How to Play Pebble Beach on a Budget

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No matter how you spin it, you’re going to fork out a bit of cash to walk the majestic fairways of Pebble Beach Golf Links. However, there are cheaper ways to make your Pebble Beach golf trip a reality than dipping into your retirement savings to stay at the resort.

Here is my step-by-step guide to saving a lot of money on your Pebble Beach Trip:

1. Travel in a Pack

Put together a foursome, or more, and rent a condo or a house in the trendy nearby communities of Pacific Grove or Monterey. Per-person accommodation costs drop dramatically when you travel in a pack. Although staying at the Pebble Beach Resort is incredible, it’s a budget killer.

2. Purchase a Duke’s Club Membership (click here for information).

At certain times of year, Duke Club members are able to book select times at Pebble Beach for discounted rates. The first time I played Pebble Beach was in December and I paid $395 (instead of $495), AND received a $50 gift card for the pro shop.

If you’re visiting Pebble Beach, you should also play their other courses – Spyglass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte. The Duke’s Club membership gets you (and 3 guests) significantly discounted rates at these other courses. We also received $50 gift cards each after playing at Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay in December. When the one-time membership cost is split amongst the group, it more than pays for itself in just one round.

As an added bonus, the Duke Club membership entitles you to 20% off in most of the restaurants at Pebble Beach Resorts. No catch, just 20% off your groups tab. This makes for significant savings on 19th hole beers and snacks at The Bench or Taproom.

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As a Duke Club member you can book tee times at Pebble Beach 24 hours in advance, and 2 weeks in advance at their other courses.

3. Visit During Slow Season

To ensure you get your Pebble Beach tee time, try visiting between December and February. Particularly at the end of January or beginning of February right before the AT&T pro-am. You can shoot a cannon off at all of their courses.

Visiting at this time of year also increases the chances of additional Duke Member promotions, however, promotions aren’t unheard of in mid-summer either. It’ll just be busier.

4. Carry Your Bag

A common misconception of Pebble Beach is that they require you to take a caddie. Not true. You can head out and carry your own bag. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very cool having a caddie and it adds to the experience. However, if your first priority is saving cash, you can save another $80 plus gratuity by carrying your own bag.

5. Utilize the Replay Discount

Pebble Beach resorts offers replay rates. If you play one of their courses in the morning, you can do a second lap the same day on any of their other courses for 50% off. This can only be booked the day of, and is based on availability.

6. Value Golf on the Monterey Peninsula

While in the area, you might want to check out other courses on the Monterey Peninsula that offer great value – Pacific Grove Golf Links (aka Poor Man’s Pebble), Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Rancho Canada (36 holes) and Bayonet/Blackhorse (36 holes) can all be played for under $100. Some for as little as $30-$40 including a cart if you book last minute deals online.

There you have it, your Pebble Beach golf trip just became an affordable, epic adventure.

If you’re able and willing to fork out the big bucks for the full resort and caddy experience, by all means, it is truly incredible.

If your mission is to save money, you can still have an experience of a lifetime at Pebble Beach without emptying your life savings.

Happy golfing!

Josh

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  17 comments for “How to Play Pebble Beach on a Budget

  1. February 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Aloha Josh,
    Good information. I hope I get a chance to put it to use.
    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

    • February 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Wayne

      I hope so too! Look forward to reading about your experience when you do it!

      Cheers
      Josh

  2. February 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Josh

    Great info. Thanks. Sounds like you had a blast. Was Pebble Beach as good as I think?

    Cheers
    Jim

    • February 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jim!

      The whole Pebble Beach experience is incredible. I particularly think you’d enjoy it as you can appreciate the history. Spyglass is also an amazing golf course, possibly the best hole for hole out of the bunch, just not as many dramatic views as Pebble. I would love to hear what you think of it all once you get the chance to go.

      Cheers
      Josh

      • February 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        Josh, I will put them on them bucket list. Cheers, Jim

  3. Danny
    February 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I would also add that you don’t necessarily have to stay at their resorts to play Pebble. I played in June and called a few times and they offered me an exemption to the resort booking to lock in a time. I called on a Wednesay and got a Sunday 08:40 tee time. That was plenty of time to jump in the car and drive two days up the coast from Phoenix and play. Great article!

    • February 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Danny! Yes, that’s why I mentioned getting a group together and renting a house or condo in Pacific Grove, really helps cut the cost of the trip. Appreciate the comment and sharing your experience.

      Cheers!
      Josh

  4. Linley
    February 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Great information Josh. I played there a few years back. I was in Santa Barbara and called. We got a cancellation. So we drove up. Pebble is a great experience. I will keep these tips for my next round there.

    • February 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Linley,

      Thanks, hope it helps on your next trip. Such a fun area to go to, for Pebble and also the other great courses and sites in the area. Thanks for commenting

      Cheers
      Josh

  5. Spencer
    April 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I would add Poppy Hills as another course to add to your itinerary when on the Monterey Peninsula. The course went through a renovation last year and is playing great. If you are a member of the NCGA you receive substantial discounts on green fees.

    • April 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Spencer,

      I’ve heard Poppy Hill has improved a lot, unfortunately haven’t had a chance to play it yet. One of the only courses in the area I haven’t played yet (besides the private ones haha). Thanks for the suggestion!

      Cheers
      Josh

  6. December 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Great advice! Thanks!

    • December 23, 2015 at 9:26 am

      My pleasure, Ashley! Hopefully you are able to put it to use.

      Cheers!
      Josh

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