Yardage: 360
Handicap: 10

3rd HOLE

Par 4

A slight draw around the corner of this dogleg leaves you in perfect position for a short pitch to the green. If you play it safe to the far right of the barranca, be prepared to contend with the bunkers flanking the right side of the green.

Yardage: 390
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 334
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 374
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 282
Handicap: 12

4th HOLE

Par 4

A long iron or 3-wood to carry the long bunker in the center of the fairway is your best bet. This short hole is tightly guarded with a cluster of menacing bunkers and the green slopes decidedly back and front.

Yardage: 326
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 295
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 307
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 253
Handicap: 16

5th HOLE

Par 3

Designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened for play in January of 1999, the 5th hole is a spectacular addition sure to test your mettle. This beautiful par-3 sits naturally upon the bluffs overlooking Stillwater Cove. The ocean breezes will affect club selection. The safest play is to the left-center of the green.

Yardage: 192
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 130
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 142
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 112
Handicap: 14

6th HOLE

Par 5

The optimum placement for the tee shot is left-center of the fairway. Your second shot must carry the steep slope, but beware of the bunkers on the left.

Yardage: 506
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 467
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 487
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 387
Handicap: 2

7th HOLE

Par 3

Club selection is predicated on wind factors. Knock down a short iron and keep the ball from ballooning in the wind. Play it safe to the middle of the green.

Yardage: 106
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 94
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 98
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 90
Handicap: 18

8th HOLE

Par 4

Tee it up over the aiming rock and note wind conditions. A well-placed drive of 240 yards will leave you with a middle iron shot across a deep oceanic chasm. Take a deep breath and fire to the middle of the green here, but take heed: This green is sloped severely from back to front.

Yardage: 427
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 373
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 400
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 361
Handicap: 6

9th HOLE

Par 4

Take aim at the left center of the fairway, hit it long and beware on the left. Side hill lies are the norm for long iron second shots so beware of the ocean right. There is a deep-bunkered gully left and short that will punish a timid approach. This is truly the most difficult hole on the course.

Yardage: 481
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 435
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 460
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 333
Handicap: 4

10th HOLE

Par 4

A strong tee shot to the left center of this sloping fairway will leave you with a medium iron shot. Take enough club on your approach to carry the inlet on the right. Bunkers left and long will capture errant shots. The green slopes from left to right.

Yardage: 446
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 409
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 429
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 341
Handicap: 7

11th HOLE

Par 4

A well-struck tee shot will take you left of center, avoiding the bunkers left and right on your approach. Take enough club on this uphill approach, but be careful not to over club. This green is fast from back to front.

Yardage: 373
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 340
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 349
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 303
Handicap: 5

12th HOLE

Par 3

The staggered bunkers in front give a false perspective on this long par-3. Club selection is key in approaching this wide but shallow green. Check the wind by looking back at the flag on 11. The wind above the trees, undetectable by eyeing the 12th green, may alter your shot.

Yardage: 201
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 179
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 187
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 165
Handicap: 17

13th HOLE

Par 4

This uphill par-4 plays longer than the yardage. Line up over the right edge of the fairway bunker and hit your best tee shot. The uphill approach shot calls for an extra club. Shots to the right side of the green will slide left on this, the most severely sloped and quickest green on the course.

Yardage: 403
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 372
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 391
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 289
Handicap: 9

14th HOLE

Par 5

The dogleg right is a three-shot hole for virtually all players. A well-placed bunker on the right will capture shots aimed at cutting the dogleg. Hit as much club as possible on the second shot, and if the pin is tucked upper left, take at least one extra club to carry the huge frontal bunker.

Yardage: 572
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 548
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 560
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 436
Handicap: 1

15th HOLE

Par 4

This medium-length par-4 sets up perfectly for an accurate tee shot. A well-placed drive in the center of the fairway will leave you with a medium-to-short iron. Remember: Check the ocean left, as putts will move in this direction.

Yardage: 396
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 340
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 377
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 313
Handicap: 13

16th HOLE

Par 4

Take aim directly over the island bunker with a 3-wood or long iron. A driver may leave you with a difficult downhill, side-hill lie, or worse yet, in the deep rough through the fairway. Do not attempt to cut the dogleg—the right side is fraught with danger. Hit the approach to the right side of the green, as all shots will slide left.

Yardage: 401
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 368
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 376
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 309
Handicap: 11

17th HOLE

Par 3

Check pin placement and wind conditions. These two factors determine choice of club. Beware of the ocean left.

Yardage: 177
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 163
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 170
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 148
Handicap: 15

18th HOLE

Par 5

Set up for three shots on this hole. The best tee shot is to the left of the trees. The second shot is ideally placed on the left side of the fairway to avoid the tree overhanging the green. Your short iron into the green must carry the frontal bunker. And finally, putts will tend to fall oceanside.

Yardage: 543
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 509
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 532
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 458
Handicap: 3

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 72
Blue 377 511 390 326 192 506 106 427 481 446 373 201 403 572 396 401 177 543 6828
Gold 346 460 374 307 142 487 98 400 460 429 349 187 391 560 377 376 170 532 6445
White 332 428 334 295 130 467 94 373 435 409 340 179 372 548 340 368 163 509 6116
Red 309 360 282 253 112 387 90 361 333 341 303 165 289 436 313 309 148 458 5249
Handicap 8 10 12 16 14 2 18 6 4 7 5 17 9 1 13 11 15 3 ---

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Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods have all chased immortality here. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are recent winners at Pebble Beach. Presidents, Hall of Famers and Hollywood stars have all strolled these fairways. Walk in the footsteps of legends at Pebble Beach.

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  • What The Pros Are Saying...

    "If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world."

    - Jack Nicklaus
    18-Time Major Champion

  • What The Pros Are Saying...

    "Pebble is a piece of sacred ground. They say it’s the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. This course was heaven designed—just the way it fits on the land."

    - Johnny Miller
    World Golf Hall of Famer

  • What The Pros Are Saying...

    "This is a bucket place list place to win. Here, Augusta National, St. Andrews, I mean there are only a few in the world like this."

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

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