Another example, Ginella says, of one destination that can beget visits to multiple courses. But it begins with the legendary links course, host to five U.S. Opens, with another set for next year, the course’s 100th anniversary.
“Pebble Beach is No. 1 in the United States for me,’’ Ginella says. “Yes, it’s expensive ($525 for a round), but Pebble Beach is the crown jewel of golf in America.
“It’s one of the greatest walks in all of golf. If you start on that fourth hole, which runs along Stillwater Cove, and you wrap around for 4, 5, 6, 7 — and then up to 8, which is one of the greatest par 4’s in the world, then you hit 9 and 10, going along that very popular and famous beach there along the ocean.
“Then you come around and finish on 17 out on the water, and 18 is one of the great par-5 finishes in all of golf.”
“How many courses can say that seven or eight of the greatest holes in the world are within 18 holes? “To be able to walk that land and play golf and interact in that way, it’s mesmerizing.’’
(Key tip: Unlike St. Andrews, you can show up at Pebble Beach the day you want to play and likely get a tee time. “You can simply pay the greens-fee price … but not have to pay to stay in the resort,’’ says Ginella.