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to Neville and Grant's original design. That 1929 U.S. Amateur Championship was the tournament's first presentation west of St. Louis, and organizers brought in H. Chandler Egan and Robert Hunter to prepare Pebble Beach Golf Links for play. Hunter, who lived near the course's second hole at the time, was also working with British course architect Alister Mackenzie at Cypress Point and at other California courses. Hotelling believes that all three designers contributed to those late 1920s improvements at Pebble Beach, which included upgrades to all 18 holes. "They added a lot of sand and made it look more like a links course, instead of a meadow- land golf course on the bluff. They moved a few tees and rebuilt a few greens, but the bunkers are what really stand out," Hotelling says. Shor tly after the 1929 U.S. Amateur Championship, Egan was selected for a new local project. Morse's company owned land near the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and he again want- ed to craft a golf course that would attract buy- ers for the surrounding parcels. The Pacific Grove community got behind the project, and Egan's nine-hole course opened in 1932. The routing of his figure eight, out and back design was changed a few decades later, when the clubhouse was moved to its current location. In 1960, original Pebble Beach Golf Links co- architect Jack Neville expanded the Pacific Grove course with nine new waterfront holes constructed on land owned by the U.S. Coast Guard. The military officially deeded the proper- ty to the city of Pacific Grove in 2006. Inspired by traditional links designs, Neville's nine holes cross gently rolling dunes, catch challenging breezes and offer sweeping views of the ocean. "The two nines are vastly different," says Kurt Vogel, Pacific Grove Golf Links general manager Course architects and champion golfers celebrating the selection of Pebble Beach as the site of the 1929 U.S. Amateur are (L to R) Bobby Cruickshank, Al Espinosa, H. Chandler Egan, Tommy Armour, Robert Hunter, Jr., Jack Neville and Robert Hunter, Sr. Photo: Julian P. Graham/Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archives 114 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 Chandler Egan was one of the top-rated golfers in the early 20th century. Photo: Julian P. Graham/Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archives

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