Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 14th
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 14th
While the Shore Course gets more notoriety, the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is the only one that crosses 17 Mile Drive. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 4th
Before you get to the coastal holes, there are some other quality tests, like the par-3 fourth hole on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 6th
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 6th
The sixth hole on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a difficult par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 7th
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 7th
Yet another excellent par 3, the seventh, but we're just warming up on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 8th
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 8th
Another difficult hole, the par-4 eighth on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a dogleg right with OB left. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 10th
And the par 3s just keep getting better on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. This one's the 10th. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 11th
The par-4 11th on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is in the middle of a stretch of holes with ocean views. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 12th
The par-4 12th on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club plays 412 yards. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 13th
The 13th hole on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a reachable par 5 that plays toward the ocean. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 14th
Considered the signature hole on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the par-3 14th plays over the Pacific shoreline. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 15th
The 15th is the longest hole on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club at 621 yards. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Monterey Peninsula CC - Dunes golf course - 18th
The finale on the Dunes golf course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the par-5 18th winds up on a difficult green away from the ocean. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor

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.

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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