Category: Course Tours

Pacific Grove Golf Links: Holes 13-15

Hole 13: Par 4, 316 Yards

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This is the heart of Pacific Grove Golf Links. The 13th through the 15th holes are all par 4s, and they occupy the finest property on the course — an expanse of natural, rolling duneland that, among the courses in the area, only certain stretches of Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill can rival. But these holes are more than pretty. They are also supremely well designed, tempting the golfer on every shot to play dangerously close to the dunes.

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Pacific Grove Golf Links: Holes 7-9

Hole 7: Par 4, 310 Yards

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The tee shot — uphill, blind — is intimidating but not really dangerous. Just carry the ball more than 150 yards, avoid the dense grove to the left, and make sure not to hit up on the group ahead of you. Even if you lose your drive to the right, toward OB, a tall fence and a taller stand of eucalyptus will likely kick your ball back into play.

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Pacific Grove Golf Links: Holes 1-3

Hole 1: Par 3, 146 Yards

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The green sits between two fronting mounds and a raised bunker back left. From the tee you will have trouble making out the bunker as well as much of the putting surface. Still, it’s not a complicated shot. If there were a bunker short left, the right-side mound would be more useful. But as it stands, the hole calls for nothing fancier than a short iron aimed at the center of the green. A slightly underwhelming start to the round.

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Pacific Grove Golf Links: Introduction

General evaluation

Pacific Grove Golf Links has famously distinct nines. The front, built by H. Chandler Egan in 1932, traces a narrow figure eight through the cypress forest above Lovers Point; the back, added by Jack Neville in 1960, plunges into the dunes below the Point Pinos Lighthouse. The Neville nine gets all the attention. Its ocean views, rumpled fairways, and expanses of brambly sand are the main selling points of the course. The Egan nine, however, has its own aesthetic and strategic virtues, which not everyone appreciates the first time through. Vacationing golfers are sometimes disappointed to find themselves playing two-and-a-half hours of parkland golf before getting to the holes they saw on Google Images. Of course, the back nine is far superior; with its setting, it could hardly avoid being so. But the full eighteen has the narrative coherence of a great walk, one that starts peacefully in the forest and ends with a blast of the sublime by the sea.

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