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Spanish Bay Golf Course

Spanish bay golf course

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The marvelous Spanish Bay was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in the year of 1987. It is one of three courses at Pebble Beach Resort and sometimes considered to be the third wheel. But as many critics would agree being the third wheel of those three is still better than the being the best course in most American resorts. 

Spanish bay golf course

history of the course

In one word, charming, would be the best way to describe this true links-style course. The land was originally used for sand mining and creating a golf course on it was mostly to protect the native dune habitat. And who better to do this project justice than master architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. who is known as the father of environmental golf course design. As much as he respects his canvas he also designed a gratifyingly challenging course and integrates stunning natural landscape beautifully. 

In his own words “The very best courses are those where nature has provided the canvas and my job is to discover her secrets and reveal them. I try to design golf courses that will fascinate people so they’ll want to play them many times and learn the depths and meanings of the courses’ stories, their subtext, their poetry.” 

golf holes at spanish bay golf course

get top tips before your round of golf

The links course is ranked by Golf Magazine as #43 of the Top 100 You Can Play, but many golfers find it too difficult. PGA Professional Rich Cosand says “Why? Because it challenges you? I think it is one of the hardest courses in the Monterey area from the back tees but that’s why we have closer tees”. Jones may use games like chess, billiards and other target sports as inspiration when he plans the holes, but similar to those games he also gives you many different options to choose from. 

Standing at the first tee you will experience one of the most breathtaking views that any golf course could possible offer. As you watch the waves crashing the shore don’t be distracted from this opportunity for a birdie. The green is guarded well by marsh water and dune to the right and two impressive bunkers on the left. You’ll also need to avoid a depression just to the right of the green. The par 3 4th hole has a unique feature, a multi-tiered green, that you’d be better off hitting short than long. On hole #7 the fairways goes through to a narrow landing area and your best bet would be to carry about 180 yards onto green that resembles the shape of a kidney. 

The 15th is a really difficult one with a small landing area that’s more of an island with two bunkers to the right then you’ll have to carry over gorse and dune to a green riddled with voluptuous crevices as well as marsh and reeds to the right of it. The par4 17th brings you right back to the ocean where once again you need to carry dunescape into a narrow landing zone, and take care when judging the distance to the green because the way it’s silhouetted by the sky makes it a little tricky, not to mention the green itself falls significantly from back to front. 

Finally, the 18th hole is still right by the water, beware of flag bending wind speeds as you plan this shot and go right to avoid the gorse, which paired with the wind will surely swallow your bal. Take a deep breath and enjoy your last few moments on the awe-inspiring Spanish Bay. For those of you that enjoy unparalleled, natural scenery paired with terrific, thought provoking, target golf this course is definitely for you. 
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golf tips for spanish bay course

If you can take the time to properly way your options and take a second to ponder the outcome of all possible approaches before striking that ball, there’s no reason you can’t come out with a fairly low score at Lets Golf."

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