Palos Verdes Golf Club

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Palos Verdes Golf Club
11th hole at Palos Verdes Golf Club.jpg
11th hole at Palos Verdes Golf Club
Club information
Location3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, California
Established1924
TypePrivate
Total holes18
Tournaments hostedNorthrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Websitewww.pvgc.com
Course
Designed byOlmsted Brothers, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas
Par71
Length6,433
Course rating72.3
Slope rating133

Palos Verdes Golf Club is a private golf and social club located in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

History[edit]

The golf course design began in 1923, and the course was opened in 1924;[1] the club, an amenity for area residents in the newly developed Palos Verdes Project, was designed by Olmsted Brothers together with the architects George C. Thomas and William P. Bell.[1][2] Many varieties of trees were planted during original construction, which are now very mature and line and narrow the fairways; the land on which the course is situated is owned by the City of Palos Verdes Estates, and the club is operated under a concession agreement with the City.[3]

The clubhouse underwent a major remodel from 2005-2007, making it a popular venue for weddings with the expansive ocean views and variable capacity.[4][5][6]

General information[edit]

The greens are a mixture of poa annua and bent grass, and the fairways are kikuyu grass;[7] the course has much change in elevation, and can be difficult for some players to walk.[7][8] Guests may play the course with a member, or may pay a public rate of $275 with highly restricted non-member tee times available. For the dress code, denim is not allowed; a tucked-in collared shirt, belt, and slacks or Bermuda shorts are required, as are soft spikes;[4] the course sits on 214 acres of land, within an 800 acre parkland preserve, encompassing several connecting canyons and unmanicured forestland.[9]

Membership is generally restricted to residential property owners in the city of Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Membership is open to residents of neighboring cities only by sponsorship from an existing member, and when no residents are on the waiting list. Nonresidents of Palos Verdes Estates additionally pay a higher entrance fee. Over the last few years, the waiting list for membership has shortened, allowing residents to join quickly and nonresidents to join within one year.[10][11]

The club is the site of the annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge - an invitational tournament for the top NCAA Women's Golf teams in the country.[5]

The course[edit]

The course is a par 71, at a length of 6,433 from the black tees, 6,197 from the blue tees, 5,691 yards from the white tees, and 5,434 yards from the red tees; the men's slope ratings are 72.3/133, 71.2/130 and 68.9/124 for the black, blue, and white tees, respectively.[4][12]

While not considered lengthy at just under 6,500 yards, the architects' use of the natural terrain, barrancas, creeks, and hills, combined with small greens, extensive bunkering, narrow fairways with strategically designed landing areas, and prevailing westerly ocean breezes, the course presents a challenge for players of all levels. Members have taken great care in preserving the original design and routing of this masterpiece; as of July 2013, the course underwent a fresh $1.5M renovation, restoring some of the lost hole design features and removing hundreds of trees to open up ocean views, and adding modern chipping areas around most greens.

A number of the holes (1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14) play longer than advertised, as they play into the prevailing west wind from the Pacific Ocean which is less than one mile from the course.[10] Fourteen of the course's eighteen holes feature panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean (a Thomas trademark).[1]

The front nine is a "perfect nine" - where no two holes in a row are of the same par.

Scorecard[edit]

Palos Verdes Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Men's Black 72.3 / 133 392 208 413 226 522 338 561 155 386 3201 364 362 283 418 439 145 486 330 405 3232 6433
Men's Blue 71.2 / 130 363 200 389 210 502 330 531 147 369 3041 357 362 263 418 416 135 474 330 401 3156 6197
Women's Blue 77.6 / 141 363 200 389 210 502 330 531 147 369 3041 357 362 263 418 416 135 474 330 401 3156 6197
Par 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 35 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 71
Handicap 5 15 1 13 7 9 11 17 3 10 8 14 4 2 18 16 12 6
Men's White 68.9 / 124 355 179 374 193 474 317 494 137 343 2866 342 355 130 404 334 118 440 322 380 2825 5691
Women's White 75.1 / 138 355 179 374 193 474 317 494 137 343 2866 342 355 130 404 334 118 440 322 380 2825 5691
Par 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 35 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 35 70
Handicap 5 15 1 13 7 9 11 17 3 10 12 16 2 14 18 6 8 4
Women's Red 73.4 / 134 334 173 350 182 430 309 460 127 328 2693 335 347 125 387 329 110 424 311 373 2741 5434
Women's Gold 69.7 / 125 305 85 298 159 373 263 330 110 260 2183 324 291 120 337 263 46 302 207 343 2233 4416
Par 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 35 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 35 70
Handicap 5 15 1 13 7 9 11 17 3 10 12 16 2 14 18 6 8 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gnerre, Sam (Dec 9, 2009). "Palos Verdes Golf Club - History". Inside SoCal. Archived from the original on Oct 23, 2012. Retrieved Nov 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Castonguay, Ken (2015). "History". Palos Verdes Golf Club. Archived from the original on Oct 21, 2017. Retrieved Dec 1, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.pvestates.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=623
  4. ^ a b c "Welcome - Palos Verdes Golf Club". Pvgc.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  5. ^ a b No. 24 Buckeyes Open Spring Slate at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge - The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site - OhioStateBuckeyes.com
  6. ^ "Palos Verdes Golf Club - Palos Verdes Estates, CA". Yelp.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  7. ^ a b "Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, CA | California Courses". Golf.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  8. ^ Paik, Anne. "UCLA women's golf to open its spring season in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  9. ^ "Palos Verdes Real Estate | Community History". PV Brokers. 1939-12-20. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  10. ^ a b "Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, California". Golfcourseranking.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  11. ^ "Palos Verdes Estates : Palos Verdes Golf Club". Pvestates.org. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  12. ^ Cusick, Tim. "Palos Verdes Golf Club | Palos Verdes Golf Course". Golflink.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.

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