PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA | One of the most wonderful trends in resort golf has been the creation of short courses at top destinations. Generally, these are enjoyable par-3 layouts designed as artfully as the big courses there and featuring an array of testy yet fun shots on holes requiring nothing more than an 8- or 9-iron. Think of The Preserve at Bandon Dunes and The Cradle at Pinehurst. The Nest at Cabot Links in Nova Scotia, too.
Now comes The Hay at the Pebble Beach Golf Resort. And though it has only been opened for a month, the Hay has to be regarded as one of the best of the bunch. For its incomparable setting, with the waters of Carmel Bay and craggy Point Lobos in constant view. For the way Tiger Woods designed and routed its nine holes on property that had long been the site of the Peter Hay Golf Course – and the brilliant rendition of the iconic par-3 seventh on the Pebble Beach Golf Links he produced there. For the stories of resort lore that each hole tells through its appellations and yardages, and the fact that golf...
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