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the course has stood the test of time. "Pebble Beach of course has the drama, scenery and heritage, but most people actually feel Spyglass is a better test," said Jones Jr., referring to the sentiment among top-level amateurs. It's difficult to imagine a stronger 1-2 punch in the U.S. Amateur rota than Pebble and Spyglass. At the 1999 U.S. Amateur, which was won by David Gos- sett, no player in the field broke 70 at Spyglass. "Spyglass is a nice golf course," said Beman, "but I'm not sure that the public gets to appreciate Spyglass because Pebble Beach is sitting right there." Like Suh, 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad has yet to play Pebble Beach. For a California guy who lived a bucket-list life last year – first invited mid-amateur to make the cut the Masters, deciding point at the Walker Cup at his home club, qualified for his first U.S. Open – it's a bit surprising. Even more so is the fact that the 27-year-old Hagestad has made the cut in more majors (1) than U.S. Amateurs (none). The shot he's most eager to hit at the iconic venue? "An 8- to 10-footer on the last to make the cut by about five," he cracked. One of the most interested observers of this year's Amateur will be Nathaniel Crosby, son of Bing and the 2019 Walker Cup captain. Nathaniel said his famous fa- ther threw him into the deep end at Pebble, first putting him in the annual Clambake at age 14. Bing would often watch his son play from a hole away with binoculars to keep from causing a scene. When Nathaniel, the 1981 U.S. Amateur champion, took low amateur honors the following year at the U.S. Open at Pebble, he only wished his dad had been there to see it. What to bring to the Monterey Peninsula this summer, where a stiff ocean breeze is sure to bring out the best in both course and player? "Courage," said Trent Jones, Jr. And maybe a pair of Bing's binoculars to take in the sea lions. RATED ONE OF THE TOP 15 COURSES TO PLAY IN CALIFORNIA. Saddle Creek Resort is a Top 15 California course where you can enjoy some of the best golf in the state. But golf isn't all we're known for. e Copper Grille serves some of the best cuisine in the Sierra Foothills and our banquet facilities are a top choice for weddings and corporate functions. Our "Stay-and-Play" golf getaways are the perfect way to experience Saddle Creek. Enjoy playing two rounds per day with a golf cart waiting at your door each morning, relax in a charming bungalow with its own fireplace and kitchen, savor breakfast or lunch in the Copper Grille, sharpen your game in our practice facility, and unwind in the Sports Club with its swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym. With everything Saddle Creek has to offer, you might want to stay permanently; and that's an option, too! 1001 Saddle Creek Dr. • 800-611-7722 www.SaddleCreekGolf.com Copper Grille Banquet Facilities Bungalow Sports Club Once you're here, you'll see why. BRE # 01254164

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