Top-100 Greatest Public Courses
One of the most respected and revered courses in the world begins with one of the greatest opening stretches in golf: five spectacular sand-splashed holes that cruise up and down a sea of dunes while showcasing sublime oceanfront scenery and shots you’ve surely never seen. But the defining characteristic of Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of the round. Incredible ocean views give way to the understated natural beauty of the Del Monte Forest, as the final 13 holes relentlessly examine your game with a litany of bunkers, ponds and uphill tests. Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National, as Sports Illustrated eloquently described it. When the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design hosted medal play during the 1999 U.S. Amateur, no player in the field was able to break 70, and the setup maxed out at a slope of 155. Bing Crosby famously bet that Jack Nicklaus wouldn’t be able to break par at Spyglass Hill the year it opened in 1966. Nicklaus shot a 2-under 70 in his first round, but Spyglass Hill has been a demanding, yet fair test for pros and guests alike ever since.
This is, in my opinion. The best test of golf on this side of the country! No tricks here. Just a very fair and beautiful 18 holes. Spy is a long course but you will never see a good shot get punished. This is also the toughest leg of the At&t pro-am.
Beautiful and VERY well maintained course. Greens were challenging but not ridiculous.
I'm fortunate to live on the course. October and November are the best condistions. A must-play if you are a serious golfer. It is a difficult course, do not bite off more than you can handle. Might be the only course where every single hole is uphill from the green to the next tee. A serious but wonderful walk, made better with a caddy to assist.