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