AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2012: Overview Of Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Penisula C.C.

For those of you who aren't aware, every year the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am is played on three separate courses; Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the newly added Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Here's a quick look at the three tracks being played at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am this year:

All information provided by PGATOUR.com

Pebble Beach Golf Links:

Course Record: 62 (Tom Kite 1983, David Duval 1997)

Course Superintendent

Chris Dalhamer

Original architect

Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, 1919

Redesign

Ed Conner and Jack Nicklaus, 1991; New fifth hole by Jack Nicklaus, 1998

Par value

72

Number of TOUR events as host venue

66 (including 2012)

Course ranking

Ranked 17 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011

Yardage history

6,815 yards (1947-1994)

6,799 (1995-1999)

6,816 (2000-2004, 2006-present)

6,737 (2005)

Grass

Perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (rough)

Tournament Stimpmeter

10 ft

Sand bunkers

111

Water hazards

Ocean on nine holes

Easiest Hole:

The par-4 466-yard 9th This is the toughest hole on the golf course. Because the fairway slopes severely toward the ocean, the approach must be hit from a hanging lie. What usually happens is that the player leaks it to the right a little or overcompensates and ends up in the left rough or the greenside bunker. The approach to No. 8 may be the most critical on the course, but the approach to the ninth is just as difficult and if you've missed the eighth, the ninth is not place to pick up lost strokes.
2011: 0 eagles, 13 birdies, 134 pars, 65 bogeys, 12 double bogeys, 2 others.

Hardest Hole:

The par-5 513-yard 6th This hole demands the driver. That's because a ball not hit far enough probably will prevent the player from reaching the second landing area, past the swath of rough, on the second shot. That will mean a lay-up and a blind third shot to a small green with a long iron. That's not something to look forward to, so expect to see the field cranking driver here.
2011: 9 eagles, 110 birdies, 88 pars, 17 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 0 others.


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Spyglass Hill Golf Course:

Course Record: 62 (Phil Mickelson 2005, Luke Donald 2006)

Course Superintendent

Robert C. Yeo

Original architect

Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1966

Par value

72

Number of TOUR events as host venue

43 (including 2012)

Course ranking

Ranked 15 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011

Yardage history

6,810 yards (1967-1976, 1978-1979, 1981-1995)

6,859 yards (1997-1999)

6,817 yards (2000-2001)

6,862 yards (2002-2006)

6,953 yards (2007-2009)

6,833 (2010)

Grass

Perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (tees, fairways, greens, rough)

Tournament Stimpmeter

10 ft

Sand bunkers

62

Water hazards

4

Easiest Hole:

The par-4 399-yard 8th Signal Hill is, perhaps, the longest hole under 400 yards in the world. The second shot is even more uphill than the tee shot. The green is elevated and crowned with the hole's only bunker protecting its right side. This is Spyglass Hill's No. 1 handicap hole.
2011: 0 eagles, 9 birdies, 85 pars, 53 bogeys, 7 double bogeys, 1 other.

Hardest Hole:

The par-5 528-yard 11th A dogleg-right par-5 is characterized by a necklace of bunkers protecting the right side of the green. While beautiful to look at from a distance, these bunkers are very costly to play from.
2010: 6 eagles, 77 birdies, 61 pars, 9 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 0 others.

Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course:

Original architect

Bob E. Baldock and Jack Neville, 1959

Par value

70

Number of TOUR events as host venue

5 (including 2012)

Yardage

6,838

Grass

Poa annua (greens); Bent (tees, fairways)

via PGATOUR.com

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