The Open Championship

A Brief Guide to Spyglass Hill® Golf Course

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

June 26, 2015

Spyglass Hill Golf Course 3 resized 600It’s no surprise that Spyglass Hill Golf Course is a top destination for golfers, professional and amateur. The course poses exciting challenges and offers beautiful views simply not found anywhere else in the world. The course takes you on a journey by the ocean and through the pines to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whether you have played
Spyglass Hill Golf Course before or are looking to play for the first time, this guide will help you be one step ahead. Below you will find a brief introduction to the course as well as a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Last, but certainly not least, you will learn how you can take a trip to
Pebble Beach Resorts and play the course! 

Intro to Spyglass Hill® Golf Course

Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its theme from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. In fact, the holes are named after characters and places in the book. You’ll have the chance to encounter Billy Bones, Black Dog, Long John Silver, Skeleton Island and many more. Get ready for the thrills of this treasure of a course.

One of the unique aspects of Spyglass Hill Golf Course is that it combines the coastal and forest experience. The first five holes of the course take you through the sandy seaside dunes and expose you to the elements, while the remaining 13 holes cut through the majestic pines and play on terrain that slopes uphill. The course is 6,960 yards with the shortest hole being a par-3 at 130 yards and the longest being a par-5 at 595 yards.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, and for good reason. Embrace the challenge and enjoy the scenic views!

Tips and Tricks

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If you’re looking to enhance your experience and increase your likelihood of performing well, there are a few things you should know about
Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Before you dive right into your round of golf, consider the following tips:

Get a Caddie: The course presents enough challenges to where investing in a caddie can make a big difference. They offer great tips along the way that can really step up your game and increase your chances of playing well.

On the first tee: The 1st hole at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Treasure Island,  offers a memorable experience and is one of the finest opening holes in the country. This par-5, 595-yard hole goes downhill to the left. From the tee you turn the corner for your second shot and are treated to a stunning view of the vast Pacific Ocean. The large green—an island nearly surrounded by sand—has many challenging undulations.

Best birdie chance: Two par-3 holes, 3rd and 15th, are the easiest holes on the course and your best chances for a birdie. The 3rd hole’s elevated tee offers a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and, in the absence of wind, makes the hole play shorter. The 15th hole is the shortest hole on the course. It still presents a challenge with a green backed by bunkers with a formidable pond in the front, but you definitely have a chance of nailing it with two shots.

Bogey beware: The 8th hole and the 16th hole are the two most difficult holes on the course. At 399 yards, the 8th hole presents quite the challenge. The second shot is more uphill than the tee shot, and the green is elevated with the hole’s only bunker protecting the right side. With the 476-yard 16th hole, too long of a drive may run through the fairway. A tree, which cannot be seen from the tee, blocks the right side. The shot into the green does open up past the tree, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth the risk.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course 4 resized 600Most exciting shot: The famous 4th hole is Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s favorite par-4 and considered by many to be one of his best designs. You have several options for how you want to bring in your approach shot. The green runs 50 yards deep and is one of the most photographed holes at
Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Keep an eye out for: Deer! Spyglass Hill
Golf Course is known for having a few deer hanging out around the course. Some people say the deer are a nice diversion away from the pressures and challenges of golf.

How to Play

Now that you’ve learned more about the course as well as a few tips and tricks, it’s time to get out there and play! If you have a passion for golf and are looking for the ultimate getaway, this is your golden opportunity. You can play Spyglass Hill Golf Course the week of Super Bowl 50 and even opt for a package that includes two rounds of golf, tickets to the Super Bowl, and other incredible amenities.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course is one experience you don’t want to pass up; the challenging play and beautiful views of the ocean and pines can guarantee an unforgettable trip. Stay at a deluxe hotel, play a couple of rounds of golf, and kick back and enjoy your one-of-a-kind experience at Pebble Beach Resorts. Learn more about Pebble Beach Resorts, home of America’s #1 Public Golf Course, as well as Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the #2 Public Course in California, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course.


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