10/11/2006

California Golf

Nice and gentle Palm Springs golf? Hah! Golf California says Try these wicked courses

If you think Palm Springs is all about casual resort golf, you will find yourself shocked by some of the brutal courses this famous desert city has to offer. By adding the Arnold Palmer-designed Silver Rock, Palm Springs now has several courses that will leave even the most experienced golfers feeling overwhelmed, including Pete Dye's seriously difficult PGA West TPC Stadium. Here's a look at some courses that prove Palm Springs is no pushover.
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6 comments:

Jeff said...

I think Spyglass is the toughest

Ranked number five on "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses" list by Golf Digest for 2003 - 2004.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, Treasure Island, published in 1863. Local legend maintains that Stevenson once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels. A unique aspect of this course is that the holes are named after characters in Treasure Island. Hole names such as "Black Dog" and "Billy Bones" are hints for the unwary. As players attempt to master this difficult course, they may hear the laughter of pirates in the distance.

Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front. S.F.B. Morse, founder of Pebble Beach Company, and chairman of the board of Del Monte Properties, envisioned a string of golf courses around Del Monte Forest's shoreline. Morse commissioned Jones to design a course between Cypress point and Pebble Beach.

After six years of planning, Spyglass Hill opened on March 11, 1966. The design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot.

Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.3 and a slope rating of 148. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill's holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.

"The Glass," a local nickname referring to the slippery greens, is an annual co-host to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly known as the Crosby. Spyglass Hill co-hosted the 1999 United States Amateur during medal play rounds, and hosts many other world-class professional and amateur events each year as well.

Located one mile west of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill Golf Course also offers putting greens and practice range.


18 Holes
Par: 72
Championship Rating: 75.3
Yardage: 6,862

Anonymous said...

Torrey Pines. The name itself stirs the imagination of golf enthusiasts all over the world. Situated atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California, golfers marvel at the views of the coastline and deep ravines. Nature lovers can spot wildlife and the famous Torrey Pines trees that are indigenous to the area.

Torrey Pines boasts two 18-hole golf courses, the North and South Courses. Along with fabulous golf, the facility offers one of the largest on-course golf shops in the nation, advance golf reservations, expert instruction, driving ranges and first class lodging and dining nearby.

Torrey Pines, long recognized as one of the nation's foremost municipal golf facilities, is truly a "golfer's paradise". Bounded by mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the seaside courses are often swept by sunshine or by rain, fog and chilling winds.

irishlass said...

Tee it Up!

Now that it's finally Spring, it's time to take out your golf clubs and head over to the driving range. I've been taking lessons from Robert Smith at Mather Golf Course, trying to get a little better before my golf outing in Cabo San Lucas at the end of the month.

Malinda and I are going to play with the big boys at Cabo Del Sol. Think good thoughts for us!

I asked some of my pals, where would you take a visitor to play, if he or she only had time for one golf game on their visit to California. Bill recommends The Presidio in San Francisco , which until a few years ago was a private military course but is now public. Tosh Tamaribuchi, Sacramento's finest hair cutter and an avid golfer, likes Chardonnay in Napa. Ray says dollar for dollar, Poppy Hills is the best value in the state. Mike recommends Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino, close to home. Our Graeagle friends say it's worth the trip to fight the Dragon. Joe likes La Purisima in Santa Barbara and Lisa votes for Desert Willow in Palm Desert. I expect a few more recommendations to come in during the next week or so.

There are 2 upcoming tournaments that should be fun to watch, The Ladies First Celebrity Golf CLassic, April 21, 22 and 23 at Rancho Bernardo near San Diego and the American Century Championship July 11-16th at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. I'm going to be a volunteer at the Tahoe tournament, which is a celebrity tourney with more than 78 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars. Some celebrities scheduled to compete: Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, Charles Barkley, Johnny Bench, John Elway, Mike Schmidt and Jack Wagner. Hopefully the Dancing With the Stars participants John O'Hurley and Jerry Rice will be back too!

To get in the golfing mood, I watch repeated showings of Caddyshack I Love Bill Murray! The Caddy I also love Dean Martin (he sings Amore) and Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner. My golf pro says it's OK, as long as I never watch Don Johnson's swing!

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