Cypress Point Club

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Coordinates: 36°34′48″N 121°58′26″W / 36.58°N 121.974°W / 36.58; -121.974

Cypress Point Club
View From Clubhouse to 16 - Flickr - schnaars.jpg
View of 16th green from clubhouse in 2004
Club information
Cypress Point Club is located in the United States
Cypress Point Club
Location in the United States
Cypress Point Club is located in California
Cypress Point Club
Location in California
LocationPebble Beach, California
Elevation80 feet (24 m)
Established1928; 94 years ago (1928)
TypePrivate
Total holes18
Designed byAlister MacKenzie and
Robert Hunter
Par72
Length6,554 yards (5,993 m)
Course rating73.1
Slope rating141 [1]
Course record63 – Jim Langley, Ben Hogan,
         and others[2]

Cypress Point Club is a private golf club on the West Coast of the United States, along the Central Coast of California. The club has a single 18-hole course, one of eight on the Monterey Peninsula near Monterey. The course is well known for a series of dramatic holes along the Pacific Ocean that have been named as some of the best in golf.[3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

The course opened 94 years ago on August 11, 1928; Byington Ford, Roger D. Lapham, and Marion Hollins were trailblazers for the project.[7] The course was designed in 1928 by golf course designer Alister MacKenzie, collaborating with fellow golf course architect Robert Hunter.

Golf Course[edit]

Set in coastal dunes, the course enters the Del Monte forest during the front nine and reemerges to the rocky coastline for the finishing holes. The signature hole is #16, which requires a 230-yard (210 m) tee shot over the Pacific to a mid-sized green guarded by strategically placed bunkers.[8][9]

Cypress Point Club was ranked #2 on Golf Magazine's 2011 List of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World[10] and #5 on Golf Digest's 2011–12 list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.[11]

The golf course is considered one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world.[12] Non-members must be sponsored by a member to play.[12]

PGA Tour[edit]

From 1947 through 1990, Cypress Point was on the PGA Tour as part of the multi-course AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, founded by entertainer Bing Crosby. It was dropped from the rotation because it had no black members and refused to admit one to comply with the tour's anti-discrimination guidelines.[13][14] Since then, Condoleezza Rice was admitted as a member of the club.[15]

While no longer part of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, many of the players continue to visit the course in the week leading up the tournament.[16]

Scorecard[edit]

Cypress Point Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship 73.1 / 141 420 549 156 383 491 521 170 369 289 3348 476 440 404 394 393 135 233 386 343 3204 6552
Regular 72.1 / 139 407 535 151 370 472 509 159 342 283 3228 476 427 397 344 384 120 218 374 326 3066 6249
Par Men's 4 5 3 4 5 5 3 4 4 37 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 35 72
SI Men's 5 1 17 7 11 3 15 9 13 16 4 2 14 8 18 6 10 12
Red 409 510 142 366 416 475 155 319 247 3039 480 401 310 285 323 119 208 355 296 2777 5816
Par Women's 5 5 3 4 5 5 3 4 4 38 5 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 36 74
SI Women's 11 1 17 7 5 3 13 9 15 2 10 8 14 6 18 16 4 12
Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Course Rating and Slope Database™ - Cypress Point Club". USGA. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Cypress Point Club". Northern California Golf Association. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. ^ "The 50 Best Holes In The U.S". Golf.com. 19 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Best 18 golf holes". Golf.com. 20 September 2012.
  5. ^ "The 18 undisputed, unchallenged, scientifically-factual best golf holes in the world". Golf Digest. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Golf's best par 3 holes on the planet". CNN. 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ Routing the Golf Course: The Art & Science That Forms the Golf Journey, Forrest L. Richardson
  8. ^ "Cypress Point Club". MontereyPeninsulaGolf.com. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Toughest golf hole stymies great in Crosby's Open play". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. 10 January 1958. p. 12.
  10. ^ "Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World". Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  11. ^ Golf Digest's 2011-12 America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
  12. ^ a b "The incredibly unlikely story of how one golfer got onto ultra-private Cypress Point". Golf Digest. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  13. ^ Diaz, Jaime (18 September 1990). "Cypress Point Drops PGA Tour Event Instead of Changing Its Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  14. ^ Diaz, aime (10 February 1997). "Off-limits: What's stopping Cypress Point from rejoining the AT&T?". Sports Illustrated. p. G10.
  15. ^ Ostler, Scott (8 February 2013). "Condoleezza Rice changing face of golf". SFGATE. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  16. ^ Matuszewski, Erik. "Cypress Point Still Has Presence (Unofficially) At Golf's Pebble Beach Pro-Am". Forbes. Retrieved 9 November 2021.

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