After more than 20 years of planning, Pebble Beach Resorts has broken ground on the new Pebble Beach Driving Range and Golf Academy. The ground breaking marks the beginning of the Del Monte Forest Project, a multi-phase development and conservation plan designed to protect native habitat, update and expand resort facilities, improve access, and enhance the overall guest, visitor, and resident experience at Pebble Beach Resorts.
Other components of the project include 100 new guest rooms and expanded group meeting space at The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Inn at Spanish Bay; improved traffic access near the Highway 1 gate into Pebble Beach; supplementary parking areas at The Lodge and The Inn; 90 residential lots; a new 100-room hotel near Spyglass Hill Golf Course; and the preservation of an additional 635 acres of native habitat.
Pebble Beach, one of the world’s great golf destinations, has had everything but a good practice range. The new range and Golf Academy will add even more to the resort’s appeal.
The Pebble Beach Driving Range will be double-ended and nearly twice the size of the existing range. Guests will be able to hit in expanded hitting bays and to target greens. The range also will have a new, larger putting green, practice bunkers, and chipping tees and greens.
Directly adjacent to the range, the new 3,000-square-foot Pebble Beach Golf Academy will feature the latest in instructional technology, an expanded club fitting area, and a covered hitting bay for lessons. Renowned instructors Laird Small and Dan Pasquariello – will continue to provide personalized instruction and custom-tailored lessons.
The new range and Pebble Beach Golf Academy will open in January 2014, prior the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The current range will remain open to guests during construction.
The Pebble Beach Co., says that over the next 10 years, the Del Monte Forest Project is expected to create more than 200 permanent hospitality positions and thousands more construction-related jobs. In addition, the conservation of an additional 635 acres of native habitat, together with lands previously preserved by the company, means that 25 percent of the Del Monte Forest will be protected forever for future generations to enjoy.
In May 2012, the California Coastal Commission, which basically controls every movement along the Monterey Peninsula, unanimously approved the plan, calling it a “landmark” project due to its protection for local habitat as well as its visitor-serving and public access components.