August 15, 2011
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Pebble Beach Golf Links: Once a Year This Golfer's Paradise Turns into a Magnificent Car Museum
On the third Sunday of August, one of the finest finishing holes in golf plays host to hundreds of historic and elegant automobiles competing in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2011) — Pebble Beach Golf Links, No. 1 on Golf Digest’s 2011 list of “America’s Greatest Public Courses,” is open for play 364 days of the year. That other day? Dreams are realized, but there’s not a golf ball in sight. It happens on the third Sunday in August when more than 200 Duesenbergs, Ferraris, Bentleys and Mercedes tee it up for one of the most competitive events in the car world—the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The 18th hole at Pebble Beach is often referred to as the greatest finishing hole in golf and has hosted many of the game’s most awe-inspiring legends and unforgettable moments. But soft spikes and long irons are replaced with vintage treads and hood ornaments when historic collector cars grace the famed fairway along central California’s Carmel Bay.
The transition is a fairly simple one.
“Die-hard golfers are sometimes a little skeptical, but after the Concours concludes, foursomes are coming up the 18th fairway less than 14 hours later,” says Pebble Beach Golf Links superintendent Chris Dalhamer, who is in charge of making the course a golf haven 364 days a year and the Super Bowl of classic cars for the other 24 hours. “There are few, if any, signs that 5,000-pound cars were lining almost 500 yards of fairway. Some years are a little chaotic, but with proper planning and preparation, working with every car owner, every vendor and Concours staff and volunteers, we minimize the challenges for Monday golfers.”
Bunkers are roped off, water lines are marked and weather reports are watched religiously to determine what needs to be done during Concours weekend.
“In the weeks leading to the Concours, we try to make the fairway as healthy as possible. We then dry down the course to harden the turf so the tires won’t sink or damage the grass and create an uneven surface,” says Dalhamer. “Once you break the turf layer with a car tire, then there’s a problem, so we keep a sturdy grass mat to support vehicles.”
Dalhamer actually supervises three large portions of Pebble Beach Resorts property during the Concours: the entire 18th fairway (which doubles as the primary competition field), the practice putting green (home to 20 concept cars, which are strictly monitored so they don’t turn their wheels, possibly damaging the grass) and the Peter Hay par-three course (which hosts manufacturer displays). It requires vigilant, around-the-clock groundwork, scheduling, management and setup before the cars make their grand entrance.
Opened in 1919, Pebble Beach Golf Links has been called the perfect union of golf and nature. It has hosted five U.S. Open Championships, celebrities, politicians and business leaders from around the globe, and in recent decades, has also become known as the site for the world’s foremost classic car show.
“The Concours is a one-of-a-kind event that Pebble Beach is proud to host,” says Dalhamer. “It’s extremely important to the community, for all of Monterey, car lovers everywhere and even golfers, who expect to play a pristine course every day…except, of course, the third Sunday in August.”
First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® (www.pebblebeachconcours.net) has grown to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style flock to see these masterpieces. Charitable donations raised by Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® now total over $14 million. Related events include Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance™ presented by Rolex, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, and Pebble Beach® Auctions presented by Gooding & Company. Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance™, and Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rights reserved.
Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive® and The Spa at Pebble Beach™, and it annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Site of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and numerous other tournaments. For reservations or more information please call (800) 654-9300 or visit www.pebblebeach.com.
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