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Par-3 7th hole, Pebble Beach
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One hole to play at Pebble? The dramatic par-3 7th hole is a popular pick among our panelists.

PLAY ONE HOLE AT PEBBLE
Van Sickle: You're going to be dropped by helicopter onto the tee box of your choice at Pebble Beach and allowed to play one (and only one) hole. Which hole do you choose and why?

Chamblee: I'd play 18 because it is the most beautiful of all the holes at Pebble Beach and as a par 5, it would last the longest. Most importantly, it's very close to the lodge, where I'm pretty sure they have a fireplace, a view and scotch

Godich: Give me the 8th. The approach shot is about as good is it gets for both the degree of difficulty and the view. The fact that the one time I played Pebble I had a 45-minute wait on the 8th tee has nothing to do with my selection.

Lynch: It has to be No. 7, both for aesthetics and unpredictability. In a practice round for the '92 U.S. Open here, Ian Woosnam dismissed it as a nothing more than a chip-shot hole. His opinion changed later that week when he found himself hitting 7-iron from 100 yards.

Reiterman: Have to go with the par-3 7th. My favorite golf holes are downhill par-3s, and this is the Mona Lisa of short holes (sorry, No. 12 at Augusta). Plus, for as little golf as I play, this is probably my best shot at birdie on the course.

Ritter: It's not the most aesthetically dramatic, but I'll play 18 for its history. Plus, with my squeeze-fade, I should be able to avoid the Pacific and maybe even luck my way into a par.

Van Sickle: The 18th is probably the most panoramic hole at Pebble but I'd play the par-5 sixth. It's a hellacious second-shot hole for us hacks, even if you hit a good drive. Once you get to the green, if you ever do, you're practically standing on top of the world there with a great view of No. 7, Stillwater Cove, The Lodge, everything.

Morfit: I'd be conflicted about whether to play the par-5 18th or the par-3 7th, both of which would require a very good helicopter pilot lest we end up in the water. The 18th would last longer, but given my hook, and the fact the Hale Irwin tee shot off the rocks only happens once every 100 years or so, I'll go with the 7th. (And I'd ask the helicopter pilot for a two-club wind.)

Wei: Oh man, that's tough. I wanted to say 17 because it's so iconic and first thing that comes to mind when I think about Pebble is when Tom Watson chipped in from the left rough to birdie and then went on to birdie 18 and win the '82 U.S. Open. But I don't want to waste my ONE hole on a par-3, so I think I'll go with 18 because it's a fun par-5 and that tee shot with the view of the ocean is unbeatable.

Garrity: It's hard to choose, but I'll join Jack Nicklaus and pick No. 8. It's a blind tee shot, but your approach over the chasm to a sea's-edge green is thrilling.

Bamberger: The home hole. For the views, for the history, for the tree, for the chance to relive the walks of Watson, Nicklaus, Woods -- and D.A. Points.
Shipnuck: No. 7. There's nowhere on the planet that is prettier and it's such a fun, delicate little shot. Except in a big wind - I once hit 7-iron there.

Gorant: 19th. Gives me the best chance to score (rim shot).

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Take your pick: One hole at Pebble. Which one are you playing?

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