West Coast Window Shopping: For bargains, San Diego offers top shelf selection

By Mike BaileyJanuary 26, 2012, 1:39 am

It's common knowledge that Torrey Pines, a U.S. Open and PGA Tour venue on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, is a public golf course. And most people also know that unless you're a San Diego resident, you can expect to pay big bucks to play here.

You might be thinking that's the case with most of the golf in the San Diego area, but that's really not true at all. You can even get ocean views for much less than you think. And the San Diego area has some of the most intriguing and accessible municipals in the country.

For example, there's Coronado Municipal, a 55-year-old layout located right on the water in the heart of San Diego. It won't make you forget about Torrey Pines, but for $30 during the week you get an ocean breeze, the same great San Diego weather, a great view of downtown and pretty nice greens. You could also check out Mission Trails or Balboa Park, two fun San Diego munis that can also be played on the cheap. Or, if you're willing to go up the coast a little, tee it up at Encinitas Ranch Golf Club, which features excellent conditioning, a fantastic grill and a few ocean views. Normal rates at Encinitas Ranch are about $80, which is already less than most of the good daily fees in the area, but if you're willing to book an afternoon tee time, you can get it for substantially less.

Some other San Diego area quality daily fee courses that won't break the bank include Mt. Woodson Golf Club, Escondido Country Club and the Golf Club of California. Mt. Woodson is a little quirky, but fun. And you can't beat the scenery from its elevated tees that afford the highest point in San Diego country. Escondido and the GC of California both used to be exclusively private, but the economy has opened both of them up for public play at modest green fees, well under $100 in most cases. And if you're looking for a peaceful and inexpensive escape in the northern part of the country, drive up to Lake San Marcos Resort and Country Club in the coastal foothills. You can play the resort's 1963 Harry Rainville designed North Course for under $50. And for an extra diversion, there's the 2,800-yard, par-58 South Course for a warm-up or wind-down round.

Other good values in the San Diego area include Oceanside, Steele Canyon and two 18-hole courses at Sycuan Resort, all of which can be found for double-digit green fees. Yes, golf in San Diego can be expensive at Torrey Pines and the big-name resorts like La Costa or Grand Del Mar, but there are plenty of options that won't break the bank, and the great weather is universal to all of them.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.