Course Reviews/Travel


Coral Creek Club - Fazio Renovation PDF Print E-mail

 

Images and story By Jason Bruno

Coral Creek Club, located in the quiet town of Placida, Florida in the

southwest region of the peninsula sits along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal

waterway. CCC is a private members only club that annually ranks among

the top courses in a state that boasts over one thousand layouts.

 

 

 

 

It had been over a decade since our last visit to the club, but on this Sunday

in late spring it was great to see the "Olde Florida" charm still exists here.


Since Coral Creek is a seasonal club, they of course chose the summer for

their recent renovation, as it turned out, the Covid-19 pandemic worked out

as the perfect time for team Fazio to complete the makeover.

 



Fazio/ CCC Renovation Goals:


1. Improve the overall golf experience of Coral Creek, while protecting the

legacy of the club and the integrity of the design.

2. Improve Sand Bunkers overall playability, functionality, ease of maintenance,

and aesthetics throughout the course. Delete out of play bunkers where necessary.

3. Adjust Tees where needed to allow additional yardage variety and yardage

scorecard options.

4. Resurface Greens and Collars, recapture original pin areas, improve green

surrounds, and create a sustainable growing medium for premier turf conditions

5. Adjust Fairway + Rough areas on some holes where appropriate.

6. Clean/ Remove vegetation that has overgrown on edges of all holes and

course routing.

 

 


Original Architect: Tom Fazio

Renovation Architect: Tom Fazio / Ron Smith (on site Design associate)

Renovation Timeline:  Started: May 1, 2020 – Completed: October 1, 2020

Course Acreage: 211 acres

Course Par: Medal Tees- Par 70, Blue, Gold, White, Coral & Green tee – Par 71.

 

Golf Course Specs:

Turf area - 90 Acres

Greens- Certified TifEagle ultradwarf Bermudagrass. 3.5 acres

Tees- Certified Tiftuff. 6 Acres

Fairways/Approaches/ Collars - Certified Tiftuff. 40 Acres

Roughs - Certified Tiftuff. 28.5 Acres

Driving Range - Certified Tiftuff. 12 Acres

Bunkers – Hybrid Capillary Concrete lining system and G Angle sand.

 

 

Head Professional Emeritus Ken Raynor was kind enough to be our tour

guide for the day. Ken was the Head Professional at Coral Creek Club for

decades and was also the Head Pro at Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport,

Maine for 38 years. Raynor authored the book, "I call him Mr. President"

that tells of his experiences with good friend - George Herbert Walker Bush

(the 41st President of the United States)

 

 

 

 

 

After a friendly opener gets you off and running, the downhill par 3

second hole gets the shot makers juices flowing.

 

 

 

 

 

The one-shotters at Coral Creek just might be the strength of the golf

course. Here at the scenic 157 yard sixth (that plays a hefty 220 yards

from the tips), a slight fade can take advantage of the mounds Fazio

created to act as side boards that funnel golf balls into the heart of the

green.

 

 

 

 

 

The short 341 yard par 4 eighth features a winding sandy waste area

that runs the entire length of the fairway, any pulled tee shot that

ends up there leaves a very difficult angle to a well guarded green.

The eighth green was one of the more extensive projects during the

renovation - requiring a complete tear down/rebuild due to sub-surface

issues.

 

 

 

 

 

The left to right angled green complex at the par 4 ninth is extraordinary.

It's quite wide, but its shallow back to front dimension provides the challenge.

Easily one of our favorites on the property, only the correct shot shape and

trajectory will do here or a tough up and down awaits.

 

 

 

 

 

The thirteenth is a reachable risk/reward par 5 that dares you to carry

this waste area on the corner of the dogleg.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifteen plays 415 yards from the blue tees , but like most holes at CCC,

it's all about the approach. An elevated putting surface is flanked by waves

of bright white sand. A false front repels any mis-hit back down towards

the fairway below.

 

 

 

 

 

The 471 yard finisher (451 from the blue tees) demands that you to bring

your best all the way to the house. Safety to the left side of the fairway

leaves a longer second, take on the right fairway bunkers and the approach

shortens considerably.

 

 

 

 

 

The view from position A, the ideal play from here is a soft draw to

this back hole location guarded by mangrove vegetation along the

inlet. A truly stunning close at Coral Creek Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Kudos to Fazio Design on improving one of Florida's finest layouts. The

renovation at Coral Creek Club has only enhanced the playability and

experience for the members, and will create a better venue for future state

and regional championships to be hosted at the club.

 

For more info: http://www.coralcreekclub.com/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pinehurst Resort Announces ‘Summer Tee Package’ PDF Print E-mail


We recently revealed our 2021 Carolina Tour will include several days

in May at the "Cradle of American Golf" - Pinehurst Resort. Well, now

you can do the same with the announcement of their popular Summer

Tee Package:

This popular stay-and-play offers a third night and fourth round of golf,

free, with a two-night stay in any of its three hotels, on-site luxury villas

or spacious condos.


Starting at $1,335 per person and running from May 27 through June 26,

the Summer Tee Package features lodging at the historic Carolina Hotel,

Holly Inn, the Manor, Carolina Villas and Condos at Pinehurst, as well as

a selection of nine championship caliber layouts including Donald Ross’

famed No. 2, Gil Hanse’s reimagined No. 4, and Tom Fazio’s Centennial,

No. 8.


Between rounds, golfers can relax with a drink in hand while enjoying

the Hanse-designed Cradle Short Course, with nine-holes compactly

sited on 10 acres adjacent to the resort clubhouse. Situated next to

The Cradle is the 75,000 square-foot 18-hole putting course, Thistle

Dhu, calling to mind the legendary Himalayas Course at The Old

Course at St. Andrews.



Chock-full of value, the Summer Tee Package also includes Pinehurst’s

famous Southern breakfast and three-course dinner, daily, cart fees,

club storage and unlimited use of the world-class practice facilities,

complimentary shuttle service. The resort offers a variety of unique

dining experiences, including casual fare at The Deuce overlooking

the 18th hole of No. 2 and fine dining at the 1895 Grille in the historic

Holly.

 



For more info, visit
www.pinehurst.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Spring Golf Packages PDF Print E-mail

 



(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI),
comprising 26 courses across Beaufort, Bluffton and Jasper counties,
invites golfers to experience pure Lowcountry golf this spring with
packages from The Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront
Resort and the Heritage Golf Collection.

With March and April temperatures up to 10 degrees warmer than
other areas of the Carolinas, HHGI offers golfers a head-start on
the 2021 golf season. Between rounds, visitors to “Golf Island”
enjoy award-winning restaurants, boating, fishing, biking, stand
up paddle boarding and other island activities and amenities, all
served with a healthy dose of Southern hospitality.

“We can’t wait to welcome golfers back this year, and our golf
courses, resorts, restaurants and merchants are all ready to
help make it a trip of a lifetime,” says Cary Corbitt, President of
the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “Whether flying
in to stay and play for a few days or driving here to relax for a
couple weeks, our golf and lodging partners are available to
customize the perfect golf getaway.”

Featured golf packages and experiences for spring 2021:


The Sea Pines Resort

The Sea Pines Resort, home of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ famed
Harbour Town Golf Links, is offering accommodation specials for
the PGA TOUR’s upcoming RBC Heritage April 15-18. With a limited
number of spectators this year, RBC Heritage accommodations at
Sea Pines guarantee a place among the gallery at one of the TOUR’s
most popular stops.

Lodging options include the Inn and Club at Harbour Town, the island’s
top rated luxury hotel next to Harbour Town’s first tee and just a short
walk to the clubhouse, and an array of golf villas and homes just
steps from the course. Guests can purchase two tournament tickets,
daily, for each room or bedroom during each night of their stay. Inn
and Club at Harbour Town rates start at $599 nightly for a king or two
queen room. Search villa and home rates at:
Sea Pines Hilton Head Vacations using promo code HERITAGE.

The package offers several additional perks: a $50 resort credit,
complimentary private transportation, use of two adult bikes and
parking (self or valet); complimentary use of premium beach chairs,
umbrellas and towels as the Sea Pines Beach Club; and preferred
rates at Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Heron Point by Pete
Dye. All guests also have access to the pool at the Inn and Club
and Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

For more info on rates or to book RBC Heritage accommodations,
visit www.seapines.com or call (866) 561-8802.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, home of three tournament-caliber
layouts including the renowned Robert Trent Jones Course, is bringing
back its wildly popular “Birdies and Beer Getaway” for 2021. Featuring
three nights’ lodging in the resort’s vacation rentals and three rounds
of golf on the Jones, George Fazio or Arthur Hills courses, the package
is completely customizable with golf, accommodations and amenities.

New for 2021, Palmetto Dunes announces special savings for golf
groups of 16 or more. Group leaders who bring a group of 16 or more,
stay at least three nights and book a minimum of three rounds of
golf will receive complimentary golf during their trip. All rounds must
be pre-paid and are based on the applicable group rate. The offer is
available for stay-and-plays booked before May 31.

For more info visit www.palmettodunes.com or call (877) 460-0027.


Heritage Golf Collection

Heritage Golf Collection’s “Spring Fore 2021” package starts at
$575
per player and features four nights’ accommodations in a spacious
vacation rental villa (quad occupancy), unlimited golf on Heritage’s
81 holes of golf spanning 18-hole Oyster Reef, 27-hole Shipyard and
36-hole Port Royal, as well as unlimited range balls, cart fees and a
$100 resort gift card. Showcasing layouts designed by Rees Jones,
George Cobb and Willard Byrd, the Heritage Golf Collection offers
golfers a variety of options, whether they prefer playing 18, 27 or
36 holes, daily.

For more info visit www.hiltonheadgolfnet or call (843) 681-1750.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

Located on Five Mile Point just north of the Bandon's Old MacDonald

course, the new Sheep Ranch course officially opened on June 1st at

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The original Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch

was a mysterious hideaway created by Tom Doak & Jim Urbina nearly

20 years ago (for Phil Friedman, the Amherst College roommate of

Mike Keiser). It was about as easy to find and access as the lair under

Wayne manor, but if you could get a hold of the caretaker and pay the

$100 fare, you and your crew could have the links playground all to

yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

The original Sheep enjoyed a legendary cult following, but when

Keiser's plan for a muni Bandon course fell through it aligned perfectly

with Friedman's decision to finally share his hidden gem with links

enthusiasts. Friedman's bakers dozen was simply an eclectic freestyle

of tees and greens that could be played in any configuration. It wasn't

a formal layout of any kind and it wasn't thought to be a big enough

property for 18 holes...

 

 

 

 

 

Once all was agreed upon to commence on the new Sheep Ranch

project (to become the resort's fifth 18 hole layout), the next order

of business was to find the design firm that best fit with the vision

and could solve the routing puzzle on such a petite parcel. It was

long thought that Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner would finally get their

shot with Keiser, but when the dust cleared, MK chose his reliable

"go-to" - Bill Coore (and Ben Crensahw) who unlocked the routing

that is now open for play.


Coore and Crenshaw's iteration features one mile of Pacific Ocean

frontage, including nine green sites situated along the western edge

of North America. It's important to note, that the bones of what Doak

and Urbina had produced two decades ago, served as a portal to what

stands today.

 

 

 

 

 

The par 5 first plays 517 yards from the green set of tees and gently

bends left on the approach, featuring an infinity green that bleeds off

into the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach leads you towards the ocean, it's Keiser's favorite opener

at the resort and ours as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 303 yard second sharply bends right from the tee, cut the corner

and an aggressive drive of about 260-270 yards can reach the front

of this slightly elevated green. Notice what Bill Coore describes as a

"turf pit" left of the green, when he was nearly blown off the cliff

behind fifth green during construction, the decision was made -

there would be no formal sand bunkers on the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The par 3 third is framed by dunes on each side and shares real estate

with the another worthy par 3 (more on that later on). This hole is by far

the shortest on the property at 113 yards, on this day it played just 105

yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green site on the 443 yard fourth, use the side boards to feed

the ball to this back hole location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another play towards the Pacific here on the second of three one-

shotters on the front side. Check the wind here on the 166 yard fifth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 460 yard par 4 sixth features the most dramatic views and the

most daring of tee shots on the course.

 

 

 

 

Nothing ordinary about the scenery surrounding the sixth green, but take

note of the 360 degree fall off that repels anything less than a finely executed

approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image of the par 3 seventh with the marine layer and the ocean

just beyond, might be our favorite photo from the day. It played 145

yards to this back corner hole location, anything long will gather into

the native vegetation along the cliffs edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 529 yard par 5 eleventh dips and rolls before taking you upstairs

between a bisected dune that Bill Coore refers to as "Volcano". This

stunner returns you to the modest clubhouse (where you'll find some

of the best made to order sandwiches at the resort).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The clubhouse view from behind the 11th green. This is an ideal space

to hang post round for a meal and to watch players navigate one of

the more unique green complexes on the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The magnificent 131 yard sixteenth that many consider the signature

hole, shares the same real estate on Five-Mile Point as the third green.

The genius in this design is that the surface of its sibling sits on a slightly

higher profile, providing an infinity view from the tee, all while the entire

100+ ft width of the sixteenth green (shown here) sits just beyond along

the western edge of North America. While the third green is relatively calm

in undulation, its next-door neighbor is a constant wave of rippling Fine

Fescue.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 314 yard seventeenth provides a great opportunity to right the score,

and is your last glimpse of the Pacific before turning for home.

 

 

 

 



Five separate snags or "ghost trees" surround the surface here on 17

that tilts away from the ocean and plays into the north summer winds.

 

 

The 18th isn't a dramatic finisher, but it provides a worthy opportunity

to walk off with a smile. Playing more like a traditional par 4, it reads

as a 5 on the card. At only 436 yards from the green tees (464 from

the tips), perhaps the thought was to give back that bad bounce or the

sudden wind gust that you incurred earlier in the journey. A golden ticket

if you will, imagine that - the golf gods (or in this case Coore & Keiser)

paying one forward to links enthusiasts. Traditionalists may not be in

favor of it, but I say cheers to that...

 

 

 

 

 

Summary: In the weeks since we've returned from Bandon, our thoughts

and impressions regarding the Sheep Ranch have not faded or diminished,

they've actually solidified. It was quite simply the most enjoyable golf

experience of 2020. It's a different flavor at the resort, an entirely new

spin - not as demanding as Pacific, not as puzzling as Old Mac, not as

tough a walk as Trails and not with the sand hazards of BD. Sheep's

challenges come in the form of exposure to sharp coastal winds. It's links

in its truest form, if it's calm go low, if it howls, hang on and grind. Sheep

Ranch allows the greatest use of angles and ground game options at the

resort. Simply, a superb addition to "Golf as it was meant to be".

 

 

visit: https://www.bandondunesgolf.com/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
California Golf Club of San Francisco - CAL CLUB PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Jason Bruno

California Golf Club is true to its name, pure golf is the ethos of this

members only club. Founded in 1918, Cal Club (as it's known within the

global golf community) was originally located in the San Francisco town

of Ingleside. In 1924, the club purchased a 425 acre parcel eight miles

further south on the peninsula. The newly acquired land featured rolling

terrain that was once a part of the original Baden Farm located in San

Mateo County.

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL DESIGN / EVOLUTION:

To say a few course designers have had their hands on the property at

one time or another is an understatement. A.Vernon Macan and Willie

Locke were architects of the original routing and design when ground-

breaking began in 1924. The course opened on May 26, 1926, but just

two years later (just as work was about to commence 120 miles south

on Cypress Point Club), Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter of the

American Golf Company were brought in to redesign several bunkers

and a few greens.

 

 



 

 

Byron Nelson at the Cal Club in 1953 conducting a clinic. 53 years later

(just months before his passing in 2006) he signed this photo that adorns

the walls of the club today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the mid 60's the state of California enforced an action of eminent

domain to create a roadway just off of the new interstate 280 - west

of the course. Around that same time, Robert Trent Jones Sr made

changes to the course that only added to the club's lost identity. After

decades adrift, the club found its way through the leadership of long-

time member Al Jamieson (committee chair & club President during

the days of reckoning in 2005 and 2006 ).

 

 

 

 

In 2005, course Superintendent Thomas Bastis was dealing with an

uncontrollable nematode problem and the club decided it was the right

time to embark on a search for an architect to do some partial renovation

work and upgrades to the greens. While conducting several interviews

and meetings over a 12 month span, some sage wisdom was imparted

by 1964 U.S Open Champion (and former club member since 1949) Ken

Venturi who told the project committee, "Gentleman, you only get one

chance to do this right." Venturi's influence on the club's old guard and

Jamieson's leadership formed a coalition that championed the cause for

a complete renovation/restoration.

 


Kyle Phillips was the architect chosen for his big picture vision of the

finished project and in 2007 he began a comprehensive 16 month

transformation of the entire property. The project included discarding

the old eighth hole, creating a new driving range, the ambitious re-

purposing of a 17 acre hill that was previously used for organic refuse -

which is now the seventh hole and the restoring of the 13 original holes

to their golden age identity (complete with MacKenzie-esque bunkers).

Phillips left no detail to chance, he was able to unlock the angles and wide

corridors by initiating the removal of thousands of trees that over time

had strangled site lines and blocked the crisp Bay Area winds. Another

daunting endeavor was bringing in five thousand truck loads of sand

that was essential to change the soil profile, solidifying Phillips' masterful

plan of creating a firm and fast (fine Fescue) playing surface. Coupled

with pure Bent grass greens, the signature of the club since its reopening

has been its pure and lean "feed the ball" links type conditions.


The union of Kyle Phillips' vision and Al Jamieson's club presence was

nothing short of a golf super nova. A project this worthy only succeeds

long term with a group of highly talented personnel that tends to the land.

Fortunately, Cal Club was already equipped with a duo of California's finest

- Thomas Bastis and Joshua C.F Smith (their young Jedi apprentice Javier

Campos was just beginning his journey at the time). Bastis notes that it

took the course legitimately 3 years to mature. "The entire course was

hydroseeded, not a stitch of sod on the property during the renovation,"

said Bastis. Seed germinates in random sequences and in an irregular

manner and as a result the front nine was closed to carts until the grow

-in was complete. During that time, the club made serious inroads in

changing the culture to a walking club. Cal Club moved towards recruiting

new members that exhibited a high golf I.Q and as Bastis noted, "Just

because someone plays a lot of golf, doesn't mean they're an educated

and informed golfer. It just means you play a lot of golf." Today, the club

is a walking club with a solid caddie staff. As a result of the cumulative

efforts of all parties, California Golf Club has gone from relative obscurity

to becoming a Top 50 course in the World.

 

 

 

 

The Course

Just steps from the pro shop, here's the view from the 535 yard par 5

opener. The Championship Venturi tees play 7,216 yards. Carry, pull

a trolley or take one the outstanding caddies. This is one of the best

strolls in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first fairway runs downhill to the farthest northeast part of the

property, encouraging aggressive play right out of gate. San Bruno

Mountains provide the scenic backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the first two thirds of the opener have you seeing opportunity,

the green complex is a handful to take in. Swales, hollows, mounds

and MacKenzie style bunkers guard the front and back, turning this

green light special into an examination of finesse and precision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view of the 448 yard par 4 second illustrates the superb re-creation

of MacKenzie's bunker designs by Phillips and his team, but also the

detail performed daily by Javier Campos and his Agronomy staff.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 437 yard third is a downhill left to right stunner that encourages

a fade off the box and right to left approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unreachable 592 yard par 5 fourth features this long linear sand

bunker that's carved into the transition of berm to fairway. The length

of this sandscape defines the line of play and serves as an ideal

element of drainage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

Like many golden age gems, tees and greens are in very close proximity

at Cal Club (as seen here on the short 346 yard par 4 fifth). Not only is

this the shortest par 4 of the routing, but it's also the most secluded hole.

Playing just a bit longer than the yardage as it gently climbs within a mini-

valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view from approximately 50 yards short of the back left hole

location shows the tight fine fescue lies that require your focus.

Local knowledge reveals a backboard just beyond this back left

hole location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mid-length par 3 sixth sits on high elevation with a clear view of

the mountains and the Bay Area suburbs below. Deep bunkers protect

the front left and the higher sloping right side. The right to left influence

gives this beauty a redan-ish feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tee view on the seventh reveals the most dramatic Phillips original

on the course. Once used for organic refuse, Phillips converted the site

to a spectacular downhill 411 yard Cape hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slope spills dramatically left to right, while well positioned bunkers

guard the bold line to cut the corner. The ground game is a very viable

option here to feed the shot along the decline to an open entry green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green complex on the 241 yard downhill eighth features a large

surface that requires your full attention. No auto two-putt here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The present day range now occupies an area in the middle section of

the property that was once the Agronomy staff's maintenance area.

The club's new maintenance building is one of the projects presently

in the works.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The 419 yard ninth features a blind tee shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach on the ninth is another that rewards the shot that

plans for the left to right pitch of the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

An overhead of the 412 yard tenth is another example of how the

land flows at Cal Club. Notice the fairway bunkers and a centerline

mow pattern that moves right to left, then trundles downhill and

swings back in the opposite direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tough to see the back right pin here on the 412 yard tenth where the

green gently slopes away from the elevated eleventh tee (left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 407 yard eleventh is the essence of ground game options at Cal

Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 232 yard twelfth is the most savage one-shotter on the property,

nothing less than your best will do here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunker view on the twelfth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The 433 yard thirteenth, note the difference in elevation from the

tenth green down on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note the flag whipping on the exposed smallish green here on the 13th,

late afternoon Pacific winds pack a punch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cypress dot the landscape throughout the property, but Phillips chose

wisely keeping the foliage that enhances the beauty of the routing

but rarely comes into play. The fourteenth is the third leg of the back

nine ball strikers exam and is the longest par 4 on the property at 479

yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the routing has a very back and forth side by side sequence

on the inward side, it never felt monotonous or lacking in variety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The greenside bunker here at fourteen is the most intricate at Cal Club

and my personal favorite on the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The overhead view of the 513 yard par 5 fifteenth green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view of the fifteenth green complex shows just how much the lay

of the land influences ball direction, a subtle factor not always so easily

observed while in play mode. Note the sideboard to the right of the hole

location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The charming downhill 133 yard sixteenth. Just a precise wedge to

this well protected green, easy to make 2, easy to make 5. Looking

over the green is the seventeenth tee box that features a line of play

across the edge of the green. Jay Blasi noted that such a design is a

golden age trait that would likely never get built on a modern day

design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventeen tee view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach on the 567 yard penultimate hole. Playing generously

downhill, a speed slot just short left of the green feeds the ball right

to this front right flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long before you walk down the hill towards the finisher at Cal

Club, you know you've just experienced one of the world's finest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike so many of the finest golf clubs in American golf, the Cal Club

is unassuming in its vibe. The bar and grill is the perfect friendly and

casual energy. Guests are made to feel like they belong. In fact, we

made it known, the day at Cal Club was our best golf experience of

2019.

 

 

 

 

 


We have several people to thank who contributed to this story, Thomas

Bastis was very generous with his time and insight on all things Cal Club

(including the Kyle Phillips transformation and several of his drone images

that are part of this feature). Glenn Smickley for his hospitality and finally

Superintendent Javier Campos who hosted us and allowed a couple of turf

guys to pick his brain.

 

To read our Q&A with Campos in our Designers & Turf Masters section,

click the link below:

http://linksnation.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=11

 

 

To catch the flyover view of Cal Club from Puffy Jacket Productions

click here: https://youtu.be/JQ6NS4KY5q8

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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