Jim Hayes Memorial Benches – Los Osos and Cambria

There are two benches in San Luis Obispo County that are dedicated to Jim. Have a seat and rest awhile… The views are lovely!

• In the town that he called home, on the course where he played 9 holes of golf every Wednesday…

Los Osos, California, at Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano Street, Los Osos, CA 93402, resort phone (805) 528-5252.

Established September 25, 2014. SPECIAL THANKS to Gary Orback.

• In the shade of a Cypress tree, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the north coast…

Cambria, California, across from Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, 6550 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, restaurant phone (805) 927-3859.

Established October 12, 2014. SPECIAL THANKS to April Karys and Donna Taylor.

“Finally made it out to Cambria to pay my respects to Jim Hayes. Such a beautiful location and wonderful view.” – (Caroline Paras, via Facebook, April 30, 2017)

“Paid my respects to Jim this evening. Such a beautiful location.” – Dave Wilcox, via Facebook, April 2, 2017)

“Haven’t been back to San Luis Obispo area in almost 20 years as I now live in Atlanta. Jim reached out to me on FB about 2 years before he passed, and I was so excited to reconnect with him. Today, I shared memories of him and all his many lessons with my 13-year-old daughter as we enjoyed spectacular weather, visiting his memorial bench. What a perfect spot! Just happened to have booked one of the Inns across the street before even looking on this group site for the bench’s location. How fortuitous! Feeling blessed to sit and think about my wonderful college years in this paradise, as well as all of the amazing people who had such an impact upon my life. No doubt Jim Hayes was one of the best!” – Shea Roberts (via Facebook, March 3, 2017)

“Today Pat, Rebecca and I visited the Jim Hayes Memorial Bench … and, as always, we are grateful to April and Donna for making it happen. When you need 10 seconds of serenity in this crazy world, this might help.” – Dayle Hayes, via Facebook, November 25, 2016)


“For a little full-circle closure to The Hayes Bench, let’s travel to Venice, CA. The Professor said he was born on Speedway, the street leading to world-famous Venice Boardwalk, LA’s 2nd tourist trap to Disneyland. He said the beach memories refreshed him for the next round of coaching, and made it a point to walk along Speedway whenever in town. The area has grown, Venice Pier has since been replaced twice to storms, but the sand and surf still feel and break the same, jefe… ).” – PL Mono (via Facebook, February 23, 2016)

“Stopped by to say hi to Jim today. Clay had never been to the bench. Someone has trimmed a lot of dead wood from the very old tree that shades it. Such a lovely, tranquil spot; thanks again to those responsible.” – Toni N Clay Barnett, February 12, 2016)

“Growing up, we visited Cambria frequently with my parents, hunting for real estate and moonstones. My mom passed on Aug. 28, 2013 (Mr. Hayes’ birthday) and we scattered her ashes off Moonstone Beach. Today found me on Mr. Hayes’ bench across from The Fogcatcher, one of her favorite places, too, gazing out at Moonstone Beach and contemplating the journey so far. Time is a funny thing indeed; how can so many years have gone by? I’m filled with gratitude for the people that brought me to this place in time: parents, teachers and friends. Thank you all.” – Betsy S. Miller (via Facebook, December 5, 2015)

“We’re sitting on Mr. Hayes’ bench, watching the waves roll in at Moonstone Beach. ‘Did you ever get an “F, see me’ note?” asks my husband, a fellow journalist who went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
‘Oh, yeahhh,’ I answer. ‘I misspelled someone’s last name once in a class assignment. Automatic F.’

At the time, I thought that F was the end of the world.
Today, I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the F Brigade. Because I never forgot the lesson: If you can’t get the names right, why should a reader trust anything else in your story?

Thanks for everything, Mr. Hayes. Even (especially) for the F.” – Lisa McKinnon (via Facebook, October 2, 2015)

“Two old friends couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to reconnect. We met in Cambria for lunch, then ambled down Moonstone Beach Drive for a lovely visit on Jim’s bench. It is so beautiful there. Think we heard a whisper of Richard Palmer on the breeze, too.” – Toni N Clay Barnett with Kathy Campbell (via Facebook, September 16, 2015)

Jim Hayes and I discussed momentous things (food, drink, comma rules) on Wednesday when I visited the “bench.” The note on it said “See Me.” The spirit moved me.” – Bob Cox (via Facebook, August 27, 2015)

“Found it! Mr. Hayes’ bench is in a beautiful spot at Moonstone Beach on Highway 1. A nice man gave up his spot for me saying, “He must have been an amazing man.” Indeed. Thanks for great directions Dayle Hayes.” – Janet Krietemeyer Keeler (via Facebook, August 4, 2015)

“Dec. 14: What thrilled me when I saw Jim’s bench for the first time was the animals. The seagulls, the pigs of the air, didn’t surprise me much as they swooped around as I sat on the bench, begging for food. The ground squirrels dart in and out from under the boardwalk at all times, but one was away from the boardwalk and near Jim’s bench rooting about. A bunny was waiting at Jim’s bench when I walked up. The bunny sat there a while, likely doing the frozen bunny act of “I’m not moving, therefore I’m not here” but I was happy the animals were here. Perhaps in a few days at midnight on Christmas when the animals are allowed to speak, they will chat softly together sitting, feathers to fur, on Jim’s bench.” – Marian Flandrick (via Facebook, December 15, 2014)

“Jim’s bench on Sunday Dec. 14 about three in the afternoon.” – Marian Flandrick (via Facebook, December 15, 2014)

“This was my third Thanksgiving visit to the Jim Hayes Memorial Bench … this time on a blustery afternoon. Turned out that is a great way to get a photo of the plaque. At every visit, I am more grateful to April Karys and Donna Taylor for making it happen. I am also more at peace …”- Dayle Hayes (via Facebook, December 1, 2014)


“Sunset tonight from the Jim Hayes memorial bench … the couple sitting there said that it was ‘the best bench on the Central Coast.’ It may need its own TripAdvisor page soon … it is in constant use.” – Dayle Hayes (via Facebook, November 25, 2015)

“Today Jimi and I went to hang out on the Jim Hayesbench … such a wonderfully peaceful visit to remember him. April Karys and Donna Taylor you did a splendid job with the placement … it was never empty for long, as soon as one couple left another sat down. Plus you can eat at the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill<3!” – Dayle Hayes (via Facebook, November 23, 2014)

“What a beautiful tribute in a stunning location. Wasn’t sure whether to drive back to the Bay Area via 101 or Hwy 1 today, but seeing Dayle’s post this morning made it an easy decision.” – Jenny Coyle (via Facebook, October 12, 2014)


 “Today we gathered together for brunch at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill to celebrate our father Jim Hayes and enjoy the perfect memorial. April Karys, Donna Taylor, Alison Skratt and Kelly Hayes worked magic to get it placed just right. If you’re driving the Pacific Coast Highway – Route 1 between Monterey, California and Morro Bay, California, please stop and enjoy the view. To find the bench from the restaurant, walk across the street and path, look for large tree … bench is just under it.” – Jim’s daughter, Dayle Hayes (via Facebook, October 12, 2014)

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“Jim Hayes plaque now on bench at Sea Pines Golf Resort with those of his former golf partners. May he rest in peace.” – Gary Orback (via Facebook, September 25, 2014)


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