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The Links at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, CA)

Links at Spanish Bay logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield (2013)

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson, and Sandy Tatum in 1987

Cost:  $265.00 (cart extra if not staying at the resort) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  Reservation Desk (800) 654-9300 or Pro Shop (831) 647-7495

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Links at Spanish Bay's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Photos:  See additional photos of Links at Spanish Bay

Accolades:  Ranked 60th on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America and 27th in the state of California. Ranked 42nd on Golf Magazine's 2012 Top 100 Courses You Can Play list and 6th in California.

What to Expect:  Considered the 3rd wheel at the Pebble Beach Resort since opening in 1987, Spanish Bay is still a legitimate Top 100 public course design with a ton of charm. The coastal Scottish links style layout provides a different experience from the other resort courses of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill by allowing players to utilize either their aerial game or ground game to work their ball around the course. The rye grass fairways and Poa annua greens don't offer as firm and fast of links conditions as the fescue grass at Bandon does, but it still represents the purest public links experience on the sand dunes of the Monterey Coast. Caddies or carts are available during your round and a bagpiper is stationed near the clubhouse playing his pipes as the sun starts to set. While Spanish Bay isn't as celebrated as its neighbors, being the 3rd best course at Pebble Beach Resort is like being the 3rd best course at Bandon Dunes Resort which still makes it better than the best course at 95% of the resorts in America.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 72 6821 74.2 142
Gold 72 6422 72.1 136
White 72 6043 70.1 131
Red (Women) 72 5332 72.1 129

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  5th Hole – 451 Yard Par 4

Best Par 3:  16th Hole – 200 Yards

Best Par 4:  3rd Hole – 407 Yards

Best Par 5:  14th Hole – 576 Yards

Birdie Time:  2nd Hole – 307 Yard Par 4

Bogey Beware:  7th Hole – 418 Yard Par 4

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