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Every Hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA

Sportscaster and Pebble Beach local, Jim Nantz, narrates this spectacular hole-by-hole flyover of Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

Released on 6/3/2019

Transcript

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[upbeat music]
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Most of us get to Pebble Beach
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by flying into San Francisco
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and then driving with great anticipation.
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The couple of hours down the coast
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past Fishermans ward, and Monterey, to the Del Monte forest
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where you arrive upon 17 mile drive
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just the sound of that road alone gives golfers goosebumps.
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As long as Golf Digest has been ranking public golf courses,
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Pebble Beach is number one.
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You've arrived at the greatest meeting
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of land and sea, they call it.
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Just insert the word dramatic in front of any hole here
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and you won't be wrong.
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Lets get going because you're on the T.
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This is 18 holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
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The fist hole, not great but good.
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It puts you right on the course
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starting out with the hustle bustle of the big putting green
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near the lodge and all the activity along the promenade.
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The first bends gently 380 yards to the right
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don't be surprised if you birdie it.
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However, if you are on the putting service above the hole
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look out you could be walking away with a five.
01:25
The second is par five for us mere mortals
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but plays as a four par in the United States Open
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making the course a par 71
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guys like us lay up the approach shot
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between the trees flanking the fairway,
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short of the baraanca
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leaving about 100 yards to the hole.
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The putting surface, is a small one
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like all of the greens at Pebble Beach.
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The third measures 404 yards
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but you can hit it over the trees and cut the dog leg.
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Short is better than long on your second
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or you'll end up over the road.
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The first sudden death playoff in Major Championship
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history, ended right here on this surface.
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1977, the PGA Championship, Lanny Wadkins ended it
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with a put to beat Gene Littler.
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Four runs along Stillwater Cove, a tiny par four
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that yields to a pinpoint wedge
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its a narrow target and opening to the green
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but anything on the putting surface is a birdie putt.
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Then comes the one they call the New Fifth
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even though Jack Nichlaus designed a quarter-century ago
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he replaced an indifferent inland par three
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with this sensational one
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about 200 yards, you aim it a little left
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and bounce towards the flag.
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Now begins the celebrity holes
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Most pros will feel some pressure with the T-shot
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because there's a line of bunkers down the left
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and a seawall on the right
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those fairway bunkers on the left
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a placed there to upbraid the cowardly
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but don't go right either,
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on these middle holes,
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the Pacific ocean is a constant companion,
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kinda like my arteritis.
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It's a monster that works it's way along cliffs
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so steep you cannot see the slope bellow
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As far as you know the world ends
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on the right side of these holes.
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Then there's the most photographed par three in the cosmos,
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Number seven,
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Is there a more fun hole anywhere in the world to play?
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Craggy rock outcroppings, painted with sea foam,
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and blue sky.
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Club selection ranges from sand wedge to five iron
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just don't get lost in the beauty of this hole.
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Wipe the smile of your face
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because it's time to play number eight
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the Premier two-shotter in golf,
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Nichlaus' favorite approach,
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Peter Andrews once described the hole as
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requiring a drive in the 240 yard range
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followed by a boring iron some 190 yards
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over a yawning chasm to a green about
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the size of a double bed, surrounded by bunkers.
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The ninth dances along the cliffs for 526 yards
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and then to show you that they aren't kidding on
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the 10th hole, you get to do it all over again
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On another 495-yarder.
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One time, Tony Lema, tumbled off the precipice
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and fell 18 feet to the beach bellow
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suffering bruises and contusions
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Pebble Beach can you that to you.
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It's link style course, 10 holes, out to a house,
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on the point once owned by Gene Hackman
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and then eight holes straight back to the lodge.
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The 11th is a devilish par four
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only 390, but keep the sand out of your shoes
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and watch out for the slippery green.
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The 12th requires a 200 yard iron or hybrid
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with the trajectory of a mortar shell.
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Pebble Beaches guide book is pleased to call the 13th,
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a breather.
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In Ben Hogans last Crosby, he was paired with Bing himself
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as his partner.
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In Sundays round, the weather was so bad
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Crosby asked Ben to repair his home
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which adjoined the hole.
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Hogan declined, and resolutely completed his round
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in 81.
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So something in the 90s isn't so bad.
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Tighten your shoe laces for the 580 yard, 14th.
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The hardest hole every year on the PGA Tour.
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The green has a bigger footprint now
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adding hole locations but is still a bear.
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Arnold Palmer once his his second shot off a tree
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out of bounds, and then immediately did it again
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that night a storm uprooted the same tree.
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Such was the power of Arnie or maybe
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it was serendipity of Pebble Beach.
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15 is another breather for many but be sure not to
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lose your T-shot right on the 17-mile drive
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if you hit it in the fairway its definitely a birdie hole
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often times the gallery and the grand stand
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next to the T is boisterous and well lubricated
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if there not their when you're playing it,
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just imagine they are, it might be worth an extra
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10 yards in adrenaline.
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And then comes that glorious stretch 16 through 18,
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marching to the sea,.
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Peter Dobereiner called it the most demanding,
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the most beautiful, and the most exhilarating
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finish in championship golf.
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These holes, a par 4, a par 3, and a par 5
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can always be relied upon to serve up a champion.
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16, the 402 yard dog leg right, over a bunker,
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then over a barranca to one of the trickiest
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greens on the course.
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17 is the hole for history
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book ending, Nicholaus' famous one-iron,
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that smacked against the flag stick in the 1972 U.S. open
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and Tom Watson, impossibly chipping in from
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the heavy rough green-side in the 82' open.
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But my favorite was Palmer hitting it over the green
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onto the rocks bellow, the king flailed away
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to sextuple nine
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Jimmy Demaret commentating back then,
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got off one of his most famous lines,
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If he elects to take a penalty, his nearest drop
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would be Honolulu.
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And then the moment we've all been waiting for,
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the greatest finishing hole in golf.
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The 543-yard, 18, all the way around Pebble Beach golf links
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the ocean is whispering to you, don't go right.
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Now all of a sudden, at 18 it shouts
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don't go left.
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That fairway bunker that runs over 100 yards to the green
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it's caught many-a-ball during the day.
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On a windy afternoon and high tide
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you'll be sprayed by the crashing waves
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So what? Go out, make five,
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and make a final closing special memory.
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Now repair to the lodge which is every bit as grand and cool
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as it sounds.
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There's no better way to finish a round of golf
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anywhere in the world.
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Pebble Beach, the place, the course, the vibe,
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it's a national treasure.
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After all, it's 18 holes at Pebble Beach,
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a once in a lifetime experience, every time you play it.
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[soft guitar music]
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