BROOKLIN MODELS AND PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS
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Pebble Beach Golf Links is a public golf course on the west coast of the United States, located in Pebble Beach, California. It is one of the most beautiful courses in the world, situated on the rugged coastline with view of Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean, on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. The course began as part of the complex of the Hotel del Monte, a resort hotel in Monterey, which first opened on June 10, 1880. The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant with the objective of placing as many of the holes as possible along the rocky and beautiful Monterey coast line and opened on February 22, 1919. The course was revised in subsequent years to the actual layout. In 2001 it became the first public course to be selected as the No. 1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world. Four of the courses in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, belong to the Pebble Beach Company, which also operates three hotels and a spa at the resort.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY BROOKLIN CLUB
Based on the 1948 Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon, the S.F.B.B.C. chose to have this special done in a pale yellow gloss, both to show off the sweeping body lines of this classic and to capture the spirit of golfing at Pebble Beach and the other beautiful golf courses of the Monterey Peninsula. With the lighter body color, the black roof seemed too much of a contrast, so a dark shade of matte brown was chosen instead. The wood side panels were also done in a shade darker than the standard. The interior is done in a medium beige to complement the entire color scheme. Additional distinguishing features include dark yellow license plates reading "CALIFORNIA SFBBC 04" and the "S.F.B.B.C. 2004 - 1 of 200" designation on the baseplate. The factory was unable to remove the Roadmaster script from the front fender, so the model remains a 1948 rather than a 1947 as originally planned. Accompanying the Pebble Beach Buick are two figures produced for the S.F.B.B.C. by Dennis Battista, of Arttista Accessories, Pennsylvania. The golfer figure is based on Bing Crosby, dressed in period clothing, complete with Fedora hat and saddle shoes, golf club and pipe. His caddy carries his golf clubs and bag and holds the flag in his left hand. Creating the Buick Roadmaster Wagon was no simple task. A cursory examination of the multi-panel nature of the roof, side panels, and tail gate, needing to be precisely positioned onto the body, will give some idea of what goes into the making of each model. The total number of Buick produced was limited to 130. Actually this is the number of models sold by the club, because there was an issue with the side panels. The models received by the SFBBC had poorly done panels so the Club decided to keep the best ones and return the other ones to the factory. Some were redone and sent back to the club and the poor ones were sold through J.M Toys.
Author: Gianluigi Cappi
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