I ended up getting an invite to the AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament through Intel. So two of my co-workers and I went and shmoozed with some Intel folks and checked out the Pro Am.

AT&T Pro Am

To start with, the Pebble Beach golf courses are probably some of the, if not the, most beautiful golf courses in the world. Pebble Beach course is right on the ocean, we saw whales blowing while watching golf. Spy Glass course wanders through the woods (my favorite), and Monterey Pines Course hugs 17 Mile drive and the ocean.

Intel had an Executive Booth set up right over the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Course. Snacks, food, drinks, air conditioning, etc. When you were inside the booth it was really difficult to tell it was a temporary building on stilts. It was really nice inside. There was also seats and cover on the roof where you could relax in the breeze coming off the ocean and watch the players go by.

So, what are my impressions of the AT&T? I wouldn’t pay money to see it, that’s for sure. It was almost not worth it at the price of free. Why? Well, the scenery was extraordinary, the weather was 70 and sunny, it was about as perfect as you could wish. Then there were the 100’s of volunteers that were there in their white knickers and red shirts to make sure the commoners didn’t get too close to their betters. Every time a player walked anywhere all of the commoners were held back with ropes. If you checked the time on your phone you were told to put it away or leave. No cameras allowed. Commoners weren’t allowed to take pictures of their betters. Etc, etc. It got old really quickly.

I did discover why they don’t allow cameras though. I never saw more pink and pastels on guys outside of a Gay Pride parade in my life. I was stunned that grown men really thought it was okay to dress like that. Amazing. I can imagine how embarrassed they would be if people took pictures of them dressed like that and then posted them for all to see. 

I’m glad I went and checked it out. Now I can cross that off my list of things I’ve done and not have to do it again.