The Story Behind Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Pebble Beach developer and owner Samuel F.B. Morse had a passion for local history. He was especially intrigued by the legend that Robert Louis Stevenson roamed the hills and sandy dunes of Pebble Beach for inspiration while writing his classic, Treasure Island.

The Perfect Muse

Once Spyglass Hill Golf Course was named, the theme served as a perfect muse for the challenging course. Starting at “Treasure Island”, the spectacular 1st hole of Spyglass Hill, each of the course’s 18 holes was named after a significant place or character in the novel.

The Beautiful—and Challenging—Result

Spyglass Hill Golf Course officially opened March 11, 1966. The course was less than a year old when it became part of the Crosby rotation and Spyglass Hill Golf Course became loved for its challenge and scenic beauty. It is now considered one of the toughest courses on Earth from its Championship tees, and the PGA TOUR consistently lists Spyglass Hill holes 6 (“Israel Hands”), 8 (“Signal Hill”) and 16 (“Black Dog”) among the toughest on the TOUR.

It has also ranked among the Top 100 courses in America and the world for over 40 years—an incredible honor for an unforgettable course.

Course Architect

See how legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. created a treasure of his own.

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For over 45 years, this course has challenged some of the best golfers in the world.

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Be Part of Pebble Beach History, Where Unforgettable Experiences Await

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

3206 Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953


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Awards & Accolades

  • Golf Digest logo.
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses
  • Golfweek's best courses you can play
  • Best Resort Courses
  • Golf Magazine
  • Top 100 Courses in the U.S.
    2015 - 2016
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  • America’s 100 Greatest Courses
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