Tiger Woods' The Hay Short Course to Debut at Pebble Beach
By Dave Daubert
On April 16, the Pebble Beach Company will unveil an exciting enhancement to its famed golf portfolio. The Hay, located on the site of the former Peter Hay Golf Course, features a dramatically redesigned nine-hole short course, the resort's first-ever putting course, and a new restaurant with an expansive outdoor patio positioned to take in the property views of the Hay, Carmel Bay and Point Lobos.
Created in partnership with Tiger Woods and his TGR Design firm, The Hay is designed to attract and engage golfers of all abilities and ages.
The Hay carries forward the legacy of its original creator, Peter Hay, the long-time Head Professional at both Pebble Beach and Del Monte golf courses. Among Peter's many attributes was a passion for introducing
newcomers, particularly juniors, to the game. In 1957, he was given the unique opportunity to develop one of the country's first short course at Monterey. That legacy will continue as juniors age 12 and under will play Hay for free, and all golfers will have access to the putting course for no cost.
Woods has amplified Hay's vision for the property in a way few could have imagined having re-routed the short course's holes to maximize the vistas and celebrate Pebble Beach's rich history. Among its noteworthy features: Hole #2- an exact replica of Pebble's 7th hole, making one of the game's most iconic holes accessible to more people.
Each of the other eight holes' yardage corresponds to a significant year in Pebble Beach history, with plaques on each tee telling the story, such as:
Hole #4-47 yards, "Bing." In 1947, Bing Crosby brought the original Clam Bake Pro-Am tournament to the peninsula. The event is now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and one of the longest-running and most charitable events on the PGA TOUR.
Hole #9-100 yards, "Tiger." In 2000, Tiger crushed the field at the 100th U.S. Open Championship.
The new course will rotate regularly through over a dozen different routings and will be the perfect place to introduce a beginner to the game, sharpen the skills of an avid player, or unwind before dinner.
The new restaurant is perched behind the ninth green, just steps away from the Pebble Beach Golf Academy
and a short walk to the first tee of Pebble Beach Golf Links. This casual indoor and outdoor venue is set to open this fall.
The logo for the Hay was inspired by the story of Peter Hay serving as Chief Marshal for Bobby Jones during
the 1929 Amateur at Pebble Beach, the first national championship contested west of the Mississippi. During the opening round, the crowd following Jones began running between shots to catch a glimpse of the superstar. Hay restored order to the gallery with his unmistakable presence and assertive commands that were said to have "shaken the sea lions." His efforts were appreciated by Jones, who later referred to Hay as the world's greatest marshal.
The visual inspiration for the logo came from a 1938 photo of a trained sea lion during a promotional shoot at Del Monte, where Hay was the Head Pro from 1919 to 1942.
The course will open for individual play and group events beginning April 16 with reservations available now.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.