About Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach, CA is located on the central coast of California just a couple of hours south of San Francisco and occupies the southern portion of the Monterey Peninsula. Pebble Beach is bordered by Pacific Grove to the northeast, Monterey to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and southwest and Carmel-by-the-Sea to the south. This page of LiveMontereyPeninsula.com and all of the links associated with it are focused on the community of Pebble Beach, CA 93953.
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community within Monterey County in the state of California. Pebble Beach has around 4,500 residents and is considered a gated community. In addition to the fee tourists pay to enter Pebble Beach gates, residents pay road fees as well as Monterey County property taxes which all contribute to the maintenance of the area. Though Pebble Beach is considered a community and not a city, it has an organization known as the Pebble Beach Community Services District which manages fire protection, emergency medical services, law enforcement, recycling, as well as waste-water and garbage collection. Pebble Beach also has a post office and its own zip code 93953.
Pebble Beach is best known for its famous golf courses as well as it’s scenic beauty along the famous 17 Mile Drive. Pebble Beach has eight golf courses, three of which are private clubs. The Pebble Beach Company owns and maintains Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Peter Hay Golf Course, which are all open to the public. The Pebble Beach Company also owns one of the oldest continuously operating golf courses in the United States, the Del Monte Golf Course, which is located in the neighboring city of Monterey. The Northern California Golf Association makes it’s home in Pebble Beach at their home golf course, Poppy Hills, which was just completely renovated in 2014. Cypress Point is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the US and is located on a very beautiful piece of Pebble Beach land known as Cypress Point. It was home to the famous golf match written about in the book “The Match.” Monterey Peninsula Country Club has two 18 hole layouts, the Dunes Course, and the Shore Course, which are also private.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is likely the most famous of the courses, especially considering it holds the honor of being named the number one greatest golf course in America by Golf Digest on one of their biennial lists. Pebble Beach Golf Links has also been the site of the US Open multiple times and will host the tourney again in 2019 on the 100 year anniversary of the famous track.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Celebrity Pro-Am is held in Pebble Beach each February. The tournament has been played since 1937, though it has been held in Pebble Beach since 1947. It raises over $7,000,000 for local charities every year and utilizes an army of volunteers to make it happen.
Things To Do In Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach offers plenty of activities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy but the majority of the people coming to Pebble Beach are here to either play golf on one or more of the bucket list caliber tracks or drive around the famous 17 Mile Drive looking at the famous Lone Cypress Tree, large estate homes and enjoying the scenic coastline. In addition, Pebble Beach offers many other great activities such as horseback riding, tennis, sailing, bicycling, walking along one of the many beaches, rock climbing, shopping, whale watching, mushroom hunting, photography, painting, enjoying the sunset, and of course eating at one of the Pebble Beach resort restaurants.
There are many large scale events that take place in Pebble Beach each year such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am, the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week, The Nature Valley First Tee Open and The Callaway Invitational.
Pebble Beach History
In 1908, Lewis Hobart was hired to design a lodge in Pebble Beach. The lodge included private patios, a great hall, fireplaces, a tavern, and a full kitchen. Eventually, the lodge included cottages that were rented out for people staying overnight in the area. In 1916, Samuel Morse, who was then managing the Pebble Beach Lodge, had a vision of building a golf course on the edge of the community. Tragically however, the lodge burned down in 1917 during the construction of the course and the whole area was forced into reconstruction. In 1919, what was once Pebble Beach Lodge reopened as the Del Monte Lodge, a multi-story hotel and resort complete with a swimming pool and its own golf course.
The Del Monte Lodge expanded over the next few decades, eventually incorporating other hotels, business offices, shopping locations, and even an arcade. In 1977, the Del Monte Properties Company was reinstated as the Pebble Beach Corporation and the lodge was renamed as the “Lodge at Pebble Beach.” The Pebble Beach Corporation has been owned and managed under various people and corporations since its induction in the 1970s including Rupert Murdoch, Minoru Isutani, and Clint Eastwood.