Here is the problem, many of you are comparing the price you played to how you rate the course. I played #2 and Pebble on someone elses dime....loved them both.
Pebble is a bit of a let down once you step onto the 11th tee... having just played the most breath taking and famous stretch of golf in the world. You finish pretty strong on 17 and 18, but even 18 doesn't seem as cool in real life as it does on TV. Still everyone should play it once, it's a great experience. So I don't think it's overrated, it's just that some holes are so spectacular that the others pale in comparison. Still the history and experience of the place is something any golfer should appreciate.
#2 is 18 of the finest golf holes on an single course I have played. Nothing really jumps out at you, there are no mountains, there is no water, no major elevation changes. Just 18 holes that appear to be no harder than most courses you play at first site. When you combine the fact that Donald Ross spent his life perfecting the layout and the history of the place it is very special. If you really think about he architecture...bunker placements, the green complexes, the strategy needed to play each hole properly I think it is almost the perfect course. It is very playable for a high handicapper and challenging for a pro, fairways are easy to hit but the bunkers are placed in a way that you should flirt with them to attack the green, if you play safe you have a tough angle, much like the Old Course.
In my opinion the most overrated courses are any designed by Jack Nicklaus. I love Jack the player but his courses are all predictable, par 5's are generally reachable for long hitters, par 4's are generally barely reachable for average hitters, the greens are overly sloped with huge contours. Tons of forced carries and because his name is on it they cost $50 more to play than they should. I have played several of his courses and none of them blow me away.
Edited by dlygrisse, 12 August 2015 - 03:44 PM.