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ach winter, as snowbound golf nuts throughout the world frustratingly putt the carpet ragged and knock knocked-up balls into makeshift basement nets, fairy tale television images from the yearly AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am golf tournament start hackers salivating with Pavlov-like certainty, anticipating the possibility of someday descending upon this magnificent meeting of land and sea to trundle their way around the area’s golfing gems. The very fortunate few with connections to members at pantheons like Cypress Point, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and the more recently sculpted Tehama and The Preserve, Gulfstream to the Peninsula to dabble in the ancient game in these hallowed grounds. Even the very privileged must surely breathe a little more hyperactively standing on the first tee box at Cypress, where legendary golfer Bobby Jones was so inspired by golf course architect Alister MacKenzie as to commission him to build Augusta National—a little place where he envisioned, someday, inviting the greatest players for a special tournament. The Monterey Peninsula is where the golf-smitten dream of playing. Here is where they flock, to the area perennially placed at permanent number one among golfing destinations by all the major and minor golf publications, as well as all important golf personalities throughout the world. The Peninsula is blessed with an almost magical geographical beauty. Its weather, moderate with dashes of fog, wind, cold and rain, sometimes reflects golfing conditions found in the game’s homeland, Scotland. Occasional piercing horizontal rain driven by 30mph gusts of near-frigid wind along the Pacific’s mighty shores does more to foster nobility in a golf purist than ultra-comfortable warm-weather resort-style golf found throughout much of the American golfing landscape. Yet, during the temperate summer and fall months, shirtsleeves are more the rule, but not without the ever-present joy of a touch of the old wind— after all, as the Scots are wont to say: “If there’s nay wind, there’s nay golf.” Fortunately for all, the Peninsula offers folks of all means, skill level and inclination unique and wonderful tests of their golfing mettle. The highly skilled may match their games against Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills and the newly renovated powerhouses Bayonet and Blackhorse. Looking for a straightforward, honest test of golf without getting beat up? Old Del Monte, oldest course west of the Mississippi, awaits, along with the dual courses at Rancho Cañada. Want a taste of Pebble Beach ocean-links style without the price tag? Pacific Grove Golf Links, designed by Jack Neville, who also designed Pebble Beach, boasts a back nine along dunes and ocean with views that will leave you breathless. Tracks like Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch and Laguna Seca are all fun, fair and frisky tests for your golf game. The Links at Spanish Bay offers target golf combined with oceanside-links style and million-dollar panoramas, plus a great nineteenth hole in Sticks, its sports-themed restaurant and bar overlooking the first fairway. Oh yes, there’s also that other little 18-hole wonder, the incomparable Pebble Beach. Sure the greens fees are high, but what price is fair for golfing nirvana? What is the true value of walking along the pathways blazed by Hogan, Snead, Watson, Nicklaus, Palmer and Woods, not to mention Jack Lemon, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and enough major and minor celebrities to start your own studio? It’s telling that most serious golfers, were they left with but one more round before they die, would choose Pebble Beach.
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public courses
The Monterey Peninsula is synonymous with worldclass golfing, but you don’t have to be a pro or obsessed with your handicap to enjoy the area’s superb golf links. There are numerous courses to choose from that are well-suited to all levels of play.

laGuna seca Golf ranch
A challenging course noted for its majestic oaks, numerous bunkers and elevated tees. Its generous inland microclimate inspires locals to call it “The Sunshine Course.” Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. teamed up to design Laguna Seca. 6157 yards, slope 127. Restaurant (breakfast and lunch), natural grass practice facility. 10520 York Rd., off Highway 68, Monterey, 373-3701.

“Navy Course.” Great for beginners, and affordable too. 5629 yards, slope 114. Driving range. Garden Road and Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. 656-2167.

pacific Grove Golf links
Local golf patriarch Sam Morse sold this spectacular hunk of real estate for close to nothing, strongly suggesting they develop a golf course on it. Pacific Grove followed Morse’s advice, and the result is a great public course— the “Poor Man’s Pebble Beach”—and the best bargain on the Peninsula. 5553 yards, slope 117. Full-service restaurant, driving range. 77 Asilomar, Pacific Grove. 648-5775.

BayoneT and Black horse
Set amid the fragrant chaparral of old Fort Ord, these two courses offer challenges for all skill levels. Bayonet, a PGA tour qualification course whose front nine just received a gorgeous remodel, is the tougher of the two, with tight doglegs and tricky elevated greens. Black Horse offers more scenic views and is generally more open, with live oaks surrounding the fairways instead of those daunting Cypress trees. Bayonet: 7094 yards, slope 139. Black Horse: 7009 yards, slope 135. Designed by Gen. Glen McClure and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Restaurant, driving range. 1 McClure Way, Seaside, 899-7271.

links aT spanish Bay
Nestled among impressive sand dunes near Asilomar State Beach, the Links are patterned after an authentic Scottish course. “You can almost hear the bagpipes,” says golf great Tom Watson, who helped design the course. Patches of endangered dunes vegetation have been carefully nurtured and are “off limits.” Local rules allow for a free drop for any ball hit into them. The northwest coastal winds can play havoc with your drives, and watch out for that treacherous ice plant. 6821 yards, slope 146. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson, and Frank Sandy Tatum. Full-service restaurant. 2700 17-Mile Dr., Pebble Beach, 647-7495.

peBBle Beach Golf links
This legendary golf course is one of the most scenic and demanding in the world and was recently ranked the best public course in the US by Golf Digest. Pebble Beach is expensive, and it plays slow because every golfer seems to look over every shot twice, but it’s well worth the time and money. Site of 1972, ’82, ’92, 2000 and ’10 US Opens. 6828 yards, slope 144. Designed by Jack Neville. Fullservice restaurant, driving range. 17-Mile Dr., Pebble Beach. 624-3811 or 622-8723.

del MonTe Golf course
The Peninsula is home to a rich golfing tradition, and this is where it all started back in 1897. Old Del Monte may also have been the first in the world to feature green fairways year-round. A pretty course, and more forgiving than most. 6365 yards, slope 127. Designed by Charles Maud. Full-service restaurant and bar. 1300 Sylvan Rd., Monterey, 373-2700.

MonTerey pines Golf course
Located next to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the Monterey Pines features narrow fairways, an abundance of trees, four small lakes and affordable greens fees. Locals refer to this one-time military course simply as the
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peTer hay par-3 Golf course
Tune-up your short game on this charming nine-hole near the Pebble Beach Lodge. Great for beginners and golfers on a budget—for an

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all-day fee of $20 ($5 for golfers age 13-17), you can tell your friends you played Pebble Beach! It’s a walk-on course, so call ahead to make sure a clinic isn’t in progress. 17-Mile Dr., Pebble Beach. 622-8723.

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POPPY HILLS GOLF COURSE
Though not as well known as its glittering Pebble Beach neighbors, this hidden gem is located deep in the heart of the Del Monte Forest and is the home of the Northern California Golf Association. It’s a long course that places a premium on accuracy. Despite its distinct lack of sand dunes and ocean views, Poppy Hills is a world-class course that is well worth a visit. 6833 yards, slope 144. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Practice range, bar and grill. 3200 Lopez, Pebble Beach, 622-8239.

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Rancho Cañada is set among rolling hills and majestic oaks of pastoral Carmel Valley. In the summer, the fog line creeps up and sometimes over the courses, but can give way to some of the Peninsula’s sunniest weather, providing a great setting for two narrow but dramatic courses. Be careful not to hook a drive

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into the nearby Carmel River. West Course, 6357 yards, slope 125. East Course, 6125 yards, slope 122. Designed by Robert Dean Putnam. Driving range, putting and chipping greens, restaurant. 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel. 624-0111 or (800) 536-9459.

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SALINAS FAIRWAYS GOLF COURSE
This mostly level course is well-maintained and features lots of trees, and reaching par isn’t out of reach at the Salinas Fairways due

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oramas, fog-free weather and glimpses of local wildlife. Carts required (you’ll see why). 6117 yards, slope unrated. Designed by Pete Dye. Open to members of any private club. Full-service restaurant, driving range. 1 Old Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel, 626-2510.

QUaIL LoDGe GoLf CoUrse
This course wanders along the lush banks of the Carmel River, where fast greens, fogfree summer weather, sunny meadows, and numerous lakes combine to create an alluring golf setting. It’s a pretty course, with hawks flying overhead and great Carmel Valley vistas. The course isn’t as difficult as others on the Peninsula, but watch out for the water hazards. Driving range. 8000 Valley Greens, Carmel Valley. 624-2888, (888) 828-8787. to its large and fair greens. If you happen to be flying into Salinas, this course is located right next to the municipal airport. 6479 yards, slope 115. Snack bar, driving range. Salinas Airport, 45 Skyway, Salinas. 758-7300.

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Located just a few blocks from the Weekly’s offices, this is the place where our staff goes to fine-tune our driving skills or simply blow off a little deadline-induced steam. 899 Rosita Rd., Del Rey Oaks, 394-8660.

sPyGLass hILL GoLf CoUrse
The toughest course on the Peninsula and arguably one of the most difficult on the planet, this challenging course humbles even the best golfers. Yet they keep coming back for more, if only for the breathtaking views. 6938 yards, slope 147. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Restaurant, driving range. Spyglass Hill and Stevenson, Pebble Beach. 625-8563.

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golf stuff
The golf courses listed above have their own pro shops that carry equipment, accessories and apparel. Listed below are a few local businesses that cater to the golfing community, including discount golf stores and custom club designers.
Golf Mart 2040 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 583-1000 Nevada Bob’s Pro Shop 399 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-5516 Northern California Golf Association Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, 625-4653 Outdoor World 2222 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 373-3615 Riley Golf 601 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 373-8855 Village Golf Shop Ocean near Lincoln, Carmel, 624-5080
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OK, so it’s not what most people have in mind when they think of a public course. But this fanciful, nautical-themed miniature golf course is perfect for a rainy day. That hole with the fluorescent orange octopus looks pretty tough. American Tin Cannery, 125 Ocean Dr., Pacific Grove. 643-9215.

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There’s only so much a box of bath salts can do to relieve stress. When life gets to be a bit tough to handle, a full-service spa is just the thing to polish and pamper you back into a state of well-being.

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Located in charming Oldtown Salinas, Aquablue offers a stylish environment and “results-oriented therapies.” There’s something to it -— Aquablue’s Frank Savino has been voted Monterey County’s Best Message Therapist two years in a row now. The spa also provides a serene relaxation room and a dry-heat sauna. 229 Main St., Salinas. 422-2500.

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The name is deceptive-- The Art of Massage offers patrons much more than massages, including Aveda rubdowns and body treatments. This spa services the entire body and spirit — with such confidence that it offers a guarantee of satisfaction. 498 Foam St., Monterey. 375-3299. an atmosphere designed to ensure relaxation. 397 Calle Principal, Monterey. 372-0888.

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Offers a variety of quality services, including facials, waxing, makeovers and massage. Its specialty, the “Bit of Both,” entails a facial, foot and hand treatment, and a back and shoulder massage. Reservations available for private parties. 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village. 659-9999.

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At Energia you’ll have the opportunity to work up a sweat and then relax away the soreness. Besides its full weight room and personal training program, Energia offers complete spa services, from massages to body wraps. 760 Del Monte Center, Monterey. 642-0222.

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Located on Cannery Row and offering a gorgeous view of the coast, this is an unforgettable place to unwind. Everything — from the grapeseed tea bath to the sports massage — can be tailored to individuals’ or couples’ preferences. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. 646-1701.

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A delightful spa experience awaits inside the Marriott Hotel. Escape Day Spa offers customers a wide variety of ways to relax, from ayurvedic facials to symphony massages. At the Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. 646-2010.

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Located in Carmel’s historic La Playa Hotel, Garden Spa provides exceptional personal care in a serene setting. The spa specializes in massage, facials, and reflexology, a technique based on the ancient knowledge of energy meridians that link the feet to the rest of the body. La Playa Hotel, Camino Real and Eighth, Carmel. 277-3279.

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Just blocks from the beach, the Pacific Day Spa offers treatments ranging from massage to facials to body wraps. Patrons can’t help but leave soothed and refreshed. 197 17th St., Pacific Grove. 333-1103.

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This gem at the end of historic Alvarado Street offers a wide range of services, from a full fitness center complete with personal trainer program to a variety of soothing massage techniques. 201 Alvarado St., Monterey. 647-9000.

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SOLEIL HAIR AND BODY STUDIO
A local favorite, Soleil treats every customer like royalty, offering skin care, waxing and hair care fit for a queen. After the beautification, a therapeutic deep-tissue or Swedish massage banishes any lingering stress. The elegant setting and welcoming atmosphere hooks many Monterey County residents for life. 300 Foam St., Monterey. 656-9510.

SYNERGY DAY SPA
With advanced aesthetics in a tranquil and personalized environment, Synergy’s best induces cosmetic peels, facials and waxing. A perennial favorite is the native stone massage, which uses warm smooth stones from the Big Sur River. 620 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-9944.

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Located in the heart of Del Monte Forest, The Spa at Pebble Beach is a gorgeous 22,000-square-foot, full-service spa. Choosing between the brown sugar scrub and the chocolate-and-coffee exfoliator can make anyone indecisive; luckily, the spa’s professional staff will step in to help. 1518 Cypress Dr., Pebble Beach. 649-7615.

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Overlooking the coast of Big Sur, the Ventana Inn and Spa offers one of the most spectacular views in California. Once in the spa, customers can expect a natural spa: treatment products come from the “elements of Big Sur.” Ventana Inn, Highway 1, Big Sur. (800) 628-6500.

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