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June 04, 2012

Play Around in Santa Cruz County!

Fore!  Are you ready for the U.S. Open in San Francisco June 11th – 17th?   Golf fans should know that from Boulder Creek to Watsonville, Santa Cruz County offers a wide scope of challenging golf courses that satisfy both the high and low handicapper. Here are a number of our favorite spots: Golf Digest ranks Pasatiempo Golf Course in the nation’s best 100, out of about 40,000 golf courses throughout the United States.  Historic Pasatiempo however, is one of the few top spots open to the public.  Spanish for “passing of time,” Pasatiempo began as a dream for Marion Hollins, the 1921 U.S. Amateur Golf Champion. After acquiring the 570 acres that became Pasatiempo in 1928, she commissioned Alister MacKenzie to design the course as a test for any level of golfer: high or low handicapper. MacKenzie, one of golf's outstanding architects, also designed three of the six top-rated courses in the world: Augusta National, Cypress Point and Australia's Royal Melbourne. But Pasatiempo was his most beloved design, hole #16 being his favorite par four in all of golf. With its worldwide reputation and breathtaking views of Monterey Bay, Pasatiempo hosts an array of international golfers. In addition to challenging golf, Pasatiempo offers a four-star restaurant called Hollins House, a driving range; and facilities for tournaments, weddings and off-site meetings. Additionally, DeLaveaga Golf Course is a championship par 72 green known for its aesthetic mountain-top location and challenging layout. Famous for holes #10 and #15, DeLaveaga also offers a full range of services including a two-story, lighted driving range and a comprehensive lesson program. Aptos is home to the Seascape Golf Club with 18 exciting, competitive golf holes and a well-stocked pro shop; while Scotts Valley has the Valley Gardens Golf Course, an executive 9-hole golf course that challenges both the experienced and beginning golfer.  In the southern end of the county, Spring Hills Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole, par 71 course, has sweeping views of rolling countryside, outstanding greens and a driving range.  Opened in 1961, Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains was designed by Jack Fleming, noted golf course architect and protege of Alister MacKenzie.  The course is set in a peaceful clearing among giant redwoods, lakes and creeks. Ready to give your set of clubs a workout?  Head to any of these amazing courses and get into the swing of things.

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