The Best Golf Courses on the Coast

Pack your clubs and call a caddie: A golf expert shares his favorite waterfront courses and the exceptional perks that make each one memorable

Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, California

You can play golf the world over, but seldom will the sea treat you to as dramatic a performance as the one viewed from the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Rock formations in Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove make for noisy collisions followed by thrilling plumes of white surf. Arriving at this resort to play the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time is like meeting a movie star whose films you've long admired. Today, this course, where five U.S. Opens have been played, is more accessible, but it remains a high-ticket, bucket-list destination. Greens fees are $495; 800/654-9300 or

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