The Links at Spanish BayGolf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield (2013)
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
Contact Information: Reservation Desk (800) 654-9300 or Pro Shop (831) 647-7495
Course Website: Official Website - Visit The Links at Spanish Bay's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
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.
Signature Hole: 5th - 451 Yard Par 4
By the Numbers:
Individual Hole Analysis
Best Par 3: 16th - 200 Yards
Best Par 4: 3rd - 407 Yards
Best Par 5: 14th - 576 Yards
Birdie Time: 2nd - 307 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 7th - 418 Yard Par 4