It's been a while, but a chance to sing the praises of Spyglass is never too late. I played the course with some friends back in 2000...the day before we played Pebble Beach and the day after playing the Bayonet Course on what used to be Fort Ord.
Spyglass Hill was a beautiful course, and while not having the fame or reputation of its more noted neighbor, Pebble Beach, it was for me a far sterner test of golf. This was true even though the grandstands were still up on Pebble from the week earlier's US Open and Pebble's green's were still fast and small. But Spyglass was a gem that I wish I had researched a bit more, for it is the kind of course that can turn you upside down if you don't keep the ball in the short glass or at least the intermediate rough. I learned by hard knocks what iceplant was and that one should never hit a ball into that stuff...not that I wanted to!
Several of the ocean holes could not have been more beautiful...so beautiful that keeping one's mind on the golf was darn near impossible. Would I go back? For sure! I remember when our round was done, parking our cart and being invited by one of the staff to sit on a bench while the bottom of our shoes were cleaned by a person with a high pressure air hose. Now this was service to which I was not accustomed.
By all means, take a deep breath, pay the high greens fee and keep your drive to the right on the opening hole which runs down hill, doglegging left some 600 yards. It is one of 18 beauties that you will remember a lifetime!
US Army (ret)