Peter’s Blog III
Well, what an incredible week we had at Pebble Beach where we hosted our first ever Carr Golf Father / Son outside of the Emerald Isle, as we celebrate 30 years.
My Week started when I flew into LA on the direct flight from Dublin, Aer Lingus of course, and stayed with my dear friend Irving for a few days.
Second time there in as many years, but this time had a little time to see some of the sights and window shop on Rodeo Drive and of course, managed an afternoon beer or two.
The first night we had dinner at Craig’s and I was very surprised when we arrived that there were a bunch of photographers waiting outside !! I couldn’t believe heard I was coming !!
Next day it was up to play Riviera, a magnificent golf course, where the ghost of Ben Hogan still lurks around … Hogans Alley. What a clubhouse, so full of history and some unbelievable photos.
Tiger played his first PGA tournament here as an amateur and missed the cut, so maybe it was an omen that he never won here since !! Neither has Jack.
Next day it was a short hop with my friend up to the Monterey airport … I could easily get used to this….. and we headed straight to Monterey Peninsula Country Club (or MPCC as its called) for 18 holes. There are two courses, the Shore and the Dunes and they are both really lovely tracks and a great first experience to the legendary Pebble Beach area!
Our welcome reception was held that evening at The Library at the Pebble Beach Clubhouse where all the participants gather and got to meet.
The first round was held on Spyglass and I played with “the Boss” which was for me an amazing few hours to be on the golf course as we don’t get too much time together during our busy season. It’s a great golf course with lots of sand and trees. Some deem it the hardest of the Pebble Beach courses.
It opened in 1966 and is really beautiful. All the holes are called after characters and places in the great novel Treasure Island and it really is that!
Next day was the biggie and my maiden voyage at Pebble Beach. It really did live up to all of my expectations. Just to stand on the first tee with my pal Aidan and take in the vista of Stillwater Cove and the Pacific Ocean was something very special. To do it with the setup for the US Open four weeks hence made it more special.
Celebrating its 100 years this year, it really is a very special place, it’s no wonder it is getting ready to host its 6th US Open. All the greats have won here Nicklaus, Watson, and who will ever forget Tigers 15 shot winning margin !! Even had an Irish winner with Graeme McDowell in 2010.
The layout is magnificent and holes on the ocean are really spectacular. Yours truly didn’t play too bad but got a little tired towards the end !!
Still what an amazing few days as we ventured farther afield with a wonderful group of people for our first US Father and Son at one of the most iconic places to play golf in the world. It was won by my great friend Eddy Cue and his Son Spencer.
I Hitched a ride next day back to LA with another great friend Jimmy and loved the drive through the desert and up through the Grapevine.
It made me realize once again how lucky we all are and how thankful we should all be to meet so many great people and travel to the most wonderful places, all through this great game we call golf!
My only wish was that my pal Gerry was there…