There are few courses in the world more iconic than Pebble Beach Golf Links. The track will return to the spotlight in a big way in the next 12 months, starting this week when it hosts the U.S. Amateur, and continuing in 2019 as it stages both its annual PGA Tour stop in February and the U.S. Open in June. So, get ready to see a lot more of those dramatic cliffs, roaring waves and barking sea lions.
As the anticipation builds, here’s your chance to view one of Pebble’s most picturesque – and strategic – holes like never before. In the third and final installment of our “Caddie’s-Eye View” series, which examines some of the most challenging holes in the USGA rota (previously we profiled tricky holes at both Shoal Creek and Shinnecock Hills), we take a closer look at the 427-yard, par-4 8th hole.
Veteran PGA Tour caddie John Wood offers a shot-by-shot guide to taming this beautiful brute. From a tee shot that might end up in the “world’s largest water hazard,” to a tiny green with ample tilt, this is a spot where par is plenty good. (The photo ops aren’t shabby, either.) So, enjoy our aerial photography along with Wood’s words of wisdom. And if you’re ever fortunate enough to play the 8th for yourself, hopefully you’ll make a par to remember at one of golf’s most famous holes.
And once you’ve soaked in the video up top, check out another look in this special “360-degree view” below.