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A True Links Golf Course

Spanish Bay recalls the original Scottish concept for the game of golf, established over 500 years ago. This was the intention of the design team—Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum—in their creation of a true links golf course in California.

“Links” is an old Scottish word for sandy wasteland, usually near the sea, with bristly grasses and ever-prevailing wind. The Links at Spanish Bay is so authentic that even the Monterey coastline mirrors the rugged, natural beauty of Scotland. Here, the golf course provides you with the choice of using your regular shot or a low, running shot to play the firm turf while keeping the ball under the steady ocean breezes.

According to Watson, “It’s so much like Scotland, you can almost hear the bagpipes playing.” From that memorable quote in 1987, a tradition was immediately born. Today you can still hear the bagpipes play each evening, as shortly before sunset, a piper closes The Links at Spanish Bay.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Rating: 74
  • Yardage: 6,821

DESIGNED BY:

  • Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson and Frank “Sandy” Tatum

1st HOLE

Par 5

A strong drive to the left center of the fairway makes this par-5 reachable in two. A firm green is guarded left by two large bunkers and right by marsh and dune. A smart lay-up in front will avoid the depression on the right of the green.

Yardage: 500
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 461
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 495
Handicap: 9

Yardage: 434
Handicap: 5

2nd HOLE

Par 4

This short but narrow par-4 requires an accurate drive or well-placed tee shot left or short of the fairway bunker. The approach can be chipped into the hill or carried onto this multi-tiered green. Stay below the hole.

Yardage: 307
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 265
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 300
Handicap: 13

Yardage: 224
Handicap: 13

3rd HOLE

Par 4

An accurate 200-yard drive over the left side of the farthest bunker leaves the ball in a grassy swale, inviting a short pitch-and-run to the large green.

Yardage: 407
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 334
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 340
Handicap: 5

Yardage: 305
Handicap: 11

4th HOLE

Par 3

A demanding multi-tiered green rewards the strong shot and punishes the weak. Better to be short of this green than long.

Yardage: 190
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 160
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 176
Handicap: 15

Yardage: 127
Handicap: 15

5th HOLE

Par 4

This hole is what Spanish Bay is known for: Risk and Reward. Three pot bunkers in the right center of the fairway will gather any shots hit in their area. Stay left to play safe or right over the dune to a narrow landing area. Second shots to the right side of the fairway will kick left towards the green.

Yardage: 451
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 385
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 411
Handicap: 1

Yardage: 342
Handicap: 3

6th HOLE

Par 4

A well-named hole with nine bunkers protecting the short route to an elevated tiered green. A tee shot away from the bunkers of 200+ yards will leave a short-to-mid iron to the green. From the fairway, aim at the left center of the green.

Yardage: 400
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 345
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 390
Handicap: 11

Yardage: 306
Handicap: 9

7th HOLE

Par 4

This fairway funnels to a narrow landing. Risk the shorter approach to the green or lay up and have 180+ yards into this kidney-shaped green.

Yardage: 418
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 382
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 412
Handicap: 3

Yardage: 341
Handicap: 1

8th HOLE

Par 3

Club selection is the key to success in finding this winged narrow green near the windy seashore.

Yardage: 158
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 146
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 152
Handicap: 17

Yardage: 127
Handicap: 17

9th HOLE

Par 4

The entire right side of this difficult hole is out of bounds. However, a shot to the right side of the fairway opens this green up. Take an extra club on the approach and read your putt carefully.

Yardage: 394
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 357
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 367
Handicap: 7

Yardage: 326
Handicap: 7

10th HOLE

Par 5

The tee shot on this double dogleg par-5 is demanding but rewards a courageous shot over the left edge of the protruding dune. Three pot bunkers divide this fairway in the landing area of the second shot. The left route is the riskiest but most rewarding, leaving a short chip to a uniquely tiered green.

Yardage: 520
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 467
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 477
Handicap: 8

Yardage: 401
Handicap: 10

11th HOLE

Par 4

A fader’s dream. A tee shot to the right side of the fairway missing the corner trees will leave a short shot into a most difficult green. If the hole is on the upper deck of the “top hat” styled green, hit a high soft shot onto the deck or a running aggressive shot into the hill. Don’t leave it on the front edge of this green.

Yardage: 365
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 318
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 353
Handicap: 14

Yardage: 285
Handicap: 14

12th HOLE

Par 4

A long very narrow par-4 that demands length and accuracy. The fairway funnels to its narrowest point at 220 yards. A deep gully filled with briars crosses the fairway some 30 yards from the green. A short lay up may keep the score down on this hole.

Yardage: 432
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 406
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 421
Handicap: 6

Yardage: 341
Handicap: 4

13th HOLE

Par 3

The island landing area demands the tee shot to be placed just left of the bunkers, leaving a short-to-mid iron over the gorse and dune to a severely undulating green with marsh and reeds to the right. Care should be taken from the tee not to over club.

Yardage: 126
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 99
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 119
Handicap: 18

Yardage: 76
Handicap: 18

14th HOLE

Par 5

Breathtakingly beautiful from the tee, this long par-5 is spacious but unforgiving in the wind, with out-of-bounds left, marsh and willow to the right. This green slopes towards the sea. Hit to the front edge.

Yardage: 576
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 541
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 546
Handicap: 2

Yardage: 475
Handicap: 2

15th HOLE

Par 4

The island landing area demands the tee shot to be placed just left of the bunkers, leaving a short to mid iron over the gorse and dune to a severely undulating green with marsh and reeds to the right. Care should be taken from the tee not to over club.

Yardage: 390
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 342
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 372
Handicap: 12

Yardage: 296
Handicap: 12

16th HOLE

Par 3

This tee is sheltered from the offshore breezes that tend to push the ball into the right greenside bunkers. The hole favors a low running shot to the left center of the green.

Yardage: 200
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 157
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 191
Handicap: 16

Yardage: 129
Handicap: 16

17th HOLE

Par 4

The tee shot here sets up the hole. Carry the drive over the dunescape and to this narrow landing area. The green is silhouetted against the sky, making the distance difficult to judge, and is severely sloped from rear to front.

Yardage: 413
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 368
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 376
Handicap: 4

Yardage: 321
Handicap: 8

18th HOLE

Par 5

Favor the right side from the tee and on the second shot. Avoid the temptation to go for the green, as the wind and gorse will usually get your ball.

Yardage: 574
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 510
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 524
Handicap: 10

Yardage: 476
Handicap: 6

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 72
Blue 500 307 407 190 451 400 418 158 394 520 365 432 126 576 390 200 413 574 6821
Gold 495 300 340 176 411 390 412 152 367 477 353 421 119 546 372 191 376 524 6422
White 461 265 334 160 385 345 382 146 357 467 318 406 99 541 342 157 368 510 6043
Handicap 9 13 5 15 1 11 3 17 7 8 14 6 18 2 12 16 4 10 ---
Red 434 224 305 127 342 306 341 127 326 401 285 341 76 475 296 129 321 476 5332
Handicap 5 13 11 15 3 9 1 17 7 10 14 4 18 2 12 16 8 6 ---

One of the Most Ecologically Sensitive Courses in the World

Built with a deep respect for environmental preservation, The Links at Spanish Bay has designated environmentally sensitive areas. Drops are allowed outside of these areas to help us preserve the native plants, birds and animals that make this course so special.

  • A Tradition of Excellence

    Although course plans had been envisioned as early as the 1970s, it isn’t until 1985 that the design is completed and construction begins on The Links at Spanish Bay.

    Course History
  • A Tradition of Excellence

    The course architects agree that construction will include native habitat protection, and The Links at Spanish Bay goes on to become one of the first eco-friendly designed courses in the country.

    Course History
  • A Tradition of Excellence

    In 1987, during the inaugural round on The Links at Spanish Bay, golf legend Tom Watson shoots a 67—a score that still stands as the official course record.

    Course History
  • Reviews for The Links at Spanish Bay

    "…spectacular ocean views, natural dunes and firm-and-fast conditions. Just look around and breathe in the fresh air. It’s got some of the greatest sights and sounds in golf."

    - GolfAdvisor.com

  • Reviews for The Links at Spanish Bay

    "The course conditions are nothing short of superb: fast, true, severely undulating greens, perfect fairways, yardage markers galore, and so forth. The service is excellent—attentive, but not constantly present."

    - GolfCalifornia.com

  • Reviews for The Links at Spanish Bay

    "Loved enjoying the beauty of the course and the breathtaking ocean views. Great finale was hearing the bagpipes being played as we were enjoying a drink on the terrace following the round!"

    - Judy Q
    TripAdvisor

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2700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

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