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Justyna Smith

Beverly Hills, California Travel Agent

Pairing Celebrities and Golf Pros at Pebble Beach

Every February, my husband and I go to Carmel for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament. We are not golfers, but this doesn't matter because a Pro-Am is an event that matches professional golfers with amateurs. In this case, most of those amateurs are celebrities. We’ve seen Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, and others teamed up with pro golfers like Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth for the weekend tournament.

Carmel is a beautiful destination all year however the tournament breathes life into the city not found during its usually calm weekends. This year, we went with some dear friends and stayed for two nights, enjoying every minute.

We headed to Vesuvio for rooftop cocktails on Friday around sunset. Their Starlight Rooftop Lounge is much hipper than its name implies. Fire pits and couches create the perfect environment to enjoy a classic Italian cocktail like a Negroni (our favorite) or an Aperol Spritz. 

We chose the casual A.W. Shucks for a scrumptious dinner of oysters and seafood and then closed out the night with one last drink at Hog’s Breath Inn. This is the place to be on a Pro-Am weekend. One of the best parts of a golf tournament has to be the people watching, and we don't mean the celebrities. You see all the colorful out-of-towners the tournament brings. By midnight the Hog’s Breath Inn was overrun by some serious characters.

We spent Saturday on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Carmel is a classically California town; it once elected Clint Eastwood as mayor. And what better way to show off its California chops than with celebrities playing golf on a beach? After a full day of strolling around the course, watching a little bit of golf and a whole lot of beautiful views, it was time to eat. 

We had made reservations at The Bench, the clubhouse restaurant. It overlooks the 18th hole and has a stunning view down the coast. We ate delicious food, drank great drinks, and even chatted up Bill Murray for a few. It was the perfect way to wrap up a great weekend. 

We’re sold on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Carmel. We never thought we’d find ourselves thoroughly enjoying a PGA Tour event. Who knew? This is now a yearly tradition, and we totally recommend making the trip. 

Carmel has many great hotels and restaurants, but I know the nuances so I can find the best one for your taste! Feel free to contact me for bookings and recommendations.

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