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Enough gushing about Pebble Beach already. It's not *that* nice


Stephen Szurlej

February 12, 2016

In case you haven't noticed, the PGA Tour is at Pebble Beach this week, which means it's time for the annual gushfest about what Robert Louis Stevenson famously called "the most felicitous meeting of land and sea in creation." Or maybe it was Huey Lewis. We forget.

For those of us not there, particularly those of us who spent the morning scraping ice off our windshields and who may have lost feeling in our fingers, it can be a little much.

Look, we get it. Pebble Beach is nice. You might even call it beautiful. On an aesthetic scale with Nina Agdal at one end and the cast of "Duck Dynasty" at the other, we know which way it's tilting. Still, must it go on like this all week? Will it ever stop? Here is a sampling of tweets in my timeline over the last day or so.

And to be clear, it's not just Pebble Beach, either.

Kind of obnoxious, right? It has reached such an objectionable level that we now feel compelled to point out all the things that are lacking about Pebble:

-- Someone forgot to remove that tree out of the middle of the 18th fairway.

-- You don't get to the water till the 4th (!) hole.

-- As Donald Trump would surely agree, it's hard to take any golf course seriously that does not have a $13 million waterfall.

-- The lack of etiquette is appalling.

-- Those crashing waves tend to be distracting.

-- And while we're at it, those seals could stand to mix in a salad once in a while.