Pebble Beach golf for first time players
Independent golf tips for the professional at Leisure
Pebble Beach golf
for first time players
Pebble Beach can be intimidating for the first timer
player, and these tips for first time players may help.
Every golfer knows Pebble Beach and this great golf course will be even
more in the public eye for the 2010 US Open.
But there are some tips and tricks that every first-time player at Pebble
Beach should know about:
Don’t have any expectations – Just
because Tiger made a birdie on #6 does not mean that you will.
It’s a typical scene for first time players to get frustrated.
The Pebble beach fairways are wonderful and even a high and mid
handicapper can play par golf on the fairway, but the approach shots are
greens are WAY HARD. The greens
are almost spooky, with hidden breaks.
If a first-time wants to maximize their score, a caddy is de rigueur.
Skip the Pebble Beach Lodge - The
Pebble Beach golf course web site says that the only way to get a guaranteed
tee time at Pebble Beach is to stay at the Pebble Beach resort.
However, in this down economy you can call 24 hours before playing
and easily get a tee time. There
is a wide choice of great hotels at a fraction of the cost of the Pebble
Bring your own weapons – Playing
Pebble Beach is tough enough for first timers without worrying about
acclimating to a set of rental clubs.
Spend a few bucks and have your clubs mailed to your resort.
Get a Caddy – The greens are amazingly
tricky at Pebble Beach, and the cost of caddy is money well spent.
Score your putts separately – First
time players should records their scores at a finite level.
As you play-along with the pros during the 2010 US Open at Pebble
Beach, it’s useful to separate your drives, iron shots and putts.
If Tiger three putts a green, you will need proof that you two-putted
the hole! The Pro shop can sell
you a nice framed scorecard holder that you can buy to commemorate your
Watch the weather – Playing Pebble
Beach the first time is special, and you want a nice day, free of the fog
that is very common. Make sure
that you pick a day with clear views.
Buy the swag – Make sure to buy a
memento as a testament that you were willing to spend a small fortune on a
round of golf! A common purchase
at Pebble Beach is a logo windbreakers, as first-timers don’t realize that
Pebble Beach golf can be cool and foggy, even in mid-summer.
Bring your camera – Everyone is in awe
of Pebble Beach, not just first time players, and you will have time for
photos. The famous par-3 6th
hole on the peninsula is a favorite photo opportunity.
Warm up – First timer players should
arrive early and enjoy the complementary driving range at Spyglass.
Bring some tipping change – Tip your
started $10, and have some $5 bills handy for other helpers.
Prepare for sticker shock – First time
players should practice your reactions to paying over $600 for a round of
golf. Remember, Pebble Beach is
a favorite course of billionaires (Donald Trump ranks Pebble Beach as his
Be ready for a long round – My round
lasted for five hours and 20 minutes, so first timers should be prepared for
slow play and delays. The delay
are great because you have that much more time to enjoy the spectacular
Because Pebble Beach is so famous, some first time players
expect to see celebrities. While
some celebrities play Pebble Beach, one of the Marshalls told me that it’s much
more common to see sports stars than TV or movie starts playing Pebble Beach.
In sum, these are some tips for first time players at
Pebble Beach. If you have any other
tips that I can include for first-timers, please e-mail me!
Also see my tips for
Pebble Beach golf for
high handicapper beginners