How Can I Play Pebble Beach?

We explain how you can play the legendary Californian links course

How Can I Play Pebble Beach?
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Pebble Beach Golf Links is widely regarded as one of the most stunning courses in the world. Situated on California’s Monterey Peninsula and overlooking the Pacific’s rugged Carmel Bay, the course has featured in the hugely popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games. It has also witnessed numerous iconic moments, including Woods' record-breaking 2000 US Open triumph, where he won by 15 strokes, and Tom Watson's stunning chip-in during the 1982 US Open. Meanwhile, it also hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and First Tee Open annually.

By anyone’s standard’s Pebble Beach, one of the best golf courses in California, is one of the most revered courses on earth. But how can you play it? Despite its stellar reputation, playing a round at Pebble Beach is not as difficult as you might imagine. That’s because the course is open to the public.

The easiest way to reserve a tee time is to book a stay at Pebble Beach Resorts. You can book a slot up to 18 months in advance if you’re staying at The Lodge at Pebble Beach or The Inn at Spanish Bay. Another option is to book a room at the resort’s Casa Palmero hotel, which allows you to reserve your slot 12 months in advance. 

In all three cases, that’s plenty of time to work on your game before tackling the course, including its legendary par 5 18th running parallel to the Pacific. The resort recommends you reserve your tee time at the same time you’re booking your stay.

If staying at the resort is out of the question, you can still reserve a tee time. However, you’ll be taking a chance on availability as you can only reserve your slot 24 hours in advance. In particular, open slots for any more than one player are likely to be a rarity so close to your round.

How Can I Play Pebble Beach?

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The resort’s busiest months are April through November, so if you’re not a guest, the best time to try to reserve a tee-time is during the off-season. Not surprisingly, green fees aren’t cheap. If you’re a guest at the resort, they’re between $575 and $595. For non-guests, the fee is the same, but there’s an additional cart fee of $45. If you plan to stay at one of Pebble Beach’s resorts, it’s also not for the budget-restricted, with rates ranging from $870 to $7980 per night.

You can make a reservation inquiry to stay at the resort via the Pebble Beach website or over the phone. If you’re not staying at the resort, phone them to book a tee time.  

Is Pebble Beach open to the public?

Yes. Unlike most of the USA's famous courses, like Augusta National, for example, Pebble Beach is in fact open to the public. You can either play the course as a guest of the resort. Otherwise you book a slot within 24 hours of your tee time.


How much does it cost to play Pebble Beach?

The minimum cost to play a round at Pebble Beach is $575. However, this fee is only for guests at the resort. If you wish to play as a non-guest, the cost is between $575 and $595 with an additional $45 cart fee.

Why is Pebble Beach so famous?

Pebble Beach is one of the best-known courses in the world, renowned for its stunning links location. It has hosted six US Opens and one PGA Championship. Meanwhile, it also hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and First Tee Open annually.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.