I played Spyglass yesterday and Pebble Beach this morning.
I played Spyglass figuring Pebble would be too hard to get on. Their websites do show availability and I got a tee time as a single at Spyglass before I left home. I suppose I could have gotten one at Pebble ahead of time too, but waited till the last minute and the times available did not work. But I stopped in after my Spyglass round and snagged a 7:30 AM start. Woohoo!
Spyglass is a special course. Not much view of the ocean compared to Pebble but definitely beautiful. The course is fair, tricky in some spots, but not tricked out. If I had not played Pebble I would have been more than happy at just being in the nieighborhood. I generally prefer wooded courses anyway so I was very happy. But when the caddy at Spyglass said I should have no problem getting on Pebble as a single, I got greedy.
Pebble today was simply a monster. They have narrowed the fairways and OMG was the course brutally tough. The rough for the US Open is almost all grown in at a very thick 4-5 inches. The caddie today said they are going to let it grow one more inch, but it's already at the point where a shot in the rough by mere mortals meant that a GIR was not possible. They have grandstands and hospitality tents going up everywhere. The greens were in perfect shape. The one downside for Pebble was that the driving range was closed and they were shuttling folks to the Spyglass facility. I can see now why Pebble is a must play. There were some easy holes and a couple of impossible holes. The scenery is just beautiful and "golf experience of a lifetime" is possibly an understatement.
The staff at both resorts was absolutely first rate. Rounds took 4.5 hours. I only lost one ball over the 2 rounds, but my playing partners lost a ton of them. I did not get a caddy, but the folks I was paired up with had caddies (both courses). It was amazing watching the caddies help the duffers hole some long putts and save their players bunches of shots. Caddies were especially recommended at Pebble because the rough literally swallowed balls whole. I got to overhear a few tips, but I would have done just fine without any caddies along. It helped that I was over clubbing all of my shots and swinging easy, and my green reading skills are fairly good.
Sorry - no pics - my camera did not survive the trip out. It was cloudy anyway.