PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS
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PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS
By Ken Liebeskind
Want to play the course that has hosted four U.S. Opens and will do it again in 2010? Want to play the course that has been selected the No. 1 golf course in America by Golf Digest?
Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Pebble Beach, CA course that was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened for play in 1919, is true golf splendor. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links hugs the rugged coastline with wide open views of the ocean, with cliffside fairways and sloping greens.
Pebble Beach Golf Links plays 6,828 yards from the black tees, so it's not incredibly long. The challenge comes from the small, sloping, fast greens and the tee shots that must be hit to narrow fairways bordered by plenty of rough. Pebble Beach Golf Links features sidehill lies, holes playing uphill and deep bunkers.
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Pebble Beach is widely regarded
as one of the most beautiful
golf courses in the world
The ocean waters loom for wayward shots and when the wind kicks up, your ball can go anywhere.
Two of the signature holes on the Pebble Beach Golf Links are par 3s - the short 7th that plays to just over 100 yards, where players hit straight out to the Pacific Ocean; and the 17th, a long par 3 that plays to an unusually shaped green that's long and thin with a small landing area and a large sand trap guarding the left front of the green. The 18th hole is a 543 yard par 5 that plays along the ocean with a tree in the middle of the fairway and a 100+ yard bunker running along the ocean from the green, guarding the left side.
With the tricky greens at Pebble Beach Golf Links, having a putter that can be customized to the course conditions is a big help. The Closer Weighted putter from www.scientificgolfclubs.com has three movable weights and nine placement holes that allow you to choose the exact balance for your stroke and the perfect weighting for fast and slow greens. You can set the putter to avoid pulls by moving the weights toward the toe and avoid pushes by moving them toward the heel. If you're playing a fast green at Pebble Beach Golf Links, you can remove one, two or all three weights to lighten the putter, or leave them in for slow or normal greens.
The Closer Weighted putter also has a computer-controlled milled face for smooth, accurate putts and red and white sighting lines to help you hit every putt with straight-to-the-pin accuracy.