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For casual and some hardcore golf fans, Pebble Beach is quite possible the most well-known course in US Open history. The links-style course that hugs the Pacific coastline has hosted our national championship five times, providing fans some of golf’s most picturesque views and some of the game’s most lasting memories.
The course’s shear beauty alone easily warrants the USGA’s continual return; however behind its cosmetic beauty lays a beast of a course that has caused some of the game’s top players to look like mere mortals.
Pebble Beach is a rather short course, for US Open standards, measuring just over 7,000 yards for the 2010 championship. To safeguard for its lack of length, Pebble relies on the smallest greens in championship history, measuring at a minuscule 3,500 sq. ft.
The sloping, bumpy putting surfaces are often rock hard and roll between 12 and 13 on the Stimpmeter. Add sloping fairways, thick rough, and the largest water hazard on the planet and you have a rather challenging test, and that’s without the howling wind off the Pacific.
US Opens Held at Pebble Beach: 5
Past Winners (Scores): 1972, Jack Nicklaus (+2); 1982, Tom Watson (-6); 1992, Tom Kite (-3); 2000, Tiger Wood (-12); Graeme McDowell (E)
Next US Open: 2019