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Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its theme from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island, published in 1883. Local legend maintains that Stevenson once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels. And with this in mind, Robert Trent Jones Sr. set about creating a treasure of his own.

Opened in 1966, Spyglass Hill features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes, challenging you to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Treasure Island-inspired hole names such as “Black Dog” and “Billy Bones” are hints for the unwary.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 144. The PGA TOUR consistently lists Spyglass Hill holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the TOUR, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.

#11 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses
2015/2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Rating: 75.5
  • Yardage: 6,960

DESIGNED BY:

  • Robert Trent Jones, Sr. & Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

1st HOLE

Par 5

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. The hole then falls downhill to the left, ending on a large green whose surface resembles gentle ocean swells.

Yardage: 595
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 529
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 564
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 487
Handicap: 1

2nd HOLE

Par 4

While relatively short, the hole plays uphill and is surrounded by trouble, primarily sand and ice plant. Two very precise shots are required.

Yardage: 349
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 293
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 321
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 242
Handicap: 13

3rd HOLE

Par 3

There is a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from this elevated tee that, in the absence of wind, makes the hole play shorter than the yardage. The green is deceptive, sloping from front to back.

Yardage: 172
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 125
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 150
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 90
Handicap: 17

4th HOLE

Par 4

This is Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s favorite par-4 because of its options. If the pin is in back, the approach should be played from the right side of the fairway. If in front, the left side is the better angle. The green is Spyglass Hill's most photographed.

Yardage: 370
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 345
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 358
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 299
Handicap: 11

5th HOLE

Par 3

Bird Rock is a straightforward par-3 framed by dunes in back and three pot bunkers in front. The center bunker is the deepest and most difficult on the course. Another bunker is hidden from view and awaits stray shots to the right.

Yardage: 197
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 134
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 169
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 89
Handicap: 15

6th HOLE

Par 4

The character of Spyglass Hill changes from this hole onward. From the tee, players wind their way up and into the Del Monte Forest. The view from behind this green is spectacular; however, the severely downhill chip shot from this position is less than desirable.

Yardage: 446
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 379
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 413
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 327
Handicap: 7

7th HOLE

Par 5

An elevated tee makes this a reachable par-5. While there are no greenside bunkers, a pond penalizes anything left and short. The right-to-left sloping green makes chip and pitch even more troublesome. This is a tempting hole off the tee, but it requires complete precision from the fairway.

Yardage: 529
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 480
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 513
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 464
Handicap: 3

8th HOLE

Par 4

Signal Hill is, perhaps, the longest hole under 400 yards in the world. The second shot is even more uphill than the tee shot. The green is elevated and crowned with the hole's only bunker protecting its right side. This is the number one handicap hole.

Yardage: 399
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 354
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 375
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 305
Handicap: 9

9th HOLE

Par 4

Captain Smollett is yet another uphill par-4. A massive green (the second largest on the course) is guarded by deep bunkers. Tremendous slope from back to front makes putting from above the hole a challenge.

Yardage: 431
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 394
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 414
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 349
Handicap: 5

10th HOLE

Par 4

After two tough, lengthy uphill par-4's to close the front, this is a downhill getaway hole to begin the back side. A drive down the left side may be blocked by a tree, which cannot be seen from the tee. Any approach that lands past the center of the green will go over.

Yardage: 407
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 366
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 377
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 316
Handicap: 10

11th HOLE

Par 5

A dogleg-right par-5 is characterized by a necklace of bunkers protecting the right side of the green. While beautiful to look at from a distance, these bunkers are very costly to play from.

Yardage: 528
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 463
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 491
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 419
Handicap: 4

12th HOLE

Par 3

Water comes into play on three of the next four holes. The left side of this green should never be a target since balls have a tendency to spin off into the pond.

Yardage: 178
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 145
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 160
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 96
Handicap: 18

13th HOLE

Par 4

The fairway rises steadily uphill as it bends slightly to the left. Another elevated green deflects any off-line shot although a straight run-up shot will work.

Yardage: 460
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 398
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 435
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 324
Handicap: 8

14th HOLE

Par 5

This is a double dogleg swinging right then left. A pond protects the right side of this shallow but very wide green. A difficult chip awaits those who are too aggressive and go long.

Yardage: 560
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 514
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 525
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 481
Handicap: 2

15th HOLE

Par 3

This is the shortest hole on the course yet far from the easiest. The green is framed by bunkers in back and another pond in front. Beware, balls spin back into it. Anything left bounces farther down a steep hill.

Yardage: 130
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 98
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 120
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 84
Handicap: 16

16th HOLE

Par 4

A drive too long may run through this fairway. A tree, which cannot be seen from the tee, blocks the right side. However, when past this tree, the green opens up, so it may be worth the gamble. Then again...

Yardage: 476
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 440
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 454
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 411
Handicap: 6

17th HOLE

Par 4

Ben Gunn offers a change of pace and is unlike any other hole at Spyglass Hill. The landing area can't be seen from the tee and the green surface can't be seen from the fairway. The hole's many bunkers and its sloping green offset the short yardage. Above the cup is treacherous.

Yardage: 325
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 301
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 312
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 266
Handicap: 14

18th HOLE

Par 4

The tee points toward the right fairway bunker, so a slight draw is perfect. An elevated green with a rise separating the front from the back awaits the second shot. Any shot that lacks precision will be detoured into the surrounding trouble.

Yardage: 408
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 365
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 387
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 332
Handicap: 12

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 72
Blue 595 349 172 370 197 446 529 399 431 407 528 178 460 560 130 476 325 408 6960
Gold 564 321 150 358 169 413 513 375 414 377 491 160 435 525 120 454 312 387 6538
White 529 293 125 345 134 379 480 354 394 366 463 145 398 514 98 440 301 365 6123
Handicap 3 13 17 9 15 7 11 1 5 12 10 16 4 6 18 2 14 8 ---
Red 487 242 90 299 89 327 464 305 349 316 419 96 324 481 84 411 266 332 5381
Handicap 1 13 17 11 15 7 3 9 5 10 4 18 8 2 16 6 14 12 ---

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  • Reviews for Spyglass Hill Golf Course

    "Spyglass is old-school, traditional, challenging golf at its finest. Small greens that are typically in excellent shape, sloping fairways, swirling breezes, and a timeless design will keep you on your toes the entire time."

    - Jerry Foltz
    Golf Channel

  • Reviews for Spyglass Hill Golf Course

    "Spyglass has a unique feeling of unpredictability, since the front and back nine are almost two completely different courses. But what courses they are."

    - Benjamin Hogan
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  • Reviews for Spyglass Hill Golf Course

    "One of the best courses in America. The first 5 holes are along the coast and the rest of the holes weave through the forest. Great challenge. Wonderful staff everywhere you turn. An unforgettable golfing experience."

    - Brucesk
    TripAdvisor

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