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#PebbleBeachNameGame: Our Favorite Names From the Front Nine

This was fun! Nine weeks ago, we began soliciting your ideas for hole names at Pebble Beach on social media. While this is purely an academic exercise, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the outpouring of creativity, admiration and stories you’ve shared with us.

We’ve combed through your nominees and picked our favorite names for each hole on the front nine at Pebble Beach. Here’s our list:

Back Nine Favorites

THE FIRST HOLE

 

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Some of golf’s most famous holes have nicknames: the Road Hole at St. Andrews, the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon and Golden Bell at Augusta National are just a few. Even at our own resort, Spyglass Hill has the likes of Treasure Island, the Black Spot and Long John Silver, while Spanish Bay includes Marsh Corner, Wee Precipice and Dune Hollow. So that got us thinking: what would you name the holes at Pebble Beach? Each week, we’ll ask you to name a hole. Our favorites will be highlighted in a post about each nine on Inside Pebble Beach. This week’s task: What name would you give No. 1 at Pebble Beach? #pebblebeachnamegame • • • • 📷 @shermanchuphotographer #mypebblebeach #pebblebeach #1sthole #par4 #pebblebeachgolfcourse #pebblebeachgolf #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame #golfphotography #golfcoursephotography

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OUR FAVORITE:

@jmont11 Fairway to Heaven

Many of our fans have compared a round at Pebble Beach to a religious experience. Bonus points for turning a Led Zeppelin song into a golf reference.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Anthony Mormino The Altar

Tim Sipprell Threshold. A lot of people, myself included, visit Pebble Beach before they actually play the course. That first time you play, The feeling is amazing and indescribable walking up onto that first tee finally and you cross the threshold.

THE SECOND HOLE

OUR FAVORITE

Tim Sipprell Clambake. Because this is a hole in which you can and must feast.

We love the Crosby reference, and the reasoning is sound. You’ve got to collect your birdies early at Pebble Beach!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

@anthonycorvoslt “The Trench”

Robin G Akins Thread the needle

THE THIRD HOLE

OUR FAVORITE

Tom Hood Bunker hill.

A fun American history reference that accurately describes the hole since Arnold Palmer armored the hillside with fairway bunkers ahead of the 2010 U.S. Open.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

@sdlittlefield I Sea You

Becky Newhouse Pacific window

THE FOURTH HOLE

 

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It’s that time again! Are you ready for round four of the #PebbleBeachNameGame? Each week, we’ll ask you to name a hole. Our favorites will be highlighted in a post about each nine on Inside Pebble Beach. No. 4 is a devilish and precise par-4 — although Dustin Johnson managed to smack a 290-yard 3-iron onto the green for a tap-in eagle during the 2010 U.S. Open. For the rest of us, we’ve got to dodge nine bunkers, including four that surround a strongly pitched green that is just 25 paces deep. What name would you give No. 4 at Pebble Beach? • • • • @evan_schiller_photography #mypebblebeach #pebblebeachnamegame #pebblebeach #4thhole #par4 #pebblebeachgolflinks #pebblebeachgolf #pebblebeachgolfcourse #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfheaven #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame

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OUR FAVORITE

Jim Gallaher “First Look”

It’s a moment that melts your heart and introduces you to the heart of the Pebble Beach experience. That first up-close look at shimmering Stillwater Cove and the picturesque Pacific Ocean from the middle of the fourth fairway is unforgettable.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Tom Brennan Bullseye

Darrin Fossum Sandy

THE FIFTH HOLE

 

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It’s time for round 🤚 of the #PebbleBeachNameGame! Each week, we’ll ask you to name a hole. Our favorites will be highlighted in a post about each nine on Inside Pebble Beach. Jordan Spieth calls this hole “one of the best in the world,” and it’s tough to play devil’s advocate. This gorgeous par-3 designed by Jack Nicklaus opened for play in 1998, and favors the Golden Bear’s patented high fade into a green pressed precariously against a cliff to the right. So we ask you: What would you name the fifth hole at Pebble Beach? • • • • 📷 @channingbenjaminphotography #mypebblebeach #pebblebeach #5thhole #par3 #pebblebeachgolflinks #pebblebeachgolf #pebblebeachgolfcourse #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfheaven #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame

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OUR FAVORITE:

Dan Keck The Lost Hole

Before Pebble Beach Resorts Founder Samuel F.B. Morse knew he wanted to build a golf course here, he regrettably sold this piece of land. That forced the old fifth hole inland for some 80 years, until the land was finally reacquired. The current fifth hole was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1998. This missing link — hey, that’s not a bad name, either —  now completes a sensational stretch of seaside holes from Nos. 4-10.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Billy Gibbs “Fade to Back”

David T Dube Golden Bear!

THE SIXTH HOLE

 

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The sixth hole gets its turn in the #PebbleBeachNameGame! Each week, we’ll ask you to name a hole. Our favorites will be highlighted in a post about each nine on Inside Pebble Beach. The sixth hole was the stage for an iconic shot during an unforgettable performance. In the second round of the 2000 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods hit a shot that epitomized his dominance that week – a 7-iron from 205 yards out of 4-inch rough over a tree to 20 feet. It prompted NBC analyst Roger Maltbie to perfectly encapsulate what we were all witnessing. “It’s just not a fair fight!” Maltbie announced. The tree later fell into the ocean during a storm, and the fairway now runs straight to the cliff’s edge, so the shot is no longer possible. But there was probably only one person on this planet who could pull off that shot anyway. What name would you give the sixth hole at Pebble Beach? • • • • 📷 @evan_schiller_photography #mypebblebeach #pebblebeachnamegame #pebblebeach #6thhole #par5 #pebblebeachgolflinks #pebblebeachgolf #pebblebeachgolfcourse #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfheaven #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame

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OUR FAVORITE:

@therealjustjosh 6 is what I would call “Koi No Yokan” – a Japanese translation noting that it’s “the feeling upon first meeting someone knowing that you will inevitably fall in love with them.”

Beautiful. We’re sure many feel the same way when they reach one of Pebble Beach’s most beloved holes.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

@clsmoooth6 The cliffhanger!

Sherri Taber-Acosta Jay’s bay! That sand trap looks like a silhouette of Jay Leno

THE SEVENTH HOLE

 

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Round seven of the #PebbleBeachNameGame is finally here! Stepping onto this tee box is the defining moment for many rounds, but it was what happened left of the green during the final round of the 1992 U.S. Open that will always be remembered. After Tom Kite missed the green with a 6-iron hit into the teeth of the wind, he chipped in for birdie, the highlight of his two-stroke victory. What name would you give this iconic hole? • • • • 📷 @evan_schiller_photography #mypebblebeach #pebblebeach #7thhole #par3 #pebblebeachgolflinks #pebblebeachgolf #pebblebeachgolfcourse #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfheaven #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame

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OUR FAVORITE:

@evan_schiller_photography 7th Heaven 😳

It rhymes, and it’s one of the most beautiful holes on the planet. Works for us! (Extra credit for taking this magnificent photo, too.)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

@dbecks8 The Promised Land

@davidrchen The Ledge

THE EIGHTH HOLE

 

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Just two holes left on the front nine for the #PebbleBeachNameGame! Next up: the 8th hole. Each week, we’ll ask you to name a hole. Our favorites will be highlighted in a post about each nine on Inside Pebble Beach. Originally conceived as a par-5 with the green safely situated back by the 9th tee boxes, No. 8 was ultimately built as a par-4 — one Jack Nicklaus calls his favorite in all of golf. Alister MacKenzie rebuilt the green ahead of the 1929 U.S. Amateur, pushing it up against the cliff to create an iconic second shot across an 80-foot-deep chasm. What name would you give No. 8 at Pebble Beach? • • • • 📷 @evan_schiller_photography #mypebblebeach #pebblebeach #8thhole #par4 #pebblebeachgolflinks #pebblebeachgolf #pebblebeachgolfcourse #beautifulgolfcourses #bucketlistgolf #golf #golfaddict #golfcourse #golfcoursephotos #golfcourses #golfheaven #golfisfun #golfisgreate #golfislife #golflife #golflifestyle #golfstagram #golftravel #golftrip #ilovegolf #instagolf #top100golf #whyilovethisgame

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OUR FAVORITE:

John Steele Clint. Clint is an auld Scots name for a Cliff or precipice. So a nod to the origins of the game. Of course it also gives a nod to one of Pebble’s great characters, Mr. Eastwood.

We didn’t know that! Wonder if Clint does. A perfect name.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

@tombrady Perfection!!!!!💯💯💯💯💯💯💯

Darrin Fossum Edge of Glory.

THE NINTH HOLE

OUR FAVORITE:

Mike Pancerny Baywatch.

The crest of the ninth fairway is a photographer’s favorite perch during tournament play. A clever nickname that captures the Carmel Beach-watching that often takes place here.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Patrick Marron Nature’s Portrait

Mark Simowitz Top of the ninth

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