Reasons “Fore” Pebble Beach, CA
According to a recent ranking by Golf Digest, Pebble Beach is home to four of the top 10 golf courses in California. Situated between the lush Del Monte forest and picturesque California Coast, these courses challenge players while exposing them to some of the world’s best scenery.
4. Monterey Peninsula Country Club—#8 of 40, according to Golf Digest
Stretched across roughly 400 acres of land, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club is comprised of two courses, the Shores and the Dunes. The Dunes course opened first in 1926 followed by the Shores course more than 30 years later in 1959. The longer and more difficult of the two, the Dunes is well-known for its 14th hole, which is nestled within the bluff and sweeps out to a peninsula-facing green.
Did we mention it’s a par 3?
3. Spyglass Hill Golf Course—#7 of 40, according to Golf Digest
The area that is now Spyglass Hill Golf Course is rumored to have been the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island. But don’t let the hypnotic scenery or whimsically-named holes—a nod to the novel—lead you astray: Spyglass Hill is regarded as the most difficult course on the Monterey Peninsula.
While open to the public, keep this in mind if you want a future tee-time: Golfers are required to stay at one of Pebble Beach’s many hotels if they make a reservation at the course more than one month in advance.
Read more: Top 10 US Golf Resorts
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links—#2 of 40, according to Golf Digest
Golf Digest is a fan of this one, ranking the course #1 among public golf courses in America and #2 among all courses, both public and private. With breathtaking coastal and forest views, Pebble Beach Golf Links focuses on aesthetics as well as challenges: Of the nine holes situated directly on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Carmel Bay, three are considered the toughest of the course. Need more proof to play? 11 USGA Championships have been hosted at the course, five of which were U.S. Open Championships (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010). The world-renowned course is also slated to host the U.S. Open in June of 2019.
1. Cypress Point Club—#1 of 40, according to Golf Digest
“Regarded as the most exclusive course in the world, it is virtually impossible to play a round unless you are invited by a member.” –Monterey Peninsula Golf
‘Nuff said: if you’re not a member, it’s time to start networking, because this is absolutely a bucket list-worthy kind of place. With jaw dropping views and professional-style holes, few courses can hold a candle to Cypress Point, which opened in 1928 under the creative genius of designer Alister Mackenzie.
Just trust us: Book the trip.
Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.