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I don't want to play in 5.5 hours ANYWHERE. It's only a golf course - I have yet to play a round where waiting on every single shot was a fun experience.
Quote from: B_Sheehy on May 29, 2013, 03:52:23 AMI don't want to play in 5.5 hours ANYWHERE. It's only a golf course - I have yet to play a round where waiting on every single shot was a fun experience. This.
Pebble is one of my favorite courses, but I do avoid it because of the cost and the possible tourist/bumper to bumper round of golf, and walking is not encouraged.It is a lot of fun to walk the course in the morning or evening or during a tournament as a spectator.I do think the small greens slow down play for the retail golfer.The first tee time can be great in terms of speed of play but it's not really the best time to enjoy the course.Just curious if it's the total time or is the waiting for each shot that is the problem for most folks?For me it's the waiting.
I think the reality is Pebble will never offer up the kind of overall experience that the other top 10 / 20 courses that are private will. It's a total factory. But it was nice to see it.
.....The customer service is exemplary........BC
Yeah, I'm sorry you had a bad time. Personally, I find it to be a much better experience than a lot of other courses of its ilk. I'll go back to Pebble 5 times before I go back to Pinehurst (unless my mother follows through on her pledge to retire in Pinehurst and join the club, in which case I'll obviously go visit her and play her course with her, but I'll skip the damn nickel-diming resort).Seriously, what did you expect in terms of tourist activity? I'm not surprised by your analogy. I'm just surprised you were surprised. It's sort of like complaining that the top of the Eiffel Tower isn't really a good place for a private, romantic marriage proposal. Personally, I find Pebble's relatively open-armed practices regarding tourist management to be one of its greatest charms. It's an awfully pricey place, but it's certainly not one that excludes anyone who loves the game of golf and wants to see one of its greatest treasures in person. I wish there were a lot more great courses so willing to accommodate well-mannered visitors.
The clue to why later rounds take 5 and 1/2 hours, lies in a seemingly innocent post on this thread.Amazed no one has pointed that out yet, and it is a major failing of management if they ever hope to improve on pace.
So I think the extra hour at Pebble Beach is probably due to casual or infrequent golfers, in foursomes, playing CART PATH ONLY on a course that is a once in a lifetime experience....meaning 4-1/2 hours for the once-in-a-lifetime experience and one extra hour for CART PATH ONLY.