Golf Bucket List – The Pebble Edition
Every golf fan is familiar with the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This world-famous course located along the shores of the Pacific Ocean has a rich history dating back nearly a century. Golf fans around the world relish the chance to watch professionals play this layout each year on TV during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. While watching on TV is certainly a treat, I think there is something that would be quite a bit better – playing the course for yourself.
A Long Trip – But an Easy One
As far as golf bucket list items, playing Pebble Beach at least once has to be near the very top of the list. Although Pebble Beach is obviously located on the other side of the country, getting there from the northeast is a relatively easy task. Flying to San Francisco is likely to be your best bet, as the San Francisco International Airport is only a two-hour (or so) drive from Pebble Beach. Once you have completed the journey, you will arrive at one of the most memorable destinations in the entire country.
Pebble Beach, along with a number of other courses, is located on the Monterey Peninsula. The towns of Monterey and Carmel stand at opposite ends of the peninsula, offering plenty of places to stay and dine while in the area. Of course, if you would like, you could choose to stay right at Pebble Beach, which is a costly but memorable place to lay your head down at night.
Speaking of costly, there is the issue of the greens fee that you are going to need to pay in order to experience this dream round. One of the most expensive courses in the entire U.S., you are going to need to spend around $500 for a place on the first tee. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. However, when you consider the memories that can be made during those 18-holes, you might not cringe quite as badly when your credit card is swiped.
More than Just Golf
One of the great things about taking a trip to play Pebble Beach is the long list of other activities that you can enjoy while you are in the area. Monterey Peninsula is incredibly pretty, and you could easily spend a few days just walking around the area taking in the sights. If you are someone who enjoys big cities, San Francisco is one of the best in the world for tourists. There is the Golden Gate Bridge, of course, as well as Alcatraz. The list could go on and on. No matter how long you choose to stay in this part of California, you are sure to have plenty of activities to fill your days.
I can’t think of a better place to take a golf vacation than Pebble Beach. Sure, it is a long way to travel, and yes, it is an expensive place to play golf. However, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is the kind of place that will deliver on all of your expectations. Have you played Pebble Beach, or do you plan to in the near future? Stop by Cape and Islands Golf Shop in Hyannis, MA to tell us all about it!