Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 7
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 7
The 109-yard seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the world's best short par 3s. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 8
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 8
The par-4 eighth, like many holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links, is one of the best holes you'll ever play. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 9
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 9
For the 2010 U.S. Open, the ninth at Pebble Beach Golf Links will play as a 505-yard par 4 along the Pacific Ocean. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 10
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 10
The 495-yard 10th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links runs along the coastline. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 11
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 11
The uphill 11th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links is only 390 yards, but finding the narrow fairway is critical. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 14
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 14
Pebble Beach Golf Links' difficult par 14th was actually made a little easier for the U.S. Open as officials decided to grow the rough halfway up the slope. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 16
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 16
The 16th at Pebble Beach Golf Links is a sharp dogleg-right par 4 that plays to 403 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 17
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 17
Pebble Beach Golf Links' par-3 17th hole is where both Tom Watson (1982) and Jack Nicklaus (1972) made clinching birdies en route to their U.S. Open titles. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 18
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 18
The 18th green, as seen from the Pebble Beach Lodge, remains one of the best views in golf. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 5
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 5
There is little bail-out room on the 195-yard, par-3 fifth hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 6
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 6
As part of the U.S. Open course setup for 2010, the fairway now extends to the cliffs on the right on Pebble Beach Golf Links' par-5 sixth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pebble Beach Golf Links - Stillwater Cove
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - Stillwater Cove
Looking back from the par-5 sixth at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the water was indeed calm at Stillwater Cove. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Pebble Beach Golf Links on California's Monterey Peninsula

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Playing host to its fifth U.S. Open in 2010, Pebble Beach Golf Links has never looked better. Since its last U.S. Open in 2000, when Tiger Woods won in a rout, the golf course has undergone some changes, spearheaded by Pebble Beach board member Arnold Palmer.

Changes for the U.S. Open setup of par 71, 7,040 yards have included bunker renovation and relocation, a few new tees and trees and fairways cut closer to the ocean on holes like the sixth and eighth. Couple that with flawless conditioning by superintendent Chris Dalhamer and his staff, and Pebble Beach is pretty much perfect.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, 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 25 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 @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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