I've enjoyed attending several golf tournaments over the last few years, but there is certainly something special about the Pro-Am held at the Mecca of golf. This event is fun because of all of the celebrities and amateurs that are playing in the event.
Friday: Arrived around 10:00am or so. It was raining, but not too cold at all. Probably mid-50's for the day. Even in this weather, Pebble Beach is spectacular. It's not an exaggeration at all to say that it might very well be the most beautiful place on earth. Top 5 for sure.
We walked out the course for a brief while and saw Phil, Tom Watson and several others. We didn't make it long in the rain, so we went to the Skybox and hung out in there for the afternoon. Dad and Chuck went to the other courses to check them out.
Saturday: Did lots of walking. Saw lots of celebs. Walked out to the 6th green where we saw (and got autographs from) Kevin Costner, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Don Cheadle, Peter Gallagher, George Lopez, and Bill Murray. The players can't sign during their round, and the celebs aren't supposed to, but they do.
Bill Murray almost hit us with his approach shot on 6. Also saw Jeff Overton, Vijay Singh and others. Weather was great - cloudy, but the rain stopped and the sun peeked through! We left around 2:00 and drove up to San Francisco.
Will this be a good year for movies? I hope so. Last year wasn't bad, but there are a couple I'm looking forward to.
Spider-Man 3: Is there a more anticipated movie since Star Wars:Episode I. Of course, there's a reasonable chance that the third installment of spidey will be a bit better than E1. Shrek the Third: (also coming out in May). What's with the trequals (yeah, definitely not a word). If this one is a third as funny as either of the other two, it will be great!
Oceans 13: I liked Oceans 11 a lot. I liked Oceans 12, but not as much. The trailers for this one look really good! Same cast - add Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino. No Julia Roberts though? (June 8)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: This one should be fun (June 15)
Evan Almighty: Steve Carell reprises his role - and is the next one appointed by God/Morgan Freeman. Since Steve Carell is the new Jim Carey (without the strange facial expressions and physical humor) this is especially fitting. It's Noah's Ark for the 21st century. (June 22)
Ratatouille: The next Pixar film, which means it will be at the very least - better than average. I'm hoping it's better than Cars (although I liked that one). (June 29)
Wow June is going to be a good month for movies.
Transformers: Yes, I played with them as a kid. Yes I'm going to see the movie! (July 4) Harry Potter and something: I'll probably see it along with the rest of the world, but I can honestly say that I've never read a page of any of the books. (July 13)
The Bourne Ultimatum: I'm very excited about this one! Part three of the Bourne saga (again with the three!) (August 3)
National Treasure: The Book of Secrets: I really liked the original - in fact it's one of my favorites. Definitely liked it better than the DaVinci Code. It's coming in December - so something to look forward to!
All in all, it's looking like a very good year so far!
I won't lie - I like golf a lot. Most people who like golf dream about someday playing what might be the most revered of all American golf courses - Pebble Beach Golf Links. While there are other courses considered sacred ground in the golf world, Pebble Beach has the distinction of being "the greatest course that you could ever actually play but probably won't ever get to play."
What I mean is that it's open to the public, but it's location (Monterey Peninsula) and it's price ($425 a round) dictate that not many average Joe's ever get the chance. Before you decide you hate me, I'm not getting a chance either - at least not now.
I am getting to go to the ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week! I love going to PGA events. See my posts about the Buick Open last year for more on that! What makes it even better is that I have some friends and my dad coming out to go with me this weekend!
It was fun yesterday seeing people like Ray Romano, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Kenny G, Bill Murray and Carson Daly playing in the celebrity shoot out.
And it was fun collecting autographs during the practice rounds. Can you identify the autographs in the picture? Here's a hint: together they represent 14 major championships, and over 80 PGA Tour wins.