Muirfield Village Golf Club

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Cypress Point Golf Club (Pebble Beach, California)

Cypress Point Golf Club logo Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

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The Takeaway:  Without question, one of the finest golf courses in the world on perhaps the best piece of ground the game has ever known. A course at the top of every serious golfer's bucket list.  Grade A+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1928

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  831-624-2223

Directions:  Get here! - 3150 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach, California  93953 – UNITED STATES

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What to Expect:  I don't even feel worthy to write a review on Cypress Point; the best golf course in the world. The course is so special, so magical, and so beautiful that it is difficult to portray the experience in writing. The club at Cypress Point delves deep to the roots of golf where players must walk their round, be accompanied by a club-carrying caddy, and rely on their caddy for distances since there are no yardage markers on the course. Gentlemen must wear a collard shirt and slacks while changing your shoes anywhere but in the locker room is stricly prohibited. Dr. Alister MacKenzie's work has set the standard by which golf course architecture is measured and the experience is second to none. If your hoping to join the club, you better track the obituaries because memberships don't open up at Cypress Point until someone dies - it's that special.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship 72 6509 72.1 140
Middle 72 6294 71.3 136
Forward 72 5797 69.1 128
Middle (Women) 72 6294 77.7 143
Forward (Women) 72 5809 74.9 138

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  16th Hole – 222 Yard Par 3 – This is one of the most famous and best holes on the known earth. Featuring the most exhilarating tee shot in golf, over 200 yards is required to carry the Pacific Ocean to a peninsula green framed by bunkers, rocks, and ice plant. A fairway left of the green is afforded as on option off the tee in the event the incoming winds are blowing too strong or if you just aren't feeling confident enough with your hybrid/fairway wood to fire straight at the green. The pinnacle of your golfing existence is reached on this tee box the first time you step on it.

16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)

16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)

16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  15th Hole – 135 Yards – Since the mind blowing 16th has already been featured as the signature hole, a review of Cypress Point wouldn't be complete without mention of the 16th's prettier and more playable little brother, the 15th. Playing just 135 yards, the stunningly beautiful 15th hole is surrounded by bunkers, oceans rocks, and cypress trees and offers the best chance for birdie of all the par threes. This hole represents the first of back-to-back par threes and the first hole of the best three hole stretch in all of golf.

15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)

15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)

15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (135 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  17th Hole – 386 Yards – This is simply one of the prettiest tee shots for a par four in all of golf. With the tee box sitting directly behind the 16th green on a peninsula jetting out into the Pacific, your tee shot gets blasted over the rocky coast to a landing area where a cluster of cypress trees await to cause havoc on your approach shot. The green slides back out toward the ocean and is surrounded by brilliant white sand bunkers and naturally jagged ocean rocks. The worst part of #17 is the feeling you get after holing out when you realize that you are only one hole away from having having to walk off perhaps the greatest course known to man.

17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)

17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)

17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (386 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  6th Hole – 521 Yards – I hope I don't get struck down for blasphemy by saying Cypress Point has a weak point, but clearly the par 5s at the course can't even begin to compete with the quality and drama the par 3s and 4s offer. The second of back-to-back par 5s, the sixth hole plays downhill with a fairway that slopes hard from right to left. With the portion of the fairway you want your tee shot to land out of sight from the tee box, a powerful draw will make this hole very reachable in two to one of the best green sites on the course. Classic MacKenzie bunkers surround the green site and beg the golfer to play it safe to the right side of the green and work the ball back toward the hole.

6th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (521 Yard Par 5)
6th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (521 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  9th Hole – 289 Yard Par 4 – One of the great short par fours in the world, the concluding hole of the outward nine is a sub-300 yarder that should get the adrenaline pumping. When the pin is in the lower tier on the right side of the green it begs long hitters to take out their driver and go for the heroic shot towards the flag. However, when perched in the upper left side of the green, sand fronts the entire putting surface on that line and cautions players from being too aggressive with their tee shot and to instead play to the fat portion of the fairway 50 yards shy of the center of the green. In match play, this is truly one of the best offerings to look forward to while looping around Cypress Point.

9th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (289 Yard Par 4)
9th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (289 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  16th Hole – 222 Yard Par 3 – On the scorecard the 16th hole is identified as the #6 handicap. Trust me, not only does Cypress Point lack five holes that are more difficult, but there are few holes anywhere that are going to average more strokes over par than the par three 16th. Requiring a forced carry of 200 yards over the Pacific Ocean, many tee shots find a watery grave never to be heard from again. In fact, on a windy day it is not uncommon to see smart golfers play a 9 iron to the fairway left of the green followed up by a 9 iron into the green. Anytime laying up on a par three can be deemed an intelligent move even for scratch golfers, you know you've stepped onto one of the most difficult holes you'll ever have the pleasure of playing.

16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)

16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club (222 Yard Par 3)

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