It’s Monday morning and I just returned from every week at the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf event at Pebble Seashore.
And all I can say, is what every week it was.
I’ve never attended any event, not to mention a golf event that was as nicely executed throughout the board as this one was.
From the hospitality, facilities, amenities, and a spotlight to detail, and value it was really one thing special.
On this submit, I’m going to share a bit about what Champions for Charity is absolutely all about, and then go into detail concerning the occasion itself, and what you possibly can anticipate for those who select to attend it next yr.
- 1 Video Recap of the 2018 Lexus Champions for Charity
- 2 What’s the Lexus Champions for Charity?
- 3 Day One: Arriving at The Inn at Spanish Bay
- 4 Day 2: Pebble Seashore Golf Links
- 5 Day 3: Spyglass Hill Golf Course
- 6 Day 4: Check Driving a Lexus LC500
- 7 Day Four: The Links at Spanish Bay
- 8 Lexus Champions for Charity Awards Banquet
- 9 A Few Ultimate Thoughts on the Lexus Champions for Charity Event
Video Recap of the 2018 Lexus Champions for Charity
Here’s my video recap of my experiences at the 2018 Champions for Charity event. As you possibly can inform, zero enjoyable was had 🙂
What’s the Lexus Champions for Charity?
I’m prepared to guess you haven’t heard concerning the Champions for Charity event earlier than, as up until final month, I hadn’t heard about either.
The Lexus Champions for Charity event is a charity golf event held annually at Pebble Seashore. It’s the end result of a collection of 150 local charity occasions hosted by Lexus Sellers throughout the nation. For every occasion, the host is ready to auction or raffle a visit for 2 to the finale each December at Pebble Seashore, where Lexus hosts the 5 day event at Pebble Seashore, Spyglass Hill, and The Links at Spanish Bay.
I met people who had been coming for 10 years or extra, and there was one one that misplaced the public sale at his native course, so he drove 4 hours to a different local event so that he might win the bidding there.
After experiencing the finale event first hand, it’s not arduous to see why individuals would go to such nice lengths to return back.
This yr was the 30th yr of the event, and because it started it has raised over $420 million for over 5,000 charities.
That quantity utterly blew me away.
In the course of the event two individual groups compete over three days and for the highest 5 gross and prime 10 internet teams, money is donated to the charity of their selection.
The event is played throughout three courses: The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, and naturally the world well-known Pebble Seashore.
So what’s it wish to be a part of the occasion? Nicely, let me show you.
Day One: Arriving at The Inn at Spanish Bay
Upon arriving at Monterey Peninsula or San Jose airport, there’s a fantastic Lexus LX570 waiting to select you up.
Lexus is the official automotive of Pebble Seashore, so if you stay at both the Inn at Spanish Bay or the Lodge, you’ll be able to nonetheless get the same Lexus shuttle remedy.
Once I confirmed up at The Inn a Spanish Bay, the whole lot was a properly oiled machine. After I checked in, I was escorted to areas to make dinner reservations for the event Friday night time, to the ballroom to get numerous swag and kit, and to the Lexus check drive desk the place I might reserve a automotive to check out whereas I used to be there (more on that later).
It was good to see the rooms at Spanish Bay have gotten a serious overhaul because the final time I used to be there three years in the past. They have been trendy, spacious, and the free snacks and hearth have been an enormous hit with our group.
Talking of our group, I used to be accompanied on this journey by two other golf influencers (for lack of a greater time period):
Kyle Maze of Cart Barn Guys, and Ashleigh Albrecht.
Our 4th in our group for the occasion was Ed Hellwig who works with Lexus (and may rise up and down from anyplace on a golf course).
The Lexus Welcome Dinner and Glow Golf
The first night, we go a taste of simply how far Lexus goes to tug out all the stops with this occasion.
There was a buffet dinner at The Seashore Membership that night time. While it was casual apparel, the tuxedo’d wait employees made each attendee feel like they have been some place special (they usually have been).
All the dinners and events have been included in the package deal and featured a totally open bar.
One of the crucial enjoyable occasions occurred after that first dinner, when attendees headed back to Spanish Bay for a cognac and cigars nightcap, with a glowball inexperienced setup the place slightly inebriated attendees obtained to attempt their hand at outdoing their buddies.
Sidenote: Ashleigh beat everyone 🙂
Day 2: Pebble Seashore Golf Links
Members of the event performed with a new staff every day, they usually did a shotgun begin on a brand new hole each day.
As we have been friends of Lexus and never truly competing within the event, we started on the 18th hole of every course we played.
So in fact this means, day one, gap one, we start our journey on the 18th a Pebble Seashore.
Nope, not intimidating in any respect.
It’s a bit of bit robust to explain the feeling of enjoying Pebble in case you’ve by no means executed it before.
It’s adrenaline and sensory overload.
For starters you have got what is probably probably the most storied and historic course within the US.
So just understanding you’re enjoying a course where so most of the greats have gained, and all have played is a bit overwhelming.
But then you need to deal with the a number of the most spectacular and dramatic views of any golf course, ever.
It doesn’t cease. Crashing waves, steep cliffs, ridiculous houses – its sensory overload.
To not point out throughout the course it’s one world class hole after one other. After enjoying it for a second time, I feel it’s pretty onerous to argue towards 4-10 being the perfect stretch of golf holes on the planet.
Regardless of three missed birdie putts underneath Four ft, it was really a magical day, and I used to be excited to have shot fairly a couple of strokes lower than final time I played the course.
Night time 2 at the Champions for Charity: Dinner in the Ballroom
It was our second night time that I we first realized simply how all out Lexus goes for this event.
We confirmed up to our cocktail hour outdoors the ballroom at about 6:30 – not fascinated with what can be inside.
Once they opened the doorways, what we saw was the complete area utterly reworked for now the third time. The first day featured booths, displays and a handful of Lexus automobiles. Then that was utterly scrapped for breakfast the subsequent morning.
And now we have been getting into a moody, lovely area that had just about every sort of food you can ever need.
A seafood station overflowing with lobster, oysters on the half shell, scallops, and mussels.
A raclette station serving two varieties of the Swiss cheese.
Not to mention the primary attraction of beef medallions, rack of lamb, duck confit, and extra.
Day 3: Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Whenever you start out enjoying Pebble Seashore on an image good 60 degree day, it’s robust to feel like issues are going to match. (Right here’s a recap from the first time I performed Pebble).
But Pebble isn’t just any peculiar place.
We began our morning with a clinic from Lexus Ambassadors Natalie Gulbis, Peter Jacobsen, and the legendary Johnny Miller.
It was fairly the treat to see them dropping extraordinarily useful pieces of recommendation, making fun of each other, and of the occasional attendee as properly 🙂
And served as a preface to our largest surprise, and most memorable experience of the trip the next night time.
We began our second round at Spyglass Hill, which I’ve heard many people say they like more than Pebble.
Whereas I can’t say I agree with that (Pebble is my primary course of all time), it’s sill a world class monitor and is probably the most stern check of golf on the resort.
I feel it has the most effective opening holes in golf, it also has the good green at Pebble with the par Four, 4th that measures about 10 yards deep and 70 yards extensive. It’s really one thing particular.
Every spherical had a gap in one problem, the place should you make an ace you’re taking house a automotive. It was 17th at Pebble, 12 at Spyglass, and 16 at Spanish Bay.
None of us can be even remotely close till our 52nd gap of the trip where Kyle left it about 18 inches away at Spanish (see the video above for the shot.)
Sundown Photographs in Monterey
After arriving to a little bit of dreary weather on Wednesday, the rest of the journey the weather was absolutely good. As soon as we completed our rounds, with about an hour and a half of daylight left, it was inconceivable for me not to go snag a check drive car and cruise up and down 17 mile drive making an attempt to snag some photographs.
The sunsets listed here are a number of the greatest I’ve ever seen, and it was made even higher by the ES350 I took out on each Thursday and Friday afternoons. It’s nice to see the automotive get a large improve from what it as soon as was. Not only was it nonetheless incredibly snug, however you can virtually get away with calling it sporty.
During these nights I was capable of get some pretty superior photographs of Spyglass, Spanish, and event a number of of the personal Monterey Peninsula Nation Membership from the aspect of 17 mile drive.
That night time attendees did a “Dine Around” the place you might make reservations for dinner at totally different eating places at the Pebble Seashore resort.
We ate at the Italian restaurant Peppoli contained in the Inn at Spanish Bay, and all I can say is wow. Do yourself to get the filet mignon stuffed lasagna – it was unreal.
Day 4: Check Driving a Lexus LC500
Saturday morning started out a little bit in another way than the others.
One of many issues I was most excited for on the journey was to take out a 2019 Lexus LC500 – their new 471 hp sports activities automotive that is absolutely beautiful.
On account of a delayed flight on Wednesday, we needed to reschedule – and it labored out for one of the best since we had a picture good morning to do it.
Lexus had a fleet of all of their automobiles obtainable to drive, however what’s cool is that because of their partnership with Pebble, friends of the Inn or Lodge are capable of take check drives of their very own.
The LC500 lived as much as all expectations and is an ideal marriage of energy, luxurious, tech, and luxury.
The solely draw back was determining find out how to maintain it to beneath 25 on 17 Mile Drive!
Watch the video recap to see what it was wish to drive.
Day Four: The Links at Spanish Bay
After Kyle and I took our drive it was again to Spanish Bay, which was the one course out of the three that I’d by no means performed earlier than – and I’ve gotta say, I actually loved it.
There were more ocean views than I anticipated, and the par 3 eighth, was certainly one of my favourite brief holes at the complete resort.
While it typically gets missed next to its siblings, I discovered it to be unimaginable fulfilling. Be certain that to take pleasure in a beer at the fires out on the deck after the round.
Lexus Champions for Charity Awards Banquet
After our round at Spanish Bay, I used to be admittedly just a little tired.
Between all the golf, eating, consuming, and dealing to get pictures and movies edited, it lastly was catching up with me.
All I needed to do after that round was throw on my robe and take a nap on the extremely snug bed in my room (did I point out their in depth pillow menu?).
However considering the gorgeous sundown that was about to happen and that it was my last night time, I knew I needed to go out and attempt to shoot a number of more pictures and videos.
I found the right spot, and obtained some great photographs.
The only drawback is, upon getting again and starting to edit every little thing for Instagram tales, I lost monitor of time. I threw on my jacket, and made it downstairs just in time for the banquet to start.
And that’s when our implausible host for the week, Johanna, dropped the information.
Not solely have been we sitting at the head table, however that night we’d be eating with Johnny Miller and Peter Jacobsen.
Had I noticed the expertise I’d be having that evening, I’d have spent a little extra time preparing!
In between awards, and pictures and video from the weekend was probably the most particular meals I’ve ever been fortunate sufficient to have.
Johnny and Peter went forwards and backwards telling tales of their enjoying days with all the greats of the game.
They advised tales about how they used to need to convey their very own vary balls to Augusta and he US Open.
They talked about a number of the most memorable photographs they’d ever hit.
Peter talked concerning the significance of gratitude, manners, and being present amidst a world hooked up to their telephones.
It was an evening that I’ll truthfully keep in mind for the remainder of my life.
Afterwards we watched because the greats took photographs with anyone who asked, and genuinely seemed like they have been excited to be there – which is all the time nice.
A Few Ultimate Thoughts on the Lexus Champions for Charity Event
Throughout the week we met lots of people. They all had totally different tales of how they obtained there, the charities they have been enjoying for, and their most memorable experiences from their rounds.
It was cool to see dads and sons, husbands and wives, and good buddies be capable of experience one of many biggest golf programs on the earth collectively. By the top of the week it seemed like everyone was associates. This type of shared experience makes it unimaginable not to respect the great fortune we’ve had in life, and I feel everybody there realized this.
While this may need been probably the most lavish of the 150 events Lexus helped sponsor this yr, it was cool to study how they have been enjoying a task in local communities.
One event alone donated over $43,000 to The Meyer Middle for Special Youngsters.
When you’re taken with competing in an area event or coming back to the Lexus Champions for Charity occasion at Pebble Seashore subsequent yr, go speak to your native Lexus vendor and have them provide the info on opportunities within your space.
Thanks once more to Lexus for permitting me to be part of this incredibly special expertise. I proceed to be blown away by the alternatives that golf has introduced to me and to all the beneficiant individuals I’ve met along the best way.
I just hope I’m capable of give back to the game a fraction of what it has given to me.