I had an unbelievable day today at Pebble Beach — it was the first time I’ve ever visited the Monterey peninsula and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. I made the trip to Pebble with my friends Bud Garmany and Kim Martino, and after parking at Spyglass Hill and a short ride to the course we were inside the gates. After being greeted by the famous Lodge we hung around the putting green for a bit, and shortly thereafter Tiger showed up after his practice round, signed a few autographs and began to work on his putting. Then after checking out the first hole briefly, we headed inside the Lodge to the famous Tap Room for an early (and delicious) lunch.
After lunch we headed out to the course, and for this first-time visitor Pebble did not disappoint. To the contrary, I was pretty much awestruck with the beauty and severity of the course. We headed out to see the famous holes along the coast — 18, 17, and holes 4 through 10. The views on these holes are truly breathtaking. We then headed inland to see holes 11-16, and then (after getting separated from Bud and Kim for about two hours) we met back up at the Tap Room for a final drink before heading for the gates.
While out on the course I was able to follow Francesco Molinari for a while, also saw Charl Schwartzel, never caught up with Justin Leonard or Stewart Cink, but did see Lucas Glover on the putting green. I’m heading back to Pebble tomorrow and I can’t wait to see Nike Golf’s athletes in competition in round one.
I hope the photos below give you a small sense of what it’s like to be here at Pebble this week. I also shot several short videos, I’ll try to add those to this post in the next few days. Enjoy!