Golfing in Santa Cruz
Golf is in the air and this year one of the greatest championships is coming to California. On June 11-17th golfers from around the world will be making their way to San Francisco to compete in the U.S. Open. Players like Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and returning champ, Rory McIlory, will be bringing their game to The Olympic Club.
Established in 1860, The Olympic Club, will be hosting its fifth U.S. Open and will certainly challenge players with its narrow, tree-lined fairways and small-bunkered greens. A match that any golfer would love to be apart of.
With a major golf championship occurring miles away you can’t help but get the itch to get out and play, and in Santa Cruz you have a number of top ranked courses to choose from.
One of the beauties of living in Santa Cruz is that you can play year-round. With sounds of waves breaking, tree-lined fairways of Monterey pine and eucalyptus trees, Seascape Golf Club, in Aptos offers the classic California golf experience.
Originally named, Rio Del Mar Country Club, the Seascape Golf Club is known for its thoughtful layout, well manicured fairways and bunkers that force you to re-evaluate the risk of your shot. The course also proudly represents a good portion of Santa Cruz golf history being built in 1926, and surviving a closure during World War II as it served as a “victory garden.”
DeLaveaga Golf Course sits in the hills surrounding Santa Cruz and offers challenging tight tree-lined holes and narrow fairways. The course is well maintained and the rates allow the newbie to get into the sport without breaking the bank. The double decker driving range is also a great stop to make after work or before a round. Overall great Santa Cruz golf course for the once a month player to the regular.
Boulder Creek Golf Club offers a truly unique experience by being able to play among the redwoods. While this is a shorter course, par 65 for men and par 67 for women, don’t assume it’s going to be easy. The fairways are tight and requires a player to have a strong understanding of the distance they can hit each club in their bag.
Finally, we have Pasatiempo Golf Club, which was conceptualized by entrepreneur, Marion Hollins and designed by world-renowned golf architect, Alister MacKenzie, the man behind courses such as Augusta National and Cypress Point in Pebble Beach. Word on the street is that Pasatiempo was his favorite layout, and thus why he made his American home on the sixth fairway, which is still there today.
Among top courses like Pebble Beach and The Olympic Club, Pasatiempo was ranked the 3rd best course in California by Golf Week and was ranked 30th as the greatest public course in the US, by Golf Digest in 2011. Needless to say California is a golfer’s paradise and Pasatiempo has the entire package, great layout, challenging holes and true golf history. The once private course is now opening its club house doors to the public, setting aside certain tee times throughout the day for public play.
There is no better time to book a tee time.
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