Doesn’t get any better than this: Pebble Beach exceeds the hype

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Whether they’ve written it out on paper or not, every golfer has a bucket list. And Pebble Beach Golf Links is on every single one. On your first trip to the masterpiece on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula, whether you’re playing or not, it’s easy to see why. Sprawling views of the ocean as far as the eyes can see, yachts and sailboats floating just off the coast, grandiose cliffs plunging from the course down to the beach, where people and their dogs splash about seemingly without a care in the world. Even the relatively ordinary holes are lined with extraordinary homes that, while you’re not exactly sure how much they’re worth, you know you can’t afford. Sure, the U.S. Open brings with it giant merchandise tents and grandstands, but in a way, the fact they’re staging one of the biggest tournaments in the world here only makes it more beautiful. Because the U.S. Open also brings with it the best players in the world, playing one of the best courses in the world, in what are supposed to be perfect conditions this week. “There’s no more special place than Pebble Beach, period,” said two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. “Every day is different out here, but it’s very similar, if you know what I mean.” As soon as you start down the beachside stretch of holes on No. 4, you know exactly what Els means. It’s a vibe. “Walking down the scenic holes on the front nine, you can’t help but just be impressed with the place,” said 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose. “I’m excited about playing my first U.S. Open here. I think the course is in wonderful condition. It’s primed and ready to go.” Your browser does not support iframes. U.S. Open: Full-field tee times | Full coverage It’s hard to pick a definitive hole without doing a disservice to the others, but let’s just say the pros are big fans of them all. There’s the iconic 109-yard, par-3 seventh, which Jon Rahm calls “easily a top three par-3 in the world,” and which was graced by quick Coast Guard helicopter fly-by Tuesday as Phil Mickelson teed off during his practice round. Then there’s No. 8. “The greatest second shot in golf,” Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach, said of the 428 yard par-4. “To me, if I had one shot to hit for the rest of my life, that would be the one.” From No. 1 to 18, the pros don’t have a bad word to say about the layout. And they shouldn’t. If the golf gods have an office, this is where it’s located. “It was more beautiful in person than I could have imagined,” Jordan Spieth said, recalling his first trip to Pebble Beach. “And then to be inside the ropes playing a tournament, not only not having to pay to play, but getting paid to play — Pebble Beach is really special and always has been. Winning a golf tournament here was so cool. To be able to walk up the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, I mean, that’s like walking up the 18th at Augusta. It’s iconic.” “How can you not like the views? It’s a cool place just to play golf and just to be here. It really is special,” said two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka. “This would be the coolest thing, to win three in a row and to win a third one at Pebble, I think that’s really — it’s such a special place. And to be as a little kid you always wanted to play a U.S. Open at Pebble. It’s kind of a dream come true, in a sense.” Dream come true … bucket list … once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Call it whatever you want, but it all boils down to this – it’s the most beautiful place on Earth, and they let you bring your clubs. What more do you need to know?last_img read more

More powerful Nintendo Switch reportedly still in experimental stages

first_imgMore powerful Nintendo Switch reportedly still in experimental stagesOther, smaller Switch version also rumored may be dockable after all, could launch this fall Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 18th April 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoUpdate: A more precise translation has given a clearer idea of exactly where the “more powerful” version of the Nintendo Switch is at in development. Here’s a segment, shared by USGamer:”Beyond the smaller, budget-focused model lies the development of the overhauled next-generation model intended to replace the one currently available. Nintendo is believed to be experimenting on a number of different things for the device, including usability, improved image rendering, and changes to the operating system, among other things. One development source contends, however, that it still remains unclear at this stage who at the company will end up taking the lead on conceptual development for the new console.”The original story, with a correction due to the clarity brought by the above statement, is below:A rumored upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch may still be in the experimental phases of development, and may not be ready to be unveiled as soon as has been previously predicted.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games A report from Japanese business journal Nikkei translated by GamesIndustry.biz sister site USGamer says that this “next-generation” Switch model, more powerful than the current version on the market, is hitting stumbling blocks. Apparently the Nintendo Switch operating system may be proving tricky to operate on the upgraded hardware.Nikkei also reaffirms other rumors of a smaller, cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch that has had no such struggles. The bargain Switch is reportedly slimmer, more portable, and also (contrary to other reports) dockable and playable on the TV.The smaller Switch model is rumored to launch this fall.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Former Booker Prize headquarters turns over a new leaf

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