Spyglass Hill Golf Course

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Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Club information
Location Pebble Beach, California, United States
Established 1966, 50 years ago
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 (6,364 m)
Course rating 75.5
Slope rating 144 [1]
Spyglass is located in USA
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Location in the United States
Spyglass is located in California
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Location in California

The Spyglass Hill Golf Course is a links golf course on the west coast of the United States, located on the Monterey Peninsula in California.[2] 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.

Golf Digest has ranked Spyglass Hill as high as fifth on its list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses".[3] It has also featured in the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games, along with "sister" course Pebble Beach.

History[edit]

Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and opened 50 years ago 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.[4][5] It plays at 6,960 yards (6,364 m) to a par of 72 from the championship (blue) tees, with a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 144.[1] 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. The back tees at Spyglass Hill were called "Tiger tees" when it opened,[5] long before the birth of Tiger Woods.

Originally called Pebble Beach Pines Golf Club, the course was renamed to Spyglass Hill by Samuel F. B. Morse (1885–1969), the founder of Pebble Beach Company,[6] after the place in the 1883 novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) who had spent time in the Monterey area in 1879.[7] All the holes at Spyglass Hill were named by Bob Hanna after characters and places from the novel.[8][9]

Layout[edit]

The first hole is called Treasure Island, and is a downhill 595-yard (544 m) par 5, which doglegs almost 90 degrees to the left. One of the more renowned holes is the fourth, a 370-yard (338 m) par 4 named Blind Pew, which Robert Trent Jones 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).

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Treasure Island 595 5 10 Captain Flint 407 4
2 Billy Bones 349 4 11 Admiral Benbow 528 5
3 The Black Spot 172 3 12 Skeleton Island 178 3
4 Blind Pew 370 4 13 Tom Morgan 460 4
5 Bird Rock 197 3 14 Long John Silver 560 5
6 Israel Hands 446 4 15 Jim Hawkins 130 3
7 Indian Village 529 5 16 Black Dog 476 4
8 Signal Hill 399 4 17 Ben Gunn 325 4
9 Captain Smollett 431 4 18 Spyglass 408 4
Out 3,488 36 In 3,472 36
Total 6,960 72

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 / 144 595 349 172 370 197 446 529 399 431 3488 407 528 178 460 560 130 476 325 408 3472 6960
Gold 73.8 / 140 564 321 150 358 169 413 513 375 414 3277 377 491 160 435 525 120 454 312 387 3261 6538
White 72.2 / 132 529 293 125 345 134 379 480 354 394 3033 366 463 145 398 514 98 440 301 365 3090 6123
Handicap Back 3 13 17 9 15 7 11 1 5 12 10 16 4 6 18 2 14 8
Par Back 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 72
Par Front 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 5 3 5 4 4 37 73
Handicap Front 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. ^ a b "Course Rating and Slope Database: Spyglass Hill GC". USGA. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Spyglass Hill Golf Course". MontereyPeninsulaGolf.com. 
  3. ^ "The Pirates Of Pebble Beach: Spyglass Hill Golf Course". Golf Adventures. August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  4. ^ Stevenson, Jack (January 19, 1967). "Jack wins bet from Crosby by taking 'Spyglass Hill'". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. p. 10. 
  5. ^ a b "Bing enthused over links, but some golf pros aren't". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 22, 1967. p. 6. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Jerry (June 13, 2010). "Birth of an Icon: The story of Pebble Beach Golf Links". Monterey herald. California. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Barkow, Al (May 2006). "Spyglass Hill Golf Course". LINKS. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Stevenson, Jack (January 15, 1967). "Golf course holes named for fighters". Park City Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Associated Press. p. 18. 
  9. ^ Stewart, Jerry (April 2, 2009). "Bob Hanna dies". The Monterey County Herald. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°34′55″N 121°57′25″W / 36.582°N 121.957°W / 36.582; -121.957