Pebble Beach in Monterey Country, California, is renowned for its scenic beauty, spectacular golf courses, beautiful ambiance and sumptuous coastal resorts. With its famous golf courses, like Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill Golf course, Pebble Beach is hailed as a Mecca for golfers. Let’s check out 10 interesting things to do in Pebble Beach.
1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach provides, perhaps, the most scenic golf courses in the world. The Pebble Beach Golf Links, in Pebble Beach, California, is a beautiful golf course overlooking the Carmel Bay on the southern side of the Monterey Peninsula. In 2001, it became the first public golf course to be featured on Golf Digest as the No.1 golf course in America. This spectacular golf course by the ocean, relished by golfers around the world is a five-time host of the US Open. The championship will return to this course in 2019 for the sixth time.
2. The Links at Spanish Bay
The Links at Spanish Bay is an authentic Scottish links course offering a spirited challenge to golfers amidst the rugged and beautiful surroundings of the Monterey coastline. The course is built with a concern for preserving the native birds, plants and animals around the course. As a step towards environmental preservation, drops are allowed outside of the environment-sensitive areas. Following the Scottish tradition, the course is closed every evening with a performance by a bagpiper.
3. Monterey Bay Aquarium
The internationally renowned Monetary Bay Aquarium houses thousands of plants and animals, representing about 623 different species. Located on Canary Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey, California, the aquarium has 1.8 million people visiting each year. Fresh ocean water is pumped in from Monterey Bay and circulated in the aquarium. One of the most famous exhibits include the giant Kelp forest showcasing undersea fauna. The aquarium is the first in the world to grow California Giant Kelp, using a wave machine to produce wave movements, a necessary condition for its growth. Another famous exhibit is a 1.2 million gallon tank in the Open Sea galleries featuring large single-paned windows. Sea creatures on exhibit include stingrays, sea otters, jellyfish and numerous other marine species. The Monterey Bay aquarium is one of the only two aquariums in the world to house the blue-fin and the yellow-fin tuna.
4. 17-mile Drive
One of the best things to do in Pebble Beach is to take a day trip along the 17-mile Drive. The 17-mile Drive is basically a toll road passing through an exclusive neighborhood. Running between the Carmel and Pacific Grove, the road follows a stretch of the scenic California coastline to the famed Pebble Beach. The road winds itself through a forested area passing golf courses, luxury hotels and the famous Lone Cyprus tree. A drive along the road will take you around 3 hours at the most and is sure to form one of your cherished memories. Just bear in mind that motorcycles are not allowed on this road.
5. Spyglass Hill Golf Course
The Spyglass Hill Golf course, also known as “Glass”, on the Monterey Peninsula, California is one of the toughest courses in the world. The course is owned by the Pebble Beach Company which also owns Pebble Beach Golf Links, Del Monte golf course and the Links at Spanish Bay. The course is inspired by the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island.
6. Del Monte Golf Course
The Del Monte golf course is the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Opened in 1897, the course has been challenging golfers for more than a century. The course features a meandering layout with fairways lined by cypress, oak and pine trees. Del Monte golf course was the original host of the California Sate Amateur.
7. Casa Palmero
Casa Palmero, an elegant, ultra-luxurious estate is perfect for a romantic getaway. The Mediterranean-style estate features 24 private rooms with fireplaces, soaking baths and sumptuous beds. The main house features a living room, library, billiard room, outdoor pool, a bar and a lounge. Overlooking the Pebble Beach golf links, the estate features lush landscaping, framed walkways and tiled patios. A personal coordinator will help you customize your activities such as breakfast deliveries, golf and tennis tournaments and spa services.
8. The Spa at Pebble Beach
The Spa at Pebble offers a wide range of treatments and also allows their clients to enjoy sauna, steam, Jacuzzi for as long as they want. Try out their signature Lasapa Lemina, a cleansing treatment inspired by the native Esselen tribe.
9. Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Located in the Pebble Beach, California, the Equestrian Center is surrounded by the beautiful Del Monte forest. This activity facility offers full lesson programs which include boarding and training, camps, guided trails and schooling shows, from beginner to advanced levels. The center with fenced jumping arenas, dressage courts and miles of trials, houses over 140 horses.
10. Dennis the Menace Park
If you are touring with kids, make sure you visit Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey, California. Nestled in a beautiful setting, the park was planned by Hank Ketcham, creator of the comic character and a resident of Pebble Beach until his death in 2004. The park has a real locomotive train, monkey bars, rock climbing wall, slides, swings, rope bridge and many more fun play structures.