Mother Nature Again Makes Her Own Alterations at Pebble Beach Golf Links
Dec. 12, 2014
Where once there were two, there’s now only one.
Maintenance crews at Pebble Beach Golf Links were busy Friday morning dissecting and removing the remains of what was one of the two cypress trees that guard the famed 18th fairway.
The tree fell during Thursday’s ‘storm of the decade’, which delivered gusts up to 40 mph to the region.
On Thursday night, Golf Digest reported that RJ Harper, executive vice president of golf and retail for the Pebble Beach Company, said that Pebble Beach Golf Links will not replace the cypress tree in the 18th until after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.The 2015 AT&T Pro-Am is slated for Feb. 9-15.
It’s not the first time that Mother Nature has made her own alterations to the iconic course.
The pair of cypress trees in the 18th fairway found their spot in 2004, when they were planted to replace two pine trees that had died due to pitch canker disease.
On Sunday of the 2009 AT&T Pro-Am, a 40-foot Monterey Pines on the third hole that was part of a grove that inhibits players from trying to cut the dog-leg left hole off the tee came crashing down. As it turned out, the uprooted tree was the last tree at the end of the grove, leaving the integrity of the hole intact and not a gaping hole that would invite players to bomb away at the green.
In 2001, the century-old massive pine that once protected the 18th green finally succumbed to lightning and pitch-canker disease. It was replaced by a 67-foot cypress tree transplanted from No. 1.
There was also the infamous (Arnold) Palmer tree, which once guarded the right side of the green on No. 14. That tree fell at night in a storm during the 1967 Pro-Am, hours after Palmer had carded a nine on the hole (his ball hit the tree twice, costing him a shot at the title). When discovered in the morning, some actually thought that The King had gone out at night and chopped the tree down.