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Publisher’s Note Championship trophies
In the News What’s happening in California golf
U.S. Open Preview Phil looks to complete the Slam
Local Knowledge Greenway Golf revitalizes Corica Park
Men’s College Golf Suh leads USC to Pac-12 title
Women’s College Golf Vu, Bruins win conference championship
History of Shinnecock Hills A look at the iconic golf club
Golf & Travel The Red Rock Golf Trail in St. George
Father’s Day Gift Guide What Dad wants and needs
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30 MAY-JUNE 2018 VOLUME 22, ISSUE 3 FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE • SHINNECOCK HILLS HISTORY • COLLEGE GOLF ROUNDUP
THE RED ROCK GOLF TRAIL SCENIC ST. GEORGE, UT
U.S. OPEN PREVIEW
PHIL GOES FOR SLAM AT SHINNECOCK
LEGENDARY LA COSTA
On the cover: The 13th hole at Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship Course Photo: Joe Newman
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FAMOUS SPORTS TROPHIES, FROM THE U.S. OPEN TO THE HEISMAN AND FIFA Every sport has famous trophies and the U.S. Open Trophy is one of golf’s most coveted ones. Horace Rawlins, winner of the first U.S. Open played in 1895, received what was then called the Open Championship Cup trophy. That trophy was destroyed in a fire in 1946, and, today, the trophy is known simply as the U.S. Open Trophy. It remains year-round at the USGA Museum in New Jersey and winners receive an exact replica, which they keep for a year. Other famous trophies, according to newsday.com, include: BRITISH OPEN: CLARET JUG — “The Claret Jug was first awarded to Tom Kidd in 1873. Before the jug existed, the winner received a belt made of Moroccan leather. Much like the Stanley Cup, there are many versions of the Claret Jug for traveling purposes. The original is housed at The Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse along with the belt. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: WANAMAKER TROPHY — Weighing 27 pounds, the Wanamaker Trophy is the heaviest in golf. It’s named after businessman Rodman Wanamaker, who hosted an event with golfers to promote interest in the sport. They would eventually become the Professionals Golfers’ Association of America. The original trophy stays on display at the PGA headquarters in Florida and is engraved with each new winner, who receives a replica. RYDER CUP — The Ryder Cup began in 1921, but it wasn’t until recently that the matches became such a big event, with fans and players alike screaming and cheering big shots and clutch putts. The Ryder Cup, which features a team of U.S. male golfers pitted against a team from Europe in a biennial match, is named after Samuel Ryder, the English businessman who donated the trophy in 1926. HEISMAN TROPHY— Originally known as the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy when it was first presented to Jay Berwanger in 1935, the Heisman Trophy is handed to the “most outstanding college football player” each year. Made out of bronze, it weighs 25 pounds. The sculpture of the football player is modeled after Ed Smith, who was the friend of the sculptor Frank Eliscu. A new trophy is made each year. NCAA BASKETBALL TROPHY— The March Madness championship team receives a gold-plated plaque on a wooden base. The school of the winning team also receives an elaborate marble and crystal trophy for display from the National Association of Basketball Coaches — and, of course, each player on the team also gets to cut down a section of the nets used in the championship game. FIFA WORLD CUP TROPHY — The first FIFA trophy was named the Jules Rimet Cup in 1946 after the founding father of the World Cup. The current trophy was created in 1974 and cannot be awarded anymore and is currently in FIFA’s possession. A replica is awarded to each new winner. Each trophy is 14.5 inches high and made of 18-karat gold. It weighs just over 13 pounds. The bottom of the trophy bears the winning team and year.” Enjoy your walk,
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IN THE NEWS
THREE CALIFORNIANS SELECTED FOR U.S. CURTIS CUP TEAM
PH O T O : UCLA A T H LE T ICS
ilia Vu of UCLA, the top-ranked amateur female golfer in the world, is among eight players, including three from California, selected to the United States team for the 40th Curtis Cup Match against Great Britain and Ireland on June 8-10 at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. Vu, a junior from Fountain Valley who has claimed four victories for the second consecutive college season and also captured the 2016 Southern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur, is joined on the team by her Bruin teammate, Mariel Galdiano, a sophomore from Pearl City, Hawaii. Other Californians on the team are Andrea Lee, a Stanford sophomore from Hermosa Beach who also played in the 2016 Curtis Cup, and Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, who becomes the first 15-year-old to make the team since Lexi Thompson in 2010. Rounding out the team are Kristen Gillman, a sophomore at Alabama from Austin, Texas; Jennifer Kupcho, a junior at Wake Forest from Westminster, Colo.; Lauren Stephenson, a junior at Alabama from Lexington, S.C., and Sophia Schubert, a senior at Texas from Oak Ridge, Tenn., who captured the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN: Christopher Evans of Bermuda Dunes weathered steady rain to shoot 6-under-par 66 in the final round and win the 91st Southern California Open by one stroke over Kenny Pigman of Norco and Ben Briscoe of San Clemente on the Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry. The 30-year-old Evans came from eight strokes down in the final round and posted a score of 70-70-66—206, 9-under, carding two eagles and two birdies in the final round. SCGA MID-AMATEUR: Jeff Wilson of Fairfield won the Southern California Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship for the third time, but he had to go overtime. Wilson made par on the fifth playoff hole to turn back 2016 SCGA Mid-Am champion Corby Segal of Santa Clarita, who two holes earlier kept things going with a long birdie putt in what was supposed to be a three-hole aggregate playoff at Saticoy Country Club in Somis. Wilson had to make an eight-foot par putt to stay alive. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes when the afternoon round on the first day was rained out. SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Jason Anthony of Fairfield captured the 92nd San Francisco City Championship, finally finishing off 18-year-old Max Ting of Atherton.
Lilia Vu Anthony had the match in hand for most of the back nine of the afternoon round in the 36-hole final at TPC Harding Park before closing out the senior from Menlo School for a 3-and-1 victory. Simar Singh, a senior at Los Altos High who has committed to the University of Oregon, claimed the S.F. City Women’s Championship with a 4-and-3 victory over Aman Sangha, a sophomore at Cañada College in Redwood City, who is headed for Portland State. Randy Haag of Orinda, the 1999 S.F. City champion, captured the Senior Division for the second time in three years by defeating Scott Anderson of Bakersfield, 4 and 3. Mark Miller of Brentwood claimed the Super Senior division with a 4-and-3 victory over Mike Parnow of Sonoma. Miller won the Senior Division title in 2011. GOLFWEEK SENIOR AMATEUR: Craig Steinberg of Agoura Hills added to his already impressive resume by coming from four
strokes behind in the final round to win the Golfweek Senior Amateur. He made a par on the first playoff hole to beat Scott Smith of Houston on the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta. The 39-year-old Steinberg, who played college golf at USC before winning the Southern California Amateur four times and the SCGA Mid-Amateur twice, finished with a score of 76-71—215, while Smith wound up at 73-6973—215 after making a triple bogey on the final hole of regulation. L.A. COUNTY WEEKEND SR. AMATEUR: Warren Leary of Newhall successfully defended his title in the Los Angeles County Weekend Senior Amateur Championship at Lakewood Country Club. Leary posted a score of 70-71—142, followed by John Leary of Culver City at 72-74—146, while Guy Livesay of La Mirada shot 75-75—150 to tie for third with Andy Overton of Lakewood, who finished at 79-71—150.
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IN THE NEWS
No. 16 at The Oaks Club at Valencia TPC VALENCIA BECOMES THE OAKS CLUB AT VALENCIA: Arcis Golf recently acquired TPC Valencia from the PGA Tour and has changed the name of the course in the Santa Clarita Valley to The Oaks Club at Valencia. The course is located about 38 miles northwest of Los Angeles on Interstate 5. The original TPC Valencia course was designed by PGA Tour Design Services in consultation with two-time major champion Mark O’Meara and opened in 2003. It plays to a length of 7,218 yards, with a par of 72. The Oaks at Valencia, located adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, offers sweeping views of the picturesque Santa Clarita Valley and features an adjacent majestic oak preserve and large greens. The casually-elegant 32,400-square-foot clubhouse was designed in “Old California” ranchstyle, and a multi-million-dollar renovation is planned for the building, beginning late this summer. In May, the club will begin a renovation of the driving range, increasing the size and improving the turf quality of the practice area. ANA JR. INSPIRATION: Rose Zhang birdied the final hole to capture the ANA Junior Inspiration by one stroke over Ashley Menne of Surprise, Ariz., at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Zhang, a 14-year-old from Irvine, earned a spot in the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA Tour major of the year, at Mission Hills. After winning, she jumped into Poppie’s Pond along with
LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan. Zhang, who won the 2017 Girls Junior PGA Championship, carded a score of 71-69-69— 209, 7-under-par. AJGA PING HEATHER FARR CLASSIC: Californians Ricky Castillo and Serena Sepersky took home the division titles in the American Junior Golf Association’s PING Heather Farr Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. Castillo, of Yorba Linda, birdied three of his last seven holes and then beat William Mouw of Chino with a par on the first playoff hole to win the Boys Division title for the second time in three years. Cameron Sisk of El Cajon was third. Sepersky, of Temeclua, finished second in the Girls Division last year, but won this time with a score of 71-74-71—216, while Kailie Vongsaga of Diamond Bar shot 76-70-71—217 to tie for second with Katherine Zhu of San Jose, who totaled 72-74-71—217, and Nicole Whiston of San Diego, who finished at 75- 68-74—217. NCGA SR. 4-BALL: Steve Donnelly and James Camaione of Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside made par on the second playoff hole to turn back Randy Haag and David Nelson in the 20th Northern California Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Donnelly and Camaione posted a score of 70-63-69—202, 11-under-par, while Haag, of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Nelson, of Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, finished at 67-65-70—202.
Jim Knoll of Rooster Run Golf Club in Petaluma and Kemp Richardson of El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Nigel captured the NCGA Super Senior Four-Ball title with a score of 70-69-63—202, 11-under. SCGA FOURSOMES: Scotland Schmidt and Eli Poppers of San Diego made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Jordan Nasser of Irvine and Nico Bollini of Laguna Beach and win the 16th annual Southern California Golf Association Foursomes Championship at Santa Ana Country Club. Schmidt sank a five-foot putt to wrap up the title after he and Peppers posted score of 73-69—142, 2-under-par, while Nasser and Bollini finished at 75-67— 142, and Corby Segalof Santa Clarita and Tim Hogarth were third at 73-70—143. GOLETA CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Kelly Foy of Santa Barbara made a birdie on the first playoff hole to turn back Ramie Sprinkling of Camarillo and win the Goleta City Championship at Glen Annie Golf Club in Goleta. Foy, who began the final round four strokes behind, carded a score of 73-71— 144, 2-overpar, while Sprinkling finished at 71-73—144, and Brett Patton of Santa Barbara was third at 72-74—146. Gabriella Minier of Goleta, a junior at Dos Pueblos High, carded a score of 77-79—156 to capture the Women’s Division by three shots over Marni Murez of Manhattan Beach, who wound up at 77-82—159.
U.S. OPEN PREVIEW
PHOTO: MICHAEL WEINSTEIN
SET UP FOR A SLAM?
MICKELSON HOPES THE USGA DOESN’T OVER-TINKER WITH SHINNECOCK HILLS AS HE SEEKS TO COMPLETE THE CAREER GRAND SLAM AT THE 2018 U.S. OPEN By Tom LaMarre
hil Mickelson admits he has sometimes gotten in his own way while finishing second six times in the U.S. Open, the only major championship he has failed to win. As Lefty prepares for the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., on June 14-17, he’s asking the United State Golf Association to get out of the way. “They keep changing (Shinnecock) up,” said Mickelson, who finished two strokes behind Retief Goosen of South Africa on the course in 2004, one those six runner-up finishes. “I heard they widened the fairways, tightened the fairways. … I’ll let it kind of settle in and I’ll go in a few weeks beforehand.” “I have pretty extensive notes on the greens from years past, but it’s going to be a very interesting week because historically the USGA hasn’t done their best on setting that thing up in the past. I hope that they let the superintendent there do his thing and not interfere, because he knows what he’s doing.” With a victory this time at Shinnecock, Mickelson will join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods as the only players to complete the modern Career Grand Slam. Lefty has claimed five major titles, but none since the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, and will turn 48 during the week at Shinnecock so he is running out of time to become the sixth player to win all for modern majors. Last year, he missed the U.S. Open at Erin Hills because it conflicted with his daughter’s high school graduation.
Mickelson also was in the hunt most of the way when Corey Pavin won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock in 1995, shooting 74 in the final round to fade to a tie for fourth, although only four shots back. Probably his best chance to win our national championship came when he led by two strokes after 15 holes of the final round in 2006 at Winged Foot and still was one shot ahead of Geoff Ogilvy of Australia when he stood on the 18th tee. Then he sliced his tee shot off a hospitality tent, hit his second shot off a tree and saw his golf ball roll back to him. His third found a greenside bunker, he missed the green with his sand shot and wound up with a bogey that left him one stroke back of Ogilvy. “I am such an idiot,” he said later. Still, the 47-year-old Mickelson remains optimistic that he can complete the Grand Slam, especially after winning the WGCMexico Championship in March for his 43rd PGA Tour victory. “The difficult thing for me is I continue to put a little bit too much pressure on myself in the majors now because I know that I don’t have a ton of time to win them, especially U.S. Opens,” Mickelson said. “But these next two U.S. Opens, Shinnecock and Pebble Beach, give me two really good opportunities. So I need to keep my game, get my game sharp. In the past, I’ve been on at Shinnecock and I’m hopeful to do it again.”
PHOTO PATRICK KEEGAN
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A NEW VISION FOR CORICA PARK GREENWAY GOLF RENOVATES AND RESTORES A CLASSIC BAY AREA FACILITY
course has been sand capped and will play fast and firm, allowing for considerable roll. All skill levels should find the new South course very enjoyable to play. Once the South opens, Greenway will begin a similar renovation to the North Course with the primary difference only nine holes will be closed at a time to do this renovation. Meanwhile, the company sublet the pro shop space to golf apparel legend John Ashworth, who has created and opened a Linksoul Lab there. The space will have a feel unlike any other golf shop, as “The Lab” features much more than golf clubs and Linksoul apparel. Visitors can also find bicycles, surfboards, ping pong tables and even a shuffleboard table. Another cool element at the Linksoul Lab is the private labeled persimmon woods offered for sale. Other plans include a newly renovated clubhouse, along with an upscale outdoor patio with three fire pits to enjoy a post round libation and the fabulous Alameda weather. In addition, Corica Park has plans for a world class teaching academy building with four indoor golf simulators and a putting lab. In the near future, there are also plans to bring in a club fitting company to round out the vision that Greenway has created for Corica Park – that it becomes the default choice for anyone in the Bay Area serious about golf. PHOTO PATRICK KEEGAN
old landfill site, the South Course is reenway Golf has entered into an set to open June 22. Working in conagreement with the City of Alameda junction with noted course architect whereby the management company Rees Jones, the course is architecturwill lease and operate the Corica Park ally inspired by the sand belt courses 45-hole golf complex for the next 50 found in Melbourne, Australia; courses years in exchange for renovating the like Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, entire property. To date, Greenway Metropolitan and Victoria, to name just has renovated the Mif Albright Par 3 a few. While these sand belt courses are course, the driving range, and is nearoften recognized as among the world’s ing completion on renovation of the South Course. This municipal golf facility, formerly known as the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, has a storied history dating back to 1927 and was once among the busiest golf properties in America. In 1999, this 45-hole complex hosted an astounding 240,000 rounds of golf. While the golf industry is unlikely to see this amount of play ever again, Greenway saw an opportunity to restore the luster and brilliance of Linksoul Lab the Corica property. It is the vision of the company that Corica Park will become the “go to” des- great layouts, the sand belt design style has seldom been imitated in the US. tination for anyone serious about the The South Course at Corica Park aims game and becoming a better player. to utilize the sand belt design with Situated in the heart of the bustling Bay Area, the property is ideally located multiple sets of tees playing from 4,700 yards to more than 6,800 yards. in Alameda close to most of the larger The ground game will be featured, population centers. The weather is also as there is only one forced carry on the very appealing with most days featurentire course. There are 113 bunkers ing sunny skies and temperatures in and the greens are huge, averaging the 70s. nearly 8,500 square feet. With more After more than three years work than 39 acres of fairways, golfers will that featured more than one million find ample room to hit tee shots. The yards of dirt imported to elevate an
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USC, SUH EARN PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS PEPPERDINE, UC IRVINE, UNLV CLAIM CONFERENCE TEAM TITLES ustin Suh of USC captured the individual title and led the Trojans to their record 20th Pacific 12 Conference Men’s Championship, but the first since 2011, at Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates. The Trojans won with a score of 347-340-351351—1389, 31-underpar, while Stanford was fourth at 346-346-362347—1401, followed by California at 347-356-350351–1404, and UCLA at 361-349-355-345—1410. Suh, a junior from San Jose, won his USC record fifth tournament of the season and sixth of his career with a score of 68-64-65-71—268. Collin Morikawa of Cal was seventh at 67-71-7066—274, while Jeffrey Swegle of Stanford shot 67-65-74-69—275 to tie for eighth, and Franklin Huang of Stanford wound up at 65-69-71-71—276 JUSTIN SUH to tie for 10th with Cole Madey of UCLA, who came BIG WEST CONFERENCE: UC in at 68-68-70-70—276. Irvine claimed its second Big West WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Clay Conference Men’s Championship in Feagler of Pepperdine and Laguna four years by holding off UC Davis by Niguel won the individual title and one stroke on the Eisenhower Course led the Waves to their record 19th at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific West Coast Conference Men’s Golf Palms in the City of Industry. Championship at Carlton Oaks Golf The Anteaters, who last won the Club in Santee. title in 2015, carded a score of 284Pepperdine claimed the WCC title for 285-283—852, 12-under-par to claim the first time since 2015 after finishing their eighth overall conference title, second the last two years with a score while UC Davis had individual chamof 280-283-275—838, 26-under-par, pion Ryan Han and finished at 293followed by St. Mary’s at 282-296-285— 280-280—853, followed by UC Santa 863, while Santa Clara totaled 290-291Barbara at 284-290-286—860 and Long 285—866 to tie for third with BYU, Beach State at 289-287-287—863. which finished at 297-275- 294—866.
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: Shintaro Ban of UNLV, a senior from San Jose, ran away with the individual title and led the Rebels to their third consecutive victory in the Mountain West Conference Men’s Championship on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Ban earned his fourth victory of the season and fifth of his career with a score of 68-67-65—200, 16-under-par, to win by nine strokes. UNLV claimed its fifth overall conference title with a score of 284-288- 284— 856, 8-under. CCAA: Host Chico State claimed the team title and Elis Svard of Cal State Monterey Bay took home the individual crown in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Championship on the Gold Course at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. The Wildcats defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-2, in the medal/match play final. Serge Kiriluk, a junior from Sonora, shot 3-over-par 75 to give Chico State the winning point with a one-stroke victory over Kirabo Reed of CSUMB. SCIAC: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps placed five players in the top 10 to capture the team title in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Championship for the third straight year, and Jake Hollander of Redlands claimed the individual title on the South Course at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills. PHOTO: TOD FIERNER
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BRUINS CRUISE TO PAC-12 TEAM, INDIVIDUAL TITLES LONG BEACH STATE, SAN DIEGO STATE ALSO WIN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
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first time since 2009, posting a score of 285-304-290— 879, 27-over-par, while UC Davis was second at 295-301293—889, followed by UC Irvine at 300-299-298—897, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 300-301-301—902. Yu, a senior from Huntington Beach, carded an even-par score of 70-74- 69—213 to become the second 49er woman to claim the Big West individual title, joining Kay Hoey, who won in 2007. Janet Yeo of UC Irvine was second at 72-7470—216, while Avery French, also of UC Irvine shot 75-74-71—220 to tie for third. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: Mila Chaves of San Diego State claimed the individual title and led the Aztecs to second place behind UNLV in the Mountain West Conference Women’s Golf Championships on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Chaves, a senior from Paraguay who finished second in the Mountain West tournament as a freshman, carded a score of 72-69-72—213, 3-under-par. PACWEST CONFERNCE: Anahi Servin of the Academy of Art in San Francisco took the individual crown and Cal Baptist of Riverside grabbed the next five places en route to winning a fourth straight team title in the PacWest Women’s Golf Championships at Wigwam Golf Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The Lancers carded a tournament-record score of 292288-295—875, 11-over-par, followed by the Academy of Art at 296-299-312—907, Biola of La Mirada 325-310310—945, Holy Names of Oakland at 308-315-324–947 and Dixie State at 318-311-319—948. PHOTO: UCLA ATHLETICS
atty Tavatanakit defeated UCLA teammate Lilia Vu in a playoff to claim the individual title and the Bruins won the Pacific 12 Conference Women’s Championship for the second straight year at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle in late April. Tavatanakit won with a par on the first extra hole. UCLA claimed its seventh overall conference title with a score of 287286-287—860, 4-underpar, while USC was second at 291-288-293—872, and Stanford finished at 290-295-288—873 to tie for third. Tavatanakit, a freshman from Thailand, claimed her third title of the season and second in a row, with a score of 69-69-70—208, 8-under, to become the sixth Bruin to capture the conference title, joining Lisa Kiggens in 1991; Charlotte Mayorkas in 2004; Tiffany Joh in 2007; Alison Lee in 2014, and Vu last year. Vu, a junior from Fountain Valley who has claimed four victories Patty Tavatanakit for the second consecutive college season and is the top-ranked women’s amateur in the world, posted a score of 68-70-70—208, making a birdie on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Emily Wang of Stanford was fourth at 68-74-70—212, Allisen Corpuz of USC tied for seventh at 69-71-75—215, while Andrea Lee of Stanford shot 73-74-69—216 to tie for ninth. BIG WEST CONFERNCE: Jennifer Yu of Long Beach State captured the individual title and led the 49ers to victory in the Big West Conference Women’s Championship at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. Long Beach State claimed the Big West title for the
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HISTORY AND CONTROVERSY AT By Tom LaMarre hinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., which will host the upcoming 118th U.S. Open, has a storied historyâ€”although it comes with a dark side. This will be the fifth time the course will host the U.S. Open in 122 years, with James Foulis winning in 1896, Raymond Floyd winning in 1986, Corey Pavin taking the title in 1995 and Relief Goosen of South Africa coming out on top in 2004. The controversy surrounding the club comes from a claim by the Shinnecock Indian Nation that the property on which the club is located was seized illegally in a white land grab. The original 80-acre parcel was purchased in 1890 for $2,500, with 44 original members paying $100 each, and members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation helped with construction of the golf course. William
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Corey Pavin hit a memorable 4-wood shot on the final hole to secure his 1995 U.S. Open victory at Shinnecock Hills.
K. Vanderbilt, heir to the Vanderbilt fortune, Edward Meade and Duncan Cryder led the effort to build a 12-hole course designed by Willie Davis of Royal Montreal Golf Course, which opened in 1891 alongside the Long Island Railroad and the Shinnecock Canal about 80 miles from New York City. Shinnecock Hills claims to be the oldest organized golf club in the United States with the oldest clubhouse, designed by famed architect Stanford White, which was built the following year. In 1894, golf course architect Willie Dunn of Scotland arrived and designed six more holes, which led to Shinnecock Hills hosting the U.S. Open in 1896, with Foulis claiming the victory. The Shinnecock Indian Nation filed a lawsuit against the State of New York in 2005, seeking the return of 3,500 acres to the tribe in addition to billions of dollars in reparations. Native American representatives claim Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is located on the nation’s tribal burial grounds. The core of the lawsuit is over a 1703 land deal between Southampton and the tribe for a 1,000-year lease. The suit charges that a group of powerful investors conspired to break the lease in 1859 by sending the state legislature a fraudulent petition from a number of Shinnecock tribesmen.
Although other tribal members immediately protested the petition was a forgery, the legislature approved the sale of 3,500 acres of former tribal land. The Shinnecock Indian Nation lost the 2005 lawsuit in court and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld the ruling in October of 2016. Later in the year, the United States Supreme Court declined without explanation to review the decision. “The Trustees are very dismayed by this ruling,” the tribal Council of Trustees told tribe members in a letter. “We will not let this historical injustice stand and we will continue to stand up for our rights.” During the dispute, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club deleted from its logo the symbol of its longstanding relationship with the tribe, the stern profile of an Indian in full headdress. Shinnecock’s first national event was the U.S. Amateur won by H.J. Wigham earlier in 1896 prior to the 1896 U.S. Open, and the United States claimed a 16-8 victory over Great Britain and Ireland on the course in the 1977 Walker Cup. The United States Golf Association already has announced that the U.S. Open will return to Shinnecock Hills in 2026.
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EXPLORE THE RED R UTAH’S ST. GEORGE AREA OFFERS CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF IN SPECTACULAR SETTINGS By Ed Travis ccording to Joe Newman, head of golf marketing for the St. George Tourism Office, the St. George, Utah area -- and especially the golf there – is an “emerging unknown destination.” Intriguing. For those that don’t know Utah and think only of mountains and the Great Salt Lake, the St. George area is in the southwestern part of the state near the border with Arizona and Nevada. The weather is great for golf all year and in fact prime early season temperatures average 60 degrees in February and 68 degrees in March. As Newman explained, St. George is a yearround golf mecca with 10 courses along the Red Rock Golf Trail, all within a 30-minute drive of some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine. Remember Zion National Park is just a few miles away, a must-see any time of the year. From Las Vegas, it’s only a 90-minute drive up I-15, so St. George is easy to reach. In fact, you can choose to fly nonstop into St. George Regional Airport directly from Los Angeles via United; other carriers offer service to St. George as well via Salt Lake City (Delta) and Phoenix (American). The high desert of the St. George area is at an altitude of 2,200 feet and well known for the red color of the rocks and cliffs. The color is caused by iron oxide and provides a striking contrast to the green of the golf courses, making for many memorable vistas as you play. Just east of town is Sand Hollow Resort, a great place to play and relax, with two courses comprising 27 holes. The 9-hole Links layout was built with a tip-of-the-hat to the famous links courses of the British Isles with rolling fairways and generously sized greens. And it has the truly unique feature called “sheep fencing” which defines parts of the course. Some visitors have said it would be easy to believe these low walls of hand-laid native stone have livestock grazing on the other side. Sand Hollow’s Links is perfect for beginners and the whole family. The other layout at Sand Hollow is the 18-hole, par-72 beauty designed by John Fought called the Championship course that plays to a tough 7,315 yards from the Black tees and is a consistent win-
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The picturesque setting of the clubhouse at Sand Hollow Resort.
Good fun and a great challenge. Like to walk? Another Red Rock Golf Trail course is the Dixie Red Hills Golf Club, owned by the City of St. George and a perfect place for a nine-hole stroll (they do have carts available as well). Or perhaps the exclusive Inn at Entrada is more your style, with panoramic views of the red vermilion cliffs. Guests at the Inn have playing privileges at the Johnny Miller-designed Snow Canyon Country Club, which is consistently near the top of the rankings of Utah courses.
Each of the other Red Rock Golf Trail courses is a sure memory-building experience and there are a variety of accommodations and golf packages to suit any preference. Newman cited a particularly popular package at The Ledges of St. George, where players can stay in a vacation rental home on the golf course for $437 per person including four nights and four rounds of golf. Newman also pointed out St. George was perfect to “get out of the crowds” to a place where you can enjoy your vacation at the pace you choose. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOE NEWMAN
ner of national and statewide accolades. The routing takes players through the native landscape and it’s sometimes helpful to remind yourself to keep your attention on your game, and not on the desert views and mountains on the horizon. Four sets of tees provide an opportunity for golfers of every skill level. Remember the St. George area is at a distance-helping 2,200 feet above sea level, which translates for most of us into 5 to 10 more yards off the tee and perhaps one-half a club for the irons. A highlight of the front nine is No. 7, a par-5 that can play to 577 yards and requires a driver to put the ball even with the bunker you can reach from the tee. The second shot requires accurate placement to avoid a bunker 70 yards short of the green on the right side and leave an easy wedge to the putting surface. The green is severely sloped from front to back; care should be taken not to go long. One of the measures of the quality of a golf course’s design is the inclusion of a memorable short par-4 hole, and with the 13th at the Championship course, Fought has a winner. For long hitters, it’s a drivable 320 yards from the Blacks, but regardless of the tee you play from, you have to avoid the bunker on the left of the fairway and another short of the green on the right.
One of the many breathtaking vistas at the Ledges Golf Club.
FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE
The Gift of BY ED TRAVIS ather’s Day is coming soon, so get your golfing Dad a gift that shows both how special he is to you and something he can use playing his favorite game. Before our suggestions, a small confession – we at California Golf+Travel are dads, too, and these gifts are on our short list … so to our families, a quick request to read these recommendations thoroughly.
FOR DAD’S HEALTH: Aches and pains are a part of life, but when a golfer has a touch of tendinitis or soreness, Zamst makes a range of products to help the affected area, so the game can go on be it a knee, shoulder, ankle or … well, you get the idea. Zamst makes quality wraps for a variety of needs, such as their band for the wrist ($24.99). The two straps make for an individualized fit providing just what is needed in the way of compression and support. Zamst.us has all the details.
Golf FOR DAD’S SHORT GAME: Everyone who plays golf sooner or later is faced with a shot calling for a wedge. Sand? Rough around the green? A delicate pitch from 30 yards to a tight pin? Dad will appreciate the CBX wedge from Cleveland Golf, particularly if he plays cavity back irons since they are made just for him. CBX wedges provide the spin and control around the green, and the forgiving design gives lots of shot-making help. With a steel shaft, the CBX wedge is $129.99 and a choice of eight lofts is offered. See ClevelandGolf.com.
FOR DAD’S GRIP: Dad always appreciates a golf glove as a gift, and The Collection from G/FORE is a great place to look. The Collection is stylish, colorful and best of all, durable, since each glove is made from AA-grade Cabretta leather cut and stitched for the best fit and feel. Priced at $35, the choice of 16 colors means everyone can have just the right shade—how about Fly, Expresso, Clover or Wisteria? And for the traditionalist Dad there’s even a bright white one appropriately tagged Snow. See them all at gfore.com.
FOR DAD’S DISTANCE OFF THE TEE: Honma may not be a wellknown brand here in the U.S. but this Japanese manufacturer makes equipment targeted at those mid-range players looking for only the highest quality golf clubs. Their BERES S-06 driver has a redesigned head shape with a shallower curve on the crown that looks great at address, plus the sweet spot of the 460cc titanium clubhead has been made larger. Available with a choice of shafts, retail pricing starts at $899 for the BERES S-06 2 Star model. More information may be found on HonmaGolfUSA.com
FOR DAD’S STYLE: Everyone—including Dad—wears T-shirts, and what could be better than one from Linksoul, the company founded by industry icon John Ashworth. Linksoul tees in long and short sleeves come in a wide range of colors all made with a cotton/poly blend and many with a golf theme. We especially like the Goat Hill Park Caddie Academy tee with a choice of charcoal and a smashing green color called “Envy.” All Linksoul tee shirts are $35 and Linksoul.com has all the particulars.
FOR DAD’S BEST CLUB FIT: Tour Edge Golf believes custom fitting is a big key to getting clubs that “work” for you and getting them at a price that makes sense. Their new Hot Launch 3 family is exceptional in doing both. Made with the latest in materials and super game-improvement designs, from the driver through the wedges, Dad will have quality clubs to help him play better at pocketbook-friendly prices. The HL3 driver is $189.99, fairway woods $139.99, a set of irons $419.99 and Dad’s Tour Edge clubs will be delivered to him in 48 hours after a custom fitting by an authorized retailer … and each club has a lifetime warranty.
FOR DAD’S VISION: Finally, spending lots of time on the golf course means every golfer needs sunglasses that are comfortable, good-looking and most importantly provide protection for the eyes from the sun. We especially like the Flash model from Bollé because they are light weight and the frames wrap around without limiting air flow. The tips of the temple, pads for the nose and nose piece are made from a material that absorbs moisture, so the Flash stays in place even on high humidity days. The lenses are anti-fogging and have a coating to shed dirt and water spots. The price is $119 and Bollé offers them in a choice of six colors.
Hot Fairway Woods BY ED TRAVIS airway wood design used to be something manufacturers didn’t spend lots of time on, but in the past few years, there have been significant changes as the technology first applied to drivers was adapted for fairway wood use. The result is the newest fairways are hotter and hit the ball longer with more consistency, making them an additional weapon
for players of every skill level – both from the fairway and the tee. So if you want to step up your game, these new fairway woods are certainly worth consideration. Just as with the driver, or adding any club to your bag, being properly fitted by a knowledgeable club fitter is key. Gone are the days when club purchases were a series
of hit and miss options. We now have the advantage of using data from launch monitors to determine the exact club specifications that will help give the best results for any swing … amateur or professional. California Golf+Travel took a look at several current models, and below are insights into the ones we like best:
Callaway Golf: The Rogue family has two fairway wood models and for the first time Callaway was able to make use of the Jailbreak rods first seen in last year’s bestselling Epic driver. These lightweight rods inside the clubhead tie the crown and sole together decreasing their deformation at impact which transfers energy to the face to increase ball speed. The head has a carbon fiber crown and a cup face construction with a lower center of gravity producing more favorable launch characteristics. Both the standard Rogue and low-spin Sub Zero version for better players sell for $300.
Knuth Golf: The new High Heat 257+ zoned beta titanium clubface takes advantage of the USGA Rule allowing added face flex towards the heel and toe which means impacts not in the center of the clubface go farther. Thickness in those two areas has been significantly reduced and Knuth’s testing reports an average smash factor of 1.41 versus 1.31 for major brands giving more ball speed, more distance and less dispersion. In addition, to help the ball get airborne the center of gravity is 25% deeper and 18% lower than other fairway woods. Available in 3-wood, 5-wood and 7-wood lofts for $329.
TaylorMade Golf: The M3 fairway wood ($300) has lots of adjustability to help fit the needs of any player with a 29-gram sliding weight and a hosel allowing loft to be changed plus or minus two degrees. The carbon fiber crown has five layers and is complemented by a section of the sole of the same material to increase ball speed. The sole slot, called a Speed Pocket, has been made larger than the previous M1 model. Stablemate M4 ($250) shares the M3’s design, but without the sliding weight. It offers split internal weights to increase head stability. There is also a M4 Tour version for $300.
Ping: There are three versions of Ping’s G400 fairway woods and all have a thin face of maraging steel giving 30% added flex than previously models. The stainless-steel crown makes use of their turbulator vanes to reduce aerodynamic drag and a machined back weight insole increases forgiveness. The standard model is high launch, high ball speed and the SFT (straight flight) model has weighting shifted towards the heel to reduce a tendency to slice. The low spin Stretch model has more weight forward and with lower loft can produce more distance for better players. Each is priced at $269.
Tour Edge Golf: The Hot Launch 3 fairway wood offers several attractive features, not the least of which is the price … but before we get to that, let’s talk about the construction. There’s a variable thickness maraging steel face and the clubhead has a shallower design which helps to place the center of gravity lower in the head towards the sole. This promotes a higher launch with lower spin and along with the more aerodynamic redesigned head shape, higher speed to improve distance. Pricing for the HL3 is $140, placing it firmly at the attractive end of the cost spectrum when compared with other fairway woods of the same quality and there is an offset version for players who slice.
Cleveland Golf: Cleveland analyzed the market saying they found “a major disconnect. Prices are increasing dramatically while golfers aren’t seeing significant performance gains.” Their answer in fairway woods was the Launcher HB ($220) which use a new HiBore crown pushing the center of gravity lower and deeper for a high-launch low-spin trajectory and the crown compresses at impact giving more ball speed. The hosel is very light allowing weight to be moved lower into the head and the sole has FlexFins adding to the energy transferred to the ball at impact even when contact is not in the center of the clubface.
Honma: Players not familiar with Honma should be, as this brand from Japan makes high quality clubs with the new BERES S-06 fairway woods (2 STAR model $449) offering some interesting design features. Their Key Groove Technology expands grooves at the heel and toe connecting the corner portions with the crown sole and face. This gives improved distance on off-center impacts and a larger face means a larger sweet spot which also helps with forgiveness. Shafts are matched to the clubhead and the stock shaft is a 10-axis carbon fiber layered construction, one of the most advanced in the industry.
THE “FAST” WAY TO CRISPER PITCH SHOTS By Dave Pelz eceleration is a major killer of short game shots. Faced with a short pitch to the green, we’ve all seen someone try to “help” the ball up with a miracle move at impact and others “chop” at the ball rather than swing through the shot smoothly and accurately. Also, the simple act of not trusting your swing and decelerating at impact is not only a poor technique for controlling distance. It can also hurt the accuracy (direction) of your wedge shots. When you accelerate your club head through impact, your swing remains much more stable (and produces more consistent shot results) compared to when you slow down or decelerate. This applies to all swings, but especially these short pitches and chips, where deceleration can mean fluffed shots and extra strokes. By no means, however, should you try to speed up at impact or “hit” with your hands to create acceleration. These efforts will ruin your rhythm and produce bad shots. To understand how this acceleration works in pitch shots, let’s go over the basics of this shot. First of all, play this shot with the ball in the center of your stance and start the swing moving your shoulders, arms, hands and club in a synchronized rhythm away from the target. Your arms move with the rest of your body (neither initiating the backswing motion or adding any “unnecessary” power to the swing). Begin your wrist cock as soon as you start your takeaway; accomplishing the full wrist cock gradually until you reach the end of your backswing. During your through-swing, keep everything synchronized as you swing through the ball. The smooth, subtle acceleration will help keep your swing stable through the shot. Your body rotation and short-to-long swing will also help keep you stable and will promote a repeatable and efficient pitching motion. To achieve the kind of smooth acceleration needed for good consistency around the greens, follow this simple principle: Center your swing motion about two feet past impact. In other words, imagine producing maximum club head speed (and maximum extension) two feet past the ball. Again, this will give you a backswing that is shorter than your follow-through, and automatically produce smooth acceleration through impact. This is good, since smooth acceleration is what you need to hit the consistently solid shots you desire.
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DAVE PELZ is golf’s foremost authority on the short game and putting. In his four decades of teaching, 10 of his professional students have won a total of 20 majors. Golf Digest called Pelz, author of eight instructional books and producer of 150 30-minute instructional shows on Golf Channel, one of “Golf’s 25 Most Influential Figures of the 20th Century.” Each year, Pelz’s schools in Florida, California, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, New York, Michigan and Ireland help thousands of golfers improve their scores. Visit www.pelzgolf.com for more information.
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SHALLOW THE SHAFT By John Burckle f you really want to improve your game and gain distance, then you must learn to shallow the shaft on the downswing. So many golfers have a steep or over the top downswing into the ball, creating all sorts of problems -slice, pull, hitting behind the ball and many other negative issues associated with that steep shaft plane into impact. To become a good ball striker and gain control of your game, you must learn that the shaft of the club is steeper on the backswing and then flattens, or “shallows,” on the downswing. Notice in Image 1 how the angle of the shaft is pointed inside the ball. Then you can see in Image 2 how the shaft points at or above the ball. What’s happening here is the shaft of the club in the backswing is steeper than it is on the downswing. Image 3 shows where the shaft is on someone who is steep or over the top in the downswing. Learning to shallow the club on the downswing will allow you to strike the ball from an inside path, which is crucial in hitting a draw and gaining more distance.
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By A.J. Avoli In order to gain power, it’s vital that we gradually store energy so that we can release what we created through the golf ball, much like an archer that would pull back a bow and arrow. Where do you store your power? In the angles you create. Angles are essential to building power during the backswing, and there are three angles located in the trail side joints that will increase your productivity and power during the backswing: the WRIST, ELBOW and KNEE (see accompanying image). The trail side of your body, or the right side for a right-handed golfer, is the power side. If you can improve the way your right side coils up in the backswing, you can become more efficient with less movement and better repeatability. The TRAIL WRIST will be slightly bent in the address position, and as you start the club in motion, it will increase its bend. The hinging of this wrist creates an angle between the wrist and the clubshaft. The wrist also supports the weight of the club at the top of the swing and allows for the club shaft to be on plane. The top of the swing position is similar to a server holding a tray. The TRAIL ELBOW plays an important role in creating effortless power during the backswing. The trail arm should start with a slight bend; this ensures that you have spine tilt away from the target in the setup. The bend gradually increases during the backswing to create a lever between your upper and lower arm, similar to a throwing position. If your lead arm was the frame of the bow, you want to pull it tight by folding the elbow and coiling the body. The elbow will orbit near the rib cage. Correctly folding the elbow will make your backswing more efficient and repeatable. The TRAIL KNEE is the third angle to loading power during the backswing. While the wrist and elbow are busy creating leverage, the rotation of the shoulders and hips are synchronized. The trail knee plays a vital role, as it is securing your foundation to coiling in the backswing. Retaining its flexed position on a tuned hip will ensure that you are loaded into your right side. This angle will allow you to brace your weight pressure and rotation as you swing to the top of the backswing. By creating these angles properly, you will not only gain power, but harness it as well. Club head speed alone will not give us our desired results … we must also be precise as to where we are contacting the ball on the face of the club. The proper creation of these three angles will allow you to create a swing that is on plane and will improve your chances of hitting the ball in the center of the clubface.
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A.J. AVOLI, Director of Instruction at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s Golf Performance Institute in Carlsbad, is an award-winning and expert teacher in the golf game, with experience in senior instructor positions at the Hank Haney Golf World Headquarters, Jim McLean Golf School and Top Golf Academy. Avoli has a degree in Professional Golf Management, and was named as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 40 Young Instructors in America” and “The Best Teachers in California.”
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GOLF AND CBD: THE NATURAL WAY TO FEEL AND PLAY YOUR BEST I f you suffer from joint pains or arthritis, or if you’re worried you’re developing golfer’s elbow, there’s a natural product that will keep you swinging freely: CBD. Any golfer’s nightmare is an injury that inhibits the ability to tee it up as often as you’d like, or possibly even keep you off the course indefinitely. But, with the proven abilities of CBD (cannabidiol) to decrease inflammation, golfers can prevent injuries by reducing swelling that may lead to permanent damage if left untreated. As research has found, CBD can potentially also improve your golf game by improving joint mobility and health. Whether it’s stiff joints or a sore hip, CBD is an option for everyone wanting to stay active. CBD is a compound extracted from the hemp plant, but is completely without any psychoactive ingredients – this means that it cannot get you “high.” Hemp has nothing to do with “weed” or marijuana; in fact, evidence shows hemp-derived CBD can calm you and ease tension in the body and mind with no adverse side effects, as confirmed by the World Health Organization. Swollen joints, muscles aches and arthritis can be relieved by CBD’s extensively studied benefit of reducing inflammation. Inflammation-caused ail-
ments are well-known by golfers, as the game puts a lot of strain on tendons and joints. As indicated by scientific studies, conditions such as these can effectively be managed using all-natural CBD. CBD is cleanly and safely extracted from organic hemp plants – like the ones George Washington himself cultivated – completely free of any modernday contaminants, pesticides or chemicals. Filled with essential omega 3 and 6, vitamins and minerals, CBD is packed with nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy body and an active lifestyle. These nutrients are of course available in lots of others foods, such as the omegas from fish oils or vitamins from vegetables, but CBD presents a “(w)hole-in-one” source of healthy supplements. And, yes, pure hemp CBD oil is completely legal to buy and use in California. An active lifestyle is important to all of us, golfers and non-golfers alike, so anything we can do to ensure staying active is vital to our health and happiness. CBD provides a way for you to avoid injuries, reduce pain and enjoy your golf game, bike ride, or any physical activity, to the fullest. Get swinging on your daily dose of CBD … visit www.endoca.com for more information and to order CBD online.
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AVILA BEACH GOLF RESORT It’s a conundrum; is Avila Beach Golf Resort the best golf resort on California’s Central Coast? Or is it the Central Coast’s best concert venue? It’s hard to say, and the reason is, its golf course has long been known as one of the most diverse, interesting, and playable coastal courses in the state, topping out at around 6,550 yards. The kikuyu grasses, the course’s interaction with water features, and its purely Californian views have kept the golfers coming summer after summer. Yet one glimpse at the hotel’s concert schedule reveals the hotel is not rolling out local lounge acts. Slightly Stoopid with StickFigure and Pepper (June 14), Primus with Mastadon (June 28), and Social Distortion with Jade Jackson (July 20) are among this summer’s headliners. If you’re one of those golfers that likes to crank the tunes while you knock down birdies, Avila Beach may be your ticket to ride.
PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE The well-heeled patrons begin to file in just after dawn. The rides everyone has come to see are all being primed and put in position. The champagne begins to flow, and the discussions surrounding which of the proven, worthy competitors will actually walk away with top honors begin. No, it’s not Churchill Downs in early May. It’s the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach Resort, where automobiles, not horses, are on full display. This year’s event is scheduled for August 26, and car enthusiasts will pay a minimum of $325 for a day of interaction with high-brow owners and some of the planet’s most amazing, and valuable, automobiles, all spilling out on to the grounds of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Be sure to wear shades; on a sunny day, all that chrome and all that ocean make for a beautiful glare.
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EAT MARISOL AT THE CLIFFS A sure way to tell you’ve found the right restaurant is to notice the clientele. For example, if you’re dining at a resort hotel, and it’s got as many locals circulating at the bar and tucked into booths as it does resort hotel guests, chances are you’ve done well in your selection. This is the scene you’ll encounter at Marisol at The Cliffs, a Pismo Beach oceanfront dining gem that’s open seven days a week offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the intersection of fresh seafood and surrounding organic farms, Marisol has the flexibility to offer a variety of upscale, California-style seafood and vegetable-based dishes, along with a satisfying range of comfort foods. The Champagne Sunday Brunch always lures guests out of their rooms while drawing a crowd of locals, the Happy Hour offers an imaginative slate of choices, and live music completes the vibe. 2757 Shell Beach Road Pismo Beach, CA 93449 www.cliffsresort.com/eat-drink (805) 773-2511
The Lodge at Pebble Beach 1700 17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach, CA 93953 www.pebblebeachconcours.net (831) 622-1700
GET OUT: FIRESTONE WALKER 2018 INVITATIONAL BEER FEST When you’re a brewer, you should take beer seriously. How seriously does Paso Robles-based brewer Firestone Walker take its beer? Seriously enough to host its annual Invitational Beer Fest, which is big enough to occupy the Paso Robles Event Center on the afternoon of June 2. The fest will feature three concerts, including an opener at the event center on Friday June 1 featuring Nikki Lane with the Mother Hips. But the main attraction is the Saturday afternoon beer celebration, featuring over 50 brewers from around the world, including, naturally, Firestone Walker. Of course, you can’t really enjoy your beer without the proper food complement, and over 25 local restaurants, from barbecue to gelato, will be represented at the fest. Paso Robles Event Center 2198 Riverside Ave Paso Robles, CA 93446 www.travelpaso.com/events/firestone-walker-2018-invitational-beer-fest (805) 225-5911
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GOLF & TRAVEL: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
San Francisco Bay Area
GET OUT: UNION STREET FESTIVAL When summer rolls around in San Francisco, and the sun shines on the bay, folks are itching to get out and enjoy their city. Right on time, the 42nd annual Union Street Music Festival is scheduled for June 2-3 (rain or shine), and will continue to operate as one of the city’s largest free events. Arts, crafts, exhibits, food trucks and vendors, and community group representation is always part of the festival. The stretch of Union St. utilized for the function is a fantastical strip of Victorian structures, most of which have been transformed into upscale restaurants and galleries. But it's the music that drives the crowds into the streets, and this year’s festival will feature no fewer than 24 bands, playing on stages scattered throughout the five-block area. Jazz, Blues, Country, and Bluegrass will be featured prominently, along with a selection of local bands.
PLAY: HALF MOON BAY GOLF LINKS There are other Bay Area golf courses - really famous ones - that spring to mind when golfers consider taking on a links course on the Northern California coast. It’s understandable, but insiders know there’s another game in town - or at the very least, on the other side of the peninsula. Half Moon Bay offers 36 holes of golf, and the small matter of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay looming behind the 18th green. The “new” course is the Ocean Course, opened in 1997 and designed by Arthur Hills; a links layout that runs golfers right along the cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean, and bagpipers play each evening as the sun sets. The “old” course is the Old Course, which also offers a par 72 championship challenge, but features a completely different atmosphere, replacing the open, breezy, ocean-y surroundings of the Ocean course with a sequestered, forested feel. 2 Miramontes Point Road Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 www.halfmoonbaygolf.com (650) 532-9409
Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore San Francisco, CA 94123 www.unionstreetfestival.com (800) 310-6563
HOG ISLAND OYSTER CO. The story of Hog Island oysters and shellfish begins at the Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall, and ends at its two restaurants. One is located in the historic Ferry Building Marketplace on the waterfront fringes of the financial district in San Francisco, the other in Napa at the Oxbow Public Market, some 50 miles from the farm and San Francisco. The Marshall farm is a natural oyster bed in the Tomales Bay, and visitors are encouraged to visit the farm and take in the farmfresh product onsite, just as they would at one of the nearby wineries. Guests may indulge on The Boat, the farm’s onsite oyster bar, or have a picnic on the farm’s grounds. Tours are also available. For those who crave a more urban oyster experience, the same “handraised” oysters are available at the Ferry Building restaurant just off the Embarcadero, and at the Napa location, situated next to the Napa River in the town’s quaint-yet-bustling downtown area.
FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO Traveling is expensive. Particularly when you visit places known to be pricey. Therefore, sometimes it’s easy to try and cut a corner here with an economy car rental, or pinch a few pennies there by staying at your old standby chain hotel. Then, there are times when you want to treat yourself the way you know you should be treated, the way you deserve to be treated. That’s when you stay at The Fairmont during your trip to San Francisco. Built in 1907, The Fairmont is one of the city’s grand dames, connecting generations to timeless elegance; just valet parking at The Fairmont makes one feel like they’ve made it where they’re going. All the fine five-star appointments highlight each of the 591 guest rooms, and the Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar handles high tea in the afternoon and cocktails at night. The cherry on top is the hotel’s location at Washington and Gough, the only spot in San Francisco where all five cable car lines meet.
San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace One Ferry Building, #11 San Francisco, CA 94111 www.hogislandoysters.com (415) 391-7117
950 Mason St San Francisco, CA 94108 www.fairmont.com/san-francisco (415) 772-5000
GOLF & TRAVEL: HIGH SIERRA
Edgewood's 17th green
GET OUT: AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP You’ve seen it on TV and always said to yourself: “Self, wouldn’t it be great to be one of those people in South Lake Tahoe in the middle of July, hobnobbing with celebrities, throwing footballs from my boat anchored in Lake Tahoe by Edgewood’s 17th green, and playing blackjack at the casino that night next to a dude with a Super Bowl ring?" Well it’s not a fantasy; somebody’s going to do it, and it might as well be you. The event is not a dream, or a fictional television program - the tournament actually happens every year (this year it’s July 10-15) at the spectacular Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, the first and likely only course that will ever touch the shores of the ancient lake. The celebrities are competing on the course, but beautiful people are everywhere. The new hotel at the course can only help to ease the accommodation crush, so this could be your year - got your boat and your bathing suit ready?
STAY: TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB Now, when we say “stay” here, we’re not necessarily talking about a weekend or week-long vacation - but we could be. What we really mean when we say “stay” in relation to Tahoe Mountain Club is, once you become a member, you’re going to want to stay - all year long. Tahoe Mountain Club offers private memberships with access to the incredible four seasons of recreation available to those willing to take maximum advantage of all the Truckee area’s wonders. Membership requires no real estate commitment, but you might want to make one once you fully grasp all the club offers. Members have access to the Pavilion, with its fitness classes, three swimming pools, two tennis courts, and the Kids’ Club; two championship golf courses in Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing, along with the Golf Academy; skiing and snowboarding at Northstar California; and dining at the Alpine Club, Bearfoot Bar and Grill, PJ’s, Schaffer’s Camp, and the Terrace. Did we mention boating on Lake Tahoe in the club’s boat, the Wild Goose II? Now we have. 13051 Fairway Dr Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 550-3800
EAT OUT THE RED HUT The West is full of legends. John Muir. The Pony Express. Snowshoe Thompson. The Red Hut. The history of the West is so recent, folks are still around to tell the tale. That’s how it is with the Red Hut, which first opened in 1959 and its original location - spruced up with an electric heater in the early 80’s - is still going strong; so strong, in fact, there are now four Red Hut cafe locations in the Tahoe area. The original location, still looking and tasting very original, is located in an unassuming building (the sign out front still reads “Red Hut Waffle Shop”) on an unassuming spot on US 50, and quickly became the locals' go-to cafe for a steaming breakfast and cup of coffee on a frigid South Shore morning. The second location opened in 1990 and clings to the 207 or the “Kingsbury Grade.” The third location, relatively upscale when compared to its older siblings, opened in 2009 in the “new” Ski Run Center. The fourth restaurant opened in Carson City two years later. 2723 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 www.redhutcafe.com (530) 541-9024
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course 180 Lake Parkway Stateline, NV 89449 www.americancenturychampionship.com
PLAY GRIZZLY RANCH GOLF CLUB One day, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club will fulfill its mission to become the area’s premier private residential golf club, boasting an amazing golf course designed by Bob Cupp. Until that day, the rest of us - and especially those who think they might want to get in on the ground floor of such an endeavor - need to beat a path to Grizzy Ranch as soon as possible. Word is, Cupp was given 1,000 acres or so to pick out the best golf holes he could find, and string them together into a world-class championship course. The results are a golf course of eternal interest, playing through forests, up slopes, down hills, along and over creeks, stretching to as much as 7,400 yards. At the moment, it’s all golf at the Griz; there’s the pro shop, the golf course, the driving range/practice facility, and the Lake House, the course’s snazzy 19th hole/restaurant/bar. Memberships are available, and real estate assistance may be acquired through the website. 250 Clubhouse Dr Portola, CA 96122 www.grizzlyranchgolfclub.com (530) 322-5575 Grizzly Ranch #9 green
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GOLF & TRAVEL: ORANGE COUNTY
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
ARROYO TRABUCO GOLF CLUB Golf is a weird enough game on the course - it doesn’t need to make its potential participants feel even weirder by confusing patrons with rules, signs (or lack thereof), and general strangeness that all conspire to make them feel unwelcome. Arroyo Trabuco is the opposite. From the moment one pulls into the parking lot, it seems the club is attempting to embrace them, to invite them in to be a part of it all. You park right here, there’s the clubhouse, right there is the driving range, and the first tee is right out back. The clubhouse is warm and woodsy, and features O’Neill’s Bar & Grill, surely one of Southern California’s finest 19th holes. The golf course is all Southern California as well. Designed by Tom Lehman and Casey O’Callaghan, the course rifles through canyons and along Trabuco Creek, with green fairways and trees contrasting with the surrounding golden hills and purple mountains beyond.
THE BUNGALOW Sooooo….got something to celebrate? Got someone you need to impress? Got to close that deal? Got to pop the question? Got to get yourself a proper beef buzz? The Bungalow can accommodate all these situations in a way that makes five-star seem matter-of-fact. Light woods and whimsical twists highlight the Craftsman-style interior, which features tables and booths, and the menu is the one you want when you’re out for a special meal, including all your favorite steaks and seafoods. In days past, The Bungalow was just the type of high-class, low-pretense joints that might have welcomed the smoking of a post-meal cigar along with a fine martini. These days, you’ll have to settle for the martini alone, but your low-pressure surroundings at the restaurant’s L-shaped, all-wood bar will make it easer to keep the Cohiba in your pocket.
26772 Avery Pkwy Mission Viejo, CA 92692 www.arroyotrabuco.com (949) 305-5100
2441 East Coast Hwy Corona del Mar, CA 92625 www.thebungalowrestaurant.com (949) 673-6585
DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Buddy Guy. Eric Burdon and the Animals. Blues Traveler. These are the headliners at this year’s Doheny Blues Festival, scheduled for May 19-20 at scenic Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point. Among those also scheduled to participate are The California Honeydrops, Chris Cain and the AllStars, Knock-Out Greg, Nikki Hill, Jimmie Vaughn, and Kim Wilson’s Blues + Boogie Revue. Some acts, like the headliners, will play the park’s main stage, while others will perform on the more intimate “Back Porch” stage. A number of ticket packages are available, including a Gold Pass good for the entire weekend offering early entry, a number of free beverages, and upgraded access to the main stage.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS You live in - or visit - Southern California because of the amazing variety of things to do. Put the Festival of Arts and its Pageant of the Masters on that to-do list. According to the Festival’s website: “On each evening of the Festival of Arts summer schedule, (Pageant) ticket holders are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful recreations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant of the Masters as the best presentation of its kind.” It’s hard to argue. The Pageant takes place July 7 – September 1, the Festival’s Art Show runs July 5 – September 1.
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 www.dohenybluesfestival.com (949) 360-7800
1899, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, CA 92651 www.foapom.com (949) 494-1145
THE OLDEST AND FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN O.C. Centrally located in O.C. Willowick Golf Course offers a classic layout and reasonable prices! Huge bar and restaurant.
$26 GOLF AND LUNCH!
INCLUDES GREEN FEE, HOTDOG & SODA.*
Use WILLOWICK18 to book online or present coupon at front desk. *$39 w/ cart. Not valid weekdays & holidays. Expires 6/30/18
3017 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92703 • www.willowickgolf.com • 714-554-0672
LEGENDARY LA COSTA
OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA BLENDS UNFORGETTABLE GOLF EXPERIENCES WITH WORLD-CLASS AMENITIES
a Costa and golf … the names are almost synonymous. For more than 50 years, touring professionals and recreational players alike have raved about golf at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa for good reason. The two La Costa courses, Legends and Champions, provide a great test of golf in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. Guests are thrilled to find walking is an option with or without a push cart. In addition to the usual two and four seat golf carts, La Costa offers a fleet of 16 Golfboards – a fun and fast way to “surf the earth” while playing. La Costa is the only public access facility in North County where you can experience Golfboards. La Costa takes care of families, too, with a Family Golf Program where juniors age 15 and under learn, play and rent at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult and can play on “Express Tees” on both courses measuring less than 5000 yards for 18 holes. Many people become familiar with golf at La Costa because it is a highly rated resort destination, the site for many group meetings and tournaments with rates that fit comfortably with any budget. The golf staff understands what is needed to make any occasion a success from format to scoring to prizes and many groups return each year. A very special part of the La Costa experience is the Golf Performance Institute, which offers golf schools, private lessons and specialty clinics for juniors and
new golfers. Director of Instruction A.J. Avoli, named by Golf Digest among the “Top 40 Young Instructors in America,” can create any program needed for individuals or groups to have fun while shaving strokes off their game. La Costa’s Golf Performance Institute offers a comprehensive program of game improvement opportunities including True Spec Golf, a full-service club fitting and building experience, instruction and flexibility programs by Roger Fredericks, short game schools with Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools and the RoboGolfPro swing trainer, the latest in high-tech instruction help that lets the user “feel” their ideal swing, a great way to improve. The Club at La Costa offers multiple membership opportunities for residents and non-residents in both Golf and Sport categories. Golf Members receive unlimited golf on the two 18-hole golf courses, a practice facility that is open seven days a week, access to 17 tennis courts, an athletic club, restaurant discounts, a full calendar of golf and social events, eight swimming pools and two hours a day of childcare at the Kidtopia Kids Club. Members receive preferred pricing throughout The Club and resort plus discounts at other Omni locations. Omni La Costa has been named a Gold Medal Resort by Golf Magazine with amenities to complement your stay whether for a weekend or longer. For details of the many packages offered call (760) 438-9111 or visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/golf.
With their beastly towing capabilities, anything goes. 6,800 lbs
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