BOSTON, Mass – If there’s one thing golfers agree on it’s that Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of golf’s greatest treasures and that it’s the No. 1 public course in America.
Situated on the Monterey Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean borders the iconic property, Pebble Beach has history and scenery dating back to 1947 and the first “Bing Crosby Clambake,” which is a celebrity affair that is today’s AT&T Pebble Beach. The 2020 edition is scheduled for February 6-9. Last June the course celebrated its centennial hosting its sixth U.S. Open.
Some of golf’s most famous shots have been struck by its winners, including Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tom Watson (1982), Tom Kite (1992), Tiger Woods (2000) and Graeme McDowell (2010). Its coastal holes along the cliffs of Carmel Bay – Nos. 4-10 and Nos. 17-18 – rank among the most beautiful and challenging in the world. Playing Pebble Beach is the epitome of bucket-list golf.
Jack Nicklaus once said, “If I had only one course to play, I would choose to play at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”
Johnny Miller once said, “Pebble is a piece of sacred ground. They say it’s the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. This course was heaven designed – just the way it fits on the land.”
While the course is spectacular and the public is invited to play, many are put off by the Pebble Beach green fee which today is $550. Now, the club has announced it will increase to $575 on April 1. That’s before California taxes kick in, so you will pay close to $620.
It’s not over. On top of that you can expect to fork out another $45 for golf cart. If you choose to go the caddy route and walk, which is recommended, the caddy fee will run you another $95 per bag. That figure does not include a caddy tip. All in all, with a caddie you will end up close to $700 for your outing.
Unfortunately, unless you qualify for a tournament or sneak onto the course, there is no cheap way to play Pebble Beach. There is no discount on Pebble Beach green fees for resort guests. Even for guests who stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, who pay anywhere from $940 – $6,940 per night, the price for a Pebble Beach tee time is still going to be $575 starting April 1.
As iconic courses go Pebble Beach is up there with St. Andrews and Augusta National, but is $700 a reasonable amount to part with for 18 holes of golf that might take up to six hours?
The price tag reflects the fact that you’re playing one of the most iconic golf courses in the world.
Does jaw dropping scenery convince you to play? Or the fact that you are playing where the pros play?
When you’re old and grey and lying in bed dreaming of the time you played Pebble Beach, it’s difficult to believe that you’d regret paying the price.