First Peek at The Hay: Pebble Beach’s New Short Course

One of the nation’s most coveted golf resorts gets even more attractive with its Tiger Woods-designed par-3 course

Golf’s greatest meeting of land and sea hardly needs another selling point. Yet later this year, America’s most iconic golf resort will unveil a rejuvenated short course designed by a rising name in the golf-design business, Tiger Woods.

Known for his record-breaking 15-stroke victory at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Woods is leaving his mark at the resort in a different way with the overhaul of the former Peter Hay Golf Course, the only short course on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Hay
2nd hole, The Hay (photo by MillerBrown)

The upgraded nine-hole track (now known as “The Hay”), originally designed in 1957 by the former golf professional for whom it was named, will be adjoined by a 20,000-square-foot putting course and a 5,000-square-foot dining venue featuring the resort’s largest outdoor patio on its highest-elevated plateau.

Woods’s major re-routing yields more awe-inspiring tee shots, with four of the nine holes pointing toward Carmel Bay. Holes range from 47 to 106 yards, each explicitly set at a yardage that symbolizes a significant year in the resort’s history—with the exception of the 2nd (pictured), the course’s longest hole, that’s built to be an exact replica of Pebble Beach’s par-three 7th without the cliffs and crashing Pacific waves.

“Not everyone who comes to Pebble Beach will have a chance to play the U.S. Open course, so we wanted to create the opportunity for all visitors to experience one of its most-famous holes,” Woods said of the idea.

From the enhanced amenities, to the expansive views, down to the low-cut grass around the short-course greens (to promote ease of recovery from misses), Woods and the Pebble Beach Company hope the new complex will uphold their shared vision of a welcoming atmosphere for players of all ages and abilities.

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