A driver at Pebble Beach’s iconic par-3 7th hole? You have to see it to believe it
A pretty strong line of storms made their way through the west coast this weekend, making it a less-than-ideal time to play one of the nation’s greatest courses.
Yet several warriors braved the rain and 40-50 mph winds to play the Monterey Peninsula gem, and at least one was rewarded with potentially the shot of a lifetime.
Normally, it would be pretty rare for us to write about a player hitting a driver on a par-3, much less hitting a driver on a roughly 100-yard par-3 like the 7th at Pebble. However, the 7th had more teeth than usual this weekend.
Instagram user Michael Knoll captured this video of someone taking driver on the iconic par-3, which is more used to receiving wedges into the tiny green which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Yet with the wind and a launch that only looked a few feet off the ground, the ball flew just past and left of the pin and even spun back a tad to within a couple feet.
We don’t see the birdie attempt in the video, but we can only hope he converted the look, despite the blustery conditions.
It’s been a fall of memorable shots for golfers in the Pebble Beach area. Already, two holes-in-one have been documented in back-to-back weeks from the back tee of the par-3 16th at nearby Cypress Point. Of course, those came with sunny skies and just the normal winds that accompany seaside golf.
We’ve seen mid- and maybe even long irons on No. 7 at Pebble in brutal conditions during U.S. Opens, but no club — or weather! — quite like this.