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28 JAN/FEB 2018 G O L F & T R A V E L PLAY MONARCH DUNES GOLF CLUB What's the most underrated golf course in California? We think the Old Course at Monarch Dunes, a Pascuzzo and Pate design in Nipomo, is a strong candidate. First, the conditions: we've sampled the course twice; the first time, the course was blanketed in fog, and drives disappeared into a wall of gray soup. The visuals were amazing and unforgettable. The second time, the sun was blazing warmly, and the course seemed to shine in reaction to the brilliant light. Put those sights and sounds together with the beautifully-presented course that seems to unfold naturally as it flows through the sand dunes and seaside features, and it's hard to resist being overcome with golf satisfaction. The facility boosted up its profile and portfolio two years after its 2006 opening by adding the "Challenge Course," a 1,750-yard, 12-hole par 3 course, featuring architectural bones reminiscent of the Old Course. 1606 Trilogy Parkway Nipomo, CA 93444 (805) 343-9459 PLAY RANCHO PARK GOLF COURSE Come on, really. If you love golf, it doesn't matter if you're a member at the snootiest club in Southern California, or play a majority of your rounds at an "upscale" daily fee course, there's nothing like the feeling of playing at a fully-outfitted, big city-owned municipal course. Los Angeles is fortunate to have Rancho Park, a 6,600-yard, par 71 course opened in 1949 and designed by William Johnson and William P. "Bil- ly" Bell. While the period-example golf course is the main attraction, Rancho Park has the goods to keep you all day, including a coffee shop and full-sized driving range with covered hitting spaces. It's stationed in a densely-populated area of West L.A., so gather up a foursome of friends and prepare to take it as it comes. 10460 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 838-7373 EAT OUT PINK'S Ever had bunches of people tell you how a movie was so brilliant, then when you see the movie, your expectations are so great, it's easy to be disappointed? Well, we know you've probably heard of Pink's Hol- lywood hot dog stand before, maybe more than once. But it's our job to recommend what we think is wonderful, so let us add to the stand's legend with this assurance - if you love hot dogs, there is no way you will be disappointed. For if there is a link, ingredient, or condiment you've ever wanted in combination - and a ton you've never consid- ered - Pink's has you covered. By the way - if you want to do Pink's like an Angelino, keep that line moving and be READY TO ORDER when it's your turn. You'll be in line for 20 minutes, so you'll have plenty of time to peruse the easy-to-read menu. Order. Move. Next please. 709 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 931-4223 STAY: SPYGLASS INN When you picture a coastal California hotel in your mind, it might be the Spyglass Inn. Completely renovated in 2015, the hotel is low-slung and ranch-y, accented with pastels and pristine grounds, with rooms perched above the beach, giving the Ocean View rooms an unlimited Pacific Ocean view. Some rooms offer fireplaces, and for those that don't, there are fire pits scattered throughout the property. The Spyglass Inn Res- taurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is well-known by locals and regulars for its food, ambience, and views. 2705 Spyglass Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 1-800-824-2612 805-773-4855 Los Angeles County REGIONS Central Coast REGIONS

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