If you could only play one golf course for the rest of your golfing days, this would probably be the one.
Scotland has St. Andrews, Carnoustie and a bunch of ancient course treasures.
We’ve got Pebble Beach.
Greatest course in the U.S. of A that anyone can play.
Open to the public, yes, but the price is steep. But consider it’s a bucket-list type of deal.
Which brings us to this week’s stop on the PGA Tour. This one used to be the Crosby Pro-Am in the days of Bing, Bob, and A-list stars out the ying-yang. Clint Dirty Harry Eastwood, was perhaps the coolest, once upon a time Mayor of Carmel. Eastwood didn’t like the way things were run in the sleepy little town that he adopted as his home in the late 80s.
The breaking point for Eastwood came was when the preservationist-dominated town council automatically rejected Clint’s plans to build a small building in downtown Carmel that would have improved the surrounding area. Clint promptly sued the city winning an out-of-court settlement that permitted him to proceed with his building.
Eastwood decided a change in attitude was needed and in 1987, ran for mayor. He got 72% of the vote and won the $200 a month job.
“We got rid of quite a lot of punitive attitudes on the council and helped people get things done,” he said later. “We got things built — beach walkways, a library annex which had been waiting 25 years, and so on. I approached it from a business point of view, not a political one.”
Eastwood held just one two-year term, decided that was enough politics for him and went back to his career as an actor and later, superb director.
Eastwood was a long-time face in this event.
The faces change but the true face of the event is Pebble.
Toss in a quick trip to Monterrey Peninsula (the easiest of the three) and Spyglass and you’ve got a great rotation.
Good news is that all the big names played well Thursday on the “easy” of the three.
Phil Mickelson and Jason Day took advantage of the great weather on Thursday and shot 65s at Monterrey. Dustin Johnson, who crossed a bunch of time zones from Saudi Arabia, showed no effects from jet lag and shot 66 — so did Jordan I’m Still Searching For My Game Spieth. Tommy The Brit Fleetwood was a duck out of water so to speak — his two-over par 73 at Monterrey didn’t help his chances of making the cut after Saturday.
Tony Finau looked prepared after his 69 at Pebble. “I like where my game is at this early in the year,” Finau observed. “I spent a lot of time preparing myself mentally for this season.
Things could get a little more testy for the boys on Friday. They could get some good old fashioned “Crosby Weather” — as in wind and rain. Welcome to Scotland, or as they found out last Sunday, Scottsdale, Part Two.
This one’s fun to watch. Weather doesn’t matter. Players don’t matter.
It’s all about the vistas, the ocean and those gazillion-dollar homes dotting Pebble are pretty spectacular as well.
Great place, great energy, great scenery.
Doesn’t matter who’s playing.