I have made three trips to the Monterey Peninsula and played Spyglass Hill Golf Course on two occasions. The first time was on my second trip during my senior year of college in 2008. I was a student at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. The second in February 2015 for the then Mizuno Invitational Pro-am. Both were wonderful experiences that I feel very fortunate to have under my belt.
I have been lucky enough to play Pebble Beach multiple times. However, it may surprise you to hear that I place Spyglass above Pebble for the duration of 18 holes.
Spyglass Hill offers such variety, from the opening five holes played out and into the sand dunes, all the way back up to the heart of the course carved from the Monterey forest. This spans much of the coastline beyond the dunes.
The course does not measure over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. However, it still provides golfers with a multitude of options from the tee.
Many holes dogleg around tall California pines. Because of this, they require precision, length, and aggressive lines if you wish to challenge the course with your driver. The greens are undulating but receptive thanks to the moist seaside air and Poa Annua greens.
A visit to play Pebble Beach must be accompanied by a round at Spyglass Hill Golf Course!