Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive

After our time in the bay area with family and friends at Matt and Sierra's Wedding, we moved south to Monterey, California.  We are staying at the Monterey Pines RV Campground which is operated by the Navy.  It has been fabulous weather here for the last 10 days and more of it to follow.

One of the most scenic drives along the coast you will ever see is "17 Mile Drive".  Here is a National Car Rental map that I found which shows the key points along the way.  It is between the small towns Monterey and Carmel.
We entered at the top of the map, driving from Monterey and into the Pacific Grove Gate.  I think I have been here 2 or 3 times previously, but this was the first time we had to pay a $9.75 fee at the gate.
I don't know how long they have been charging for it, but it was worth it.  If you have a meal at one of the restaurants along the way - the fee is removed from your bill.

It was almost mid-day and we didn't waste any time driving into the Links at Spanish Bay for lunch.
We got a table outside at The Sticks Bar and Grill and had the waiter snap a photo.
We were near the first tee and the practice area.  The turkey club sandwich and iced tea were good choices.

The famous Pebble Beach includes not only Pebble Beach Golf Course but also The Links at Spanish Bay, Poppy Hills, Del Monte Golf Course and Pebble Beach.

We continued on the drive and made a lot of stops along the way.
The traffic was busy but really wasn't too bad.
Over on the course, you could see folks getting photos of themselves at this beautiful place.
 It would be hard to concentrate on the golf with views like this...
The waves were crashing on the rocks which made for some great views
We made it over to Cypress Point
And the famous Lone Tree of Pebble Beach
And the one and only Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Lodge and the Course
We first saw the grounds while they were getting set up for a tournament (First Tee/Champions Tour event)
But still got some photos of the beautiful 18th hole.
And of course we got our picture taken

Those were our highlights of our time on the 17 Mile Drive and Pebble Beach.  After our time at the golf course, we continued on the drive which was not nearly as scenic.  We completed the loop and returned to our starting point in Pacific Grove before returning to Monterey.

It was a another beautiful and memorable day.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. Pebble Beach is a public course........................... When we took that route a number of years ago we had no idea how spectacular it is.

  2. Yes it is - in fact Spyglass Hills, Links at Spanish Bay all are. The $265 - $495 greens fees kind of limit the possibilities. We had to settle for a hat, lunch and a ball marker...