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Pebble Beach Golf Links Like You've Never Seen It Before

Photo: Joann Dost

Pebble Beach Golf Links will host this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Need a sure cure for the winter blues? Feast upon images of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Whether you’ve been lucky enough to play Pebble or you’ve only seen it on television, you’re certain to appreciate a brand new coffee table book devoted to its wonders. The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links -- An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course is a handy, handsome addition to the library of any serious golfer. It’s also the perfect companion piece to this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The Ultimate Round features a dazzling array of photos, highlighted by the work of award-winning photographer Joann Dost. A former LPGA Tour player, Dost resides in the area, so she has been able to capture Pebble in its many moods on a regular basis.

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Two stunners stand out: her depictions of the 8th and the 18th holes. I’ve seen these two ocean holes pictured hundreds of times over the years, but not like this.

Supplementing these gorgeous images are a bevy of historical photos dating from Pebble’s earliest days, along with commentary from the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. Digital renderings and diagrams outlining each hole are accompanied by tips for how to play them.

Featuring a foreword by Jim Dodson, an Introduction by Pebble Beach historian Neal Hotelling and additional essays by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Pebble Beach Golf Academy Director Laird Small, this 146-page journey is priced at $40 and available at www.joanndost.com and through Pebble Beach Resorts.

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