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Van Sickle: Yeah, PG gets my vote for most fun per dollar in America. I wrote about it years ago in a budget travel piece headlined, Monterey for $200, Alex. You start with back-to-back par-3s—come on, who has that? You have drivable par-4s, a couple of tough 4s, a lighthouse on the back nine, ice plant, dunes, scruffy conditions and a par of 70. If you can't break 80 there, you can't break 80. It's a blast.
Garrity: As an alum, I'd spend an afternoon at the Stanford University course. It's wonderfully scenic, set in the foothills above campus, and it has everything—uphill, downhill, doglegs right and left, great par-3s, firm greens and room enough for long hitters to unwind.
Shipnuck: San Francisco Golf Club, a Tillinghast course, is my favorite place. It's a little short for a Tour event, but everything about it is wonderful.
Hack: I learned to play the game at Tilden Regional Park. Tilden has the hardest opening hole in the world. I never made a par in 100 tries. I was new to the game, but it was such a gorgeous walk. Lots of hills, dense trees and lush fairways. It was always a little soggy.
Shipnuck: Alister MacKenzie's course Pasatiempo is elegant and challenging, but Michael is right, PG is just so much fun.
Anonymous Pro: Spyglass Hill is awesome. It's a better course tee to green than Pebble Beach. And if Pebble didn't have the ocean views, it would be just another muni on the peninsula. The thing I like about Spy is that it's usually in better condition because it doesn't get the tourist traffic that Pebble does. It's a hidden gem literally a mile away from Pebble, and it's a nicer, quieter walk.
Bamberger: That Ocean course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club is fun too.
Van Sickle: We'd have to know somebody to get on there.
Bamberger: How'd we get on last time?
Van Sickle: I told them I was John Garrity.