One of the nation’s most coveted golf resorts gets even more attractive with its Tiger Woods-designed par-3 course
Golf’s greatest meeting of land and sea hardly needs another selling point. Yet later this year, America’s most iconic golf resort will unveil a rejuvenated short course designed by a rising name in the golf-design business, Tiger Woods.
Known for his record-breaking 15-stroke victory at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Woods is leaving his mark at the resort in a different way with the overhaul of the former Peter Hay Golf Course, the only short course on the Monterey Peninsula.
The upgraded nine-hole track (now known as “The Hay”), originally designed in 1957 by the former golf professional for whom it was named, will be adjoined by a 20,000-square-foot putting course and a 5,000-square-foot dining venue featuring the resort’s largest outdoor patio on its highest-elevated plateau.
Woods’s major re-routing yields more awe-inspiring tee shots, with four of the nine holes pointing toward Carmel Bay. Holes range from 47 to 106 yards, each explicitly set at a yardage that symbolizes a significant year in the resort’s history—with the exception of the 2nd (pictured), the course’s longest hole, that’s built to be an exact replica of Pebble Beach’s par-three 7th without the cliffs and crashing Pacific waves.
“Not everyone who comes to Pebble Beach will have a chance to play the U.S. Open course, so we wanted to create the opportunity for all visitors to experience one of its most-famous holes,” Woods said of the idea.
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From the enhanced amenities, to the expansive views, down to the low-cut grass around the short-course greens (to promote ease of recovery from misses), Woods and the Pebble Beach Company hope the new complex will uphold their shared vision of a welcoming atmosphere for players of all ages and abilities.
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