Photo by Joann Dost
Not just the greatest meeting of land and sea in American golf, but the most extensive one, too, with nine holes perched immediately above the crashing Pacific surf—the fourth through 10th plus the 17th and 18th. Pebble’s sixth through eighth are golf’s real Amen Corner, with a few Hail Marys thrown in over an ocean cove on the eighth from atop a 75-foot-high bluff. Pebble hosted a successful U.S. Amateur in 2018 and a sixth U.S. Open in 2019. Recent improvements include the redesign of the once-treacherous 14th green, and reshaping of the par-3 17th green, both planned by Arnold Palmer’s Design Company a few years back—and the current changes to the iconic eighth hole. Pebble Beach hosted the Women's U.S. Open for the first time in 2023.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966. Ranked among the top 10 since our inaugural edition in the 1960s.
2023-'24 ranking: 12th.
Previous ranking: 8th.
Highest ranking: No. 1, 2001-2002.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked No. 1 since 2003.
Best in State: Ranked second from 2011 through 2024.