It's where Jack Nicklaus said he'd play his final round if he had a choice. Over the weekend, Josh Pisarri and Austin Schultz got to experience Pebble Beach as teenagers.
The two represented The First Tee of Naples/Collier in the Champions Tour's Nature Valley First Tee Open in California. And they did represent. Schultz and Champions Tour pro Peter Jacobsen tied for sixth, and Pisarri and pro Brad Bryant tied for eighth.
"It was unbelievable — an unbelievable week," said Pisarri, a Barron Collier graduate headed to Coastal Carolina to play golf. "I don't think anything could ever top that."
"Just playing with Pebble Beach with such a great pro, that's by far the greatest experience," said Schultz, a South Fort Myers graduate who will play at Florida Southern.
Pisarri and Bryant were in the final group with Tom Kite and his junior partner, so they got an added experience. Even though Kirk Triplett already had wrapped up the title, fans still were allowed inside the ropes in the fairway on the 18th behind Pisarri and the rest of the group.
For Pisarri and likely all of the juniors, playing in front of that many fans during the tournament was something else entirely.
"That was a little nerve-racking I'd have to say," Pisarri said. " ... In junior golf, I've never been around anything like that. It was a really cool experience, and to have all of the crowds around the whole day. No. 18, that was cool to be the last group."
Pisarri scrambled for a par on the hole, and Bryant just missed a birdie putt that would have moved them into a tie for sixth.
"He was a great guy to play with," said Pisarri, who birdied No. 3 in both rounds at Pebble Beach (the other round was at Del Monte Golf Club). "I got really lucky to play with him. He's the nices guy. He helped me out a lot this past week."
A birdie would have tied them with Schultz and Jacobsen, a Bonita Springs resident. Schultz knew he was in for a treat playing with the fun-loving Jacobsen.
"He constantly helping, reading putts," Schultz said. "He was always joking around, making sure everybody was having a great time."
Schultz got his nerves checked on Friday, when the Golf Channel followed around his group most of the day and interviewed him.
While they no doubt would have liked to finish higher, Pisarri and Schultz had the highest finishes by members of the chapter in its five years.
"I think it shows we have a strong chapter here," Pisarri said.
The two are back to reality soon. Both will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at different sites in the next few weeks.