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“In 2011, during CBS Sports’ broadcast of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, coverage cut to a blimp’s-eye view of the Monterey Peninsula, replete with beauty shots of a stunning seaside layout.
Jim Nantz gushed his appreciation. David Feherty let out an audible sigh. The images amounted to a very pretty promo.
Too bad they were off-brand. The course wasn’t Pebble Beach. It was Cypress Point.”
That’s from Josh Sens, “Hello, Cypress Point: The best course on the Monterey Peninsula isn’t Pebble Beach”.

Cypress coming in at No 2

Josh writes, “Many believe there is none better. On Golf Magazine’s current list of Top 100 Courses in the World, Cypress Point ranks number two, behind only Pine Valley, in New Jersey. Among architecture buffs, though, there is near-consensus that while Pine Valley might be the better design and the stouter challenge, Cypress Point offers the better golf “experience”—more enchanting to walk, more delightful to play.

Or you could describe it as David Feherty did in a 2011 column in Golf Magazine, in which he named Cypress Point as his favorite place to peg it. The course, he wrote, “starts by spreading its Mackenzian fingers through the dunes as if to grab a firm hold on dry land, so it can dangle its lower extremities into the Pacific with confidence.”

Ask Alan

Over at #AskAlan he’s asked
“Could Cypress hold a major? Will they? Also, is the reason Bandon doesn’t hold a major because of its location (remote, etc)? -@HighFades”
Alan replies.
“No. No. Yes. To be a bit more expansive, the Cypress membership has steadfastly kept the course at 6,524 yards. They like it how it is, and because of the layout, the ocean and some existing houses there’s very little available room to stretch the course even if they were so inclined. It also serves as a kind of political statement against the pressure to modernize classic courses. But CPC is simply too short to hold a major. (Now, it would be ideal length for a U.S. Women’s Open, and hopefully the ghost of Marion Hollins can make that happen someday.) It would be kind of silly to watch the pros reach every par-5 in two and have wedges into pretty much every single par-4.”

Link to Josh Sens  and Alan Shipnuck

Quote of the Day
“No one but a poet should be allowed to write of the beauties of the Cypress Point Club…” – Samuel Morse


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