Jin Park, PGA Head Professional at Spyglass Hill- PGA.com
Beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder, but when the beholders are the PGA.com Advisory Board*, beauty is pretty definitive. We've asked officials at each course selected to tell us in their words why their course is an appropriate representative for The World's Most Beautiful Courses.
The true beauty of Spyglass Hill Golf Course can be seen in a variety of locations. The view from the first tee with Monterey Bay framed between the pines, the brilliant design that makes golfers want to play and be tested again and again, the unique combination of style and terrain that is rarely found in a single golf experience and the immaculate condition of the golf course itself. All of this and more combine to make Spyglass Hill beautiful, challenging and a modern masterpiece. We are very proud to be included among "The World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses".
A round of golf at Spyglass Hill is comprised of two distinctly different parts. The first five holes are played along the dunes land that offers magnificent views of the rocky shoreline and stunning coastal vistas. After playing the tough uphill sixth hole, players catch one final glimpse of the Pacific from the seventh tee and then it's in to the Del Monte Forest where the towering pines will play havoc with an errant shot. These final twelve holes require golfers to be precise, patient and prudent. There are no easy holes, and if the overwhelming beauty proves too much of a distraction your scorecard will reflect it! Golfers may think they are playing Pine Valley during the first part of the round and Augusta National for the remainder. It's quite a comparison and we feel that Spyglass Hill is worthy of such high praise.
Our goal at Spyglass Hill is to make sure that our guests enjoy more than just a tremendous golf course; we understand that they expect a memorable day and our goal is to make sure it happens. From the moment they arrive our focus is on "exceeding the expectations of each guest by providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience...every time". It's our mission statement and we commit ourselves to providing world class service from start to finish. Whether it's getting a lesson with one of the top instructors in the country from the famous Pebble Beach Golf Academy, having a caddie whose knowledge and expertise can enhance your play or picking out the right souvenir from our well stocked golf shop; we strive to anticipate our guest's needs and simply be the best.
The name Spyglass Hill comes from the novel Treasure Island. As the story goes, Robert Louis Stevenson roamed these hills that later served as the inspiration for his famous work. Each hole is named for a character or event from the book and can serve as a reminder of the danger that struck or the treasure that was found. Since opening for play on March 11, 1966, Spyglass Hill has improved and matured with the passing years. The simple, subtle architecture of Robert Trent Jones Sr. allows players of all ability to manage their game over fairways and greens that flow with the natural terrain.
Why is Spyglass Hill beautiful? Perhaps it's the sunlight that filters through the trees in the late afternoon while the deer graze and frolic, barely noticing a passing foursome. Or how time stands still as you walk in the early morning mist down an empty fairway. What makes Spyglass Hill beautiful are all of the special moments that our guests enjoy. Many players say that this is the best golf experience they have ever had and we couldn't agree more. We invite you to come and experience this very special and beautiful place for yourself. We'll be here to make sure it's all you expect it to be.
* The World's Most Beautiful Courses is a list of courses selected by the PGA.com Editorial Advisory Board. The only prerequisites asked of the Board were 1.) they select courses open for public play and 2.) they not vote for their own course. The top 12 courses will be featured, in no particular order, other than the top vote getter which was selected by a unanimous vote.