Life is Good at The Lodge at Pebble Beach
May 24, 2018 10:58AM
● By Fran Miller
Photo by Kodiak Greenwood
BY FRAN ENDICOTT MILLER
While The Lodge at Pebble Beach is undeniably one of the most desired hotel options along California’s central coast, the resort’s luxe factor is actually secondary to its appeal. In this golfer’s sacred paradise, where players both novice and pro regularly pilgrimage, it’s all about the game, the course, the heritage, and the history. And The Lodge provides proximity. Golfers owe it to themselves to stay here in order to pay proper tribute to the game they love. But The Lodge itself is so much more than merely a place to hang your golf hat after a day on the green. Luxurious accommodations, gracious amenities, and spectacular views permit it to hold its own amidst the picturesque fairways and cliff-hanging putting greens of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Located on the Monterey Peninsula where the Del Monte Forest meets the Pacific Ocean and where gracious mansions line the prestigious 17-mile drive, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has long been a landmark destination for golf-lovers the world over, since 1919 in fact. But one need not be a golfer to appreciate and enjoy the area’s beauty and the Lodge’s brand of gracious hospitality. It helps, of course, to know the significance of the storied golf course upon which The Lodge lies, and to appreciate the immense privilege of a room with an unobstructed 18th hole view. (above) For those without a golfing background, simply step into the Lodge-adjacent Golf Links to the Past memorabilia shop for a primer, where golf’s history and traditions are on display via original artwork, photography, periodicals, clubs, trophies and other artifacts. Or step over to the nearby memorial rock wall that pays homage to Pebble Beach’s founder Samuel F.B. Morse, Bing Crosby, and all winners of Crosby’s namesake ‘Clambake’ tourney, later known as the AT&T National.
Ultimately though, The Lodge is a landmark destination unto itself – at the intersection of history, luxury, and breathtaking beauty. With 161 rooms, each with patios or balconies that offer stunning views of gardens, fairways, Stillwater Cove and the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge is a bucket list item for anyone and everyone, exemplified by the number of non-golfing guests primping and posing for photos and selfies at every vantage point – from the entry-adjacent practice putting green (above), to the arbored walkways of the logo wear-packed shops (such as the newest U.S. Open Championship Shop featuring apparel commemorating the upcoming 119th U.S. Open), to the ocean front 18th hole.
Rooms at The Lodge are large by industry standards and the variety of options showcase varying views. Each room features sumptuous décor in calming shades of cream and gray with teal accents, comfy beds and luxe linens, marble bathrooms, deluxe sized bath amenities from The Spa Collection, robes, and stocked mini-bars with several gratis items. Many rooms feature gas fireplaces. All Lodge guests are provided complimentary access to The Beach & Tennis Club at Pebble Beach, (below) a swank yet low key venue rich in history located near the renowned 17th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links featuring tennis, workout facilities, and a heated, cove-adjacent pool.
With six restaurants onsite, the culinary options are plentiful. Offering a collection of seafood specialties, Stillwater Bar & Grill is an elegant destination for a relaxing dinner overlooking the fairways.The Tap Room serves a selection of American tavern-style classics, while The Terrace Lounge is an ideal destination to sit back and relax in one of the oversized armchairs while sipping on a specialty cocktail and enjoying the panoramic golf course views. Guests looking for the familiarity of a home-cooked meal should visit Gallery Café, the home-style breakfast and lunch bistro. For cove and ocean views, enjoy lunch at the conservatory-esque The Beach Club. Finally, our favorite is The Bench, (below) a casual spot overlooking the 18th hole, specializing in crafted cocktails and wood-roasted dishes. A large central bar takes center stage, and patio tables feature central fire pits to warm your al fresco dining experience.
While the Pebble Beach area boasts any number of activities and outings (kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, etc.) one need not venture beyond The Lodge property to fully enjoy a stay. Between the shops, The Beach & Tennis Club, a world-class spa located steps away at Casa Palmero, the varied dining options, and of course, the golf, The Lodge at Pebble Beach offers more than enough to keep guests busy and entertained. And if you don’t know the difference between a putter and a driver, and you merely seek a room with a view in which to hit a good read, you’ll find no better place.