During my recent travels in Ireland with my wife, Carmel, the weather was incredible. Flowers that normally don’t bloom until springtime were beginning to sprout from bushes and shrubs. Beautiful pops of color from flower petals accentuated the country’s famously lush greenery. By the time I arrived back in NYC, I couldn’t help but wish that the sunshine and warmth of the spring and summer seasons were already upon us. As a substitute, I thought it might be a good idea to explore some more golf spots in sunny states for this week’s on-the-go spotlight. Similar to Week 2, we’re headed back to Florida and California for scenic golf courses, warm fresh air, and high-quality training facilities.
I’d say I’m already ready for another vacation just thinking about it. How about you?
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Location: Monterey County, California
Here’s an exciting reason to plan a trip to Pebble Beach sometime after Fall 2020: the club is partnering with Tiger Woods to design a new short course! The project has been underway since December, and I can’t wait to see the new and improved Peter Hay Golf Course.
Regardless, Pebble Beach Golf Links is the real spot to be! Not only did it host the U.S. Open in 2019– and the five years before that, too– but it is also dubbed the number one public golf course in the country. It’s certainly one of my top picks! This month, the course also hosted the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from February 6th to February 9th. They’ve been hosting the tournament since 1947, and this year Canadian golfer Nick Taylor took first place! If you missed out and are still interested in attending an event, they will host their first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023, and their seventh U.S. Open in 2027. Mark your calendars!
Aside from hosting professional tournaments, Pebble Beach is also a great spot for visiting golfers looking for an amazing spot to practice. You have phenomenal courses to choose from, each with 18 holes and par 72: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course. If you’re looking for a particularly challenging experience, Pebble Beach has catalogued their top ten scariest shots across chasms, challenging elevations, or troublesome bunkers.
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Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
A bit smaller than Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass has two golf courses designed by the renowned designer, Pete Dye: The Players Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley Course. The interesting part abut Stadium Course is that it was constructed with spectatorship predominantly in mind, so it makes attending tournaments just as exciting as participating in them. With an infamous 17th-hole that gets plenty of attention, TPC Sawgrass is ranked 48th among Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019-2020″ and 12th overall among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” in 2017-2018. As you can probably tell by the name, this course is also the home of THE PLAYERS Championship! Dye’s Valley, the sister course, is less well-known but has hosted the Web.com Tour Championship (2013-2015) and the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open (2010-2012).
It’s a special time to plan a visit as the course celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year! Looking for new gear? Arrive on March 7th or 8th for the PGA Tour Fanshop Weekend to get first pick at new tournament garb. See you on the green once you’re all decked out!