Jim Frank attended the USGA-hosted media outing at Pebble Beach last week. He wrote a great recap of the highlights from the USGA’s lectures on the Open and the course, etc.
Here’s a bit on info he gleaned from famed set-up man Mike Davis:
—The course will play at 7,040 yards, par 71
—The greens are the smallest in major championship golf
—With a mix of short and long holes, plus the unpredictable wind, Pebble Beach “is a shotmaker’s course, and that makes more players competitive.”
—Approach areas in front of greens have been widened allowing players to bounce the ball in. “We want to let these guys execute and show their skills,” Davis says
Particularly interesting was Jim’s rundown of the notable changes on some holes. Like this one:
No. 18, par 5 (top photo, as if you didn’t know). Trying to make this “a better hole for the best players,” it should now take two perfect shots (and wind) to get home. Two trees in the fairway force the tee shot further left and closer to the ocean. Players bailing out right will find the “gnarliest” rough on the course.
For more, check out Jim’s post. He also had the chance to play Spyglass and Pasatiempo. I’m very jealous. But who knows, I’m bringing my clubs with me to the Open, so maybe I’ll get lucky and win the media draw to play Pebble the following Monday…