Links at Spanish Bay, The

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  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6821 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 74.0

  • 2700 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, California 93953, Monterey County
  • (831) 647-7495, (800) 877-0597
  • (831) 644-7960
  • www.pebblebeach.com
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Year built: 1987
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1987), Sandy Tatum (1987), Tom Watson (1987)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Poa Annua Grass
Fairways: Poa Annua Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Pebble Beach Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6821 yards 74.0 140
Gold 72 6422 yards 72.1 136
White 72 6043 yards 70.4 128
Red (W) 72 5332 yards 72.7 128

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
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recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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"Even in the wind, Spanish Bay is a trea"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Some nice elements of links golf come to life at Spanish Bay - spectacular ocean views, natural dunes and firm-and-fast conditions. But it's easy to see why golfers sometimes come off the course grumbling. When the wind picks up or the weather gets gnarly - which happens on the Monterey Peninsula - it's a ball-gobbling and scorecard-trashing menace. That doesn't mean it can't be fun. I had a blast playing in a ferocious afternoon wind. My threesome just came to grips with the fact that scores would soar like a balloon. It's a target test of golf, which isn't the norm for a true links. Wetlands and environmental areas force an aerial game and precise shot-making on holes 8, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Wild, unnatural slopes make putting a challenge even in purest sunshine. The best way to enjoy Spanish Bay is to put aside the comparisons to Pebble Beach or Spyglass Hill and don't fret about your game. Just look around and breathe in the fresh air. It's got some of the greatest sights and sounds in golf. Between the crashing surf, rocky coastline, scraggly dunes and twisted trees and hearing the bagpipes at dusk, Spanish Bay sells a great experience at nearly 50 percent off the cost of a round at Pebble Beach.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful ocean course"


roomdoc's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Cannot describe the beauty of the course, most of the holes were along the ocean. Spectacular condition on fairway, green. Staff was very nice and food was excellent.

Would replay this course the next time I am in Monterey


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"More perfection on Monterey Peninsula"


JackgolfPGA's avatar
Age: Under 25
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

To be honest, the green fee of $270 is quite steep, and somehow it's still only around half the price of pebble beach. If pebble and spyglass are out of reach, the Links at Spanish Bay is the best 3rd option possible! I can only wonder how spyglass and pebble are possibly better, but I do not regret playing Spanish for a second. The way the rolling grass blends into the sand dunes is already beautiful, then tack on the views, the course conditions, and the difficult yet playable aspects of this track and it's a head-scratcher why they do not host a PGA Tour event here. There isn't much room between the fairways and natural dunes and the course is a little short for tour standards, but it is still a gem. The entire course is full of signature holes, especially the start of the front and the entire back. I took about 30 pictures on my phone, but when I tried showing them to my family and friends, the pictures just could not give the course justice. Now if you can actually focus on golf, the course features pristine fairways, tight fringes, great bunkers, and the best greens you could possibly find. The greens were very quick and extremely undulating (more than Kapalua Plantation from personal experience), but they rolled so well that I felt I could make anything (I actually rolled in a 70 footer and several 10-30 footers). The staff was very helpful and our caddie, Steve, knew the layout like the back of his hand and he was a very sociable guy. We all know the hype surrounding pebble beach and spyglass hill, but the links at Spanish Bay are definitely worth a go for any golfer!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem of the Monterey Peninsula"


John9937294's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Everybody knows about Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. I recently played all three. While Pebble is unforgettable and Spyglass is the toughest course of the three, Spanish Bay was perhaps the most enjoyable overall round. The course has a beautiful links layout that winds through the dunes. It is challenging but accessible. The greens have amazing contours. Good luck if you hit it on the wrong level. Pace of play is great because many fewer people play than at Spyglass and Pebble. I would highly recommend it to anybody coming to Monterey. Paying for a caddie is well worth the price because your round will be more enjoyable.


Player Tip: TAKE A CADDIE

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A worthy companion to Pebble Beach"


CaptWillard's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2014
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I understand why people prefer Spyglass Hill (it is, after all, one of the world's greatest courses in its own right), but that doesn't justify the criticism that goes Spanish Bay's way. It's a beautiful course, and anyone with a soft place in their heart for links courses must play it.

It's also a good warmup for Pebble; the fairways are not quite as wide as Pebble, but the greens are a fair bit bigger (anyone who has played the RTJ Trail in Alabama will recognize them), and the views are just as spectacular. I played Spanish Bay the day before I played Pebble, and it definitely helped ease my nerves.

Also, shoot for an afternoon tee time so that you can time your finish with the bagpiper who plays up at the clubhouse patio every evening at sunset. Tremendous way to finish a day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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