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Course Spy: Spyglass Hill

Photo: Evan Schiller

The 370-yard par-4 fourth hole at Spyglass Hill.

Spyglass Hill Golf Club
Pebble Beach, Calif.
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Greens Fee: $315

Spyglass keeps things understated. The service isn't snooty, but it is fittingly solemn, given the staunch test ahead. The practice range is as pretty as they come, with Pacific views through the pine trees.

Pace of Play
The number (4:30) printed on range balls is a suggestion, not strictly enforced. The course's difficulty and beauty push rounds closer to five hours — the same time it takes to play the front nine at Pebble.

Carved through coastal dunes, the first six holes can make the rest of the course feel anticlimactic. Still, if Spyglass doesn't close as well as it opens, it remains one of the world's most magical layouts.

Before drainage was improved, subpar conditions were a slap in the face to anyone who paid the hefty fees. But that's in the past. At the new Spyglass, you come as close as you can to getting your $300 worth.

The Verdict
The layout and location make this one of the world's great trophy courses. If you're a big game hunter, you'll want to bag Spyglass at least once.

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