Sunday, November 9, 2008
Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill constitute "the most challenging cluster of golf courses in the world, not to mention the most breathtaking," writes journalist Jaime Diaz. And the toughest hole on the professional golf tour is the
16th at Cypress Point, says the PGA. For example, at the 1990 AT&T, this par three hole played to a stroke average of 3.874. The tee shot needs to carry over an ocean inlet, and the tiny green is protected by 50-foot cliffs. At the 1959 Crosby, a pro named Hans Merrell took a 19 there. Yep. Nineteen. Maybe this sad event helped inspire the scene in "Tin Cup" where Kevin Costner keeps dropping his drive in the water.
(Photo: Cypress Point, #16 in 2004 by schnaars used under a Creative Commons license.)