This one's by the Shore: The Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club



PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Originally designed by Seth Raynor and Charles B. Macdonald, the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club was built in 1924. Set among ancient trees and the sound of crashing waves, this parkland-style course has often played second fiddle to its neighbor, the Shore Course, which is part of the rotation for the AT&T Pebble Beach National pro-am on the PGA Tour.

That could be changing soon. Rees Jones redesigned the Dunes Course in 1998, and it will get another facelift in the next two years after members approved a plan for Tom Fazio to make improvements.

But it's pretty good right now, with more than half of the holes featuring Pacific Ocean views and several right up against the sea, including the signature par-3 14th that plays over crashing surf over rocks.

The renovation will simply improve the Dunes Course. A few greens will be shifted and reshaped, some holes will be lengthened and shortened, and the course will be freshened overall, with new turf and Fazio's signature touches. Once completed, there are plans to include the Dunes in the AT&T rotation.

Apr 16, 2014



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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.