If the course at Pebble Beach were moved inland – say, 30 miles – would you pay the $500 or so as presently charged to play it? In other words, does the layout command the price, or do the views command the price?
I suspect that no one would pay $500 to play the course without the views. If so, then when I hear how great the course is, people don't mean the holes are that remarkable, but the views are.
As far as Pebble Beach being a public course, it is only in the sense that anyone with a few thousand dollars can play. Airfare to get there, lodging and meals all add up to a very expensive round of golf.
A game that stands alone
Great stuff on perseverance by Alex Miceli (“Generations apart but sharing a dream,” Feb. 8).
There is no other game that provides an opportunity to compete at the highest levels, regardless of age.
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