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Fathers Day at the US Open

June 20, 2010

During the Master’s tournament I blogged about which course, Augusta National or Pebble Beach, was better.  With this years US Open being held at Pebble Beach I will have a chance to see if I change my opinion.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and checked into our pool- side room in Carmel Valley.  This is our favorite place to stay.   The innkeepers are fabulous.  Great food, beakers of martini’s, red wine, and cigar smoking after dinner is encouraged.  Mornings start with fresh eggs directly from the chicken coop along with smoked salmon.

Getting to Pebble Beach takes you through Del Monte Forest. A magical place with deer hiding in the shadows of the pines.  Being there makes you glad you’re alive.  

Our innkeeper provided us with some outstanding credentials which not only got us on the course but also in the Trophy Room and the USGA facility overlooking the putting green.

The first thing we noticed were people, a whole lot of people.  The only way to see the players without being stepped on or jostled was to pick spots in the grandstands overlooking a green or tee.

During the 1992 open we sat behind the devilish hard 14th but this year they moved the 15th teeing area there so no one was allowed to sit behind the green.  Our favorite other spot was at the 17th green, arguably the most spectacular hole in golf.  We spent time on the 17th watching Tom Watson, who made the cut as a 60-year-old with his son as his caddy, and Tiger Woods curling in a downhill putt for a birdie.  Just some of the many highlights.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland held on for a one-shot win becoming the first European player to win the tournament in 40 years.  He made a whole bunch of money, gained prestige in the world of golf, and was given this trophy.

We ended the afternoon by taking 17 mile drive to The Inn at Spanish Bay.  They have an outside bar and patio overlooking the ocean and, even though it was a bit chilly, lap blankets were provided along with the views.

As I wrote before, Augusta National keeps its course and grounds immaculate but the views and amenities at Pebble Beach are the best.

All in all, a fine way to spend Fathers Day.


From → Sports, Travel

  1. Great post…. I too, love that same bed and breakfast in Carmel Valley…one of my favorite places in the world….!

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