Southern California Itinerary

By Lauren ThompsonFebruary 16, 2011, 3:14 pm

Day 1

PGA West, TPC Stadium Course

PGAWEST

Carved by time between magnificent mountain ranges in La Quinta, California, lies The Club at PGA WEST, a geographically blessed golf destination just outside of Palm Springs, California.  PGA WEST is a resort development consisting of more than 2,200 acres featuring world-class golf, tennis and fitness.  With six incredible golf courses, three expansive clubhouses, health & racquet club and an array of social activities it is little wonder why people come from all over the world.  Book a Tee Time

18  holes | Public | Par:  72 | Length: 7,300 yards | Designed by Pete Dye | Weekend Green Fees:  $229

56-150 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, CA 92253-4600
(760) 564-7125  
    

Trump National Golf Club

Trump National

Trump National Golf Course is perched high above the jagged California cliffs taking advantage of one of the most incredible views in the world from every hole. Noted as the most expensive golf course ever built, over $250 million dollars has been spent to ensure its prominence. Gleaming white sand lines the walls of the massive bunkers, expansive lakes protect tucked away greens, and magnificent waterfalls cascade down at Trump National.

18  holes | Public | Par:  71 | Length: 7,242 yards | Designed by The Donald J. Trump Signature Design


One Ocean Trails Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-5000     


Day 2  

Original Tommy’s

Tommys

On May 15, 1946, a young Tommy Koulax introduced Los Angeles to a hamburger with gusto. Sixty four years later, L.A.’s Love affair with his chili-topped creation is still going strong. Beginning with a ramshackle little stand on the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards in Los Angeles, Tommy has fed an estimated fifty million Southern Californians. 

2575 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(626) 357-9201


Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs

Pinks

Pink's is probably the most famous hot dog stand in the country... certainly in Los Angeles!  Located near the corner of Melrose and La Brea, Pink's Can be found by looking for a crowd of people and following the aroma of fresh meaty chili and soft hot dog buns.

709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 931-4223


Randy’s Donuts

Randy Donuts

Ron & Larry's small business under the BIG DONUT at LAX is world renowned as the 'World's Best Donuts'.  'Built in 1952 as part of the Big Donut Drive-In hain, it has dispensed donuts ever since. Current owners Lary and Ron Weintroub keep it in top condition for occasional cinematic appearances” – Westways Magazine.

805 West Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301-1524
(310) 645-4707


Day 3  

Rancho Park Golf Course

Ranco Park

Rancho Park Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71 championship course, playing at 6,630 yards. Rancho has been host to numerous Los Angeles Open, PGA Senior Open, andLeaderboards: Pga | Lpga | Champions Tourhallenging undulating course requiring a great deal of skill. A variety of lies provide a challenge, especially on approach shots to smallish greens.

18 holes | Public | Par:  71 | Length: 6,630 yards

10460 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 839-9812    


Brookside Golf Club

Brookside

Brookside Golf Club, reminiscent of an earlier era, is steeped in 75 years of golf tradition. Designed by famed golf architect William P. Bell, Brookside Golf Club's 36 holes are nestled in the golden foothills of Pasadena next to the world famous Rose Bowl. The golf courses at Brookside have hosted many major championships including the Los Angeles Open and the National Public Links Championship.

36 holes | Public | Par:  72 | Length: 7,037 yards | Designed by:  William Bell

1133 Rosemont Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 585-3598   
  

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

WBStudio

See “behind-the-scenes” and “into-the-scenes” of your favorite shows and movies at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio.  Guests of the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour are offered a rare look into the world of entertainment.  The 2 hour and 25 minute tour via carts takes you through backlot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops…and always be on the lookout for a star as production is happening all around.

3400 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91522
(818) 972-8687 


The Navy Golf Course Seal Beach

Navy

Originally opened as an 18-hole venue in 1966, the Navy Golf Course is now a 27-hole complex occupying 220 acres in Orange County, California. With a recently completed multi-million dollar full-service clubhouse and restaurant, the facilities at the Navy Golf Course continue to evolve and expand with future plans to add 18 cottage duplexes for overnight and extended vacations.

27 holes | Public | Par:  72 | Length: 6,780 yards | Designed by:  Joe B. Williams and Ted Robinson

5660 Orangewood Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 889-1576


Day 4

Los Angeles Philharmonic

LA Phil

The Los Angeles Philharmonic continues its reinvention of the concept of a 21st-century orchestra under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel.  Embarking on its 92nd season in 2010/11, the Philharmonic is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras and is received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic is leading the way in innovative programming and redefining the musical experience. Tickets

111 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000   


Desert Willow Golf Resort

Desert Willow

Desert Willow Golf Resort located in Palm Desert, California, just minutes away from Palm Springs, offers two of the Coachella Valley's best plays. Test your skills against the natural hazards and myriad water features of the challenging Firecliff or play a smoother, more relaxing round on the magnificent Mountain View course which boasts newly renovated bunkers and greens.

38-995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-7060 
    

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Pacifica

SEAFOOD IS OUR PASSION - Pacifica Seafood Restaurant features the freshest seafood in the desert. Our innovative menu showcases a variety of fresh fare and flavorful steak dishes, complemented by our International Vodka Menu and award-winning wine list. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is just minutes from Palm Springs, near shopping and resorts, in the heart of Palm Desert, California. Online Reservations

73505 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 674-8666

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McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days of engaging in pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

“I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.