The Lone Cypress growing out of a rock on the cliffs of the Monterey peninsula has been the iconic symbol for Pebble Beach Golf Links, which hosts the 2019 US Open in its centennial year, since the beginning.
Unfortunately, in a recent wind storm, that iconic tree has lost a key section.
KSBW-TV reported on the damage to the Lone Cypress, which is protected with its own unique garden area. The top half of a split limb off the main trunk of the tree was torn off in a storm, and it now looks much different than you’d expect.
The Pebble Beach Golf Company’s arborist has inspected the tree, and the company said to US News and World Report the tree is “healthy and remains secure on its rocky perch.”
The tree, located on 17-Mile Drive, is believed to be more than 250 years old. It’s a frequent stopping point for tourists, golfers or otherwise, who want to take a picture of the tree.