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On February 5th, Monterey County will once again play host to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament, where the world’s most accomplished golfers team up with rising amateurs and A-list celebrates for come together for one of the most fun and exciting tournaments of the year. For those planning on attending the tournament, below you will find a ton of tips on making this years trip one for the books!
Getting to the Courses
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is unique in that it is actually played at 3 different golf courses (Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and of course Pebble Beach).
Free Parking will be offered at Pebble Beach on Monday and Tuesday, but from Wednesday through the end of the tournament on Sunday, guests will be able to park at the CSU Monetary campus, where complementary shuttles can take guests to the course. Unfortunately, there is no parking available at both Spyglass and the Shore Course, but there will be complementary shuttles taking guests between golf courses.Download a Tournament Map Here
For those looking take taxis or Uber the course, there is a designated pick up and drop off zone at the Grand Entrance (at the top left side of Peter hay Hill).
Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Entrance during the lead up to the tournament, at the gate during the tournament, or online. All tickets provide admission to all three golf courses.
Who Can I Expect to Be There?
Defending champion Jordan Spieth will be joining Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and others fill out a roster chalk-filled with the most popular PGA pros on tour right now. Along side them, stars and avid golfers like Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Chris O’Donnell, Carson Daly, and Kelly Rohrbach will join country music sensation and first time tournament participant Dierks Bentley will help round out celebrity roster.
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What the Best Holes to Watch?
At Pebble Beach, holes 4 through 10 offer the best views of the gorgeous Stillwater Cove, with holes 7 and 8 featuring grandstands for golf fans to take a seat and enjoy the action.
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Golf fans looking to get up close and personal with celebrities and have a ton of fun while they are at it cannot miss hole 15, otherwise known as “Club 15”. Started in 2003, the raucous group is know for their impassioned support of the amateur players. Often appreciative of the support, celebrities are known to regularly interact with spectators there.
As for the other two courses, the tee box at hole 12 at Spyglass is noted for its “maximum golf-watching efficiency”, given that hole’s 11, 12, 14 and 15 (all par-3’s and par 5’s) all converge there. At MPCC, hole 11 offers more breathtaking Cliffside views, although it also happens to be a drop off point for the shuttle so holes 5 and 6 are suggested if you are looking to get away from the crowds.
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Things to do before/after
Most golf fans get the day started at one of the many local breakfast spots in the Monterey area, although the Carmel-by-the Sea’s Katy’s Place and the Cottage Restaurant are two of the most popular (and have been the locale for many celebrity participant sightings over the years).
After tournament play has ended for the day, pop on over to long time favorites Il Fornaio or Brophy’s Tavern (also in Carmel) for dinner and drinks with other golf fans. Cannery Row’s Sardine Factory is another excellent restaurant known to get several celebrity visitors over the course of the tournament.Learn More About the History of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am