The game of golf has a history which goes back deep into ancient civilization. Time has refined the game and as we look at it today it has turned out to be a game of the elite.
However just as drinking scotch and vintage wine give an altogether different dimensional thrill and status to the consumer so does the greens and the environment of the golf course to a connoisseur of the game, it also about skills and golf fitness.
The hills, forest, seas, lakes and lagoons within, besides the weather, its antiquity , endorsements, the thrill which its landscaping and architecture has to offer to the golfer besides a host of associated factors go into making a course top class. As the game of golf is one of extreme and utmost precision, concentration, patience the surroundings should be conducive enough to support these traits of the golfer.
Though the United States houses many a renowned courses – to name a few The Pine Valley Golf Club – New Jersey, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – Southampton New York, Winged Foot Golf Club – Mamaroneck New York, etc,.
However the best per the endorsement of the top professional happens to be Cypress Point Club – California. Tiger Woods in an interview to a portal in 2005 stated that it happened to be his favorite hole to play in the United States. Besides this club was adjudged as # 2 in the year 2011 by the Golf Magazine among the top 100 golf courses of the world and as # 5 by the Golf digest in their 2011 – 12 list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses.
Golf course architects always design uniqueness to each and every golf course – which represents their exquisite signature to their work. The co architect of the Cypress Point Club was Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter which was designed in 1928. Till 1991 A.T. & T. Pebble Beach National Pro – Am was held at this course.
The uniqueness of this course is its setting on the coastal dunes. The designing is such that the course traverses through the Del Monte Forest during the front nine and behold thereafter one is just gawked when one re-emerges to the rocky coastline for playing the remaining holes. The wow factor of the golfers and the architectural signature of the course is the 16th hole which poses a real challenge to even the top pro’s.
A golfer is required to take a 231 yard tee shot over the pacific to a mid sized green patch which is strategically surrounded by bunkers. Even an iota of error can make or break a golfer at this course. Playing at this course is only possible if invited by a member. Rules of membership are very stringent and the club membership fees are the same for every member irrespective of the number of games he plays during a given year.
Playing golf at Cypress Point Club – California are both a golfers delight and nightmare – due to the intrinsic challenges and fantasies it possesses within.