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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, California
18th hole; par 5, 543 yards

There may be tougher finishing holes out there, but none are as dramatic. Arcing to the left along Carmel Bay, Pebble's 18th is a better hole today than it was years ago, because modern equipment allows the majority of bold hitters to challenge the green in two. But to succeed your drive has to hug the ocean, well to the left of the tall tree, a gigantic bunker and OB stakes that line the right side. An approach from the right, whether on the second or the third shot, must avoid a tall Monterey pine and a large bunker fronting the right side of the green. While the beauty is overwhelming here, the strategy is what elevates the hole, thanks to its simple risk/reward sensibility: How close to water's edge do you dare play?


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