Maderas: Callaway Clips From Mickelson Maderas Shoot Start To Surface

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Photo courtesy of www.callawaygolf.com

Look closely at some recently released Callaway Golf commercials and you may recognize a familiar course in the background.

The clips from a shoot done with Phil Mickelson at the par-5 14th at Maderas Golf Club last November are starting to surface.

The course, which looks fantastic on film, gets the most air time in this clip for Callaway’s new Chrome Soft ball:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhVgIeu-Jk0

But you also easily identify Maderas in the backdrop of this clip for the Alpha 815 driver:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCO-yKH8zsY

Callaway officials say there’s still more Maderas footage to come, so stay tuned.

Amateurgolf.com Q & A: An Iconic Brand Returns To The Market

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No golfer in history has more short stories passed from player to player like the legendary Ben Hogan. Most of them involve his work ethic, legendary shot making and ascerbic wit. On the equipment side, Hogan was so exacting that he is said to have ordered the entire first production run of clubs destroyed in 1953 because they did not meet his standards.

After a seven-year hiatus from the market, the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company re-launched its brand with a new club line at the PGA Show in Orlando.

The company’s Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges were on display and quickly generated buzz at the show. First you notice the clubs’ clean, classic look with the iconic Ben Hogan signature. Then you notice something else: The clubs are only designated by loft, no numbers.

In response to lofts being strengthened in the industry over the years, the Hogan Company dropped the numbering system and produced clubs in an “unprecedented” range of 44 lofts so golfers know exactly what they’re hitting when they’re trying to gap their set.

Follow the link to read the rest of this post:

www.amateurgolf.com/golf-equipment-reviews/Irons/14101/Ben-Hogan–An-iconic-brand-returns-to-the-market

Farmers 2014 Revisited: Studying Billy Horschel’s Practice Round

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Editor’s Note: The blog is still rebooting from the PGA Show. In the meantime, to prime you for the Farmers in two week at Torrey, here’s a re-post of a piece I did last year about Billy Horschel’s practice round. This piece spurred then-record traffic for my blog that week. Thankfully I’ve got many more followers now, so this is for those of you who may have missed this the first time.

On a day when the clouds refused to yield at Torrey Pines, Billy Horschel’s white golf ball dropped out of a gray sky and nearly into the cup on the South Course’s par-3 8th hole Tuesday.

Horschel’s tee shot to the front-right pin location caught a slope in the middle of the green and nestled back to within mere inches of an ace. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it might’ve been an ESPN highlight. Today? As Allen Iverson famously once said, “This was practice, man. We’re talking about practice.”

His reward for near perfection after he walked to the green? He got to pick the ball up and go to work. A ball had been dropped in each bunker by his caddie and two more were hiding in the lush greenside rough, buried deeply like eggs left by an evil Easter Bunny.

Five balls in all and Horschel’s job was to drop each within 6 feet of the tournament’s four locations, three indicated by wooden pegs in the green.

Horschel worked through the shots, the toughest being a ball in the back bunker to a back pin, a tight shot to execute with about 5 feet of green to the hole.

Horschel’s sand shot floated out softly but didn’t land within the desired distance. Do it again, his caddy, Micah Fugitt, directed him.

“Oh, man, that was perfect,” Horschel said in a bit of mock protest. And then he hit another one that passed the test.

Hole after hole, this is how Horschel’s practice round went until he walked off the 18th green at about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

This was a PGA Tour pro at work on tournament week.

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Horschel hits bunker shots to multiple pin locations

If you follow the PGA Tour, you might remember Horschel for the octopus pants he wore for a round at the U.S. Open.

Locally, you’re possibly more likely to recall that he was in the final group of last year’s Farmers Insurance Open. Playing alongside eventual, and seemingly perpetual at Torrey, tournament champion Tiger Woods, Horschel couldn’t follow up his strong start and finished T-39.

Horschel, dressed in a pink shirt, white PING hat and white pats, was working hard Tuesday to prepare himself to better last year’s finish at a tournament that was his breakout a year ago.

“I still have good vibes about the place, for sure,” Horschel said. “There’s a learning curve out here and that was a learning experience.

“I’m looking forward to playing well the first two days and then playing better the last two days.”

To better his best finish at Torrey, Horschel spent his practice time Tuesday with a heavy emphasis on the short game, but with no neglect of anything.

His overall game certainly seemed sharp. He followed his near ace on No. 8 by bouncing his pitch shot into the pin on the par-5 No. 9 for a near eagle. The reward? Two more pitches to alternative pin locations and more work on the green – by Billy and his caddie.

While Horschel worked, Fugitt hand-rolled multiple balls to one peg and studied the break.

Two holes later, Fugitt switched to being videographer. On the long par-3 11th, as Horschel teed off with an iron, Fugitt stood behind him taking video with a cell phone camera. Horschel’s shot came up short right of the front pin location.

Horschel studied the video for about 45 seconds and re-teed. Similar result.

“Too high,” Horschel self-analyzed as he walked off the tee.

At the green, the short-game game began all over again with him hitting chips, bunker shots and putts to various locations.

After watching a putt to a back pin location veer wide, Horschel asked his caddie, “Didn’t I three-putt here last year?”

His caddie confirmed and Horschel dropped more balls.

On 12, the tough par-4 played toward the ocean, Horschel spent more time testing the Torrey rough, which was ankle-deep and thick. After Horschel’s club hit the rough with a grassy thud his swings produced divots the size of small house plants.

Trying to hit a flop from a particularly tough patch, Horschel’s flop flailed meekly and promptly returned to the rough prompting him to self-scold, “Geez, Billy.”

He hit four or five more from that spot.

The desired short-game goal always seemed to be six feet, but Horschel wouldn’t be that specific when asked later.

“The closer you get to the hole, the better your chance on the putt,” he said. “If you average getting it within 6 feet on your short-game shots, you’ve got a pretty good chance of getting up and down.

“Everyone has their way of practice and mine is to spend more time on my short game. It’s just a little game we play.”

On 13, a par-5 played with two split tee boxes, Horschel found the middle of the fairway with his drive and then tried to get home in two to a green fronted by tiered bunkers.

His first attempt slammed into the wall of the front left bunker; his next did the same on the right.

After taking a minute to recalibrate, Horschel fired a 3-wood that cleared easily and bounded onto the green.

“That was a solid,” Horschel said while handing his club to Fugitt. It was the closest he came to an audible self-compliment all day.

After he walked off the 18th green, I asked about his practice routine and the amount of time, especially, he spent playing out of the rough.

“The rough is thick. You know you’re going to miss some greens, unfortunately, so I needed to find out how the ball was going to react. Getting up-and-down can save you a lot of shots,” he said.

Starting Thursday, we’ll find out if Horschel’s practice saves him enough.

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Maderas: Michael Flickinger Named New General Manager

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Following Bill O’Brien’s promotion to Vice President of Operations at Troon Golf, Michael Flickinger has assumed the role of General Manager at Maderas Golf Club.

Flickinger has served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Maderas the past two years after previously being employed as Director of Operations. He came to Maderas from the hotel industry.

Now in his fourth year at Maderas, Flickinger says he embraces the General Manager duties and seeks to preserve the high level of service patrons have come to expect at Maderas.

Noting Maderas has been rated a top-100 public course by Golf Digest again for 2015-16, Flickinger said, “Maderas is a bucket-list club for people. When they come to San Diego, they want to play Torrey Pines and Maderas. We want to make that’s easy for them to do coming from the hotel where they are staying. We want to get more tourists here.”

To that end, Flickinger says a program coined “No car, no clubs, no problem,” will continue. That service picks up traveling golfers at their location and then provides them with rental clubs for their round for a packaged rate. The current rental clubs are brand new Callaway X Hot.

Flickinger said Maderas is also increasingly expanding its marketing thru mobile to reach new and current customers.

“In 2015, we want to do more to reach our core audience, meaning those who already like Maderas but aren’t visiting as frequently as they could be. We want people to be more aware of all that we have going on at the club,” Flickinger said.

Flickinger can now be reached at mflickinger@maderasgolf.com, or 858.451.8100.

Amateurgolf.com: Reviewing Cobra’s Fly-Z Plus Driver

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Editor’s note: This post marks the start of a new relationship with amateurgolf.com. I’ll be writing more about the relationship soon, but you can look forward to more equipment posts like this on in the short term.

In this age of adjustable drivers, golfers have become accustomed to being afforded a sometimes mind-boggling number of settings to dial in their desired launched conditions.

What golfers aren’t accustomed to being able to do, however, is change the CG (center of gravity), and that’s where Cobra’s new driver, the Fly-Z Plus, enters the fray.

Using something called FlipZone weight technology, the player can move the CG forward or back, thus inducing a lower or higher ball flight. Cobra says this allows high-ball and low-ball hitters to adjust the driver to dial in the launch conditions that are most conducive to ball speed, launch angle and, naturally, distance.

You can read the full review at:

www.amateurgolf.com/golf-equipment-reviews/Drivers/14050/Cobra-Fly-Z-Plus-Driver–The-AmateurGolf-com-Review

JC Golf: Desert-Style Golf Comes to Carmel Mountain Ranch

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At the moment, the course transformation taking place at Carmel Mountain Ranch is more about what isn’t there than what is.

What isn’t there: 50 acres of turf and 600 mature trees.

The scars of that two-month removal process remain, but they are quickly being replaced by mounds of redwood bark, piles of decomposed granite and a new vision for Carmel Mountain Ranch.

Course officials made a dramatic decision that last fall to close the course and embark on a renovation that would help the course achieve new goals of maintenance and sustainability during the prevailing drought conditions in Southern California.

To be more environmentally friendly and water-wise, the 50 acres of turf was removed, largely from tee box areas, landing areas and rough areas surrounding the existing fairways. When you walk onto a tee box at Carmel Mountain Ranch now, you’ll see the bordering landscape that is comprised of shaved redwood bark surrounding plantings of drought-resistance plants.

The area surrounding the cut-back fairway areas are now comprised of gray decomposed granite and will ultimately play like waste bunkers.

New Carmel Mountain Ranch Head Professional Brandon Delgado says the turf-removal process has made him look at golf courses differently.

“You don’t realize how much turf goes unused until it isn’t there,” Delgado says.

And thus the future savings for course and the community. Delgado says that when the plants have matured, the course will converse 400 millions of gallons of water annually, enough to supply 400 households.

Barring weather delays, Delgado expects the course work to be complete and the course rounding into shape by the end of March. Until then, two crews from a team of nearly 50 will be working two shifts daily to complete the renovation process.

In January, players are invited to play the course at a reduced rate ($39 for JC players; $49 for non-JC) and receive a $25 playback pass good through the end of April.

While the course may temporarily suffer a bit in aesthetics, the fairways and especially the greens are in as good a playing condition as any course in the area, Delgado says.

“After two months of no play and a shot of rain, our greens couldn’t be better,” he says.

After the turf removal, the first stage of the renovation to be completed was a flattening of all the tee boxes and a re-positioning of some of them, largely to more advantageous angles from the forward tees.

Golfers who’ve played the course in the past will mostly likely notice an immediate difference on their scorecards.

“Low-handicappers are probably going to see it get a few strokes tougher,” he says, “but high-handicappers should have their scores go down.”

The new tee boxes are also wider and in many cases will allow for a great variety of teeing options, such as on the signature 11th, a par 3 over water.

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Left: No. 11 before. Right: No. 11 after.

As someone who’s played the course from the blue tees in the past, I could feel my tee shots getting tighter just walking the course. In particular, I recalled a round that started with a tee shot pulled left on the opening hole, a downhill par 4. My ball settled into the rough, but thankfully tree-free, and I was able to recover to six feet for an opening birdie.

That shot next time will likely be from decomposed granite and possibly a little more challenging to replicate.

The formerly generous 16th fairway renovations also caught my eye. Formerly a straightaway par-4 with a creek carry, the fairway has been tightened significantly, not only near the initial landing area but all the way to the green.

In the past, the course has been a mix of tight tee shots and less restrictive ones, but golfers can expect more uniform play from the new design and an increased premium on fairways.

Delgado says the finished product will be unique amongst San Diego courses and ensure Carmel Mountain Ranch’s sustainability for many years to come.

“We’re going to have a one-of-a-kind golf experience in San Diego and hopefully one of the best golf products out there.”

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Maderas: Golf Digest Renews Maderas’ Top 100 Ranking

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The new year got off to a celebratory start at Maderas Golf Club when Golf Digest released its biennial top 100 public course rankings on Jan. 6.

Maderas’ top 100 status, achieved for the first time in 2013-14, was renewed for 2015-16 in the coveted ratings unveiled in the January issue.

The course staff had awaited the new rankings with hopeful anticipation and the repeat recognition made for a jubilant January day, General Manager Michael Flickinger says.

“The entire club feels privileged and honored to be a part of this group,” Flickinger says of the top 100 courses. “We fought long and hard to be able to move into this arena, and we’re thrilled that Golf Digest recognized us again. It’s great to have this for another two years.”

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A host of variables go into the rating criteria, but Flickinger says course maintenance in particular carries significant weight. That validates an area of great emphasis at Maderas, he says.

“The maintenance staff in particular was very excited. We talk to the staff about course conditions and accolades like this. For us to paint that goal for them to achieve it a second time is a great feeling.
“And it’s a great lift for the staff as a whole.”

Golf Digest rated Maderas No. 92 and added the following comments:

A rare core design with residential homes amidst rock-dotted hillsides around its perimeter, Maderas features ponds, lakes, creek gulches, dry washes, canyons and chasms as hazards and sports some of the longest greens in southern California. Its setting below the San Jacinto mountain range is invigorating. Practice sidehill and downhill lies before playing Maderas, as its fairways have few flat spots.

Those words will resonate with golfers throughout the next two years.

Flickinger says the course staff didn’t fully understand the impact of being recognized the first time until new golfers started booking tee times.

“One of things we noticed is that people would come into the golf shop and tell us we were now on their bucket list. When they’re in California, they want to play the California top 100 courses,” he says. “They were glad to experience the course for the first time. And we were glad to provide that experience.

“We do think Maderas is a special place, and it’s great to share that with people from throughout the United States.”

Flickinger says the motivation and awareness of Maderas’ status drove the staff to strive for a repeat. Besides maintaining outstanding service, the course invested in a facility upgrade by rebuilding its driving range.

The course purchased pins for its staff denoting the top-100 status the first time. He says something similar will be done this time in addition to updating signage and other promotional course material.

And Flickinger already has one eye toward the 2017-18 rankings.

“How can we move up?” he says. “We’re already reviewing all our methodology.
“We hope to never leave the arena now that we’ve entered it.”

You can find the entire Golf Digest list here – golfdig.st/1tM5fpc.

For reader convenience, we’ve extracted the California course rankings and comments. To book a tee time at Maderas, use this site or call 858.451.8100.

1. Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach has been the No. 1 course ever since we introduced the 100 Greatest Public in 2003. It’s not just the greatest meeting of land and sea in American golf, but the most extensive one, too, with nine holes perched immediately above the crashing Pacific surf — the fourth through the 10th plus the 17th and 18th. Pebble’s sixth through eighth are golf’s real Amen Corner, with a few Hail Marys thrown in over an ocean cove on eight from atop a 75-foot-high bluff. Pebble will host another U.S. Amateur in 2018, and its sixth U.S. Open in 2019.

21. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz

Pasatiempo is arguably Alister Mackenzie’s favorite design. After all, he lived along its sixth fairway during the last years of his life. With its elaborate greens and spectacular bunkering fully restored by Tom Doak, Pasatiempo is a classic example of Mackenzie’s art. The back nine, playing repeatedly over deep barrancas, is a test for even the most talented of golfers. Presently dealing with drought conditions that restrict watering, Pasatiempo received a Golf Digest Green Star environmental award in 2014.

39. Torrey South, La Jolla

Torrey Pines sits on one of the prettiest golf course sites in America, atop coastal bluffs north of San Diego with eye dazzling views of the Pacific. Rees Jones’s remodeling of the South Course in the early 2000s not only made it competitive for the 2008 U.S. Open, it brought several coastal canyons into play for everyday golfers, especially on the par-3 third and par-4 14th. The USGA recently awarded Torrey Pines its second U.S. Open, to be held in 2021.

40. PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta

Originally private, the TPC Stadium Course (the original 18 at PGA West) finished third in Golf Digest’s survey of Best New Private Courses of 1986. It was also once among the rota of courses for the old Bob Hope Desert Classic, until some pros, objecting to its difficulty, petitioned to remove it. It’s Pete Dye at his rambunctious best, with a finish that mimics his later design at TPC Sawgrass: a gambling par-5 16th (called San Andres Fault), a short par-3 17th to an island green and an intimidating par-4 18th with water hard against the left edge all the way to the green.

44. CordeValle, San Martin

Located in the little-known but abundant golfing area south of San Jose, the gorgeous CordeValle was a private club when it first opened, but is a high-end resort destination these days, with climbing and descending soft hills dotted by gnarled oaks. It hosted both the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open in 2013 and will be the site of the U.S. Women’s Open in 2016.

49. The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach

The Links at Spanish Bay was the first true links course built in America in many decades, but it took years for conveyor belts to deposit sand atop exposed bed rock to return this mined-out sand quarry back to a linkland site. The trio of designers, playfully dubbed “The Holy Trinity,” thoughtfully shaped an 18 that looks natural, plays strategically and is sensitive to the coastal wetland environment.

61. Pelican Hill (Ocean South), Newport Beach

One highlight of Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course, which was Golf Digest’s Best New Resort Course of 1992, are the 12th and 13th, back-to-back par 3s tucked on a ledge just above the Pacific Ocean, the latter hole with alternate greens. Although the rest of the course is farther from the coastline, mostly on highlands above the Pacific Coast highway, the entire 18 offers spectacular views and short but tricky holes.

89. Pelican Hill (Ocean North), Newport Beach

The slightly younger companion to No. 61 Ocean South at Pelican Hill, the Ocean North Course (previously called the Links Course) is a bit longer and a bit farther inland. Some holes are on higher plateaus, too, which provide for even more scenic Pacific vistas. Only one pond is in play, on the inside corner of the par-5 17th, but deep canyons must be carried several times during a round, including on the approach off the dogleg right 18th.

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92. Maderas GC, Poway
A rare core design with residential homes amidst rock-dotted hillsides around its perimeter, Maderas features ponds, lakes, creek gulches, dry washes, canyons and chasms as hazards and sports some of the longest greens in southern California. Its setting below the San Jacinto mountain range is invigorating. Practice sidehill and downhill lies before playing Maderas, as its fairways have few flat spots.

93. Sandpiper GC, Santa Barbara

On bluffs adjacent to the Pacific outside Santa Barbara, Sandpiper occupies land only slightly less spectacular than No. 39 Torrey Pines (another William F. Bell design), with certain holes, like the par-3 11th, actually closer to the surf than anything at Torrey. Corridors are comfortably wide to accommodate windy conditions. Greens on holes like the par-4 10th and par-5 13th are perhaps the earliest versions of a current design trend, “infinity greens” that hug the horizon with a vast ocean beyond.

JC Golf: Degaldo Named Head Pro at Carmel Mountain Ranch

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Brandon Delgado, previously the First Assistant Professional at Encinitas Ranch, has been named the Head Golf Professional at Carmel Mountain Ranch.

Delgado, who’s originally from San Jose, takes over in the midst of a continuing turf-reduction transformation at Carmel Mountain Ranch. After being closed for two months while 50 acres of turf was removed, the course re-opened around Christmas and is continuing its efforts to evolve into San Diego’s first desert-style golf experience.

Delgado says it’s an exciting time to be working with the course while it’s re-defining itself.

“It’s always been a goal to achieve a head professional position,” he says, “and this is an incredible experience to learn. It’s almost like opening a new golf course.”

Delgado has actually done that twice in his career. He was on the staff at Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside when it opened in 2006 and was managed by JC Golf.

After working at the Lawrence Welk Resort as the First Assistant Golf Professional, Delgado took a position at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, where he spent almost seven years. During two of those years, Pelican was closed while renovating its fairways.

Delgado arrived at Pelican Hill at the end of a two-year golf course renovation. “The experience I gained being a part of the opening teams at Arrowood Golf Course and Pelican Hill has benefited me greatly here at Carmel Mountain Ranch,” Delgado says.

Thus Delgado has experience with courses in a transformation phase and embraces the experience. This one is unique, however, in that he feels it’s going to be a trend-setter.

The turf reduction is being done largely for environmental and maintenance reasons in response to the current drought in California. Among other benefits, the course will ultimately conserve more than 40 million gallons of water a year, enough to annually supply 400 households.

The renovation makes Carmel Mountain Ranch more environmentally responsible and a better community partner, Delgado says.

“You’re going to see a lot more of this, especially in San Diego,” he says. “It’s the way the industry is headed, and I hope we lead the way and a lot of courses follow us after they see the benefits of what we’re doing.

“We’re going to have a one-of-a-kind golf experience in San Diego and hopefully one of the best golf products out there.”

To book a tee time at Carmel Mountain Ranch and take advantage of its January renovation specials, including a $25 playback voucher, go to www.jcgolf.com.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Delgado at 858.487.9224, ext. 233 or bdelgado@jcresorts.com.

CA Courses in the Golf Digest Top 100

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Left: Maderas. Right: Torrey South.

The new Golf Digest top 100 public course rankings for 2015-16 are out. For your convenience, I’ve broken out the rankings and comments for the California courses. You can see the complete list here – golfdig.st/1tM5fpc.

I’ve now played five of the top 100 and visited another. Might not seem like much, but it’s four more than when I moved out here three years ago.

Anyway, consider this the CliffsNotes for CA.

1. Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach has been the No. 1 course ever since we introduced the 100 Greatest Public in 2003. It’s not just the greatest meeting of land and sea in American golf, but the most extensive one, too, with nine holes perched immediately above the crashing Pacific surf — the fourth through the 10th plus the 17th and 18th. Pebble’s sixth through eighth are golf’s real Amen Corner, with a few Hail Marys thrown in over a ocean cove on eight from atop a 75-foot-high bluff. Pebble will host another U.S. Amateur in 2018, and its sixth U.S. Open in 2019.

21. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz

Pasatiempo is arguably Alister Mackenzie’s favorite design. After all, he lived along its sixth fairway during the last years of his life. With its elaborate greens and spectacular bunkering fully restored by Tom Doak, Pasatiempo is a classic example of Mackenzie’s art. The back nine, playing repeatedly over deep barrancas, is a test for even the most talented of golfers. Presently dealing with drought conditions that restrict watering, Pasatiempo received a Golf Digest Green Star environmental award in 2014.

39. Torrey South, La Jolla

Torrey Pines sits on one of the prettiest golf course sites in America, atop coastal bluffs north of San Diego with eye dazzling views of the Pacific. Rees Jones’s remodeling of the South Course in the early 2000s not only made it competitive for the 2008 U.S. Open, it brought several coastal canyons into play for everyday golfers, especially on the par-3 third and par-4 14th. The USGA recently awarded Torrey Pines its second U.S. Open, to be held in 2021.

40. PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta

Originally private, the TPC Stadium Course (the original 18 at PGA West) finished third in Golf Digest’s survey of Best New Private Courses of 1986. It was also once among the rota of courses for the old Bob Hope Desert Classic, until some pros, objecting to its difficulty, petitioned to remove it. It’s Pete Dye at his rambunctious best, with a finish that mimics his later design at TPC Sawgrass: a gambling par-5 16th (called San Andres Fault), a short par-3 17th to an island green and an intimidating par-4 18th with water hard against the left edge all the way to the green.

44. Cordevalle, San Martin

Located in the little-known but abundant golfing area south of San Jose, the gorgeous CordeValle was a private club when it first opened, but is a high-end resort destination these days, with climbing and descending soft hills dotted by gnarled oaks. It hosted both the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open in 2013 and will be the site of the U.S. Women’s Open in 2016.

49. The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach

The Links at Spanish Bay was the first true links course built in America in many decades, but it took years for conveyor belts to deposit sand atop exposed bed rock to return this mined-out sand quarry back to a linkland site. The trio of designers, playfully dubbed “The Holy Trinity,” thoughtfully shaped an 18 that looks natural, plays strategically and is sensitive to the coastal wetland environment.

61. Pelican Hill (Ocean South), Newport Beach

One highlight of Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course, which was Golf Digest’s Best New Resort Course of 1992, are the 12th and 13th, back-to-back par 3s tucked on a ledge just above the Pacific Ocean, the latter hole with alternate greens. Although the rest of the course is farther from the coastline, mostly on highlands above the Pacific Coast highway, the entire 18 offers spectacular views and short but tricky holes.

89. Pelican Hill (Ocean North), Newport Beach

The slightly younger companion to No. 61 Ocean South at Pelican Hill, the Ocean North Course (previously called the Links Course) is a bit longer and a bit farther inland. Some holes are on higher plateaus, too, which provide for even more scenic Pacific vistas. Only one pond is in play, on the inside corner of the par-5 17th, but deep canyons must be carried several times during a round, including on the approach off the dogleg right 18th.

92. Maderas GC, Poway

A rare core design with residential homes amidst rock-dotted hillsides around its perimeter, Maderas features ponds, lakes, creek gulches, dry washes, canyons and chasms as hazards and sports some of the longest greens in southern California. Its setting below the San Jacinto mountain range is invigorating. Practice sidehill and downhill lies before playing Maderas, as its fairways have few flat spots.

93. Sandpiper GC, Santa Barbara

On bluffs adjacent to the Pacific outside Santa Barbara, Sandpiper occupies land only slightly less spectacular than No. 39 Torrey Pines (another William F. Bell design), with certain holes, like the par-3 11th, actually closer to the surf than anything at Torrey. Corridors are comfortably wide to accommodate windy conditions. Greens on holes like the par-4 10th and par-5 13th are perhaps the earliest versions of a current design trend, “infinity greens” that hug the horizon with a vast ocean beyond.