On the Road – Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

by Sherry Lewis-Ramirez on July 16, 2011

Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Grandpa J.L. and Lily

In July, my father, J.L. played in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. My husband, Ben, and daughter, Lily, and I tagged along for the week. We stayed in a beautiful, quaint house on the ocean in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. My parents are very excited to be grandparents to 15 month old Lily and loved having a week to spend with her. This was Lily’s first opportunity to see the ocean. She loved it! When we all went to play in the sand upon arrival in Pebble Beach, Lily danced to the sound of the waves!

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an amateur and junior golf event hosted by Nature Valley and The First Tee. J.L.’s First Tee junior partner was Gavin Parker. We had a nice time visiting with Gavin’s family during the first two rounds.  J.L. enjoyed playing with Gavin and the other amateur partners he played with in the tournament.

Friday after the round we went to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. We all enjoyed seeing the beautiful fish and sea life. The jellyfish exhibit was amazing. Lily made her “fish face” when she saw the fish.

Sherry and Lily

The tournament is played on the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. The golf courses were breathtakingly beautiful. Pebble Beach Golf Course winds around near the ocean and on the coast. There are amazing landscapes, cliffs and the ocean to take in. On  holes 6, 7, 8, and 17 the sea otters can be seen laying around on the rocks below. There are many seagulls, pelicans, and black birds. We saw a white collared dove that was very unique. Another pro informed us that white collared doves are the ones that were released in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. They are very aggressive birds and we saw two of them bullying on a crow.

Carmel Landscape

My husband, Ben, owns a landscaping business in Austin, Texas. He was taken away by the amazing landscapes in Carmel and on the golf courses. The moisture-rich air and fog provide the perfect climate for many plants to thrive. Flowers were blooming everywhere we looked. Lily loves flowers and will scrunch up her nose and inhale and exhale loudly, letting us know she wants to sniff them. She did this a lot in Pebble Beach as there was an abundance of flowers. It was a nice change of pace from Austin where plants are struggling to stay alive in the severe drought.

My dad played well in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He finished tied for 23rd and made several birdies throuhgout the week. He has always loved Pebble Beach and enjoys coming back each year. Ben, Lily and I look forward to the next time we will spend a week with my family ‘on the road’ with the Champions Tour!

Pebble Beach Golf Links

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