photo courtesy AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
The 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am takes place February 7-10 across three courses in Pebble Beach, CA. The courses hosting this years’ event are the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course. The event is unique in that it is really 2 events in one. In the Pro-Am, each professional is paired with an amateur to play as a team under “better ball” rules. This means both professional and amatuer play the hole, and after handicaps are factored in for the amateur, the best score counts for the team. In addition, the professionals are also competing in traditional stroke play. After the first 3 rounds, played on the 3 different courses, there is a cut that includes the top-25 pro-am pairs and the top 60 golfers, plus ties. This final group competes for the championship with the final round played at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Bing Cosby and friends. photo courtesy the World Golf Hall of Fame
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is an annual PGA Tour event originally founded in 1937 by singer and actor Bing Crosby. The initial tournaments were a rather informal affair, known for a genial atmosphere where most of the celebrities played with a cocktail hand. Known officially as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur, it was often referred to as the Crosby Clambake after the tournament’s customary ending feast. Crosby would host the tournament until his death in 1977, and his presence attracted many A-list celebrities over the years. Former celebrity competitors include Dean Martin, Paul Newman, Jack Lemon and Jack Nicholson. In recent years the field has included Bill Murray and Tom Brady, with 2019 including the likes of Toby Keith and Michael Peña.
The tournament has changed host courses numerous times over its history, but in 1947 began play at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Pebble Beach is routinely listed as one of America’s best courses, and has hosted several U.S. Opens. Also in 1947 the practice of using multiple host courses began, initially with Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club joining Pebble Beach. Cypress Point would be dropped in 1991 when it was found they had only admitted white members and was subsequently replaced by Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The tournament has had many notable past winners, including Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Mark O’Meara has a record 5 wins, with Phil Mickelson and Sam Snead tied on 4 wins apiece. Mickelson will be teeing off this weekend with a chance to tie O’Meara.
2011 Pro-Am winners D.A. Points and Bill Murray. photo courtesy Getty Images
There are many options for fans looking to watch the tournament. Daily tickets are $40 for practice rounds and $60-$70 for tournament days. Spectators can also buy an Any-Day ticket for $80 that can be used any tournament day and at any host course. There are also upgraded tickets that allow you into certain hospitality venues. For $100-$150, fans can get access to the grounds and The View, a shared hospitality suite located between holes #6 and #8 at Pebble Beach Golf Links that offers a premium bar with food also available for purchase. Similarly, tickets to the shared hospitality venue Clint’s Saloon are available for $250-$350 with lunch, snacks, beer and wine included. Clint’s Saloon is located on Pebble Beach’s 3rd fairway. The most exclusive tickets are for Palmer’s Club on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach. Tickets are $1,000 and include complimentary breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d’oeuvres as well as premium spirits and Napa Valley wines. In addition, all kids 15 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Military tickets are available for all Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, and Veterans. Members of these groups may register for up to 2 complimentary any-day tickets.
The tournament will also be covered by the Golf Channel and CBS. Coverage is provided the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday 3-6pm ET. Saturday starts off on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. Sunday Coverage starts 1-2:45pm ET on the Golf Channel before the tournament ends on CBS with coverage from 3-6:30pm ET. Streaming is also available through PGA Tour Live. Radio commentary is available from PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com.