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National Treasure

Pebble Beach, one of the world’s most storied golf courses, celebrates 100 years as it hosts the U.S. Open in June
By Jeff Williams | From Paul Giamatti, May/June 2019
National Treasure
Photos/Courtesy of Pebble Beach
The Monterey Peninsula is the stunning home to 18 of the grandest holes in golf, Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Off the back of the eighth tee at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, where the Pacific Ocean and the headland meet just above the teeming waters, an otter floats on its back, banging a rock against an abalone shell. Playful mammals like this one have sought their dinner here for millennia, without regard to who is passing by, just a sand wedge away. For the past century, those visitors have included Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, who have all come this way in search of trophies and championships. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemmon and Sean Connery have come this way, too, stars in search of a bauble or two and a few laughs …
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