Standing along California’s famously scenic 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, a lone Monterey Cypress stands on a granite hillside alongside one of the world’s most beautiful (and expensive) golf courses. As one of California’s most enduring landmarks, the Lone Cypress has prevailed on its rocky perch for more than 250 years. This icon is the living symbol of Pebble Beach Company, owner of Pebble Beach golf courses and many properties in this wealthy region of the Monterey Bay.
A western icon claiming to be one of the most photographed trees in North America, the tree is located at marker 16 on 17-Mile Drive between Cypress Point Golf Course and the Pebble Beach Golf Links, two of world’s most well known golf courses. At $10 per car for entry to 17-Mile Drive, which is located on private property, that’s less than $1 per mile for the chance to see this absolutely stunning coast!
The cypress has been scarred by fire and withstood Pacific storms and wind – it has been held in place with hidden cables for 65 years in the hope that it will live to be 300. After-all, this is a species of tree which naturally occurs in no place on Earth but around Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. Every one of these natives is a rarity.
This photo was taken above the surf, rocks and foliage, from a wooden observation deck; it’s not possible to get any closer to the tree. Some tourists came, snapped their photos and left during the 25 minutes we were there, though truly a sight to behold, it’s nice to just sit and take in the scenery.
Though don’t think you can replicate this beautiful scene for profit – the Lone Cypress “is a corporate logo and trademark of Pebble Beach Company. As such any use of the tree’s image is regulated by law. Photographs or art renderings of the Lone Cypress for commercial purposes or promotional purposes cannot be taken or created without permission from Pebble Beach Company. Photographs and art renderings for personal use only are welcomed.”
I found it highly amusing that you can trademark a tree.