An unseasonably sunny, seventy-degree day dawned on the priveleged players of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament- the one where stars are the ‘am’ in Pro-Am, as in, “Am I dreaming or is that Justin Timberlake??” The fact that pro golfers whom you may not have heard of team up with Hollywood stars who you’ve definitely heard of make this a great event even for the non golfer.

This year’s attendees included said former ‘N Sync singer as well as Bill Murray, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Donald Trump, Ray Romano, Dennis Quaid and Andy Garcia, to name a few hotties and notties. What a great reason to spend the weekend in Carmel!

You’ll walk the hallowed greens of Pebble Beach golf course and fight the urge to shout, “I want to have your baby!” to Andy Garcia as he lines up his shot. And if you can take your eyes off leading men as well as football greats like Tom Brady and Emmitt Smith (the only big name to qualify for the final round), you’ll notice that the Pacific Ocean tumbles on the horizon.

After the perfect day on the green, enjoy the apres golf scene in darling downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, a great place to putter around. Get it? emoticon

For this perfect weekend, you can plan in advance and book your hotel right in the heart of Carmel, or you can do what I did (I was such a naughty last-minute planner) and stay in nearby magnificent Monterey and take shuttles back and forth to Carmel. Monterey is where all the action is at night anyways, at least that’s what a little birdie told me.

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