The fourth hole at Spyglass Hill
6,938 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $290; 800-654-9300;pebblebeach.com
Don’t be fooled by the 62 that Phil Mickelson shot at Spyglass Hill last year — this Robert Trent Jones Sr. course has been flat-out nasty since it opened in 1966. At the ’67 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, the host bet Jack Nicklaus that he couldn’t shoot par from the tips in his first practice round.
The Bear notched a 2-under-par 70 but stumbled to a 74 when it counted. (He still won the tournament by five shots.)
Spyglass Hill is ranked No. 49 on our Top 100 Courses in the U.S. Although Spyglass gets overshadowed by its neighbors Pebble Beach and Cypress Point, there’s no overlooking its unmatched blend of beauty and brawn.
The 595-yard first hole offers jaw-dropping ocean views from the crest of a fairway lined with towering Monterey pines, while Nos. 2 through 5 romp through dunes and ice plant.
The rest of the course is thickly forested and the difficulty in walking is matched only by the difficulty in scoring. Unless, of course, you’re Phil Mickelson.