Pebble Beach golf for high handicapper beginners
Independent golf tips for the professional at Leisure
Pebble Beach golf for the high handicapper
Pebble Beach is a legendary course, both for its scenic
beauty and for its challenging holes.
As a high handicapper, I was intimidated at the prospect of playing
Pebble beach, and I studied the course layout in eager anticipation of my
afternoon of basking in the glory of one of the world’s most famous golf links.
In all fairness, Pebble Beach is also a giant tourist trap.
In addition to the $500 green fees they had “limited edition” Pebble
Beach shirts for $250 plus Pebble Beach bags, putters, you name it, they slapped
a Pebble Beach logo on it and tripled the price.
I think that the only “limit” to those $250 shirts were the number of
suckers who are dump enough to plonk down that kind of cash!
After shelling out over $1,200 for two, Janet and I were
happy to find out that we were not the only high handicap beginners at Pebble
Beach, and that we fine with us!
lady in the twosome in front of us took a dozen strokes on the first hole, and
this immediately put us at-ease knowing that we were not the worst beginners to
play Pebble Beach that day! Plus,
the slow play gave us more time to soak-in the drop-dead natural beauty of the
In the summer of 2009, getting a tee time at Pebble is
easier than ever, see my notes here on Pebble Beach for the first time player.
Here are some tips for playing Pebble Beach for the high handicapper:
Warm-up – Arrive 90 minutes early and
take the shuttle to the driving range.
Skip the caddie – Unless who want
someone to carry your golf clubs, skip the caddy, it won’t do you any good.
Pebble Beach is an extremely difficult course, and if you want to
have a good time, leave the score card in your bag.
Pebble Beach eats high handicap beginners for lunch!
Get in shape – Beware, Pebble Beach is
cart path only, and if you are a beginner who doesn’t hit far, you will do
far more walking back-and-forth to the cart than if you simple hire a caddy
and walk the course.
Beware of fairway bunkers – Pebble
Beach is a “mean spirited” course because it’s designed not just to
challenge professionals but to make beginners have a bad day.
The 12th hole at Pebble Beach is a perfect example.
Jack Nicklaus put a fairway bunker right where a high handicapper
would hit a drive.
Professionals will sail right over this bunker, but it will catch kids and
arthritic old folks like me!
Also, see my notes on tips for
Pebble Beach golf for first