Tiger Woods and Pebble Beach

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The Peter Hay par-3 course on California’s Monterey Peninsula has long held so much potential — located high above Stillwater Cove just a short stroll from the first tee at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Now, the Pebble Beach Company and Tiger Woods are finally giving the property the treatment it deserves — not to mention getting in on golf’s short course movement.

Woods and his TGR Design firm are designing a new short course on the former site of the Peter Hay course, which was named for Pebble Beach’s former head pro and has been a fixture of the resort since 1957. Over the years, it hosted generations of young golfers along with a wealth of junior tournaments and charity events. Some years ago, I had a blast playing in a throwback event at Peter Hay using hickory irons and reduced flight balls.

While fun and located in a prime spot, the 748-yard Peter Hay Course was a bit rough around the edges, with scruffy bunkers, some bare spots and crooked tees. Woods and TGR Design will take advantage of the peninsula’s expansive water views while incorporating more variety into hole lengths and shot options, and adding more puttable areas within the green surrounds.

The project is expected to take less than a year to complete, with a reopening targeted for the fall of 2020.

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