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Bing Crosby Clambake at the Monterey peninsula


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Golf has changed in the way of all things over the years.  Bing Crosby’s Clambake is sponsored by AT&T and in no way resembles the phenomenal laid-back tournament that he created.

However, the magnificent Monterey peninsula is still displayed completely in the golf tournament aired this week for all to see. It is one enchanted place, so beautiful that it is numbing. It is one of those special places on our planet where no one cannot be completely awed.

I remember the first time that I played Pebble Beach, I felt that I would see a leprechaun at the edge of the enchanted forest. It is one of my most favorite places on earth. The 17 mile drive is exceptional beauty personified.

For anyone who desires to feel the history of the sacred place, I would recommend the book “The Match” written by Mark Frost. The book is about a true golf match between professionals, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan against amateurs, Ken Venturi and Harvey Ward at Cypress Point on the day of the practice round of the Clambake in January 1956. Beyond the history of golf, in words, the author deftly reveals the incredible beauty of the Monterey peninsula, an unworldly and sacred place.

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