The Takeaway: Grade B+
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 The Links at Spanish Bay's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California 93953
Accolades: Ranked 16th in California on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
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
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