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$425 to play Pebble Beach? Reader calls it 'grand-theft golf'

I played Pebble Beach years ago when it cost $85 and I was an 18 handicap.

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Pebble Beach: Great Pacific views, but are they worth $425?
Pebble Beach

I enjoyed the apres golf a good deal more than the round. Strawberries & cream and Moet on the patio overlooking the 18th green and the Pacific with three people whose company I really enjoyed was fine. Without the friends it would have been just another fine California course.

For $425 I could play Sandpiper down near Santa Barbara four times. That would be value. Even among the well-off there is no cachet in saying, "I paid $425 to play Pebble Beach."

I have played Royal St. Andrews and a host of other fine courses for reasonable money and enjoyed them far more. It isn't the money (which is of course grand-theft golf) - it's playing a nice course with people you care about.


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Dates: January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015
Stay at Hacienda de Leal, a boutique hotel located in the historic mission city of San Juan Bautista, and take on nearby San Juan Oaks Golf Club, the first Fred Couples signature design in California.
Price range: $200