Pebble Beach Golf Links#4 in Best Things To Do in Monterey
Golfers dream of playing at the Pebble Beach Golf Club, which is often considered to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. With experts encouraging booking over a year in advance, the course is not something to do when visiting Monterey, it's the reason to book a trip to Monterey in the first place.
Despite the difficulty (and high cost) of obtaining a tee time, golfers' dreams can become reality with enough patience and persistence, not to mention planning. Those who were lucky enough to obtain a coveted slot described the experience as nothing short of magical, especially when completing their game; the 18th hole is particularly scenic.
The Pebble Beach Golf Links is located along 17-Mile Drive just north of Carmel. The best way to secure a tee time is to schedule at least a two-night stay at a Pebble Beach Resort, which includes The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Casa Palmero and The Inn at Spanish Bay. Combine the cost of your accommodations with your round of golf and you'll be shelling out about a thousand dollars, if not more. For more details, check out the course's website.
Even if you're not interested in playing golf, you should make some time to visit the course simply to enjoy the scenery. The views from the Pebble Beach Resorts are not to be missed.
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Located south of Monterey and Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a humble seaside village with a few small shops and cafes -- at least that's the cover story. In truth, this pricey town has plenty of designer stores, gourmet eateries and upscale art galleries that cater to its wealthy residents (like Clint Eastwood). You'll find most shoppers and diners around picturesque Ocean Avenue, which leads to Carmel Beach.
Many forego the town's activities in favor of catching some rays on the expansive dog-friendly beach. Recent visitors recommend taking a long walk along the shore at sunset or sunrise. For more information about Carmel-by-the-Sea, check out the town's website.
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