The Links at Spanish Bay – Played June 2016
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #60, Golf Magazine Public #42
- Location: 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California
- Year: 1987
- Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Sandy Tatum, & Tom Watson
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available
Score Card Information:
- Blue: 6,821 yards, Par 72, 74.0 Rating/140 Slope
- Gold: 6,422 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope
- White: 6,043 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/128 Slope
- Red: 5,332 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/128 Slope
6:10 AM? That was my question when I was booking the tee time. I said early, but I didn’t know tee times went that early. They certainly don’t at home. But hey, I figured I would be first off and get a quick round by myself. Well guess what? I did both, but I was not by myself. As a great stroke of luck I was paired with two guys from the Chicagoland area. They were gregarious and fun to play with. We played very quickly as well. That is a combination you cannot beat.
The first leg of my second California sojourn brought me to The Links at Spanish Bay. The course is somewhat overlooked while in this area, but that is a grave mistake. The course is in excellent condition and has some of the best conditioned greens at the resort.
Per the course website, the intention of the designers was to hearken back to the Scottish roots of the game in links golf. With sandy soil running along the coast the course does a pretty good job. To further the connection a bagpiper closes each day. The other goal of the course was environmental preservation. There are many protected areas throughout the course with free drops allowed.
The scenery and experience at Spanish Bay is top notch. Let’s get into it!
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