At a meeting scheduled for June 6 of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the Pebble Beach Company was to ask that an initiative on the new proposal be included on November's ballot, the first step in a lengthy regulatory process. Key local politicians indicated that if the public supports the project, they will as well.
The proposed course, already designed by Tom Fazio, would begin at the equestrian center adjacent to Pebble's driving range. The holes would meander through dense stands of Monterey pines in the direction of Spyglass Hill Golf Course before plunging toward the Pacific, offering sweeping vistas of the ocean. The course would play to a par of 70 at about 6,900 yards.
The big loser could be Poppy Hills, a pedestrian layout and one of three courses used for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 1991. As to whether the proposed course, which could be open for play in 2003, would bump Poppy from the tournament, one Pebble Beach Company executive says, "That's a no-brainer."
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