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I Guess I'll Never Play Pebble Beach


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#61 raynorfan1

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

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I think their going rate for a dozen ProV's is $90 a dozen.

Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it. It's the principle of the thing. I am all for the capitalist system, but I find gouging people to be an odious practice. I am sure PB could still make plenty of money with green fees at half the cost. Just because they can get the money doesn't mean they have to. People go to loan sharks, but that doesn't make what the loan sharks do right.

I mean c'mon, $500 for a round of golf?
I totally respect that line of thinking, but it is a once in a lifetime experience for some people.  But what's worse playing $500 for PB or paying $200 for some resort course most people have never heard of on vacation?  I would rather pay for PB, not that I could justify it all the time.....

I understand it's a lifetime experience, and PB has a storied history there is no denying that, but if I were to play I'd feel I got ripped off.

If people don't mind paying $500 for a round of golf that is there business. Personally, I think it's too much. I am not telling people not to play it, only that I would never pay that much for a round of golf no matter where it was...including Augusta National.

I think the most I ever paid for a round of golf was $75.

Got to admire your principle.

I have no idea of your net worth.

IMHO as you get wealthier and older, your sense of value / costs changes.

You begin to realize that this is an one way trip in this life of ours.

So I am going to take you are at your word when you say "Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it." to mean that to you $500 per round is a relatively large of money and in your current financial position.

To many others though $500 is not a lot of money and that perhaps in the future when you have acquired more wealth you may see it differently.  Of course I also know of a few very rich people who think as you do now and that is just part of their DNA and probably why they got so wealthy.

Do you even have a golf bucket list? Would Pebble Beach or Augusta National even be on your golf bucket list?

Good post. Thank you.

I would never overcharge people for a product. I simply would not feel comfortable doing so. To me, those that overcharge are no different than the sandbagger and people of that ilk.

I would argue that at $500, Pebble is probably a comparative value. It's a Top 20 golf course. You're going to pay at least that much to play any of the other courses in that strata. Most members at peer courses are paying at least that much - ballpark - per round. When you think about the number of resort courses in the $250 - $300 range, and then ask if Pebble is at least twice the experience...it probably is.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:16 PM

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View PostSean2, on 20 May 2017 - 03:02 PM, said:

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I think their going rate for a dozen ProV's is $90 a dozen.

Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it. It's the principle of the thing. I am all for the capitalist system, but I find gouging people to be an odious practice. I am sure PB could still make plenty of money with green fees at half the cost. Just because they can get the money doesn't mean they have to. People go to loan sharks, but that doesn't make what the loan sharks do right.

I mean c'mon, $500 for a round of golf?
I totally respect that line of thinking, but it is a once in a lifetime experience for some people.  But what's worse playing $500 for PB or paying $200 for some resort course most people have never heard of on vacation?  I would rather pay for PB, not that I could justify it all the time.....

I understand it's a lifetime experience, and PB has a storied history there is no denying that, but if I were to play I'd feel I got ripped off.

If people don't mind paying $500 for a round of golf that is there business. Personally, I think it's too much. I am not telling people not to play it, only that I would never pay that much for a round of golf no matter where it was...including Augusta National.

I think the most I ever paid for a round of golf was $75.

I don't even know how you've never paid more than $75 Sean. I know you haven't been playing for as long as a lot of other people. But $75 isn't even an abnormally high green fee anymore. Do you not play at many different courses?
I generally don't pay more than $60. I utilize golf now, and play in the afternoons. And I play on a rotating basis 5 courses throughout the year.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:24 PM

You can't put a price on lifetime memories I myself am trying to get but in my case its an availability issue versus price and last time I tried to put a trip there for me and my wife went to Bandon instead.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:04 PM

I've played Pebble Beach three times.   Now, before you get all 1% on me lemme explain.

First time was a birthday present from my grandpa.  We stayed at the Super 8.  It was back in the 90s

Second time I went by myself.  Stayed at the Super 8 again.  It was $87/night for the room and I ate breakfast at Denny's.  

Third time was the most luxurious because I used some points to get a room at the Best Western Plus.  

Not sure why some of you pretentious arse clowns feel you have to spend $3000 to play Pebble Beach but whatever.  Keep thinking you can't.   Makes more room for me.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:11 PM

You can justify not paying to play pebble beach all you want but it's more than just a nice piece of property. The maintenance involved. The people who work there. The taxes of California.

I view every courses I play as helping out the club and the people that work there.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:59 PM

View Postgolfer07840, on 21 May 2017 - 01:16 PM, said:

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 21 May 2017 - 08:12 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 20 May 2017 - 03:02 PM, said:

View Postdlygrisse, on 19 May 2017 - 03:39 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 19 May 2017 - 03:21 PM, said:

I think their going rate for a dozen ProV's is $90 a dozen.

Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it. It's the principle of the thing. I am all for the capitalist system, but I find gouging people to be an odious practice. I am sure PB could still make plenty of money with green fees at half the cost. Just because they can get the money doesn't mean they have to. People go to loan sharks, but that doesn't make what the loan sharks do right.

I mean c'mon, $500 for a round of golf?
I totally respect that line of thinking, but it is a once in a lifetime experience for some people.  But what's worse playing $500 for PB or paying $200 for some resort course most people have never heard of on vacation?  I would rather pay for PB, not that I could justify it all the time.....

I understand it's a lifetime experience, and PB has a storied history there is no denying that, but if I were to play I'd feel I got ripped off.

If people don't mind paying $500 for a round of golf that is there business. Personally, I think it's too much. I am not telling people not to play it, only that I would never pay that much for a round of golf no matter where it was...including Augusta National.

I think the most I ever paid for a round of golf was $75.

I don't even know how you've never paid more than $75 Sean. I know you haven't been playing for as long as a lot of other people. But $75 isn't even an abnormally high green fee anymore. Do you not play at many different courses?
I generally don't pay more than $60. I utilize golf now, and play in the afternoons. And I play on a rotating basis 5 courses throughout the year.

Oh, I rarely pay more that also. Just seems strange to have never paid that much. I think most of us have paid $75 or more for a course that probably was worth about half of that   But he explained it.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:25 PM

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there aren't many places in the world I rather spend 6 long hours at... pebble deserves the admirations.

I have been a half dozen times in the last 10 years. Rounds aren't 6 hours. Each time I'm in under 5.

I play golf. It's what I do. I don't drink. I don't do anything but play golf. Every $ of my disposable income is spent on my family or golf.

Quit focusing on how much it is and enjoy yourself.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 06:35 PM

Depending on time of year, you can get a tee time without staying on property.  There are decent lodging alternatives for $100-$200 per night not that far away.

I myself think $500 green fee is really high, but if you've never played Pebble ... it will probably be worth it for the first time for sure.  Second time $500 will feel more expensive.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:09 PM



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I generally don't pay more than $60. I utilize golf now, and play in the afternoons. And I play on a rotating basis 5 courses throughout the year.

Oh, I rarely pay more that also. Just seems strange to have never paid that much. I think most of us have paid $75 or more for a course that probably was worth about half of that   But he explained it.

I have as well. But right now with 2 kids going to 50K a yr colleges, I have to be on a budget

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:26 PM

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I generally don't pay more than $60. I utilize golf now, and play in the afternoons. And I play on a rotating basis 5 courses throughout the year.

Oh, I rarely pay more that also. Just seems strange to have never paid that much. I think most of us have paid $75 or more for a course that probably was worth about half of that   But he explained it.

I have as well. But right now with 2 kids going to 50K a yr colleges, I have to be on a budget

I remember the pain of two in college.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:29 PM

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View Postgolfer07840, on 21 May 2017 - 07:09 PM, said:



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View Postgolfer07840, on 21 May 2017 - 01:16 PM, said:

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I generally don't pay more than $60. I utilize golf now, and play in the afternoons. And I play on a rotating basis 5 courses throughout the year.

Oh, I rarely pay more that also. Just seems strange to have never paid that much. I think most of us have paid $75 or more for a course that probably was worth about half of that   But he explained it.

I have as well. But right now with 2 kids going to 50K a yr colleges, I have to be on a budget

I remember the pain of two in college.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:35 PM

The best for me was paying $560ish to play Pinehurst #2 which did not include the caddie and still having to pay another $8 for the yardage book.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:48 PM

I spent about 3k at Augusta national at the gift shop and I didn't even get to play there... in 45 minutes.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:31 AM

I have an issue with these courses that charge so much. I understand the reasoning, and am all for it (Im an Economist...). However, what i dont like is the upcharge for everything... cart...caddie fee...tip... etc.

Id rather you charge me 700 flat rate than 500 with (necessary) add ons.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:38 AM

View Postpayerasjl, on 22 May 2017 - 10:31 AM, said:

I have an issue with these courses that charge so much. I understand the reasoning, and am all for it (Im an Economist...). However, what i dont like is the upcharge for everything... cart...caddie fee...tip... etc.

Id rather you charge me 700 flat rate than 500 with (necessary) add ons.

You and I differ there. I like to walk, and at Pebble I don't want a caddie.


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:55 AM

Until I played Pebble I'd never paid more than 150$ for a round of gold which include Sawgrass, Kiawah Ocean, Bayhill, Whistling Straits, Pinehurst #2 and Harbour Town. It's a tough nut when they ring up 500+ on the credit card.

Sean...do you splurge on anything (concerts, plays, strippers?)

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:58 AM

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I think their going rate for a dozen ProV's is $90 a dozen.

Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it. It's the principle of the thing. I am all for the capitalist system, but I find gouging people to be an odious practice. I am sure PB could still make plenty of money with green fees at half the cost. Just because they can get the money doesn't mean they have to. People go to loan sharks, but that doesn't make what the loan sharks do right.

I mean c'mon, $500 for a round of golf?
I totally respect that line of thinking, but it is a once in a lifetime experience for some people.  But what's worse playing $500 for PB or paying $200 for some resort course most people have never heard of on vacation?  I would rather pay for PB, not that I could justify it all the time.....

I understand it's a lifetime experience, and PB has a storied history there is no denying that, but if I were to play I'd feel I got ripped off.

If people don't mind paying $500 for a round of golf that is there business. Personally, I think it's too much. I am not telling people not to play it, only that I would never pay that much for a round of golf no matter where it was...including Augusta National.

I think the most I ever paid for a round of golf was $75.

Got to admire your principle.

I have no idea of your net worth.

IMHO as you get wealthier and older, your sense of value / costs changes.

You begin to realize that this is an one way trip in this life of ours.

So I am going to take you are at your word when you say "Even if I had the money I wouldn't play it." to mean that to you $500 per round is a relatively large of money and in your current financial position.

To many others though $500 is not a lot of money and that perhaps in the future when you have acquired more wealth you may see it differently.  Of course I also know of a few very rich people who think as you do now and that is just part of their DNA and probably why they got so wealthy.

Do you even have a golf bucket list? Would Pebble Beach or Augusta National even be on your golf bucket list?

Good post. Thank you.

I can afford to play PB, I just think $500 for a round of golf is over the top. It's not like I am suggesting that PB not make a profit. I am suggesting they could remain very profitable and charge a lot less. I started working when I was 7 years old (assistant paper boy, and shoe shine boy at a couple of local bars). I worked all through grade school, high school, college and graduate school so I appreciate the value of a dollar since if I wanted one I had to earn it. I may be wrong, but I just feel PB management is taking advantage of people by charging so much. Of course everyone who has played it is going to rave about it...heck, they just spent $500...not to mention lodging, food, etc.

There are other examples: a beer at a ball game (as well as parking), a glass of orange juice at a hotel, etc.

Yes, I am aware of supply and demand, along with Adam Smith's "invisible hand". I would never overcharge people for a product. I simply would not feel comfortable doing so. To me, those that overcharge are no different than the sandbagger and people of that ilk.

I am not telling anyone what to do, what to buy, or what to charge, I am simply putting forth how I feel about it. If someone agrees, that's fine. If not, that's fine too. :-)

Yes but they wouldn't be as profitable if they didn't charge people $500. This is the difference between us and the Socialists. If I charge someone $500 for a round of golf and they end up not being able to afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children as a result, is that my fault? Or is there any personal responsibility? Your first and foremost concern as a business is your bottom line. My opinion, I would charge $750, make an even bigger profit, and give free rounds of golf to all veterans and their families. The people who really deserve a break. Am I an evil capitalist or can I take advantage of people so that I can do what I want with my profits? I've also earned every dollar I have, and I really don't view $500 as a lot of money, old people spend that much on their cable bills in like 3 months. ;)

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:16 PM

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View PostSean2, on 21 May 2017 - 12:06 PM, said:



Good post. Thank you.

I can afford to play PB, I just think $500 for a round of golf is over the top. It's not like I am suggesting that PB not make a profit. I am suggesting they could remain very profitable and charge a lot less. I started working when I was 7 years old (assistant paper boy, and shoe shine boy at a couple of local bars). I worked all through grade school, high school, college and graduate school so I appreciate the value of a dollar since if I wanted one I had to earn it. I may be wrong, but I just feel PB management is taking advantage of people by charging so much. Of course everyone who has played it is going to rave about it...heck, they just spent $500...not to mention lodging, food, etc.

There are other examples: a beer at a ball game (as well as parking), a glass of orange juice at a hotel, etc.

Yes, I am aware of supply and demand, along with Adam Smith's "invisible hand". I would never overcharge people for a product. I simply would not feel comfortable doing so. To me, those that overcharge are no different than the sandbagger and people of that ilk.

I am not telling anyone what to do, what to buy, or what to charge, I am simply putting forth how I feel about it. If someone agrees, that's fine. If not, that's fine too. :-)

Yes but they wouldn't be as profitable if they didn't charge people $500. This is the difference between us and the Socialists. If I charge someone $500 for a round of golf and they end up not being able to afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children as a result, is that my fault? Or is there any personal responsibility? Your first and foremost concern as a business is your bottom line. My opinion, I would charge $750, make an even bigger profit, and give free rounds of golf to all veterans and their families. The people who really deserve a break. Am I an evil capitalist or can I take advantage of people so that I can do what I want with my profits? I've also earned every dollar I have, and I really don't view $500 as a lot of money, old people spend that much on their cable bills in like 3 months. ;)

There is a perfect price from everything. Low enough that you have sufficient volume, high enough that you have maximum profit. Then of course the high price is part of the attraction for some.

They probably could charge $1000 per round and have fewer golfers and make more money as their operating costs would go down.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:23 PM

View PostSilverBullets, on 19 May 2017 - 01:48 PM, said:

I played pebble when I was 16 or 17 (I'm 30 now).  I still remember almost every shot I hit that day.  I remember the cold swing, gross triple on #1.  Draining the long birdie on 5.  Hitting it to a couple inches on #7 for another birdie.  An out of body experience up and down from behind the green on #8.  The blow up on #14 from the fairway bunker.  And ending it on a great sandie par on 18.  It was an incredible day spent my parents (father playing, mother walking).  

I've had the incredible fortune of playing many of the great golf courses around the country.  Pebble is right up there at the top of the most memorable and special rounds which I have played.  For me and my father, it was worth every penny to make those memories.

Did you pay for it or did he?

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:26 PM

View PostGDB02, on 20 May 2017 - 12:42 AM, said:

Saying that you won't pay the fee to play pebble bc "of the principle" is absolutely ridiculous. I get there are many out there who simply can't afford it, but don't be a tough guy and say you won't ever play it bc it's overpriced.

Why is it ridiculous?  Everybody has their own perception of "value" and if something isn't of value to you, then to you it's over priced and you don't buy it. There are plenty of things I can afford that don't purchase because to me, the value of it does equal the cash I'm paying out.


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

View Post2bGood, on 22 May 2017 - 12:16 PM, said:

View PostSMcGavin1, on 22 May 2017 - 10:58 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 21 May 2017 - 12:06 PM, said:

Good post. Thank you.

I can afford to play PB, I just think $500 for a round of golf is over the top. It's not like I am suggesting that PB not make a profit. I am suggesting they could remain very profitable and charge a lot less. I started working when I was 7 years old (assistant paper boy, and shoe shine boy at a couple of local bars). I worked all through grade school, high school, college and graduate school so I appreciate the value of a dollar since if I wanted one I had to earn it. I may be wrong, but I just feel PB management is taking advantage of people by charging so much. Of course everyone who has played it is going to rave about it...heck, they just spent $500...not to mention lodging, food, etc.

There are other examples: a beer at a ball game (as well as parking), a glass of orange juice at a hotel, etc.

Yes, I am aware of supply and demand, along with Adam Smith's "invisible hand". I would never overcharge people for a product. I simply would not feel comfortable doing so. To me, those that overcharge are no different than the sandbagger and people of that ilk.

I am not telling anyone what to do, what to buy, or what to charge, I am simply putting forth how I feel about it. If someone agrees, that's fine. If not, that's fine too. :-)

Yes but they wouldn't be as profitable if they didn't charge people $500. This is the difference between us and the Socialists. If I charge someone $500 for a round of golf and they end up not being able to afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children as a result, is that my fault? Or is there any personal responsibility? Your first and foremost concern as a business is your bottom line. My opinion, I would charge $750, make an even bigger profit, and give free rounds of golf to all veterans and their families. The people who really deserve a break. Am I an evil capitalist or can I take advantage of people so that I can do what I want with my profits? I've also earned every dollar I have, and I really don't view $500 as a lot of money, old people spend that much on their cable bills in like 3 months. ;)

There is a perfect price from everything. Low enough that you have sufficient volume, high enough that you have maximum profit. Then of course the high price is part of the attraction for some.

They probably could charge $1000 per round and have fewer golfers and make more money as their operating costs would go down.

Eesh. Well at least we haven't heard Pebble Beach being referred to as a 'monopoly' yet in this thread or maybe we have.
No one playing Pebble or any other destination course is being taken advantage of. What a load of hyperbolic tosh.

This isn't the local grocery store quadrupling their prices right before/after a storm blows through.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:33 PM

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View Postmoonshine, on 20 May 2017 - 01:39 PM, said:

I had a friend tell me he played a few times at Pebble on business...so he did not pay.  Said rangers were particularly rude and pushy all day.  At least Pebble has the lore and history behind it....what's Bandon's excuse?  Pasatiempo is on my bucket list out that way for sure.

Yep there are rangers all over the place pushing and they are kind of jerks.

My buddy and I played last December. Went out as a twosome and caught a foursome walking off the 2ND tee while we were walking up to 1 green. They said we all suck so don't worry we will let you through when it makes sense.

Got to 5 and they waved us to hit up since its a par 3 and we passed them. As we were walking up 6 after hitting tee shots the ranger pulled up and started yelling at us, what the hell are we doing playing through without consulting the staff first, we are screwing up the spacing and some other Bs. Just told him the other group waved us up and whatever dude. Then he drove off to 5 to go yell at them.

Was really weird because we never caught another group the rest of the day and played in 4:15ish. Not sure why he flipped. But he and his buddies were still stalking us all day even on pace with no one ahead of us or within 2 holes behind us for like the last 11 holes.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:34 PM

View Postlarrybud, on 22 May 2017 - 12:26 PM, said:

View PostGDB02, on 20 May 2017 - 12:42 AM, said:

Saying that you won't pay the fee to play pebble bc "of the principle" is absolutely ridiculous. I get there are many out there who simply can't afford it, but don't be a tough guy and say you won't ever play it bc it's overpriced.

Why is it ridiculous?  Everybody has their own perception of "value" and if something isn't of value to you, then to you it's over priced and you don't buy it. There are plenty of things I can afford that don't purchase because to me, the value of it does equal the cash I'm paying out.

Right but you are taking about people's perceived value of things, which as many people have mentioned already in this thread, is a wholly reasonable reason to avail/not avail yourself or a product or service.

But to say it's about the 'principle' of it, in this example, is pure affectation.
It's simply more of the same virtue signalling we get from certain posters.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:39 PM

I've played it before and would again, no question, it's a great experience and worth the price of admission as are some other places I've played like that, like the old course and carnoustie. I'll also pay the premium to play kiawah, pinehurst, and Bandon if I ever make it there. I love golf experiences like that, but if you don't I get it too.

What I HATE though is the places that charge that premium but don't give you the experience. I've played troon north a bunch, usually at a discounted rate, and in no way is that place worth $350 or whatever they charge. If you're gonna charge that I better get top notch service from the point I drive in till the point I drive out of the lot (you don't, it's the same as any other course around there), the course better be in pristine shape (it never is), and there should be other neat perks that I haven't thought of that surprise me when I see them (none of this either). I've heard shadow creek in Vegas is doing this, so yeah, it's $500 a round but you get an insane experience so it's worth it.

Isaacbm and I played TPC Scottsdale in December (reduced rate, think we paid $125), when they were charging $325, and it was hugely disappointing. I mean, I've played it several times before but this time it was a dud. It wasn't in good shape because they were letting the grass grow, greens were about a 7 on the stimp, and while they were trying to do things like have caddies that didn't seem like it was coming off. We didn't use one but we did talk to a couple and they didn't seem like they knew much about golf, just regular 45 year old guys who seemed like they'd be working the counter at Pep Boys if they weren't looping.

So I'm ok paying the money, but I better get the experience. If I don't I'm not gonna be happy.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 02:05 PM

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View PostSilverBullets, on 19 May 2017 - 01:48 PM, said:

I played pebble when I was 16 or 17 (I'm 30 now).  I still remember almost every shot I hit that day.  I remember the cold swing, gross triple on #1.  Draining the long birdie on 5.  Hitting it to a couple inches on #7 for another birdie.  An out of body experience up and down from behind the green on #8.  The blow up on #14 from the fairway bunker.  And ending it on a great sandie par on 18.  It was an incredible day spent my parents (father playing, mother walking).  

I've had the incredible fortune of playing many of the great golf courses around the country.  Pebble is right up there at the top of the most memorable and special rounds which I have played.  For me and my father, it was worth every penny to make those memories.

Did you pay for it or did he?

I was in high school so there was no chance I was paying for it.  But at 30 years old and as I am growing up and starting to make some additional disposable income, I have been looking into making the trip there again.  This time with my wife.

It's all relative on spending that much money to play a round of golf.  My dad and I do a bucket list golf trip every year.  We have hit some incredible destinations (Whistling. Bandon, Hilton Head, we are going to Kiawah this year, Northern Mi, we have the UK on the future list as with Cabot).  My dad is retired, doesn't know how much longer he will physically be able to play golf (his body is an old 60 due to some injuries) and for us it's valuable to make these memories.  He, jokingly, refers to it as 'paying to make incredible memories'.  These are days, trips, rounds of golf, etc. that both of us will remember for a lifetime.

Pebble, more than any other course we have played, has probably been the most memorable.  I can remember a handful of shots, mainly the really good or really bad ones, from our trip to Bandon.  I remember the same from playing the Straits course.  We played Cypress Point on the trip to Pebble (that's a story in and of itself) and while that was the most 'special' course I have ever played, I still remember the round at Pebble more vividly.  I remember nearly every shot from that day and I am some 14 years later.  The history of Pebble, seeing pebble on TV so much, and knowing everything that has happened on that course.  Then being able to play it.

I wouldn't say Pebble is the best course I have ever played.  It's also probably the most expensive course I have ever played.  But the memories we made that day and the vivid images I still have of that course and time spent with my family are priceless.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 02:11 PM

View Posttjblue, on 19 May 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

Played in Jan. 2015 when they didn't require you to stay at the resort. Took a cart and my wife rode for 45$..I think.  Probably would never have played if it wasn't for the hotel exemption. I'd gladly go back and play it again...the key is to stay in the area for a few days and really soak up the Monterey Peninsula. Pebble will be the icing on the cake of a great vacation


This is exactly what I was able to do.  I was in SF for business and added on a long weekend to the end of the trip to bring my wife out to Monterey after my conference and check Pebble off both our bucket lists.  I was planning to splurge with one night on property to secure a tee time when I was informed that the website was wrong and there was no availability.  However, after many calls to check back for availability on site, I was asked if I was interested in playing on Sunday, instead of Thursday-Saturday.  It was a low booking day so they were willing to waive the on property requirement for an advance tee time.

For me, Pebble was everything I had hoped it would be.  I expected conditions similar to any other resort/US Open publicly playable course.  I was pleasantly mistaken.  Fairways were lush, firm and fast.  As good or better then most bent grass fairways I have played in the North East.  Greens were smooth and fast and very difficult to read.

We had a early tee time and completed our round in 4:15.  It was something we will both remember for a long time.  The only thing I would do differently next time would be to add a couple more days to play Spyglass, Del Monte, Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

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I would argue that at $500, Pebble is probably a comparative value. It's a Top 20 golf course. You're going to pay at least that much to play any of the other courses in that strata. Most members at peer courses are paying at least that much - ballpark - per round. When you think about the number of resort courses in the $250 - $300 range, and then ask if Pebble is at least twice the experience...it probably is.

Having never been on a golf trip before I find these prices surprising. Perhaps I am simply out of touch with the reality of what it costs to play golf.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:12 PM

View Postrcain1us, on 21 May 2017 - 07:35 PM, said:

The best for me was paying $560ish to play Pinehurst #2 which did not include the caddie and still having to pay another $8 for the yardage book.

Yikes! I hope it was a great experience. :-)
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:15 PM

View Posttjblue, on 22 May 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

Until I played Pebble I'd never paid more than 150$ for a round of gold which include Sawgrass, Kiawah Ocean, Bayhill, Whistling Straits, Pinehurst #2 and Harbour Town. It's a tough nut when they ring up 500+ on the credit card.

Sean...do you splurge on anything (concerts, plays, strippers?)

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:20 PM

View PostSean2, on 22 May 2017 - 06:09 PM, said:

View Postraynorfan1, on 21 May 2017 - 01:05 PM, said:



I would argue that at $500, Pebble is probably a comparative value. It's a Top 20 golf course. You're going to pay at least that much to play any of the other courses in that strata. Most members at peer courses are paying at least that much - ballpark - per round. When you think about the number of resort courses in the $250 - $300 range, and then ask if Pebble is at least twice the experience...it probably is.

Having never been on a golf trip before I find these prices surprising. Perhaps I am simply out of touch with the reality of what it costs to play golf.

In all honesty Sean, that may be true. You have a situation that is enviable in what it costs. But that situation is probably very much not the norm.

I'm pretty cheap in what I what to pay for green fees, and most times it's not outlandish. But I think anything under $50 (for a good, quality course) is a bargain. Especially when you get out of the rural areas.

When I travel to Denver it seems most of the better public (Riverdale Dunes, Fossil Trace, Arrowhead, CommomGround, etc) are all in the $50+range (normal pricing). Out in Monterey, Poppy Hills and Bayonet/Blackhorse were all $75 each, and i thought pretty fair deals.

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