Pebble Beach, CA, USA
I have made three trips to the Monterey Peninsula and played Spyglass Hill on two occasions. The first time was on my second trip during my senior year of college at the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 2008. The second in February 2015 for the then Mizuno Invitational Pro-am. I have been fortunate to play Pebble Beach multiple times but place Spyglass above Pebble for the duration of 18 holes. Spyglass Hill offers such variety, from the opening five holes played out and into the sand dunes, all the way back up to the heart of the course carved from the Monterey forest, which spans much of the coastline beyond the dunes. The course does not measure over 7,000 yards from the championship tees but provides golfers with a multitude of options from the tee. Many holes dogleg around tall California pines, requiring precision, length, and aggressive lines if you wish to challenge the course with your driver. The greens are undulating but receptive thanks to the moist seaside air and Poa Annua greens. A visit to play Pebble Beach must be accompanied by a round at Spyglass Hill!