13 Jun GolfPass Grass Guru – Pebble Beach Golf Links
US Open • Hole 10 • Par 4 • 495 yds
The third major is here. Pebble Beach Golf Links – a course that is arguably the most photogenic and famous golf course in the US. As long as it’s not named Augusta National. If the US had to choose one course to put against the world’s best, it’d be Pebble Beach.
I’ve already written about Pebble’s best bunker; I won’t spoil you with what I chose. I’ll let you find that out on your own. With that said, that doesn’t mean I don’t have the next best in the wing. The bunkers here are like children, you have a clear favorite, but love them all equally. The bunker of choice for the US Open is…drumroll…the beach to hole right on 10. Yep that’s right, I’m choosing the beach itself. The OG bunker, doesn’t get much sandier or hazardous than a gd beach. Not only is it very much in play, it’s a strategic hazard which runs the entirety of the hole.
Now I know it’s a bit of a cop out to choose a bunker that is not even a bunker. However, the beach at Pebble Beach is so iconic, I had to go with the hit makers. 10 is also the last of the ocean holes before the majority of the back nine works away from water. We won’t see the ocean again until the magnificent 17th. Side note, 17 is such a better ocean front par 3 than hole 7, don’t even at me. With the ocean in the rear view mirror on this stretch of holes, 10’s beach front majesty is only elevated. For harmony’s sake, PBGL can’t have the ocean and beach rear their heads on every hole. So when we see the pros hit from the steep slopes or amongst the seal lions, we can be thankful that there is a hole like #10.
The weather will be perfect this week and California has some of the best growing conditions anywhere on the planet. Now if only we can get some Agrostis canina on the greens instead of Poa annua amiright. Annual bluegrass be damned! This will be a stunner of a major and I’m a little sad the golf season is 3/4 complete.
Cover Photo: pebblebeach.com
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at email@example.com.