Pebble Rocks On
Just as we were putting this issue to bed, I noticed that there is a lot of Pebble Beach in it. For openers, in our annual World's Best Golf Resorts survey (page 106), the course and resort again dominate out west, winning in multiple categories. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has played there, including PGA Tour veteran Mark O'Meara, whose visits through the years have been quite productive—he's a five-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Guess which course is O'Meara's worldwide favorite?His ode to it is on page 148.
Pebble also pops up as an ideal place to go for solo golf travelers. Why?Well, it may actually be easier to get out there as a single than as a foursome, its great caddie program means you never get stuck in a cart with a stranger, and there may be no better place in the world for a solo golfer to plop down for a beer and a burger than the Tap Room in the Lodge. I will also observe that out of all the pictures of courses that golfers send in for publication in our Reader's Tee, we get more of Pebble Beach than of any links except the Old Course at St. Andrews. Sure enough, the last time I looked, this issue's letters section (page 26) featured at least one.
And finally (no pun intended), the course makes a cameo in Mark Donovan's Golfer's Journal story, "From Par to Eternity" (page 100), concerning the dispensation of one's earthly remains after being called to the great scorer's tent in the sky. Hard to think of a better place, really, to wait out the end of time.
Did we plan this Pebble party?We did not. The place just has a way of making its presence felt, in our pages and around the golf world. And that, I guess, is my simple point: In golf, as in life, no matter what the noise machines would like, quality will always rise to the surface.
Congratulations to Pebble, Pinehurst and all the other World's Best winners. And thank you, readers, for once again sharing your opinions.