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Spectacular Seaside Golf
Meandering among sweeping sand dunes along 17-Mile Drive, The Links at Spanish Bay unveils some of the most spectacular seaside views in Pebble Beach. The rolling fairways flow through and around the gorgeous dunescape, briefly weaving between towering Monterey Pines, before returning to the white sand of Spanish Bay Beach for a thrilling finish along the wind-swept coast.
A twilight round is punctuated by the tunes of the famed Spanish Bay bagpiper, who puts the course to bed every evening.
Spanish Bay is ranked among the best public courses in the state and the country, and annually hosts the pros during the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational.
To the SeaThe tee shot is inviting, with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean beyond the green. A good drive can create a difficult decision: take on the dunes and go for the green? Or lay up safely to the left? Keep in mind that a deep swale bites into the right side of the green.
Straight and NarrowThis tee shot is often aided by an ocean breeze, making it that much more tempting to swing away with driver and knock it near the green. But the simple shot is laying up to 100 yards, setting up an approach to a green that is divided by four tricky compartments.
Pitch and RunAim at the left pot bunker — or even the adobe beach house in the distance — to give yourself a short shot into the green. But if the wind is up, carry whatever bunker you can off the tee to set up an approach that you can run into the green.
Shepherd's HavenThe green tucked into sand dunes features three distinct tiers, demanding a precise shot — as well as a good yardage.
Blind ChoiceThree pot bunkers in the middle of the fairway force a tough decision off the tee. Play to the wider left side and set up a long second shot to a raised green? Or go for the skinny right side to leave a more manageable approach? Either way, you will need a great shot to make par here.
SandyEight bunkers down the right side of the hole discourage you from taking a short cut. The textbook way to play this hole is a drive at the 150-yard marker in the fairway, setting up an uphill approach into a rolling, multi-tiered green.
Left BegoneAnother tough decision is presented off the tee, as the fairway bottlenecks the farther you hit it. The fairway is at its widest some 200 yards from the green, before marsh eats into the left side of the hole. The right side of the green sits on a higher tier than the left.
Marsh CornerMarsh, a ring of bunkering and a freshening ocean breeze already make this a difficult tee shot. Then add in three very different pin placements on a green shaped like a saddle, and it's an impressive feat to knock one close here.
White DuneThe sand dune along the right side is out of bounds, and marsh borders the left edge of the hole, turning this fairway into one of the toughest to hit on the course. Understanding the hole location is important. The green is one of the deepest on the course, although a swale eats into the right side of it.
Half & HalfFinding the right line off the tee is key. A drive that carries the sand dunes can make this par-5 reachable, but be aware that the fairway shrinks significantly. Three pot bunkers also divide the layup. The green slopes from right-to-left, feeding down to a bottom tier.
Top HatThis short par-4 turns hard right, finishing at an elevated green raised like a top hat. Drives can creep close to the green, but it might be more comfortable to lay back and hit a full shot from the fairway to better hold the top tier.
CathedralIt's important to find the fairway on this tight tee shot, as the green sits across the other side of a ravine. Once you've reached the green, you'll notice that it's one of the quickest on the course, with putts racing toward the ocean, which comes into view once again.
Wee PrecipiceThis tiny shot over a ravine demands precision. It's usually into an ocean breeze, and the green slopes severely from back-to-front, a combination that can send your ball spinning off the putting surface if you don't take enough club.
Wind & WillowThis downhill par-5 straight to Asilomar Beach can be a challenge to reach in regulation if you're facing a stiff ocean breeze. Note that out-of-bounds looms left and marsh lines the entire right side of the hole.
Missing LinkThe fairway wraps around two bunkers, but the prudent play is to aim left of them toward the 150-yard marker. From there, be aware that a swale bites into the left side of the green — the inverse of what you encountered at No. 1.
Dune HollowThis scenic green tucked into sand dunes is bisected by a giant vertical hump. If the wind is blowing, it may be safest to find the left side of the green, no matter where the hole is located.
Whale WatchSimilar to the 15th hole, the tee shot is a layup to the end of the fairway. The two-tiered green, however, slopes severely from left-to-right.
Long HomeThe final hole is bisected by a hazard, giving players one final decision in their round: fire directly at the green, or lay up right to the wide fairway. If it helps, the two-tiered green is easier to hold from a shorter distance.
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From an Abandoned Sand Mine to This
After watching his father build a links experience through the dunes of Spyglass Hill for its first five holes, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. wanted to do the same — but for 18. He had the unique opportunity to do so just a couple courses down 17-Mile Drive when an abandoned sand mine became available at what is now The Links at Spanish Bay.Course History
What They're Saying
"Spanish Bay is so much like Scotland, you can almost hear the bagpipes."
- Tom Watson
Five-time British Open Champion
What They're Saying
"Spanish Bay probably has the best views of any golf course I’ve ever seen."
- Scott McCarron
Winner of the 2016 TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational Presented by Dell EMC
What They're Saying
"With the breeze, the firm turf and a bagpiper sounding his tune along the first fairway at dusk, this could pass for Scotland — except that the Scots never had it so cushy."
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The Links at Spanish Bay
2700 17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953