AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am 2016 – The Complete Guide:

Thinking about coming to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am this year?  Our Complete Guide will give you everything you need to know to enjoy this funtastic PGA Pebble Beach golf event.  To make it super easy, you can easily scroll through our topic headings to find exactly what you need.

And, to make it even easier, we have created a unique Loveographic™ with AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am details.

History of this PGA Championship Event

In 1937 (7 years after Clint Eastwood was born), the famous crooner Bing Crosby decided to get some friends together for a fun golf event that would also raise money for charity.  He held the first event with about 60 players at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in San Diego.  Crosby donated $3,000 for the prize money.  It was originally called the Bing Crosby Pro-Am, but many simply called it the Crosby Clambake.  Sam Snead was the first winner.

The tournament was suspended in 1942 because of WWII.  It was later revived in 1947 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Crosby was named honorary Police Chief for that event.  Bing Crosby actually played in eight of the events at Pebble Beach.  He passed away in 1977 on a golf course in Spain.  The event was first televised in 1958, making it one of the longest running televised sports events ever.

Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Pro AmBing Crosby’s contribution to the popularity of golf is amazing.  In the 1940’s and 1950’s he was often noted as the most admired man and in 1948 it was estimated that nearly half of the radio time was devoted to his music.  His star power was incredible.  He was also an avid golfer, with a 2 handicap, who played in both the British and U.S. Amateurs.  By starting the Crosby Clambake, he brought a tremendous amount of recognition to the game of golf, as well as tourism to the Monterey Peninsula when the event moved to Pebble Beach Golf Links. Since 1937 the event has generated more than $120,000,000 for charities.

Since its inception, this PGA golf championship has had 5 name changes. It was originally called the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (1937-1952), then the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship (1953-1958), then the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (1959 – 1985), then the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (1986-2015), and now the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (2016).  When AT&T became the title sponsor in 1986, Bing Crosby’s widow withdrew his name from the event.

With an event held in California, you would think that the weather would be fantastic.  However, this event has been known for inclement weather, including rain, fog, and even snow in 1962.  The Pebble Beach Pro Am has been delayed, shortened, and even cancelled in 1996.  And in 1998, the final round was held in August.

Format for the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am

Today, the event is a 72 hole, 4 day PGA tour championship.  Golf takes place on three beautiful courses, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Pros and amateurs form 2-man teams.  They play each of the three courses over the 3-day period from Thursday through Saturday.  After the Saturday round, the final cut is made.  The top 60 pros (plus ties) and the top 25 pro-am teams (plus ties) continue on to play on Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the championship.

If there is a tie at the end of regulation play, there is a sudden death playoff that begins on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

In keeping with the tradition started by Bing Crosby, the field consists of the top tour golf professionals, celebrities including actors and musicians, and business professionals. The prize purse for 2016 is $7,000,000.  The winner receives $1,224,000.  (Wish my golf game was better…)

Last year’s winner, Brandt Snedeker, will be returning to defend his title.

Monterey Peninsula Foundation Charity

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is organized by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.  In 2014-2015 the charity raised more than $9,100,000 to support charities in the tri-county area.  It’s pretty amazing to think that your $60 ticket could not only provide you with a fun day watching golf, but also help provide for so many worthwhile causes.

New for 2016 Pebble Beach Pro Am

There are a number of firsts for the 2016 golf tournament.  There is a new name.  The word ‘National’ was dropped because this golf event has become global in scope.  There is also a new logo, which you can see as the featured image for this post.  The Marshals’ uniforms are also new this year.  Bright blue shirts and plaid socks are replacing the previous red shirts and socks.  If you’re local and interested in being a marshal or a general volunteer, you can visit the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am volunteer page.

Professional Golfers in the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am

With 156 professional golfers playing in this annual event, there is a long list of names you will recognize.  Some of the notables include: Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Tommy Gainey, Padraig Harrington, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson and many more….Check www.attpbgolf/players for updates and the complete list.

Celebrity Golfers in the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am

Everyone always wants to know what celebrity sightings they may have at this golf tournament.  Bill Murray has played in the event 20 times.  Other notables have included Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood.  This year is no exception.  Some of the names you will know include: Chris Berman, Kenny G, Andy Garcia, Wayne Gretzky, Toby Keith, Chris O’Donnell, Kelly Rohrbach, Ray Romano, Larry the Cable Guy, Mark Wahlberg, Clay Walker, Steve Young and many more.  You may recall that Kelly Rohrbach was the Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year in this year’s swimsuit issue.  Check the official site at www.attpbgolf/players for a complete list of celebrities.

Attending the Practice Rounds

The practice rounds are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  It’s usually a fun way to see the pros without the typically huge crowds.  It’s also a great time to get pictures and maybe score an autograph.  Plus, tickets are just $60 for all 3 days.

The practice rounds on Monday are only at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, practice rounds are at all 3 course locations.

If there is a golf pro you’d like to watch, you can call the Pebble Beach Golf Links Pro Shop and ask them where they are practicing.  Just call 800-877-0597.

Tuesday has a fun event at 1:30pm called the Chevron Shoot Out, which pits teams from the San Francisco Giants versus the San Francisco 49ers against each other in a 5 hole shoot out.  Play is on holes #1, 2, 3, 17, and 18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  The 49ers will be defending the title that they took last year.

On Wednesday at 11am you can watch the 3M Celebrity Challenge, which is also at Pebble Beach Golf Links on holes #1, 2, 3, 17, and 18.  Some of the 2015 participants included Bill Murray, Clint Eastwood, Nick Faldo, Ray Romano, Huey Lewis, Clay Walker, Kenny G, Chris Berman, and Jim Nantz.  It’s a fun time to watch and banter with the celebrities.

How to Meet the Celebrities

Your best bet for meeting and chatting with any of the celebrities is to attend the practice rounds, especially the 3M Celebrity Challenge.  The celebrities are having fun and ready to engage with the crowd.  You can get pictures and maybe you’ll even have a chance to meet your favorite star.

How Do I Find Out Which Players are Playing Together

On Tuesday, February 9, check www.attpbgolf.com for the list of pairings.  You can also check most major Northern California newspapers on Wednesday, February 10 for the listings.  Complimentary pairing sheets will also be available for ticket holders at each course on Thursday through Sunday.

Virtual Tour of the Pebble Beach Golf Links Via This Pebble Beach Map

Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf LinksIf you’d like to get a feel for the Pebble Beach Golf Links before you head over to the course, you can take a virtual tour.

Pebble Beach Pro Am Tickets and Ticket Prices for the Event

Practice Round tickets are $60 each. These are valid for all 3 days from Monday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 10.   This means that you can attend all 3 days of the practice rounds for just $60.

Daily tickets for the event from Thursday, February 11 through Sunday February 14 are $60.  These tickets are each valid for one day only.

You can buy a Weekly Badge for $150.  This will give you access to the entire event, including the practice rounds.

There is a $4 processing fee for an electronic ticket and a $10 fee for tickets ordered via phone or sent via U.S. Mail.  It’s definitely worth ordering them online.

Children under the age of 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

There are a couple of ways that you can purchase your tickets:

  1. Online at attpbgolf.com/tickets
  2. By phone at 800-541-9091 or 831-644-0333

Military Tickets for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am – Free Tickets

As of December 1, 2015 any Active, Reserve and Retired Military, Veterans, and National Guard are allowed to sign up for up to four General Admission Single Day Tickets.  The tickets can be combined, for example 4 tickets can be used on one day, or one ticket can be used for each of 4 days.  If you are eligible you need to request tickets by visiting http://www.attpbgolf.com/tickets.  There is a $1 fee per military service member for verification of military ID.

How to Get to the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am

If you are coming from the north: Take Highway 101 South to the Monterey Exit, highway 156 West toward Monterey.  Follow 156 West to Highway 1 South, then look for the AT&T Golf Event signs.

If you are coming from the south: Take Highway 101 North to Salinas. Get off at the Monterey Peninsula Exit. Take S Sanborn Road (which becomes Blanco Road) to Highway 68 West.  Follow 68 West to Highway 1 North, then look for the AT&T Golf Event signs.

If you are flying in to either the San Jose Airport or the San Francisco Airport, you will be taking 101 South.  If you are flying in to the Monterey Airport (easiest and best choice), you will take 68 West out of the airport to Highway 1 North, then look for the signs for the AT&T Golf Event.  Of course, if you are headed to your hotel first, you will have different directions.

Event Times

Play begins on each course at 8am, with the exception of Sunday, February 14 when play begins at 7:30am at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Don’t forget that it’s also Valentine’s Day!

Play will conclude at about 4pm each day.  Sunset will be at about 5:45pm each day.

Allow ample time to get to the event locations and be prepared for some wait times.  Last year there were about 150,000 spectators and this year should be as large, or larger.

Parking for the Event

There is free, general spectator parking inside Pebble Beach on both Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9.  Starting on Wednesday, February 10 through Sunday, February 14 there is complimentary parking and free shuttle services from California State University Monterey Bay to the event.  These shuttles will take you to the grand entrance at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  The CSU MB shuttles run from 6am – 6pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 6am to 5pm on Sunday.  CSU MB is in Marina, 12 miles away from Carmel, so please anticipate that it will take some time to reach the event sites. Once you get to Pebble Beach Golf Links, there are free, courtesy shuttles operating from Monday through Saturday to shuttle you to the different golf courses.

If you need handicapped parking, you can park inside Pebble Beach at the Spanish Bay Beach parking in the designated area.  There will be a courtesy shuttle going to all 3 course locations Monday through Saturday.  There are also special, designated viewing sections around the courses for handicapped.

There is no parking at either Spyglass Hill Golf Course or Monterey Peninsula Country Club, so please don’t drive there thinking you can park for the tournament.

Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel all have paid shuttles that will take you to the events. And RYDE offers transportation from northern California.  You can get more information about them:

Monterey Express Shuttle: www.canneryrow.com; 831-657-6484
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce: www.pacificgrove.org; 800-656-6650
Carmel Chamber of Commerce: www.carmelcalifornia.org; 800-550-4333
RYDE (for East Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco): www.rydethere.com; 800-741-7933

Attending the Event at Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Pro Am MapOne of my favorite ways to go to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is to attend one of the rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Since we live in Carmel, we simply walk down to the back gate, show our passes and then walk along the course.  If you are lucky enough to be staying in Carmel by the Sea, then you can leave your car at your hotel or park on one of the side streets around Eighth, Ninth, or Tenth and walk to the entrance.  Since there is no 2 hour time limit for parking on those streets, you won’t have to worry about getting back to your car at a certain time.

What to Wear

First bit of advice – check the weather.  Second bit of advice – dress in layers.  Third bit of advice – bring a hat. Some years the weather is chilly, rainy, or foggy.  Other years, like 2015, it’s sunny and hot.

You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must.  Just don’t wear those golf shoes with metal spikes, because those aren’t allowed.

The weather can change in a heartbeat on the peninsula so make sure you prepare for anything.  Consider a packable jacket, sunglasses, and suntan lotion.

What Can You Bring In to the Event

As a local, I’ve been to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am several times.  It’s always fun.  And it’s always a bit of a challenge to know what you can bring and what you can’t bring in to the event.  Here’s a pretty comprehensive list to help you.

Cell Phones – OK, but they have to stay on ‘Silent’.  You can take pictures during the practice rounds, but no pictures, video, or audio are allowed during the main event from Thursday – Sunday.  There are designated areas where you can use your cell phone to make calls.  Texting is permitted, but not when the marshals have their arms raised to signal quiet.

Food/Drink – Nope.  Plan to purchase inside at the concession stands.

Chairs – Small folding chairs are supposed to be OK, as long as they aren’t the kind that have chair bags on them, but lawn chairs are not OK.  Unless you have to have one, better to leave it at home.

Cushions – Not OK.

Coolers – Nope.

Cameras – Nope.

Alcohol – No.  Plan to purchase at designated locations at the golf courses.

Pets – No, unless service dogs.

Bicycles – No.

Metal Spiked Shoes – No.

Miscellaneous: – No computers, fireworks, whistle makers, cups, weapons.

Purses – This is tricky.  You can bring in a really small (6”x6”x6”) opaque bag or a 12”x6”x12” clear plastic bag.  Last year I had what I thought was a really small purse and I had to leave it at the gate when I entered. (and I’m a local!)  If you have to leave your purse, they will give you a ticket so you can collect it when you leave.  But trust me, that’s a pain.

Backpacks and Bags – Don’t even think about it.

See www.attpbgolf.com in case I missed something that you want to bring in.

Best Places to Watch the Tournament

This is a tough one to answer because some people want to follow their favorite golfer, while others prefer to pick a spot on a golf course and watch all the players come through.

If you want to sit in the grandstands and get a great view, there are grandstands located on Pebble Beach Golf Links at holes 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18.  There are no grandstands at the other courses.

Triangle Plaza is located at the intersection of holes 6, 7, 8, and 14 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  There is a viewing deck that provides great fairway views.  The Plaza also offers food, concessions, and a merchandise tent.

At the Fourth tee box you’ll find the TaylorMade Flight Deck which gives you elevated views of the player’s tee shots.  The west side of the deck has bleachers where you can see the 17th tee.  And from the top of the deck you can see players putting on the third green.

Where to Eat

Here are some great places to eat at Pebble Beach Golf Links:

The Bench overlooks the 18th hole.  You can enjoy good food, beer, wine, and cocktails on the patio while you are keeping warm by the fire pits.

The Tap Room is a popular place for prime rib and you are likely to find yourself sitting next to a celebrity.

Stillwater Bar and Grill overlooks the Stillwater Cove and The Gallery Café has a relaxing patio that sits above the practice green.

The Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge is open daily to ticket holders.

If you are in town for the week and looking for great places to eat, check out the fantastic restaurants in Carmel by the Sea.  Be sure to make your reservation early, since this is a very popular and busy week.  Remember, those 150,000 spectators all want to eat somewhere!

Where to Stay

Pebble Beach Resorts offers great places to stay, especially if you want to be right where the action is.  You can research availability at www.pebblebeach.com or call 800-654-9300.

There are some fantastic places to stay in Carmel.  Many of the hotels and inns work together to help you find a place.  If they don’t have a vacancy, they will likely be able to help you find another place that does.

You can also check with the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce at www.pacificgrove.org.

What to Do While You Are In Town

Things to Do in Carmel CA Blue DogFor a comprehensive list of things to do in the Monterey Peninsula, check out our special guide, 151 Things to Do in Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula.

How to Watch on TV

There are two channels that will be broadcasting the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.  Choose from the Golf Channel or CBS.  Here is the Pebble Beach Pro Am TV schedule:

Golf Channel

  • Friday, 2/12 from noon – 3pm Live
  • Saturday, 2/13 from noon – 3pm Live
  • Sunday, 2/14 from 10am – 11:30am Live
  • Monday, 2/15 from 10am – 11:30am Reply

CBS

  • Sunday, 2/14 from 10am – 11:30am Live
  • Monday, 2/15 from 10am – 11:30am Replay

Interesting Facts About the AT&T Golf Tournament

  • Phil Mickelson won the tournament 4 times
  • Announcer Jim Nantz married his wife, Courtney, on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
  • In 1937, the first year of the tournament, the price money was $500. This year the purse is $7,000,000.
  • First place for the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is $1,224,000.
  • Phil Mickelson’s grandfather caddied at Pebble Beach
  • In 2014, actor Clint Eastwood saved the life of Tournament Director, Steve John, by using the Heimlich maneuver when Mr. John was choking at the Wednesday night event. Read about the incident in the Pine Cone at http://pineconearchive.fileburstcdn.com/140207PCfp.pdf
  • Course maintenance crews are led by Director of Golf Course Maintenance, Chris Dalhmer. They start each day at about 5:30am and work into the night keeping the course in shape for the tournament.  They use special tools to repair ball marks and trim sprinkler heads with scissors.
  • In 1942 the tournament was suspended due to WWII.
  • Bing Crosby died in 1977 at the age of 74 after completing a round of 18 holes of golf at Moraleja Golf Course near Madrid.

ILoveCarmelCalifornia.com Claim to Fame at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am

We have been big golf fans for many years.  Sadly, our handicaps don’t reflect the same enthusiasm that we have for the game!  However, we do have some Claim to Fame about the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am.

  • In 2009 Matt Goggin stayed at our home in Carmel while he played in the golf tournament. He finished tied for fifty-fifth.
  • In 2010, defending champion Brandt Snedeker and his family spent the week at our home while he played his way to a tie for twenty-first place that year. Snedeker went on to win the tournament in both 2013 and 2015.  Even though he won’t be staying with us this year, we are cheering for him as he seeks to defend his title! Brandt…stop by to say hello!

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Loveographic

 

 

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