The world's two most famous public golf courses are hosting events this week: The Old Course in St. Andrews is co-hosting the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links while Pebble Beach is hosting the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.
Our Editor-at-Large Matt Ginella is at the First Tee Open and posed the question to his Twitter followers this week:
You can view the video above to see how Ginella would divvy up the ten rounds (skip to the five-minute mark where host Damon Hack poses the question). Based on replies to Ginella, it appears golfers on Twitter favor the history and playability of the Old Course to the scenery of Pebble Beach. That's pretty incredible considering that the Old Course green fee is about half the cost of a walk-up tee time at Pebble Beach (both are more expensive when you book an advanced golf package with a guaranteed tee time). Here are some of the best answers to Ginella's question:
7 at the Old Course & 3 at Pebble Beach with the stipulation that at Pebble I had the first tee time for each round. If I had to tee off mid-day at Pebble it might be more like 9 to 1.— Society of Golf Historians (@SHistorians) September 25, 2019
I love Pebble but people need to speed it up out there.
9 St Andrews v 1 Pebble.— Matt Cleary (@JournoMatCleary) September 25, 2019
Actually no I'd go 8 St Andrews and 1 Pebble and sell the other one.
Five rounds par Pebble in September and October. Five rounds at the Old Course in June and July.— Chuck Acquisto (@AirPallotti) September 25, 2019
7 Old Course, 3 Pebble. Both are amazing experiences, but The Old Course was the most special experience I’ve ever had in golf. Helps that it was a few weeks ago, but there is just something about it that Pebble doesn’t compare to. If it were 1 round I’d pick The Old Course 100%.— Dominic Gallo (@DominicGallo) September 25, 2019
Old Course 8-2. One created by God, the other by man. The OC is the only course that as soon as you putt out on the 18th, you want to re-use on the 1st and play again to validate how well you played or prove that you can play better. OC can almost be played with only a putter.— Scott Dutton (@duttongs) September 25, 2019