“Playing MPCC (Monterey Peninsula Country Club) conflicts with Tiger’s press conference next week,” I said via text to SI’s Alan Shipnuck, who was setting up tee times for the Sports Illustrated Golf Group and was kind enough to let me tag along.
He wrote back some snarky response basically telling me I was being a moron for even thinking about passing up the chance to play such a fantastic and beautiful (and exclusive) course (which received rave reviews from the pros at the AT&T Pebble Pro-Am earlier this year) to listen to Robot Tiger. Let alone the Shore course at MPCC. But I’ve never been to a Tiger presser! “You can read the transcript,” he replied.
I’ve also never played MPCC (or in the Monterey area). And I mean, it’d be totally rude for me to bail on such an indulgent invite.
Gearing into Asian tourist mode, I took lots of pictures. Aside from just loving the layout of the course, just check out the pictures (below). I mean, how could you not have an amazing time? Mind-blowing. Oh, by the way, the top picture is my foursome (from left to right): me, our gracious host, Steve John, SI‘s John Garrity and SI‘s Damon Hack — we’re on the 11th tee, arguably the best viewpoint on the course.