Cypress Point Club
|Location||Pebble Beach, California|
|Designed by||Alister MacKenzie, Robert Hunter (author)|
Cypress Point Club is a private golf club in California. The club has a single 18-hole course, one of eight on the Monterey peninsula near Monterey, California. The course is well known around the world for its series of three dramatic holes that play along the Pacific Ocean: the 15th, 16th and 17th, which are regularly rated among the best golf holes in the world. The 16th is a long par three that actually plays over the ocean. The course was designed by noted golf course designer Alister MacKenzie, collaborating with fine amateur golfer Robert Hunter (author) in 1928. It formerly was one of the courses used for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, last doing so in 1991.
Meandering through the coastal dunes, this immaculate course journeys into the Del Monte forest during the front nine and reemerges to the rocky coastline for the best set of finishing holes of all time. The signature hole is #16, which requires a 231-yard tee shot over the Pacific to a mid-sized green guarded by strategically placed bunkers, offers all the dynamics you could imagine on a majestic oceanfront par three. With the famous back-to-back par three's, #15 and #16, not to mention the spectacular par four 17th, set in the most exquisite natural location ever imagined for a course, the back-nine is truly the Holy Grail of golf. 
It was the scene in 1956 of "The Match", one of the greatest golf games ever played. This was a four-ball better-ball private match between two leading amateur players, Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward, and two of the greatest professional players, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Hogan birdied the 18th to halve the hole and win the match 1-up. In doing so he set a course record of 63, which still stands today. The pros had a net score of 57, fifteen under par, the amateurs were just one behind with a net of 58. The match is the subject of a classic golf book of the same name written by Mark Frost.
The Course 
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- "Cypress Point Club". MontereyPeninsulaGolf.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World
- Golf Digest's 2011-12 America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
- Cypress Point Club - Course information with photos and interactive map.
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