Heather and I enjoyed the memorable experience of playing Cypress Point in 2005 . It will stay with us forever...
The greens were diseased and I played poorly - yet I still rate Cypress Point as my favourite course on the globe.
Dr Alister McKenzie (also responsible for Royal Melbourne and Augusta National) designed Cypress Point, which opened in August 1928.
The Monterey Peninsula in California is home to many wonderful golf courses, including the renowned Pebble Beach almost next door on the rugged Monterey coastline. But whereas Pebble Beach is a public course, and home to many events including the US Open, Cypress Point remains a very private and exclusive club.
It is a charming combination of exclusivity, the most spectacular of sites, and wonderful design. McKenzie is famous for his bunkering, and Cypress Point has sandy hazards at every turn - strategically positioned, with wonderful wild shaping, and at times providing a level of intimidation. In my view the bunkering defines the bulk of the course at Cypress...
And there are some wonderful runs of holes - I particularly liked the back to back shorter par four 8th and 9th holes - and the 15th, 16th, and 17th is the most exciting golf I have ever played. When you walk from 14 green to 15 tee along the coast you turn the bend and the sound of the water on the rocks , the seals and the sea birds just hits you in the chest...and then you confront the most beautiful short par 3 possible.
Then around the point you adjust again to the sound of the pounding sea overpowered by the pounding of your heart as you approach the most famous par 3 in the world - the par 3 200metre 16th hole with ocean carry from tee to green.
And 17 tee sits on a near island in the sea hitting back to the mainland with sea carry and all along the right side of the hole and with the green projecting out into the mer.
Cypress Point Club is a very private club, but if you ever get the chance to play Cypress Point jump at the opportunity!
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