RENSLOW: There’s just something about Pebble Beach |

RENSLOW: There’s just something about Pebble Beach

Justin Timberlake hits from the 11th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif.
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The 2016 PGA Tour season is now in full swing (pardon the pun) and is now making its way through California.

A couple weeks ago we watched the Desert Challenge (sponsored this year by CareerBuilders). Then last week the boys played in the college town atmosphere of TPC Scottsdale.

Today is round No. 3 at the historic site of the Bing Crosby Clambake at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The legendary Bing Crosby Clambake has become much more commercialized as the AT&T National Pro-Am. But, there is still something in the air, a mystique. When you hit 17-mile drive and walk the golf course something nostalgic comes over you. Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, the greats throughout the generations played and won here.

If you’re up for a drive to the Monterey Bay, this is a fun time. You can go for a day or two and watch some of the top tour players joined by their amateur partners. Although you may want to do a little planning, access to local hotels may be limited.

Meandering through the grounds and around the golf courses, you will find this event is very unique. You never know who you may bump into as this is likely the most popular “Pro-Am” anywhere.

Each professional has one amateur partner and they come from all walks of life. Actors Ray Romano, Bill Murray, George Lopez, artists Huey Lewis and Justin Timberlake, and athletes Aaron Rodgers and Wayne Gretzky are among this year’s celebrities.

This event is also unique as the tournament is played on three courses. Poppy Hills has not been in the three course rotation for a few years, but it trying to get back in. In its place is the recently redesigned Shore Course of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The MPCC had previously been used from 1947 until 1966 when it was replaced by Spyglass Hill.

This stretch of tour events lets us know that golf season has begun and thankfully the weatherman cooperating.

On another topic, there is a rumor afoot that Tiger Woods is poised to make a return to golf in 2016 and it could be the Masters.

Remember, this is just a bit of golf gossip and Get Into Golf has its doubts. However, we’ll know soon as a tune up before the Masters would be likely. We’ll see…

John Renslow is a PGA Class A Professional and Instructor at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at

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