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Spyglass Hill Golf Course

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If you’re a golfer and have read Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, you definitely have to play this course. Golf course designer Robert Trent Jones drew inspiration from the book the same way author Stevenson drew inspiration from wandering the Spyglass area. He spent six long years carefully planning out every green, fairway, hazard, and green to perfection after which the course was finally revealed on March 11, 1966. It was originally named the Pebble Beach Pines Golf Course and was later renamed by Samuel F. B. Morse who was the founder of the Pebble Beach Company (who own and operate this course) and also a friend of Louis Stevenson. They also proceeded to name all the holes after characters and places from the book.

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The very first hole is named Treasure Island. Atop the tee zone you clearly see the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains along with the Monterey Bay and the very edge of the Del Monte Forest. From there it’s a dogleg left onto a generous green laden with gentle mounds resembling waves in the ocean. The fourth is Robert Trent Jones’ favorite par 4 named Blind Pew. It offers two options, if the pin is in the front, the best angle to play the approach would be to the left and you want to do the opposite if the pin is in the back. This green is the most photographed of Spyglass Hill. It is a very narrow and 50 yards deep which closes in even tighter along the fairway until it reaches the putting surface. This is definitely a hole that you’ll not soon forget which is why it is the course’s signature hole. 

The first five holes of this course are played on sandy terrain ridden with dunes. The 6th hole, or Israel Hands, introduces the first glimpse into the change of landscape; it is in the beautiful Del Monte Forest engulfed in a sea of pine trees. While the view is absolutely spectacular, take special care with the downhill chip shot you’ll have to make. 

Signal Hill is the 8th hole and a very difficult one at that. In fact it is one of three, along with the 6th and 16th that have been consistently listed among the most demanding holes of PGA Tour. It may well be the longest hole that is just shy of 400 yards. The tee shot is severely uphill, the second even more so, until you reach the elevated green with its right side protected by the hole’s only bunker. The 16th hole, Black Dog, is a risky dogleg right with a tree that comes into a play right at the bend and invisible from the tee zone. If you manage to get past that you are out of harm’s way save for the two bunkers on either side of the end of the green, protecting the hole. 
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From the championship tees, Spyglass Hill is definitely one of the most difficult in the world. Fortunately there are four sets of tees to choose from, so that despite the wind speeds and difficulty of the terrain paired with the testy Dye design, you’ll be able to enjoy this course no matter what level you are at as a golfer. The beauty of this course and story behind it is something you don’t want to miss."

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