Bucket lists on pause: Pebble Beach, St. Andrews among iconic courses currently suspended

Old Course at St. Andrews, Pebble Beach Golf Links
The Old Couse at St. Andrews and Pebble Beach Golf Links

Golfers looking to knock Pebble Beach Golf Links or the Old Course at St. Andrews off their bucket lists will have to wait a bit as the two iconic destinations have suspended play due to the worldwide coronavirus crisis. The temporary closure of the Old Course was announced on March 23. The Pebble Beach statement was released April 1.

According to the Pebble Beach website, the suspension marks the first time since its debut in 1919 that the heralded 18, set alongside the picturesque shores of the Monterey Peninsula’s Carmel Bay, has halted play for guests.

In its shining history, the course has hosted 13 USGA Championships and six U.S. Opens. The course will host its first Women’s U.S. Open Championship in 2023, and the Men’s U.S. Open Championship will return for seventh time in 2027.

Pebble Beach Resorts has also ceased its entire resort operations as well as play on the other Monterey Peninsula layouts under its umbrella: Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Club. Pebble Beach is continuing to make reservations for guests and golfers arriving June 1 and beyond.

Play on the historic Old Course at St. Andrews, considered the oldest layout in the world and commonly known as “The Home of Golf,” is also delayed until further notice. Tee times on the additional St. Andrews Links courses – New, Jubilee, Eden, Castle, Strathtyrum and Balgove have also stopped for now. All seven courses are owned and operated by the town of St. Andrews.

Following the R&A’s announcement of the cancellation of this year’s Open Championship at Royal St Georges, the 150th Open will now take place on the Old Course in July 2022 rather than 2021 as previously scheduled. Royal St Georges is now slated to host the 149th rendition of the game’s oldest major on July 11-18, 2021.

For updated information on these two legendary public golf destinations visit: www.pebblebeach.com or www.standrews.com.

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