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Re: Pebble Beach bound!Not too hard to find out - just check their website and you'll find that resort guests can book up to 18 months in advance and non-hotel guests can try 24 hours in advance for Pebble.
Caddies are not required, but if you're going to play Pebble I would certainly highly recommend one. Unless you have physical restrictions on walking, it is a great course to walk and strolling along with a caddy down the 18th is an experience you'll never forget. Caddies cost $75 plus tip.
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What's an appropriate tip for a caddie? Never used one over here...
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Regarding booking Spyglass and then transfering over, I wouldn't think that would work. Pebble is booked for whatever Pebble can handle, so it is a matter of demand and not being in a general queue of Pebble Beach Resorts tee times. And don't sell Spyglass short - it is a fantastic course! Most think it is a better course than Pebble, so if that's all you get to play you'll still be playing one of the finest courses in the world, and for significantly cheaper than Pebble.
Since the US Open is at Pebble this year, I'd expect that Pebble will be even more in demand this year. That certainly happened at Torrey Pines here in San Diego a couple years ago - after that thrilling battle, it seemed everyone wanted to get out and the already hard-to-get reservations got even tougher.
Oh, and on your caddy tip question, the guy in the Pebble pro shop suggested "$25 or more". We had a caddy that carried double bags for myself and my buddy, and we tipped $50 each. But I've kind of had a nagging guilt afterwards that I might have undertipped a bit, which is something I really hate to do. This was the only time I've ever had a caddy, and it really made an already fantastic experience to be something really outstanding.
For those that are doing the math, yes Pebble is outrageously expensive: $495 greens fee, $75 caddy fee, caddy tip, etc. But to me it was worth every penny and I cannot wait to go back.
Re: Pebble Beach bound!If you're gonna be in that area (especially if you're going from SF to Monterey) you gotta check out Half Moon Bay. Hands down, my favorite place in the entire world. I'm sure that could change if i went to Pebble, but part of the thing I loved about HMB was the low key-ness. Two great courses. An 18th hole with a view just as good as Pebble's. Friendly little surfer town as well.
Re: Pebble Beach bound!This is all good info, i'm 36 now and saving my money for my 40th birthday present, a trip to Pebble Beach. I can't wait to get there, how much do you guys think i need? i also want to play Spyglass when i'm there and i don't want to be tight, i really want to enjoy myself without the worry of money. THANKS for your help
Re: Pebble Beach bound!I live in Monterey and Pebble can be tough to get onto, especially in September which is kind of the high season (some of the best weather) around here. You will absolutely pay full price that time of year which I think is about $450 right now. I also heavily recommend Spy but don't forget Bayonet and Blackhorse have recently been remodeled and are very nice at much more reasonable prices. Spanish Bay, Poppy Hills and Old Del Monte are quality public tracks as well but the real gems are in the local private courses. If you have a membership and can go reciprocal I'd highly recommend Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course), The Preserve, Tehama and Corral de Tierra Country Club. Cypress is obvious but you'll never get on.
After waiting 30 years because friends wouldn't join me I've been twice in 2011 and 2012, each time booking a room through the reservations folks at PB. If you can afford it let them book you a room the night before you play, have a nice dinner in the Lodge and a leisurely breakfast before heading out to the range. Nothing like it, and you're guaranteed a tee time at PB. I'd been wanting to go back this year and when researching a package came across a tournament they put on called The Duke at Pebble Beach wherein you get three nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay and two stroke play rounds on Pebble. Cost only $2,550 with food and drink receptions and tee gifts thrown in as well. A true no brainer. For most this is a once in a lifetime experience where you don't want to skimp on the money. Have a great time.....then go to St. Andrews.