AT&T Pebble Beach Invitational — the course reviews

The ninth at Pebble Beach

I had the good fortune to play all three of the courses used in the rotation for this week’s AT&T tournament, so I thought I’d just take a second to highlight those reviews.

Pebble Beach 

Monterey Peninsula


I’ll say this — regardless of the proponents for Spyglass, there’s no way it is a better course than Pebble Beach, with or without the ocean. The holes at Pebble simply offer more variety. Spyglass opens with some great holes but feels like a slog of long par fours once you get past the first five holes. Monterey Peninsula, on the other hand, is wide and intriguing and offers a fascinating perspective on Mike Strantz, the late architect who revamped it. I interviewed Strantz about a year before his death after a long battle with cancer. That interview is here.

Frankly, Monterey is a lot of fun to play and has some great views of the ocean, but it can’t touch Pebble. It is fun to play and I understand why the pros would enjoy it more than Poppy Hills, but it can’t rival the greatness of Pebble Beach. However, it is a great example of making an interesting course on relatively flat land.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • You should correct the article and say the ARTICLE not the interview on Strantz is here. I was really looking forward to a Q and A with Strantz who I consider to be the best of our time.

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