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Pebble Beach Golf Links : the official history
Hotelling, Neal.
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Publication Information:
Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, 1999.
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224 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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GV969.P43 H68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With the exception of the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, perhaps no other golf course in the entire world has as unique a history as Pebble Beach Golf Links on California's Monterey Peninsula. Thanks to Neal Hotelling's Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History, that story has now come to light. And it's a colorful one, to say the least. From its original creation in 1919 as a mere resort facility, to its annual selection today as one of the top 3 courses in the world, Pebble Beach has clearly come a long way. In between, it has been the site of several major golf championships and the playground of movie stars and multi-millionaires. Yet, amazingly, this stunningly beautiful golf course - much of it set along the Pacific Ocean - has remained open to the public from the beginning. Like all great battlefields, Pebble Beach has many stories to tell. They're all here, and they're all complemented by vintage photos and contemporary photography by Joann Dost.

Author Notes

A native of Michigan, Neal first visited Pebble Beach in 1985. Three months later, he made it his home. Ever a student of history, he was immediately drawn to explore the stories behind the traditions of his new home. A relational historian, Neal seeks to understand the impacts and connections between events. Today he is considered one of the leading specialists in the Monterey Peninsula's heritage, particularly in relation to native writer John Steinbeck, Monterey's Cannery Row, and of course--Pebble Beach.
Neal graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in business, a field that eventually led him, after several years in credit and insurance, to a five-year stint as Pebble Beach Company's Golf Operations Manager before being promoted to its Director of Corporate Affairs. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, this role brought the historical archives under his wing. As the Pebble Beach Company Historian he has advanced a new appreciation throughout the company and community of the value of history.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Part 1 The Beginningp. 15
Part 2 The Formative Yearsp. 81
Part 3 Crosby and Beyondp. 127
Part 4 The Modern Erap. 163
Epiloguep. 218
Indexp. 221