Spyglass Hill Golf Course

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Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Club information
Location Pebble Beach,
United States United States
Established 1966
Type Public
Owned by Pebble Beach Company
Operated by Pebble Beach Company
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 1967–present
Website Pebble Beach Resorts
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Par 72
Length 6,960 yards
Course rating 75.5

The Spyglass Hill Golf Course, is a links golf course located on the Monterey Peninsula in California, United States.[1] The course is part of the Pebble Beach Company, which also owns the Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, and the Del Monte Golf Course.

Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and opened on March 11, 1966, after six years of planning, design, and construction. The course has been in the rotation for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a February tournament on the West Coast Swing of the PGA Tour, since 1967. It plays at 6,953 yards to a par of 72 from the championship (blue) tees, with a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The first five holes all have views of the Pacific Ocean, and the other thirteen wind through the Del Monte Forest. The course record of 62 is jointly held by Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald.

Originally called Pebble Beach Pines Golf Club, the course was renamed to Spyglass Hill by Samuel F. B. Morse, the founder of Pebble Beach Company, after the place in Treasure Island, since his friend Robert Louis Stevenson had taken inspiration for his novel from the local area.[2] All the holes at Spyglass Hill were later also named after characters and places from Treasure Island.[3] The first hole is called Treasure Island, and is a downhill 595 yard par 5, which doglegs almost 90 degrees to the left. One of the more renowned holes is the fourth, a 370 yard par 4 named Blind Pew, which Robert Trent Jones has called his favorite par 4. The green is the most photographed on the course, and is surrounded by ice plant. Other hole names include The Black Spot (3rd), Captain Flint (10th), and Long John Silver (14th).

Golf Digest has ranked Spyglass Hill as high as 5th on its list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses".[4] It has also featured in the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games, along with "sister" course Pebble Beach.

Scorecard[edit]

Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue 75.5 / 147 595 349 172 370 197 446 529 399 431 3488 407 528 178 460 560 130 476 325 408 3472 6960
Gold 73.2 / 144 564 321 150 358 169 413 513 375 414 3277 377 491 160 435 525 120 454 312 387 3261 6538
White 71.4 / 137 529 293 125 345 134 379 480 354 394 3033 366 463 145 398 514 98 440 301 365 3090 6123
Handicap Men's 3 13 17 9 15 7 11 1 5 12 10 16 4 6 18 2 14 8
Par Men's 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 72
Par Women's 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 5 3 5 4 4 37 73
Handicap Women's 1 13 17 11 15 7 3 9 5 10 4 18 8 2 16 6 14 12
Red 72.9 / 133 487 242 90 299 89 327 464 305 349 2652 316 419 96 324 481 84 411 266 332 2729 5381

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spyglass Hill Golf Course". MontereyPeninsulaGolf.com. 
  2. ^ "Looking for a good week at Pebble". Golf Observer. February 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Bob Hanna dies". The Monterey County Herald. April 2, 2009. Retrieved 2209-04-06. 
  4. ^ "The Pirates Of Pebble Beach: Spyglass Hill Golf Course". Golf Adventures. August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-06. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 36°35′07″N 121°57′20″W / 36.585140°N 121.955452°W / 36.585140; -121.955452