Back in January 2009 I made a trip to San Francisco to visit my friend and colleague, George Waters.
George and I played the California Golf Club (with Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, nonetheless). George assisted Kyle Phillips and co. with a remarkable reworking of the Cal Club. (Click here to read Ran Morrissett's review of the Cal Club at GolfClubAtlas.com). I was also fortunate to walk the San Francisco Golf Club (incredible) and The Olympic Club's Lake course (not so much), which hosts the US Open later this year.
George and I then headed down to the Monterey Peninsula, which included a stop in Santa Cruz for a round at Alister Mackenzie's Pasatiempo (exceeded my already high expectations). No matter what anyone tells you, you have to visit the Monterey Peninsula to truly appreciate its unparalleled beauty. Then there's the golf: Cypress Point, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and, of course, Pebble Beach, where the final round of the AT&T Pro-Am takes place today.
For the fun of it, here are a few unusual images I captured in Monterey; in other words, views you don't typically see in the golf magazines. Click on all images to enlarge.
|Looking toward the 17th green from the 4th fairway at Pebble Beach.|
|Alister Mackenzie originally had plans to build a suspension bridge to get over to a back tee built on this rocky island at Cypress Point's 18th hole.|
|The incredibly beautiful landscape on the back nine at Pacific Grove Muni.|