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We're heading out early tomorrow (3 a.m.) for a 12 hr drive to our beloved town of Pacific Grove, CA located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula. I'm starting a thread as a marker to post pics of my golf misadventures and maybe some favorite spots in-between. While this is mainly a family trip, I plan to get in a couple of rounds at 2 of my favorite fun little tracks in the area. Pacific Grove Golf Links is the first spot https://www.playpacificgrove.com/ . It's a Muni that has some Pebble Beach scenery without the price tag. The second spot is a smaller local track tucked between the Monterey Fairgrounds and the Monterey Airport called Monterey Pines. It's a par 69 that only runs about 5600 Yds but it's a beautifully laid out track that requires some thinking and I'll be playing sans-driver. I definitely wouldn't consider these "bucket list" courses by any means but they have more personal meaning to me as I golfed them regularly when we lived in the area. Yes.. we'll literally be staying within a half mile of the N entrance to Pebble Beach, but I won't be playing any fancy pants rounds on this trip. 😢

Other spots that we'll be paying a visit to are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Park, Lover's Point, Asilomar Beach, Scenic 17 mile drive, Morse Botanical Reserve trails (looks out over Poppy Hills and Spyglass), and my favorite surf shop on the planet, On the Beach. We'll also be hitting up some favorite food spots like First Awakenings, Pavel's French Bakery, The Monarch Pub, Michael's Grill/Taqueria, and the one and only acid trip in a cone.. the PG Ice Cream Shoppe!

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2 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

We're heading out early tomorrow (3 a.m.) for a 12 hr drive to our beloved town of Pacific Grove, CA located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula. I'm starting a thread as a marker to post pics of my golf misadventures and maybe some favorite spots in-between. While this is mainly a family trip, I plan to get in a couple of rounds at 2 of my favorite fun little tracks in the area. Pacific Grove Golf Links is the first spot https://www.playpacificgrove.com/ . It's a Muni that has some Pebble Beach scenery without the price tag. The second spot is a smaller local track tucked between the Monterey Fairgrounds and the Monterey Airport called Monterey Pines. It's a par 69 that only runs about 5600 Yds but it's a beautifully laid out track that requires some thinking and I'll be playing sans-driver. I definitely wouldn't consider these "bucket list" courses by any means but they have more personal meaning to me as I golfed them regularly when we lived in the area. Yes.. we'll literally be staying within a half mile of the N entrance to Pebble Beach, but I won't be playing any fancy pants rounds on this trip. 😢

Other spots that we'll be paying a visit to are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Park, Lover's Point, Asilomar Beach, Scenic 17 mile drive, Morse Botanical Reserve trails (looks out over Poppy Hills and Spyglass), and my favorite surf shop on the planet, On the Beach. We'll also be hitting up some favorite food spots like First Awakenings, Pavel's French Bakery, The Monarch Pub, Michael's Grill/Taqueria, and the one and only acid trip in a cone.. the PG Ice Cream Shoppe!

Pics and possible stories on the way!

 

Went to that ice cream shoppe a couple of weeks ago. First time in there, it is an experience all onto itself. Haven't played Pines yet but PG is always good. 

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2 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

it is an experience all onto itself.

🤣 Notice that I didn't say anything about it being the "cleanest" or best "ice cream ever".. But it's an experience that a trip to the area shouldn't be without 😛 

 

 

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And away we go! 

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Awesome! Sounds fun!!!!! Prayers for a safe and enjoyable trip.

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Our little place and already some of the locals are here to visit.. 

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Super random but this is a bird/squirrel feeder that I made 6 years ago that is still up at our old place. 

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Someone may have gotten the green light to play Poppy on Wednesday... 😱

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Looks like I'll be playing Poppy sans-driver 😢 

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Played Poppy Hills yesterday. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful courses I've ever played! 

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Monterey bay aquarium

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55 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

Played Poppy Hills yesterday. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful courses I've ever played! 

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Since the redesign it is a must play!. Looks like you got a great weather day as well. 

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2 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

Since the redesign it is a must play!. Looks like you got a great weather day as well. 

Weather was absolutely perfect! 

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PG Golf Links. 

 

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Our favorite breakfast spot 

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I'm shocked by the weather as hit is extremely hot in the valley here and usually that brings in the inversion layer over there. 

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I'm shocked by the weather as hit is extremely hot in the valley here and usually that brings in the inversion layer over there. 

Yeah the weather has been perfect almost the entire trip. Just the first couple days it was overcast. 

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38 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

Yeah the weather has been perfect almost the entire trip. Just the first couple days it was overcast. 

Enjoy it! I am 2.5 hours away and it is 112 here today. 

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1 hour ago, THEZIPR23 said:

Enjoy it! I am 2.5 hours away and it is 112 here today. 

Thanks for the reminder.. we're driving back to 118° tomorrow.. 😭

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Last pic of the trip. My favorite run/hike at Morse botanical reserve. Fog was out doing it's thing. 

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