Played Pebble many times.....why screw up something so beautiful and time tested?
As in most cases, it is not the course where the problem lies - it is the combination of having modern golfers, with modern equipment playing a great course that was designed over 50 years ago. Pebble Beach is a great course, so very few(if any) changes could be made that would make it better for tournament play - instead maybe we need to start looking at equipment regulations. Sorry, golfers today are not that much better - there was a time when a drive of 250 yds was huge - now most pros can hit it that far with a 4 iron. It is time for the PGA to demand excellence in play and to stop with the macho approach to the game - big drives, computer designed balls, greens play book, manicured grass everywhere - none of this makes for a great game or competitive contests. Just something to think about???
Where has all this nostalgia for retro-fitting golf courses to their "original" configuration? Would these people like to use the clubs from 1929 in order to play it "as it was originally" - I don't think so.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing PB: marvelous outlook; fantastic condition. A challenge for the pros and playable for the amateur - a rare beast these days. LEAVE IT BE!
If Pebble Beach is not Good enough then what is?Have you people lost your fricking minds?Lets see What would you rather play Pebble or Beth Page , do you even have a hesitation in your brain
Played Pebble Beach years ago. Great play, very challenging. Highly recommend caddy. Love to play again.
I certainly understand the sentiment behind renovating this gem. However as a once a year visitor I would hate to see the repercussions to the locals and many who depend on this course for their livelihood. In any event why mess with perfection. As Nicklaus said if he had only one last round to play, Pebble would be it. Enough said.
I personally am not interested in listening to an architect that had anything to do with Chambers Bay. Pebble needs no major changes. It is heaven to play there. I am watching the YS open it it looks like a pretty good test. If the wi d comes up it will all they can handle. Please leave it alone.
Don't touch Pebble!! I've played Pebble four times (for reference, I've also played Pine Valley, Royal Portrush, Lahinch, well, you get the picture). Except for the minor detail of an unaffordable green fee, I'd play Pebble every day, it's that good. For that matter, if you haven't played Pebble (or it is on that ridiculous "bucket list") what are you waiting for? I know it's outrageously expensive, but you will never, ever regret spending the money.
I love Pebble Beach the way it is and I think the course is gorgeous. I also like it that you don't have to be a bomber to score there. Small greens require accuracy and that's what the game should focus on with a course like Pebble. They can make this course plenty tough, I quit watching when par is a good score. What are you trying to prove when you make "great" golfers shoot par. It's fun to watch golf when they play well and there's a dynamite finish. I don't like to see them play bad.
I have played Pebble a total of 4 times, one of the most if not the most beautiful venues in golf. Pebble a great and fair test for the pros. Tees can be moved back, rough overgrown etc. My wife and I love the place, Pebble, Carmel, PG, Monterey all great.