CREDIT: Kohjiro Kinno/SI (Pebble Beach); Charlie Riedel/AP (Nicklaus)
"I fell in love with Pebble Beach the moment I set foot there to prepare for the 1961 U.S. Amateur. After playing the course what seems like hundreds of times over the years, it remains one of my favorite places to play golf. The first thing you can't help but notice is the location. The scenery is incredible. You just don't get opportunities to put a golf course on such a marvelous piece of property like you have at Pebble Beach. Aside from aesthetics, Pebble Beach is a great test of golf. It's a wonderful thinking-man's golf course. That's why it's such a great U.S. Open venue. It forces you to use your head, and it both toys with and tests your composure. You must keep your emotions in check or Pebble Beach will beat you."