See an all-star lineup of top golfers and A-list celebrities take to the manicured, ocean-hugging greens at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am every February. This premier golf event, which was begun in 1937 when Bing Crosby got together with some friends to play golf, have a clambake and raise some money for charity, not only delivers a hefty purse for the winner, but now also generates millions for causes in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
Held annually on three of the most legendary links of the Monterey Peninsula—Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, the tournament fields more than 300 combined professionals and amateurs, and is watched by thousands of spectators and millions of TV viewers. Serious golf is played, of course, but part of the appeal is observing the chemistry between the pros and entertainers like Larry the Cable Guy and Ray Romano.
Want to watch in person? The grandstands are great, of course, but pricey. A good spot, say seasoned watchers, is the rough that borders holes 6 and 8, with views that take in several key places where golfers swing and putt. If you’re into spotting celebs and sports stars, hang out in the Tap Room at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, a favorite watering hole after the day’s rounds come to a close, as is The Sardine Factory in Monterey. Another great option, and one that will require reservations well in advance, would be dinner at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch in Carmel.
Insider tip: Plan to dress in layers if you attend the tournament. Temperatures can fluctuate by more than 60 degrees near the water in early February, and the wind can make it feel colder.