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Pebble Beach Golf Links ranked best resort course

By Shawn Nicholls, Contributor

Pebble Beach offers everything that golf travelers are looking for in a resort course. For 80 years their breathtaking holes that border the Pacific Ocean have baffled and astonished both the best golfers in the world and the ordinary traveler.

"As a public golf course, every golfer can walk the fairways where the greatest players of all time have competed for the most coveted titles in golf," said Pebble Beach Company chief executive officer Bill Perocchi.

With the addition of the new par three 5th, nine holes in all run beside the ocean, adding to the challenge of the course. Partly as a result to this addition, the first of its kind in 70 years, Golf Digest ranked Pebble Beach the number one course in the U.S. in March.

"We have had an extraordinary two years having hosted both the 1999 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2000 U.S. Open Championship," said Perocchi in March. "In addition, the past two AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournaments have had great finishes. Something great just seems to happen when a championship is held on the Pebble Beach Golf Links."

Beyond the course, which was designed in 1919 by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach offers accommodations at their lodge ranging from guest and spa rooms to private homes. Recently, The Spa at Pebble Beach opened in the Del Monte Forest, giving guests a chance to relax and heal in a 22,000 square foot full service spa and salon.

These resort amenities combined with challenging golf led Pebble Beach to their second number one ranking of the year when Golf and Travel named them the top resort course in the country.

Shawn Nicholls, Contributor

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