The Open Championship

Your Ultimate Guide to Pebble Beach Golf Links®

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

June 19, 2015

Pebble Beach Golf Links 3Golfers from around the world love to take a trip to Pebble Beach to play one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world: Pebble Beach Golf Links. It’s no surprise that the course is a destination and goal for almost every golfer. It exceeds expectations with its breathtaking views and challenging holes you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you have played
Pebble Beach Golf Links before or are looking to play for the first time, there are a few things you should know about the course, especially if you want to play it well. From tips and tricks to how to play, here is your ultimate guide to Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Intro to the Course

If you are not familiar with the layout of course, you might be in for quite the shock.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is different than any course you have experienced before.

The course is 7,040 yards with the shortest hole being par-3 at 109 yards and the longest hole being par-5 at 580 yards. Playing the course can take four to five hours, but this just gives you more time to take in the course and enjoy the views.

Pebble Beach Golf Links 4The course has some of the smallest greens found on any golf course, and some of the slopes on the greens can challenge even the most avid golfers. Nine holes run along the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean, which makes for spectacular views but rather difficult play. You have to be strategic and select your clubs wisely.

Pebble Beach Golf Links requires serious focus, but it is one of the best experiences you will have playing golf. Plus, you will have a great deal of fun along the way.

Course Tour

Pebble Beach Golf Links is home to not only an incredible course but other great amenities as well.
Pebble Beach Practice Facility includes a 350-yard, double-ended driving range with natural grass hitting areas, a 4,500-square-foot practice putting green, and a short-game practice complex with bunkers and chipping areas. This is the perfect place to warm up and get some practice in before hitting the links.

Pebble Beach Golf Academy can help you enhance your golf game with full swing and putting analysis technologies and club fitting systems. This invaluable resource boasts a 3,000-square-foot golf learning center with an innovative robotic swing trainer, 3D motion capture analysis, HD video analysis, a putting stroke analysis system and an indoor golf simulator. If you are looking for premier golf instruction from renowned golf instructors, Pebble Beach Golf Academy is the place for you.

Tips and Tricks

Every golf course has its own challenges, and Pebble Beach Golf Links is no exception. However, by following these tips and tricks, you are sure to be one step ahead.

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Get a Caddie: Walking with a caddie is the best way to take in the beauty of Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula. Plus, caddies can add to your experience in several ways. First, they have detailed course knowledge that will help lower your score. Second, they assist with pace of play and locate errant shots. Third, they keep up with the maintenance of the course including raking bunkers, fixing ball marks and replacing divots.

On the 1st tee: Take a deep breath. Don’t let the prestige of the course keep you from playing like you know how to play. You will have great shots and probably a few not so great shots, but that’s what makes Pebble Beach Golf Links such an exciting course to play.  

Best birdie chance: The relatively tame par-4 4th hole is your first introduction to the Pacific Ocean. At 326 yards, this hole is also your best opportunity to post a birdie. Try using a long iron or 3-wood to carry the long bunker in the center of the fairway and leave just a short approach shot to the green.

Bogey beware: At 481 yards, the par-4 9th hole is truly one of the most difficult holes on the course. The Pacific Ocean runs along the entire right side, and the fairway tilts left to right. If your approach is too timid, you may end up facing the deep-bunkered gully left and short.

Most exciting shot: No shot at Pebble Beach Golf Links is more exhilarating and highly-anticipated than the tee shot at the famous par-5 18th hole. Be aware of the tree that sits in the middle of the fairway as well as the 100+ yard bunker that runs along the seawall on the ocean leading to the green. It’s easy to lose focus on this hole because the surroundings are simply stunning, and the experience is priceless.

Be prepared for: Anything and everything. None of the holes are particularly easy, and each presents its own challenges. If it’s your first time playing the course, don’t fret! You will have the time of your life.

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How to Play

Now that you are more familiar with the course and have learned a few tips and tricks, it’s time for you to get out there and experience the #1 Public Golf Course in America.  

If you choose to play 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. 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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