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The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Book Puts You THERE

You saw it on T.V. Now you can relive the experience of the Pebble Beach Pro- Am virtually first-hand through Joann Dost’s beautiful collection of pictures, essays and hole by hole descriptions of Pebble Beach.

The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links-An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course, by Joann Dost is a must for anyone who has played, or dreams of playing, the iconic golf course on the Monterey peninsula. The handsome, hard bound, 146-page 10.5″ x 10″ full-color volume featuring breathtaking hole-by-hole imagery and state-of-the-art graphics, historical anecdotes for each hole, and essays by golf industry notables is a treasure for anyone who plays golf.

It is the next best thing to being there. According to Jim Nantz, CBS Sportscaster and Pebble Beach resident, “This book brings you as close to actually playing this classic seaside links course as only Joann can.”

It is a comprehensive historical compilation. Literary components of the book offer an historical review of the course from its inception to fruition by visionary businessman and developer, Samuel Finley Brown Morse, and famous events and players that have created the magic and mystique of Pebble Beach, along with a duo of narrative essays by Robert Trent Jones Jr. about the development of Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay.  All serving to enhance the extraordinary and compelling photographs and computer graphics provided by Dost.

3 - Pg. 20-61 Playing the Course-Front Nine UR.inddIt is the ultimate yardage book. Chapters One and Three, titled “Playing the Ultimate Round,” offer a visual framework of the front and back nine holes complete with yardages, a “Player’s Tip” and “Memorable Match Play” narratives for each hole. As you cruise through the pages, you will actually feel like you are on the course via the stunning photos of each hole, recalling images of professional golfers on the course during rounds you’ve watched on television. I have already figured out what clubs I will use on each hole and how I will think my way around the course when I take in the Pebble Beach experience (Bucket List #1).

It is the ultimate in pictorial presentation. The chapter “A Gallery of Golf” offers a collection of Dost photographs and personal notes about the holes showcasing her artistic abilities as a photographer and subtle insights that only a local like Dost can provide. “Joann’s fresh approach in showing the magic of Pebble Beach Golf Links with her new, dramatic photography, detailed graphics, personal insights and brief narratives, is a perfect blend,” says Neal Hotelling, award-winning author and authority on the history of the iconic golf venue. “Her book illustrates why Pebble Beach is a ‘must play course’ for every golfer.”
Joann Dost with book

“This project represents the pinnacle of my career,” says Dost. “At last, my company and I have produced a publication on Pebble Beach Golf Links that is definitive, attractive, and practical. We are proud to provide it for all golf enthusiasts worldwide.”

Joann Dost’s The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links is the perfect gift for any golf enthusiast, suitable for any coffee table, and the ultimate player’s guide to Pebble Beach.

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USGA Selects 2017 USA Walker Cup Captain

46th Walker Cup Match Will Be Played at Los Angeles Country Club

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today named John “Spider” Miller, of Bloomington, Ind., as the captain of the USA Team for the 2017 Walker Cup Match at Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club.

Miller, 64, captained the USA Team in the 2015 Match at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. He won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 1996 and 1998 and represented the United States in the 1999 Walker Cup Match.

“This year at the Walker Cup, I had the great honor to captain a team of our country’s most talented collegiate and mid-amateur players,” Miller said. “They lived up to every ideal and purpose that the Match has exemplified since it began more than 90 years ago. The lasting friendships with the players and their families and friends will endure a lifetime. I am indeed humbled and honored to have the opportunity to captain another group of such fine players and countrymen.”

“The members of the 2015 USA Walker Cup team were enthusiastic about their experience at Royal Lytham, and all cited Spider as the reason for their overwhelmingly positive comments,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The USGA believes that Spider’s leadership, innate understanding of the values of the competition, and his good-natured spirit are critical to the same experience he can provide for the team in 2017. We are also excited to bring the Walker Cup to the George Thomas-designed Los Angeles Country Club for the Match’s first playing on the West Coast since 1981.”

The Walker Cup Match, which began in 1922, is a 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team comprised of players from Great Britain and Ireland. Great Britain and Ireland won the 2015 Match, 16½-9½. The USA leads the competition, 35-9-1.

In his U.S. Mid-Amateur victories, Miller defeated Randy Lewis, 3 and 2, in 1996 at Hartford Golf Club, in West Hartford, Conn.; and in, 1998, he became the oldest U.S. Mid-Amateur champion at the time, at age 48, when he scored a 1-up victory over Chip Holcombe in the final at NCR Country Club’s South Course, in Kettering, Ohio. As a result of those wins, he competed in the Masters Tournament in 1997 and 1999.

In the 1999 Walker Cup Match played at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland, Miller teamed with Hunter Haas to win a pair of foursomes matches before he lost to Paul Casey, 3 and 2, in singles. In 1997, he led Indiana to a tie for third in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship by carding a 54-hole score of 4-under-par 209.

Miller was inducted into the Indiana Golf Association (IGA) Hall of Fame in 2000. He twice was chosen IGA Player of the Year and is a two-time IGA Mid-Amateur champion. He and partner Jerry Nelson claimed five IGA Four-Ball championships, and he was the low amateur in the Indiana State Open three times.

A 1973 graduate of Indiana University, Miller owns Best Beers, Inc., based in his hometown of Bloomington. He and his wife, Kathy, have five children.

Family Holiday Package: St Regis Monarch Beach

Sun, Sand, And Santa: Turn Up The Heat On The Holidays

A warm, wonderful holiday season of golf and other goodies at St. Regis Monarch Beach

Tired of putting away the golf clubs for the winter? Want to keep swinging while the family basks on the beach along the Pacific Ocean? The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Monarch Beach Golf Links are putting the kill on chill with the special “Winter Sandy-land” package.

Specially crafted for families seeking a warm seaside getaway during the holidays, the package offers festive touches such a “snowman” sand-building kit for use on our private beach, nightly milk and cookies delivered fresh from the kitchen by legendary St. Regis Butlers, breakfasts for the adults, complimentary meals for children, and a whole lot more.

There will be plenty of sun—and hopefully not too much sand—for golfers who play the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, which is set along dramatic bluffs amid sweeping views to the sea. There will be no “winter rules” or frost delays on the rolling fairways and clever greens that will charm and challenge golfers of all levels.

Guests won’t even need to bring their own clubs thanks to the unique “FLEX Set” premium rental club program that allows golfers to mix and match top brands and technology. Golf cars are included in the greens fee, and “Watermen” forecaddies are available.

Golf and rental club fees are in addition to the “Winter Sandy-land” package price.

The resort is the recipient of a Silver Medal from GOLF magazine and has been rated 4.5 stars (out of 5) by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”

Warm is wonderful in the Winter Sandy-land Package, which also includes:

  • Signature Guestroom accommodations
  • Breakfast for two adults
  • Complimentary kids meals
  • Access to the resort’s private beach and “guests-only” Monarch Bay Club
  • Golf car and unlimited use of golf practice area (for those playing golf)

(Resort guests can expect only minimal disruption during their Pacific retreat, as winter renovation work will be restricted to the main entrance, lobby, Motif restaurant, and spa. The golf course will not be affected, nor will any guest rooms, which were remodeled earlier this year.)

To reserve the Winter Sandy-land Package, call 1-(866)-716-8116 or visit  Please mention rate plan “HOLIDAY.”