2019 US Open Golf - Course Guide
The US Open returns to Pebble Beach for a sixth time from June 13th 2019 as the third Major of the season gets underway.
The famous links course in Northern California hosted its first US Open in 1972 and has proved to be one of the tournament’s most storied and popular venues.
Certain golfing locations have an aura about them. Think Saint Andrews. And there’s that indefinable “something” aplenty at Pebble Beach. Iconic holes, the Pacific surf crashing below and a sense of history meld together to make this a truly special golf course.
The layout at Pebble Beach makes for an excellent spectator and television experience. Pebble Beach almost feels like the home of the US Open and some ponder why the championship hasn’t visited more frequently down the years.
Situated in central California, Pebble Beach lies on the south side of the stunning Monterey Peninsula. Home to a small coastal community of mainly wealthy retirees, Pebble Beach is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, golf courses, elegance and high-class accommodation.
Pebble Beach is a landscape blessed with enormous sand dunes, glorious beaches and dense forest. The 17-Mile Drive is a famous trail which twists along the coast and through the Del Monte Forest. It costs $10 to drive the trail but visitors do at least receive a pamphlet which identifies the best sightseeing and lookout spots.
Billed as the “number 1 golf resort in America”, there are actually eight golf courses in the Pebble Beach area, but three of them are particularly famous. The Spyglass Hill course is considered by some to be home to the “five best opening holes in golf” and The Links at Spanish Bay has hosted PGA Tour Events. But it is the Pebble Beach Links course which ranks as the premier golfing venue in the area.
Pebble Beach Links has staged five US Opens and the 1977 PGA Championship. The Wall of Champions which stands behind the first tee commemorates the notable events which have shaped the history of the course.
What Made The Pebble Beach Links Course So Special?
Available for a cool $45 at the Pebble Beach merchandise store, golfers wishing to take home a souvenir from their round at this most famous of courses can buy a “bucket list hat”, such is the standing this venue holds as a must-play layout for those ticking off their once-in-a-lifetime golfing experiences.
Pebble Beach Links opened in February 1919. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Gran, the layout was specifically planned to hug the beautiful Monterey coast line. The course has staged professional golf tournaments since 1926.
The links course at Pebble Beach is open to the public, though it is one of the most expensive to play in the world at $525 per round during the peak summer season. Just getting a tee time can be tough and would-be golfers must stay at least two nights at one of the hotels owned by the Pebble Beach Company which operates the course.
Pebble Beach gained its golfing fame as much from the amateurs who have featured in the annual Pro-Am which rotates around three of the courses in the area as the professionals who have made history at the Majors here. The likes of Kevin Costner, Michael Jordan and Bill Murray have each featured at the event which has been televised across America since the 1950s.
The legendary Arnold Palmer played the Pro-Am for 14 straight years though he never managed a win. After his retirement, Arnie continued to influence Pebble Beach Links and ahead of the 2010 US Open he was tasked with directing various changes to the course.
How Does Pebble Beach Links Play?
While Pebble Beach Links does not rank as particularly long, especially for today’s big hitters, the size of the greens is perhaps its most famous feature after the photo-opportunity 18 holes which stretch in a figure-of-8 along the coast.
Two or three Pebble Beach greens would fit inside some of the more sprawling layouts which adorn today’s modern Tour courses. Plenty of holes offer ample opportunity to run into the Pacific below so accurate iron play is absolutely essential on this course. The fairways are tight and the rough will have grown tangly by the time the first players tee off at the 2019 US Open.
The Most Famous Holes At Pebble Beach Links
The par-3 7th hole at Pebble Beach is perhaps one of the most iconic in golf. It may be short - often ranking as the shortest on the PGA Tour - but perched atop a cliff, the wind can play havoc here and an accurate iron from the tee is essential to reach the heavily guarded green which plays downhill.
Those seeking a little respite after that one may as well give up now. The par-4 8th hole is as instantly recognisable as the one which went before. Jack Nicklaus once described the 8th at Pebble Beach as his favourite in golf.
A round at Pebble Beach closes with yet another pair of the most famous holes in golf. The 17th was where Jack Nicklaus famously won the 1972 US Open and ten years later Tom Watson left his mark on the penultimate hole. Chipping in when tied for the lead with Nicklaus at the 1982 US Open, Watson made birdie and set himself up for another at the 18th to edge his rival.
The 18th at Pebble Beach Links is often rated as the finest finishing hole in golf. The final par-5 test is fondly remembered for the drama which has played out along its 550 yards as the greats of the game have sealed famous victories.
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