The Open Championship

5 Highlights of Pebble Beach Golf Links®

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

May 28, 2015

Pebble Beach Golf Links 19Pebble Beach Golf Links is a world-famous golf course located on the west coast in Pebble Beach, California. It is known for its prestigious tournaments, breathtaking views and unique holes. Every golfer, whether amateur or professional, should play Pebble Beach Golf Links at least once! After all, it is one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world.

Course History

Pebble Beach Golf Links officially opened in February 1919 and has since been host to some of the most incredible moments in golf history. It has featured world-renowned golfers and significant tournaments such as the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

Pebble Beach Golf Links has come a long way since its opening in 1919. A walk through the course’s impressive history demonstrates why it has been named the #1 Public Golf Course in America by Golf Digest.

Click here to see a historical timeline of Pebble Beach Golf Links!

Course Changes

Pebble Beach Golf Links 20The design of this legendary golf course has only seen few significant changes over the years. In the early 20th century, Samuel F.B. Morse sought to make the Pebble Beach area profitable yet still  attractive so he decided to create a one-of-a-kind golf course with the help of two amateur golfers—Jack Neville and Douglas Grant.

Although neither of the two golfers had professional experience in course design, they were able to construct a championship course that boasts their talent and vision.

Pebble Beach Golf Links experienced a few initial improvements including improving the high saline turf.

The 18th hole faced a significant transformation following the 1921 State Amateur Championship. William Herbert Fowler redesigned the original shorter hole into a 535-yard par 5, making it one of the best finishing holes in golf.

In 1928, the team of H. Chandler Egan and Robert Hunter worked with USGA Vice President to prepare Pebble Beach for its first national championship, adding bunkers and rebuilding most green complexes.

Furthermore, in 1998, golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed a new 5th hole on oceanfront land that was not available when the course was originally built. This marked the first new golf hole in almost 80 years.

Since 1999, Arnold Palmer has helped enhance Pebble Beach Golf Links with new technology, rebuilding a few  greens, strategically adding new bunkers, tees and new key trees along various holes to extend the course to 7,040 yards for championship play.


Pebble Beach Golf Links 4Pebble Beach Golf Links is celebrated for its exquisite beauty and extravagant views along the Pacific Ocean. In fact, nine of the holes run along the rocky coastline.

The short par-3 7th hole is one of the most photographed holes in the world. The ocean runs along the right side of the long par-4 8th hole; too long of a straight drive could land your ball right in an inlet! The par-5 18th hole is known for the  tree that sits in the middle of the fairway as well as a 100+ yard bunker that runs along the seawall on the ocean leading to the green. There’s no doubt this memorable 18th hole will raise your heart rate!


Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the U.S. Amateur a total of four times: 1929, 1947, 1961 and 1999. The Amateur returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2018. Considering only eight golf courses have hosted the U.S. Amateur more than twice, you can see that Pebble Beach Golf Links simply stands out among the rest.

It has also been home to U.S. Open Championships five times. The first, in 1972, saw Jack Nicklaus make one of the most famous shots in golf history. Ahead by three, he had to make a split-second adjustment on impact due to the wind. His shot resisted the wind, hit the flagstick and rolled to a stop five inches from the cup! The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach continued in 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010. It returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2019 to celebrate a Centennial together with the USGA.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links also hosts other tournaments including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly called “The Crosby Clambake.” This tournament has been played annually since 1947 and is known for its great golf, and colorful celebrities . Past champions include the best of every generation: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson. Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson to name a few.

Play at Pebble Beach Golf Links®

Is your dream to play where some of the biggest golf legends have played? Do you want to tee off at the number one public golf course in America? The good news is you can!

If you choose to play at Pebble Beach Golf Links, you have the opportunity to do so the week before the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Depending on your personal preference, you can select from three different Official Ticket Packages, one of which includes a trip to play golf and go to Super Bowl 50!

Stay at a deluxe hotel, play a couple of rounds of golf, and sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery. Pebble Beach Resorts is a legendary place that offers a one-of-a-kind experience you simply won’t find anywhere else. 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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