Pebble Beach Resorts
Carmel and Monterey, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Pebble Beach is one of the most iconic golf courses in the world
Three accommodation options from the Inn at Spanish Bay, the Lodge at Pebble Beach which overlooks the 18th, and the cosy and intimate Casa Palmero
Lots of things to see and do in the Monterey Peninsula if you don't like golf including nature walks, the town of Carmel, kayaking and whale-watching
A perfect stop on a road trip from San Francisco to LA
Fantastic activities available and programs laid on for children - they will never be bored!
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Pebble Beach is an all-year destination if you enjoy golf, tennis and fine dining. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can also go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy and the crowds have dispersed. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.
Pebble Beach is a coastal community known world-wide for its dramatic coastline, Del Monte forests and its famous golf courses. Stay at the award-winning Lodge at Pebble Beach, elegant Casa Palmero or the traditional Inn at Spanish Bay.
Pebble Beach Resorts has three separate hotels located along 17-mile drive, interwoven with golf courses and stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. To the south of the Peninsula you will find the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, which has hosted five US Opens and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The Lodge at Pebble Beach overlooks the closing hole of the famous course. With 161 rooms, it remains the ideal option for those wanting to be as close to the course as possible. We recommend an Ocean View Room which overlooks the legendary 18th hole, ideal as the sun sets as you sit with a drink in hand. With 5 restaurants and bars, the Lodge gives you a multitude of options for post-round recovery. The Beach & Tennis Club is ideal for any non-golfers to visit during the day, and the Lodge has a 22,000 square-foot spa.
Next to the Lodge is Casa Palmero, the smallest of all the hotels at Pebble Beach with only 24 rooms. Overlooking the first fairway of Pebble Beach Links, it has been designed as an intimate boutique Mediterranean style villa, and it personifies elegance and exclusivity. There are several comfortable areas to relax in, such as the library, billiards room, living room or the lovely bar. Within the rooms, you will find a fireplace, with views overlooking the 1st fairway or forest. Do try and opt for a Spa Room which has its own whirlpool spa. Guests can easily walk to the Lodge for their evening meal and in-room breakfast baskets as well as evening drinks are complimentary.
Continuing up the Peninsula, you will pass the iconic Lone Cypress which has prevailed on a rocky outcrop for 250 years and is the enduring image of the Pebble Beach Resort. All along the coast you will have the chance to spot a variety of bird life, seals and possibly whales. Next, you will come across the second golf course, the Spyglass Hill Golf Course. It starts out very much like the links you would have seen at Pebble Beach, but then turns into the forest to become a stunningly beautiful woodland course.
Continue along 17-Mile drive and you arrive at Spanish Bay, where the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar De Portola camped in 1769. The Inn at Spanish Bay is Pebble Beach Resort’s largest hotel with 269 rooms and suites. It is positioned next to its final course, the Links at Spanish Bay. The course is a traditional Scottish links course set right on the sea, and offers a real test with its many areas of long grass and tricky approach shots. The hotel has views of the Del Monte forest, and the Pacific Ocean with its iconic sunsets. Outside is a delightful ‘firepit’ where drinks in the evening are accompanied by a Scottish piper. There are 5 restaurants and bars ranging from Hawaiian fusion to Italian comfort food and a superb bar featuring an excellent selection of single malts, which as you can imagine is a golfer's perfect recovery tipple. The Stave Wine Cellar is particularly good, enjoy wines by the glass, small bites and a wide selection of coveted, hard-to-find bottles for purchase with advice from certified sommeliers.
For those not golfing or for families there is much to see and do in the Peninsula. To the south, you can head to enchanting Carmel, with small restaurants, art galleries, wine shops and boutiques, you can spend hours walking around this picture-perfect town. Heading north beyond Spanish Bay you will find Monterey, head along Cannery Row and drop into a seaside restaurant for a spot of lunch. The Monterey Aquarium is a true delight, and ideal for families. Other activities include walks along the coast, whale watching, kayaking, horse-riding and wine-tasting; meaning that if golf is not your thing, Pebble Beach is still a wonderful destination.
With a range of rooms over three hotels, we have listed all of the room types below. Each offers a great deal of comfort and style with LCD TVs, wifi internet and spa collection shampoos, soaps and lotions, an honour bar, 24-hour room service, in room coffee maker and come stocked with irons, hairdryers and in-room safes. All come with 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Pebble Beach Resort is perfect for families and there are many varied and exciting experiences for you to enjoy with your whole family. Connecting rooms, cribs, rollaways, bottle warmers and other dedicated children's service are all happily catered for.
Start the kids early and enjoy a family round of golf at the Pebble Beach Peter Hay par-3 course where children 12 years and under play for free, or take a family golf lesson at the new Pebble Beach Golf Academy. Other sports available include tennis, swimming, kayaking, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding and they are all geared up to be a wonderful family experience. There are also water sports and tennis camps for all skill levels throughout the summer so your children can enjoy meeting children of a similar age while also giving the parents a bit of a break!
You can also discover wildlife and discover the natural beauty of the Del Monte Forest by foot, by bicycle or by horse, enjoy the beach and build a bonfire and the tide pools. There is endless family entertainment at the Beach & Tennis Club's annual July 4th Celebrations including carnival games, karaoke, magic shows, balloon artists and a live band.
The resort has a fantastic array of dining options, designed to suit all your needs. Choose "show details" for more information on all of the restaurants, bars, and cafes available.
Pebble Beach has three signature golf courses that expand around the Resort including Pebble Beach Golf Links which has hosted five US Opens with its 6th scheduled in 2019. All the courses feature signature holes and breathtaking scenic beauty, and many consider Pebble Beach Golf Links the number one public course in America. The Links at Spanish Bay is recognised as one of the most ecologically sensitive courses in the world and provides an irreplaceable golfing experience.
You can also learn from the industry's top professionals at Pebble Beach Golf Academy through a variety of bespoke classes in the morning and test your skills on the choice of courses in the afternoon.
For those who would prefer a little bit more relaxation, The Spa at Pebble Beach offers a combination of signature services that incorporate the healing properties of plants, herbs and minerals local to California's Monterey Peninsula.
Guests are also welcome to explore the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula on horseback - riding to some of the most breathtaking spots on earth including the rugged Pacific coastline, through the Del Monte forest and along the world-famous 17-mile drive.
Culinary classes available include "Iron Chef" competitions, sugar sculpting, chocolate tasting, sauce painting, Wine and Canvas classes and food workshops.
In the local area, bike riding, whale-watching, paddle-boarding, ocean kayaking are all at your doorstep and can be arranged very easily by the Resort.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
I was lucky enough to stay at Pebble Beach and play all three courses. Playing Pebble Beach has always been a lifelong ambition, and I think for many you will feel the same. The experience doesn't disappoint, and I can certainly say it lives up to the likes of St Andrews in that amazing feeling you get playing it. Do remember to get a caddy, their knowledge of the greens is crucial! Remember to practice your wedges as the greens are really small, and don't try to play it like a British Links (no bump and runs I'm afraid). I had a lump in my throat coming down the 18th (I do admit my first went in the sea as I was cutting off too much!). Spyglass was a huge surprise - a mix of Links and Woodland and such a stunning course that can stand on its own right as a world-class course. The Inn at Spanish Bay I found the most difficult - a plucky little course with deep grass to catch your wayward shots. As I played this course first, it really gets you into shape for the other two. In terms of the food, service and hotels, they are all magical. Do think about getting an Ocean Room at the Lodge at Pebble Beach so you can sit back as the sun sets over the 18th and the Pacific, drink in hand! I know golf isn't everyone's cup of tea, but you don't even need to play golf! Firstly, golf courses are still amazingly beautiful, and you have the Pacific behind that, and with Carmel and Monterey, you have more than enough things to see and do.
Monterey Aquarium - The US #1
Monterey's aquarium is located on the former site of a sardine cannery; much more than a collection of glass tanks, 200 gallons of seawater provide homes to sea life from kid-tolerant starfish to friendly penguins, sea turtles and hammerhead sharks.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
A round at Pebble Beach Links is something you have to do in your lifetime; some of the most iconic holes in golf fall within its illustrious fairways. Do remember to bring a caddy to guide you around.
Scenic 17-Mile Drive by Pedal-Power
The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail follows the shoreline above Cannery Row and around the marina. Cycle all the way to the Del Monte Forest and on the bike lane around the 17-mile drive, stop for a picnic or lunch in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea!
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Spyglass Hill Golf Course is located on the Monterey Peninsula and is rated in its own right as one of the best courses in the USA. Its first few holes are traditional links, followed by a traditional woodland experience.
The Links at Spanish Bay
The Links at Spanish Bay is superb Scottish inspired Links course on the Monterey Peninsula, ideal as a warm up for playing Pebble Beach itself.
Location & directions
Carmel and Monterey, California, United States of America
Located on the Monterey Peninsula, just north of Big Sur and south of San Francisco and Santa Cruz
How to get there
Fly to San Francisco and drive 2 hours to Monterey. There is also an airport in Monterey with connections to various destinations in the US.