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Pebble Beach first time, what should I know?


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#1 wombat_vortex

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

I'm excited to being crossing Pebble Beach off my bucket list in about a week and a half.  Will be playing on a Monday, walking with a caddie.

Anyone have any tips?


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:58 PM

hope for great weather, plan to take lots of photos, and be prepared for anything in the group you are playing with if you do not know the other three players in your group.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:00 PM

Just take it all in and enjoy the round and the scenery.

On my first time out, I was way too caught up in taking pictures which hurt my score and overall enjoyment.  

I would also try to ask around  here for caddy recommendations.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:26 PM

Putts break toward the ocean on #1 and #2......

Hit driver on #4..........

Bing Crosby's old house is off to the right on #13......

Get drinks afterwards at the Tap Room......

There is a breakfast shack at Spyglass that is way cheaper and quicker than the upstairs café at Pebble....Have fun!

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM

You Don't have to hit Driver on #1...200 yrds is fine


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:11 PM

The greens are much much smaller than how they appear at the AT&T on television. Tiny greens!

Edited by sharkiesj, 10 January 2018 - 08:13 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:57 PM

View Posttjblue, on 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM, said:

You Don't have to hit Driver on #1...200 yrds is fine

Best advice to take just prior to teeing off on 1

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:16 PM

View Posttjblue, on 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM, said:

You Don't have to hit Driver on #1...200 yrds is fine

Or, if you are a short hitter like me, you could hit driver and cut it off the bunker ;)

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:21 PM

Very cool!!!! Here is my advice:
  • Slow down and take it all in
  • Do not pay any attention to how your partners play. More than likely, they will suck.... just ignore them
  • Listen to your caddie
  • Listen to your caddie (yes, meant that twice)
  • NO driver on 1
  • This one is tough, but do not think about your score. You will play better
  • Definitely stop by the Tap room when done
  • Hit the range before hand and get distances dialed in, the smaller greens demand a little more accuracy
  • Post pictures and have a great time!!!!!


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:25 PM

Our caddie was Erik Sorenson. He did a great job. I literally handed him my camera before the round and ask him to take pictures. He took over a 100 pictures including candid and posed. Memories for a lifetime.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:57 PM

Two of the best caddies are Casey Boyns (California Hall Of Fame) or Robert the Rocket.
If you eat at the Tap Room the Kobe burger is really good as well as the prime rib chili with corn bread.
If you like chocolate sundaes they make a really good one.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:27 PM

Beautiful course, take money.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:15 AM

Get your caddie talking early. One of the delights of playing Pebble is hearing tidbits and anecdotes from the caddies, with stories about pros, wealthy guests, homes along the course, scandals of residents in the area, worst guests, funny shots, etc.  Don’t worry about trying to shoot a personal best and instead soak up as much as you can.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:21 AM

Hit the range, one of the best Ive ever seen... And bring your patience, it will be a long day.. Long DAYYYYYYYY!

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:10 AM

Unless it has changed, the range is a ways away from the course, so plan for enough time to get from the range to the course.

As others have said, don't hit driver on the first hole. Hit whatever club you can hit straight and 200-220 yards.

If you get a good caddie, trust him/her on the greens. We had putts that we didn't just misread by a cup. We thought the ball broke left and it broke right. There are some putts that are incredibly hard to read, so if you get a caddie that really knows the greens and you can hit a putt where you are aiming, you can have a fun day on the greens.

Be prepared for a long round of golf. We normally play in 3:15 to 3:30 at my home course. We fly. Pebble will be a 5+ hour round, so be mentally prepared for a long round. As others have said, have conversations with your caddie, will help pass the time while waiting to hit your next shot.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:22 AM

They tell you (as a foreigner) that you need to stay to play........you don't.

The range is average, the Tap Room top class, the experience is great but I will never pay the freight again.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:48 AM

Lots of great advice here.
Also.
Pick the right set of tees.

Don’t be too intimidated, the ambiance can overwhelm you but the course is very playable if you keep it out of the ocean and let the caddie read the greens.

Play Spyglass Hill if you can. Great course.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:36 AM

1. Get there early. To me, the range and practice facilities are first class and worth spending some time at. Also, the putting green by the 1st tee is special. Just imagining all the other people who have putted on that green is crazy.

2. 200 yard shot is fine on #1, I hit it like 230 from the back tees with a 3H and had a 9i in.

3. Enjoy the moments waiting on the tee, because you will be waiting.

4. Listen to your caddie on the green reads. Being from Oklahoma, I don't have much experience reading putts that "break towards the ocean"

5. Your first time, you won't score that well. The good news is, there is always next time ;) I actually think PB is fairly benign. Once you get some experience on the greens and where to hit certain tee shots, you should shoot around your handicap.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:51 AM

View Postschwaz19, on 10 January 2018 - 10:25 PM, said:

Our caddie was Erik Sorenson. He did a great job. I literally handed him my camera before the round and ask him to take pictures. He took over a 100 pictures including candid and posed. Memories for a lifetime.


^^^
This

All caddies are different (I have use about 5 different guys at pebble), but most are willing to take your phone and take great action shots.  They like it because they can control the pace.  Most golfers take photos at the worst times for pace of play.  Caddies will usually take the best photos at the best times to keep you moving.  Dont worry about the photos and just enjoy.  By hole 4 your heart rate will be back to normal.  Played hundreds of top courses.  None of them gives me as much of a rush on the first tee.  Cant explain that.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:02 AM

View PostSMcGavin1, on 11 January 2018 - 08:36 AM, said:

1. Get there early. To me, the range and practice facilities are first class and worth spending some time at. Also, the putting green by the 1st tee is special. Just imagining all the other people who have putted on that green is crazy.

2. 200 yard shot is fine on #1, I hit it like 230 from the back tees with a 3H and had a 9i in.

3. Enjoy the moments waiting on the tee, because you will be waiting.

4. Listen to your caddie on the green reads. Being from Oklahoma, I don't have much experience reading putts that "break towards the ocean"

5. Your first time, you won't score that well. The good news is, there is always next time ;) I actually think PB is fairly benign. Once you get some experience on the greens and where to hit certain tee shots, you should shoot around your handicap.


If you miss left, Pebble is actually really benign,  #2,3,4,6 all have birdie in play.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:30 AM

Playing Pebble for the first time is a religious experience. A few thoughts

You don't know if you'll ever be back. Treat this as a special one-and-done experience and enjoy every moment you can, whether the ball goes where you want it to or not. Yes, you want to test yourself but your score is a sweetener this time around.

If time permits and your caddie agrees, take a mulligan and try a pro shot.  Seriously. Who has not dreamed of taking the aggressive lines on 6 or 18 or pretending to be Jack or Tom on 17?? (I've done this before. A smile and "hey guys, this is the only time I'm ever going to be here. Please forgive me if I drop a ball to try what I've seen on TV. I promise not to hold you up". And be very sure not to hold up play, and thank them if you see them after the round).

The course plays tougher than it looks. Holes 9 and 10 are longer and the finish to 14 is a gas. The first few holes allow you to slow down and settle in before Pebble's teeth come out.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:53 AM

Hit a 200 yard tee shot as far right on 8 as you can muster
The hill on 6 is bigger than you can imagine
Hit as much as you can up the hill off the tee on 11 and stay below the hole on the approach
The bunkers on 12 are an optical illusion
If you want to hit 14 in regulation stay out of the rough on your drive and second shot
There’s A LOT more room left of trees in the fairway on 18 from the tee than it looks

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:36 AM

Take your rain gear just in case!  If you'd like some good restaurant recommendations that aren't expensive, feel free to to pm me.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:03 PM

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:13 PM

 schwaz19, on 10 January 2018 - 10:25 PM, said:

Our caddie was Erik Sorenson. He did a great job. I literally handed him my camera before the round and ask him to take pictures. He took over a 100 pictures including candid and posed. Memories for a lifetime.

Damn that is a great idea.  For sure I'm doing this next time around


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:24 PM

Hope that the pace of play is slow, so you can take your time and soak it all in. :-)

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:47 PM

Nothing original here.  It won't be a quick round, so soak it all in.  The legendary footsteps you are following, the ambiance and the Tom Watson marker.  The second shot on #8 is my favorite shot in golf.  As mentioned above, your caddie is already well schooled in taking photos.  The tee box on 18 is a must photo-op.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:14 PM

 kekoa, on 11 January 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

 schwaz19, on 10 January 2018 - 10:25 PM, said:

Our caddie was Erik Sorenson. He did a great job. I literally handed him my camera before the round and ask him to take pictures. He took over a 100 pictures including candid and posed. Memories for a lifetime.

Damn that is a great idea.  For sure I'm doing this next time around

That is a good idea on so many levels.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:24 AM

 jschwarb, on 11 January 2018 - 03:14 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 11 January 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

 schwaz19, on 10 January 2018 - 10:25 PM, said:

Our caddie was Erik Sorenson. He did a great job. I literally handed him my camera before the round and ask him to take pictures. He took over a 100 pictures including candid and posed. Memories for a lifetime.

Damn that is a great idea.  For sure I'm doing this next time around

That is a good idea on so many levels.

Didn't use camera phone because didn't bring phone.  Had him use a canon elph, small camera great pictures easily fits in caddy bib.

Edited by schwaz19, 12 January 2018 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:27 PM

There are many great suggestions listed above so I apologize for reiterating some of them, however, I was able to play Pebble for the first time in May and many were exceptionally helpful in making it a once in a lifetime experience.  Would love to go back.

1) Have an idea what tees you would like to play ahead of time.  It helped significantly with my club selection on several holes off the tee in preparing before for the round. (especially hole 1)
2) We requested the Rocket (listed above) based on recommendations here as a caddie and he was incredible.  EVERYTHING he whispered into my ear was exactly how it played.
3) Weather was cooler than expected.  Be prepared for all conditions
4) Spending some time on the driving range was a must.  Fairways and greens were firmer and smaller (greens) then expected (coming from the East Coast) and the driving range was true to the course conditions
5) Hill on 6 is MUCH bigger then expected.  Add 20 yards to your distance.  (would have been home in 2 if I knew this)
6) On 7, everyone bails left the first time.  Don't be everyone.
7) 8 is the most beautiful hole in golf.
8) On your approach to 14 (usually 3rd shot) when they say add a club, add 2.
9) Enjoy the home stretch, there is no other like it in golf.
10) The Tap Room after the round was great, incredible ambiance.  

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