This has been quite the California tour, don’t you think? So far I’ve taken you through picturesque Carmel, down Pacific Coast Highway along the seaside to Big Sur and then to activity-filled Monterey. In this last segment, we are ending the tour in stunning Pebble Beach.
If you are a golfer (or golf fan) like me, you have probably heard of Pebble Beach and it’s world renowned golf course. Upon arriving, I could quickly see why this course is known across the globe. It’s is perfectly manicured, sits within a lovely community and has some of the best views of any course I have ever seen. It makes sense that it holds the spot for #1 golf course in America, as well as #1 golf resort in America. On top of that, they are a 5 time host of the U.S. Open Championship, and will be hosting for a 6th time in 2019. While I sadly didn’t get the chance to golf on the course (there is never enough time on vacation to do it all, is there?!), I did take advantage of my time there by walking the resort grounds, browsing through the shops and enjoying a meal in the clubhouse. If you have time for a nice lunch, you must stop into The Bench. It overlooks the 18th hold of the Pebble Beach Golf Links course, offers stunning ocean views and a really tasty menu [including homemade gluten free flatbread]. If you are short on time or just want an truly authentic “clubhouse” experience, stop into The Tap Room for a drink. It is the exact image of what you would picture an upscale golf bar to be – decked out in rich wood and dark colors, it’s the epitome of warm and cozy.
Golf doesn’t necessarily have to be your thing to make a stop at Pebble Beach, if you are looking for other options, there are plenty. Along the famed 17-mile drive you can house hunt (or just admire) all of the massive homes in Pebble Beach, you can see the Lone Cyprus, walk Fanshell Beach or have a mini rock-climbing adventure at one of many other stops. As you enter, you will receive a map with 21 marked spots you can visit along your drive. It’s an adventure you can make all your own – spend an hour or spend a day, I promise you will be so pleased you did, no matter what your agenda. [Small disclaimer: you do have to pay to access the drive and Pebble Beach. If you will be dining or drinking somewhere on the grounds, let them know and they will let you enter with no cost. They likely won’t give you a map in that case, so be sure to ask for one at your destination, and in the meantime don’t worry, it’s one big circle with guidance, so you will find your way.]
Thanks for coming along on my California Coasting tour! I hope you have some new inspiration and ideas of places you would like to visit in lovely northern California.
Signed with Style,