Spyglass Hill

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

595

349

152

370

183

416

529

399

431

3424

407

528

178

445

560

125

462

325

408

3438

6862

Hndcp

3

13

17

9

15

7

11

1

5

12

10

16

4

6

18

2

14

8

Par

5

4

3

4

3

4

5

4

4

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Spyglass Hill Of the courses in the Pebble Beach National rotation, this one has more elevation changes, is more inland and is the first to be declared unplayable in rainy weather. That is not the fault of the designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The tournament is always played during the mort rainy season of the year, perhaps for the convenience of the PGA Tour.  For the other 10 months of the year the course is lush to dry and remains a threatening venue to the very best players in the world. Opened in 1966, the course has remained one of the most challenging on the Monterrey Peninsula. And with large greens and tree-lined fairways, it contrasts strongly with the older, more open Pebble Beach.  Beginning with a sweeping downhill dogleg left par-5, the routing transitions to Pacific dunes where the player must negotiate the variable winds from one island of fairway and green to the next. The narrow par-4 6th leads the player back up into the "penitentiary", so named because of the closely tree lined environment that will remain the players' ever changing challenge to the end. The finishing three par-4's are imaginative in variety and sequence.  The long dogleg right 16th leads to the temptingly short, but dangerous 17th, to the straight-away uphill 18th.

Eddie "Golfzilla" Schmidt has done an outstanding APCD recreation of Spyglass Hill for Links 2000.  The course can be downloaded for free from the Links Corner.


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