Discover Golf : April 2014
click to enlarge images Holes7&18 Hole 7 Hole 10 Hole 11 Hole 12 Hole 16 Hole 16 Holes17&4 pin. It’s a solid 506-yard, par-5, that’s ranked the second hardest hole at the course. And nothing can adequately prepare you for your first glance at Pebble Beach’s iconic 7th hole—it’s awe-inspiring. The pretty, par-3, 106-yard hole utilises all the available land at the tiny peninsula that juts into the ocean, making it one of the most photographed golf holes in the world. The elevated tee ground framed by a rustic split timber rail offers a wonderful vista of the coast. It’s just a flick with a wedge to the green in benign conditions. However, in wilder weather it can require as much as a mid-iron to find the putting surface, making this little beauty of a hole a beast to conquer. At the par-4, 427-yard, 8th hole, the generous fairway hugging the spectacular coastline is blind from the tee. Making this the fitting time to introduce Pebble Beach’s superb caddie services. Be sure to grab one of the local bagmen—they’re worth the investment. Armed with their experience by your side, you’ll choose the right line off the tee to avoid hitting it over the cliff and onto the beach below. Then from the elevated fairway position, you’ll need a well struck mid-iron to clear the ravine and find the small green with your approach. The par-4, 9th and 10th holes continue to head away from the clubhouse along the coastline offering spectacular views of Carmel Beach. At 446 yards and 373 yards respectively, both holes are lengthy and feature fairways that camber severely towards the sea. From this point, the impressive layout turns inland. The 11th hole is just 373 yards long. However, the short par-4 boasts one of the smallest and trickiest greens played on the PGA Tour. Pebble Beach demands pinpoint accuracy with small greens being a distinct feature at this classic track. After holing out at the 16th green—one of the prettiest settings Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach Golf Links, Holes 9 & 10 A new day dawns at Pebble Beach. And by dusk, another field of excited golfers will realise their dream to play the great course.