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natural dunes that border the rolling fairways along the Pacific,” says Head Pro- fessional Rich Cosand. “But it’s difficult to stay focused on golf, with the majes- tic views of the beaches, pounding surf and the rugged coastline constantly surrounding you.” The long par-4 5th hole, the toughest and one of the most beautiful on the course, epitomizes this dif- ficulty, luring birdie-seekers into the center of the fairway where three large bunkers await any slightly strayed drive. Or take the


THE BENCH A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON A LEGENDARY SETTING


576-yard monster par-5 14th, playing into the teeth of the prevailing winds, that requires three perfect (and long) shots into a dodgy green, only steps from the breathtaking Pacific. Since that November day 25 years ago, The Links at Spanish Bay has challenged golfers from around the world and achieved its fair share of Scotland comparisons. That resemblance is


only reinforced by the area directly behind the second green, the final stage for the roving bagpiper that closes each day. Golfers and guests


As one milestone is celebrated at Spanish Bay, a new tradition has been created only a few miles away at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Opened in early August, The Bench is the newest addition to the dining portfolio of Pebble Beach Resorts. Located in the former space of Club XIX, The Bench offers a renewed perspective on the greatest view in golf—the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the backdrop of Stillwater Cove and Point Lobos State Reserve. Designed with an open-air atmosphere, the restaurant features an expansive din- ing room surrounding a lively bar, glass-enclosed con- servatory and outdoor dining with fire pits. Chef Yousef Ghalaini prepares sophisticated dishes utilizing simple ingredients and bold flavors. Guests can also enjoy one- of-a-kind craft cocktails, as well as an array of draft beers and wines by the glass. For more information and to make a reservation, call (800) 654-9300.


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PHOTO: JOANN DOST


PHOTO: JOANN DOST


PHOTO: PEBBLE BEACH COMPANY


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