The Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links rests just a few miles north of some of the priciest golf real estate in the world. Yet despite its glamorous locale, there is no elaborate clubhouse, no bag drop, no parking attendant—and green fees are less than lunch for two at the Tap Room at the Pebble Beach Lodge.
These are a few of the reasons that Pacific Grove Muni has a special place in Peter Finch’s heart; it has nothing to do with the fact that the course was the site of Peter’s finest round!
In 1926 Canadian Pacific’s rival, Canadian National Railroad, unveiled a golf course of their own, Jasper Park, four hours north of Banff Springs. Jasper Park was quickly hailed as one of the greatest courses in Canada – indeed, in the world. Rankled by this development, Canadian Pacific decided that they would have to have a world class course of their own to complement their grand hotel…and they hired Stanley Thompson, Jasper’s creator, to work his magic.
Here in the 21st century, greenkeeping has already gone the high-tech route. In years to come, picky golfers, expensive fuel, scarce water and climate change will require even greater innovation. Robot greens mowers, anyone?
Until 1986, and perhaps the greatest Masters ever, Augusta National Golf Club had no mass outlet for its Masters "movie," a huge-budget highlight film produced to Hollywood standards and seen only by a few Boy Scouts and Rotarians.