Monterey Bay is a smaller community with stunning beauty and many opportunities to interact with the environment. The region as a whole is more known to cater to visitors that tend to be avid golfers, “foodies” and those that have a strong passion for connection to the environment. That said the region isn’t known to have major daily “entertainment” venues like one would find up in San Francisco or down in Los Angeles. However Monterey Bay plays home to one major events that are nationally known and worth traveling the region to see.
Monterey AT&T Pro-Am Invitational
Monterey Bay is famous for having some of the best golf courses in the world. With many of the courses perched on dramatic cliffs that rise up out of the Pacific , it should be no surprise that one of the biggest golf tournaments in the country is annually held here.
Known as the Monterey AT&T Pro-Am Invitational, this tournament has been held every February since 1947. A full charity event that benefits the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the event encompasses 156 professionals and 156 amateurs that compete in their respective groups only to play against each other end the end. What makes this tournament stand out from others in the country is that the amateurs tend to be famous figures who are not famous for their skill at the sport of golf but another endeavor usually involving entertainment. Famous amateurs that have played in the past include Bill Murray and Justin Timberlake while Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been staples on the professional side.
The tournament is held in the Pebble Beach resort and encompasses the Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Monterey Peninsula Golf Club.
The event is open to the public with tickets going on sale September. Ticket prices range from $50 to $125 and are sold on a day by day basis. Tickets are also sold on practice days. While not part of the tournament itself it allows for the general public to get up close views of their favorite celebrity or professional golfer.