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30 JAN/FEB 2018 G O L F & T R A V E L STAY: THE MISSION INN HOTEL AND SPA Think you've already stayed in the Inland Empire's nicest hotel? But you say you haven't stayed at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa? Check it out and see if you don't revise your opinion. The great American humorist Will Rogers said of the Mission Inn: "It is the most unique hotel in America. It's a monastery, a museum, a fine hotel, a home, a boardinghouse, a mission, an art gallery and an aviator's shrine. It combines the best features of all of the above. If you are ever in any part of California, don't miss the famous Mission Inn of Riverside." We're not going to pretend we can describe it better than that. 3649 Mission Avenue Riverside CA 92501 (951) 784-0300 STAY: THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL Did you read those words, "Newport Coast?" Did you immediately begin to relax and feel pampered? Don't waste that frame of mind - go ahead and book a Pelican Hill vacation. A sprawling Tuscan-style resort, every appointment and every detail has been addressed, from the stunning guest rooms, bungalows, and villas, to the amazing Coliseum Pool, perfectly round and 136 feet in diameter. There are six restaurants/cafes on campus, Crystal Cove for beach access, the Spa at Pelican Hill, and the Shops at Pelican Hill. Oh yeah - if you can pry yourself away from the Coliseum Pool, there are two 18-hole golf courses designed by Tom Fazio you might want to check out. The North Course essentially plays along the coastline, while the South Course plays "inland" by contrast, a forested, parkland play with peek-a-boo ocean views. 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd. Newport Coast, CA 92657 (855) 315-8214 PLAY BLACK GOLD GOLF CLUB Black Gold is a par 72 Arthur Hills design that stretches to over 6,700 yards as it snakes through Orange County's golden canyons, occasionally offering dramatic vistas of the coastal cities to its west. Built in 2000, during what some call "The Tiger Boom," Black Gold is the perfect example of what owners and developers did back then - they assessed the public golf situation around them, then built a public facility offering upscale amenities that were pre- viously only available to private club members and resort guests. Along with the course, attention was paid to practice, dining, con- vention, and wedding facilities in order to maximize its interaction with the surrounding communities, and there's very few private functions the 20,000-square foot clubhouse can't handle. 1 Black Gold Dr. Yorba Linda, CA 92886 714.961.0060 PLAY OAK VALLEY GOLF CLUB Put on a blindfold. Take a cart ride out to any of Oak Valley's fairways. Remove the blindfold. You'll swear you're standing on one of Southern California's best golf courses. And who's to say you're wrong? Were it not for the surrounding mountains, you might think you're in the Texas Hill Country. This 7,100-yard, par 72 Schmidt-Curley design utilizes the hilly, scrubby land to create a real gem; many claim it's the best in the Inland Empire. Green fees are remarkably reasonable for a course of such quality, and the location in Beaumont - where it competes with at least three other facilities for Beaumont, Banning, and Calimesa golf- ers - means it's rarely crowded, so pace of play is usually brisk. 1888 Golf Club Drive Beaumont, CA 92223 951-769-7200 Orange County REGIONS Inland Empire REGIONS

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