The 7th hole on the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course is one of the most iconic in the world. The par 3 hole probably shouldn’t exist, is the shortest on the PGA TOUR at just 106 yards, and considered one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.
The Knights of the Vine chapter in Monterey for the past 30 years have had a party on the Sheltered Cove pier by the Beach & Tennis Club in Pebble Beach, CA. I was invited to sit and paint during the party after a long time collector, Sue, recommended me to the current chapter Command, Richard Kehoe.
After several false starts on the best place to set up on the pier, I started the painting around 11. The event was to begin at 12, and I had until about 2 to finish. I decided to paint Arrowhead Point overlooking Sheltered Cove. Partway through the painting, some of the golfers told me it was the famous 7th hole, hence the title.
It’s totally unpredictable how a plein air painting might turn out, and in this case, thankfully, even though it was overcast all day, it turned out pretty good. So well, in fact, there was a bit of a bidding war among the attendees, and sold fresh off the easel.
Here are few pictures of the day. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a great picture of the painting, which I also framed for the collector.