Pebble Beach Golf Links, commonly known simply as Pebble Beach, is considered to be one of the most famous and most beautiful golf courses in the world. The course is located in Pebble Beach, California and many of the holes are located directly on the coastline with views of Carmel Bay. It was ranked as the number one golf course in America by Golf Digest in 2001 and was the first course open to the public to receive this distinction. It currently costs $495 to play a round of golf at the course, which makes it one of the most expensive courses in the world. If you have ever wondered who designed this magnificent golf course, continue reading to find out.
Who designed the Pebble Beach Golf Links?
Pebble Beach was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and was opened for play on February 22, 1919. The designers wanted to design the course with the most number of holes along the coastline as possible and they decided on a figure 8 layout, which makes the most of the peninsula that holds the 6-8th holes. A smaller peninsula to the west hosts the 17th hole and the tee box of the 18th hole. The 18th hole is considered to be one of the greatest closing holes in golf, but Neville and Grant originally created the hole as a 379 yard par 4. This was redesigned and extended by almost 200 yards in 1922 by golf course architect William Herbert Fowler to create the know famous par 5 finishing hole.
In 1995 the course was changed again after a small parcel of land was bought back by the course after many years of negotiations. Jack Nicklaus designed a new par 3 on the land to create another hole directly on the coastline. In 2008 new bunkers were added to holes 3, 6, 9, 10, and 12.
Did you know?
The course hosts two yearly professional golfing tournaments currently known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (PGA Tour) and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Champions Tour). Pebble Beach has also hosted the prestigious US Open five times (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010) and the PGA Championship once (1977).