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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Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.



Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

"If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

"Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

"In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

"I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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Wallace holds off charges to win BMW International

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''


Full-field scores from the BMW International Open


Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.

Sunghyun Park (left) and Minchel Choi (right). Getty Images

Choi, Park qualify for Carnoustie from Korean Open

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 2:54 pm

Two players - Minchel Choi and Sanghyun Park - qualified for next month's Open Championship at Carnoustie via the Open Qualifying Series on Sunday.

Choi (69) held off Park (66) to win the Korean Open by two shots.

This was the Qualifying Series debut for the Korean Open, whiched awarded Open Championship exemptions to the tournament's top two finishers inside the top eight and ties who were not already qualified.

Choi, the 532nd-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, punched his ticket in his first professional win.

Park, the 146th in the world, is a six-time Korean Tour champion who has already won twice this season. 

Both players will be making their first ever major starts.

“I am absolutely honored to be playing in The Open and I wanted to win this championship to give me [that] opportunity," Choi said. "I cannot believe that I have won today. I am so happy and excited."

“It is a great honor to have qualified for The Open and make my first appearance in the championship," Park added. "I’ve watched The Open on television every single year and I can’t really believe that I have qualified, it is amazing."

The Open Qualifying Series continues next week at the Open de France, where as many as three exemptions will be awarded to the three leading players inside the top 10 and ties who are not already qualified.

The 147th Open will be held at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.


Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship


Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.