72 Hours in Pebble Beach: The XOJET Luxury Experience
Of all the incredible factors contributing to Pebble Beach’s distinct section of rugged California coast, weather has proven the most gracious. Never too hot—nor too cold—the Monterey Peninsula provides an immaculate environment for golfers year-round.
The next 18 months are big for the fabled course and its loyal followers. This August, Pebble Beach hosts its 5th U.S. Amateur Championship. 2019 marks its centennial year with the AT&T Pro-Am and 6th U.S. Open in February and June, respectively, and wraps with a black-tie gala for the community.
Now is perhaps the most opportune time to enjoy the exclusive package spawned from Pebble Beach and XOJET’s partnership: an unprecedented coastal getaway inviting guests to experience the resort in an elevated caliber usually reserved for pros and celebrities.
With luxury offerings including three nights in a Fairway One Cottage at The Lodge, two Pebble Beach opening tee times, a private chef dinner and wine tasting, a private XOJET flight from New York or Los Angeles, and a Lexus to drive during the stay, the XOJET Luxury Experience boasts the flexibility of a custom getaway built around each visitor, with dedicated teams of golf concierges available to arrange additional services. To make the most of this package, we spoke with Pebble Beach President, Sales and Marketing Cody Plott to curate a one-of-a-kind 72-hour itinerary for your stay at Pebble Beach.
Evening, Day 1
Starting with exclusive XOJET entry into the Monterey Airport, arrivals are picked up from the tarmac and delivered to Fairway One—which is The Lodge at Pebble Beach’s newest expansion overlooking the first fairway’s gentle green slope flanked by old-growth trees.
At Fairway One, visitors settle into their four-bedroom cottage as a planning house for how to best relax and unwind at Pebble Beach. Each cottage comes equipped with a 1000-square-foot living room and patio featuring a large fire pit—perfect for basking and watching a steady stream of golfers employ their diverse handicaps.
As the sun sets over the Pacific, honored guests wrap up their first evening with a chaps’ dinner and wine tasting, before turning in for the night.
Morning, Day 2
The sweetest part about lining up your first putt as the sunrise pales the Monterey Peninsula is knowing that there are 17 more greens ahead–each unfettered and pristine. XOJET guests enjoy the day’s very first tee times, setting the stage for an uninterrupted round on one of the world’s most venerated golf courses.
“It’s almost a religious experience,” says Plott, a 17-year-veteran of the resort. “There’s absolutely no one except the animals to contend with.”
As the leading foursome, golfers will meander through the first nine before doubling back to play the back along a backdrop of crashing blue waves. They’ll play the biggest, toughest, most memorable holes (especially 8 through 10—otherwise known as the “Cliffs of Doom”) before capping off their round with the 18th hole over the water. From Plott’s experience, any of the 18 holes could be the one to steal their hearts.
“It’s a little like what’s your favorite ice cream,” Plott explains. “Everyone has their own.”
Another bonus in being the first group to go—besides having a world-renowned course all to yourself—is that the rest of the day is open for the myriad amenities that have long been established in the resort and surrounding area.
Afternoon, Day 2
Guests don’t have to venture far to take advantage of the resort’s exquisite food and beverage opportunities. Apart from nearly ubiquitous post-golf wine tastings scattered throughout Pebble Beach, The Lodge’s beloved California-cuisine spot, “The Bench,” offers unforgettable lunches and a patio vantage of the famous over-the-water 18th green—a hole which has long tested the ire of amateurs and pros.
After lunch, the rest of Monterey awaits exploration. Via guide or provided Lexus, guests can visit Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint neighboring village to the south, or commute the famed 17-Mile Drive toward Big Sur along a granite-cliff coastline considered to be one of the most uniquely dramatic places in the natural world.
The peninsula’s optimal weather contributes a perfect template for other outdoor activities as well. Because the resort sits on 5,300 acres of Del Monte Forest, more than 30 trails await to be hiked or biked among the trees. Pescadero Point, a cherished shoreline hike just a quick jaunt away, offers a spectacular panorama to raise heartrates and inspire awe.
“Pebble Beach is not just about golf,” says Plott. “It’s about an experience, and that’s why it sets us apart from anywhere else in the world.”
Evening, Day 2
Following an afternoon of leisurely coastal reconnaissance is a trip to The Inn at Spanish Bay’s Stave Wine Cellar, an intimate and luxurious setting where expert sommeliers pour coveted, elusive wines from around the world.
Softly lit and relaxed, the dark wood walls and dual-facing stone fireplace of Stave’s wine haven may cause patrons to gladly lose track of time. With more than 200 bottles available for purchase and a rotating list of 30 to 40 wines via taster or glass, guests can choose to “try before they buy.” Add to that a variety of wine-paired snacks from a newly-launched small bites menu, such as the four cheese plate, pork rillettes or foie gras torchon, and guests can experience a unique angle of the resort that simultaneously satisfies palate and appetite.
As an appropriate bookend to a full first day, enjoy a gourmet chef’s dinner prepared in your private cottage or in one of the hotel areas. Treated to a delicious array of locally inspired food and wine pairings, guests can retire to their personal rooms to start their next day anew.
Morning, Day 3
Waking up on the second morning, guests are faced with a wonderfully difficult decision. While patrons of the XOJET package have the exclusive option of repeating Pebble Beach, they can also pick among three additional courses—like Spyglass Hill, which draws unmistakable parallels to Pine Valley and Augusta. Part of the AT&T rotation since 1967 and cohost of the upcoming US Amateur, it’s not just one of the finest courses in the world, it’s also one of the most challenging.
Afternoon, Day 3
At a place so acknowledged for tournament golf, it is often an amazement that savoring the essence of Pebble Beach involves local amenities and incredible restaurants.
“That is the biggest surprise for our customers: they come here for golf—and they do play golf—but they’re always surprised by everything else,” Plott says. “You’re at Pebble Beach—why would you expect anything different?”
Besides the charming beaches hemming the resort, a generous number of other enticing facilities are available to satisfy recreational convenience, both within the resort, and just beyond its perimeter.
The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, for instance, lets horse enthusiasts take memorable guided rides through 27 miles of trails in Del Monte Forest, and the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium displays more than 100 spectacular exhibit tanks to promote understanding and conservation of the peninsula’s distinct regional marine habitat.
Pebble Beach’s spa—one of only 60 Forbes Five-Star spas in the world—presents world-class wellness treatments, including lawn massage, a salt wall and inhalation room, zero gravity treatments, hot stones, water experiences, and a renowned juice bar.
Evening, Day 3
Among the bounty of nighttime activities at Pebble Beach lies a treasure hidden in plain sight. The Tap Room—otherwise known as the course’s 19th Hole—immerses guests into a memorabilia-packed Valhalla immortalizing the greatest golf feats of all time.
Although the warm, inviting tavern provides refuge for visitors almost any time of day, evening-time offers expanded dining options with a dinner menu chock full of unbeatable seafood and hand-selected, prime cuts of meat—like Montague-broiled Angus beef. With its sprawling televisions airing live sports and wall-to-wall trophy-laden testament to the annals of golf, The Tap Room is the perfect setting to let loose with a curated selection of beer, vintage wines, scotches, whiskeys, and other top-notch spirits.
Morning, Day 4
After any additional loose ends are tied, an unforgettable trip is complete with an easeful XOJET departure for a seamless transfer back home. Your Aviation Advisor will ensure your return route is synced with the perfect jet to satisfy your group size and to easily accommodate golf bags and other luggage.
*Images courtesy of Pebble Beach.