Dad's 60th Birthday - Pebble Beach Edition

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By James Grow

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  1. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    So I went big to celebrate my Dad’s 60th BDay….I purchased flights, rental car, etc.. for him and I to travel and play PEBBLE BEACH! We are coming from Chicago and are staying at the Spanish Inn for two nights while playing Pebble Beach day 1 and Spyglass Day 2. Both tee times are late morning. My question to the TT community is what to do while on site before and after our rounds.

    Breakfast/lunch/dinner spots (Tap Room? Roy’s?) After round cocktail/stogie location (bagpipes and drinks for sun down at the Spanish inn?) Recommended picture spots to remember the trip (I would like to capture a picture and frame it for my Dad for Christmas) Merchandise to “not leave without” 17 mile drive? Is it worth it? Any and all suggestions are much appreciated. Our trip is the end of March.

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Besides the obvious pictures you will get on the course, most people try and get a shot with the Lone Cypress in the background. You will find it on the 17-Mile drive, not far from the Pebble Beach Clubhouse. It's the tree used in their logo. Visit Carmel-By-The-Sea and Cannery Row Monterey if you have a chance too. Have a great trip!
  3. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    Thanks Dale! The course itself no matter how I play is going to make the trip. When I step up to the tee on 7 I am going to have trouble just trying to make a shot with the back ground and history. I just hope my AP3's or SM7's find a way to the green.

    I appreciate that idea on the picture of the Lone Cypress. I will most definitely add that to our agenda. Cannery row also looks like a must stop.

  4. Amanda S

    Amanda S
    California

    James Grow said:

    Thanks Dale! The course itself no matter how I play is going to make the trip. When I step up to the tee on 7 I am going to have trouble just trying to make a shot with the back ground and history. I just hope my AP3's or SM7's find a way to the green.

    I appreciate that idea on the picture of the Lone Cypress. I will most definitely add that to our agenda. Cannery row also looks like a must stop.

    Did you get to see the latest Phireside with Phil and his story he told about the ceo on the 7th hole.
  5. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    That's hlarious! Good find and funny story. I hope I can land one 3ft from the pin as well
  6. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Another on-course spot is 18 tee.
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  7. Craig P

    Craig P
    Tacoma, WA

    Solid photo
  8. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    That's a great photo shot. Thanks
  9. Todd T

    Todd T
    San Diego, CA

    Do the bagpipes at sundown at Spanish Bay, sitting by the fire while they're playing is very memorable. The aquarium is also a nice venture!
  10. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    Added to the list. It looked pretty unique but wanted some perspective on someone who has attended and enjoyed. I will look into the aquarium as well
  11. Mike M

    Mike M
    Salem MA

    Your Dad's a lucky guy. Have a great trip and play well.
  12. richard f

    richard f
    Shildon

    Sounds like an awesome birthday gift that does
  13. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    We did that for my Dads 60th. We stayed at the Inn at Spanish Bay also. We played one round at Pebble, Spyglass and Poppy early morning tee times. Then we played Spanish Bay every afternoon. They gave an awesome early twilight rate because we were staying at the Inn. If you go to Carmel hit up Grasing's for dinner or just pupus. Bagpipes while playing Spanish Bay is cool. Cannery Row is ok (touristy), the aquarium is an experience. Don't go to Bubba Gumps. If you have time to play more Bayonet/Blackhorse isn't far away and great courses.
  14. James, have a great trip and a wonderful birthday getaway with your father. You'll leave with memories for a lifetime.

    Based on a limited sample size of restaurants in neighboring Carmel(-by-the-Sea), I can recommend Katy's Place for breakfast and Casanova for dinner, and *highly* recommend Yafa for dinner. Carmel is also great for a leisurely stroll, window shopping, and people watching.

    In addition to others' pictures recommendations (all great), make sure to snag a photo from the #3 tee at Spyglass.
  15. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    Thanks for the great suggestions! Much appreciated
  16. James Grow

    James Grow
    Milwaukee, WI

    This is great feedback Bryan and exactly what I was looking for. We have caddies at Pebble but I did not reserve them for Spyglass. Would you recommend I do? I also really appreciate the reminder on ranges...I will add that for sure.

    Also, we are somewhat limited on time so I like the 17 Mile drive "ocean" priority idea.

    Thanks so much for all the good insight

  17. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    Just have fun and don't worry so much about the details. It's like going to Disney and not having a great time because you're trying to see/do it all. Sometimes less is more...
  18. Bryan S

    Bryan S
    Wooster, OH

    I'm sure much of this has been covered already but here is my list.
    If you're taking caddies, listen to their advice on what clubs to hit, how the greens break (obvious stuff) and where to get the best pictures. Many of them will tell you about the houses around Pebble and who lives (or lived) there.
    Breakfast at the Gallery Cafe. Jim Nance was eating there one morning when I was there.
    Bagpipes at Spanish Bay.
    Tap Room after your Pebble round.
    If you're limited on time and want to see 17 Mile Drive, one of my caddies recommended just driving the ocean parts for the views.
    Check out Carmel-by-the-Sea, and walk on the beach, dog optional.
    Take the "Jack" photo sitting on the fence at the 18th tee at Pebble.
    There is no range at Spanish Bay but there is a practice green/chipping area.
    Before your Pebble round, head over early and hit balls at the practice center. I rarely hear it mentioned but it is one of the nicest practice facilities I've seen.
    Take more pictures than you think you need.
    Have great trip!
    Cheers

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