Sports are fun because they not only give you the thrill of competition but typically take place in a charismatic setting. Which is why taking in a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium or seeing the Red Sox at Fenway is such a special experience. For golf, the bar is raised because you are the one playing on the grand stage. Competition is enjoyable, but so is the backdrop. And while the common man can only dream of strolling the fairways of Augusta National, anyone can tee it up at the course that truly defines American golf, Pebble Beach Golf Links.
It’s the place where Bobby Jones teed it up in the height of his competitive reign as the greatest golfer in the world. It’s where Bing Crosby hosted the likes of Ben Hogan and Frank Sinatra, as apart of his yearly Clambake. It’s where Tiger Woods emphatically began the Tiger Slam of 2000. Of the 18 holes at Pebble, 14 of them have stunning views of the Pacific. It’s where Jack Nicklaus said he would play, if he only had one round of golf left on earth. And it’s open to the public.
Granted, it costs some $500 to play, you need to get tee times month in advance, and they typically force you into staying at least one night in their ridiculously expensive hotel. But having the opportunity to stand in the spot where Watson chipped in or where Jack’s 1-iron rattled the flagstick or where Tiger holed out from the fairway, is priceless. Seeing, feeling, and experiencing where those magical moments happened is something you simply can’t do in any other sport. And in our book, it’s worth the price of admission.
Happy National Golf Day.