The golf world is full of Pebble Beach imitators


The 18th hole at Tralee Golf Club in Ireland

It's one of golf travel's most popular phrases in describing a golf course: 'Poor man's Pebble Beach.'

That's because 18 holes of golf at Pebble Beach is infamously expensive: $495.

Golf courses with that description are far and wide, from nearby Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links to cheap ocean courses in Hawaii like Wailua and Kaneohe Clipper. Nefyn & District in Wales describes themselves as such, and some even liken $160-200 Half Moon Bay north of Monterey as a place for po' folk.

In Myrtle Beach, Tidewater Golf Club boasts the tag line: 'Pebble Beach of the East' for its coastal scenery, while cliffside Tralee Golf Club is often described as the closest thing to Pebble in Ireland.

It's not just golf courses and golf writers who are guilty of the comparison. Tiger Woods described a future hole at Punta Brava on the Baja Peninsula as similar to Pebble's No. 8, and now the planned course is officially becoming the 'Pebble Beach of Mexico.'

China even boasts its very own Pebble Beach: Dailan Golden Pebble Beach Golf Club, which features many seafront holes.

But considering the Monterey Peninsula's famous Cypress Point is private and by many accounts an even better, dramatic golf course, shouldn't we start calling public Pebble 'A Poor Man's Cypress'?