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8 JAN/FEB 2018 P U B L I S H E R ' S N O T E Torrey Pines Golf Course — Farmers Insurance Open Before it was a world-class golf facility, the land that would become Torrey Pines Golf Course was Camp Callen, an anti-aircraft replacement training center during World War II. In exchange for an occupational permit to use the lower portion of the park, the military, according to the City of San Diego, had to guarantee that no part of the park would be damaged and that it would be kept open to the public. After the war, the camp was closed and its buildings were torn down and used for lumber to build housing for veterans. It was around this time that golf course architect William P. Bell "began envisioning the design of a wind and sea swept golf course that would afford golfers both rugged play and breathtaking surroundings." Toward that end, a special election was held in 1956 that resulted in roughly 100 acres being set aside for the construction of a public golf course. After Bell's death in 1953, his son, William F. Bell, realized his father's vision by overseeing the completion of the North and South courses, which have hosted some of the most exciting finishes in PGA history, including Johnny Miller out-dueling Jack Nicklaus to win the 1982 San Diego Open by one stroke and Tiger Woods' battle with Rocco Mediate to clinch the 2008 U.S. Open in a sudden-death playoff. Pebble Beach Golf Links – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Shortly after it was completed in 1919, major changes were made to Pebble Beach Golf Links. The California Golf Association, which didn't accept the course as a site for its amateur championship, felt that the 345-yard par-4 18th hole was too easy. With this in mind, course owner Samuel F.B. Morse hired Arthur Vincent, who lengthened the course to 6,200 yards, changed five greens, and moved the 18th tee to its current location near the 17th. More changes took place in preparation for the 1929 U.S. Amateur Championship, when H. Chandler Egan re-shaped and re-bunkered each green, moved the 1st tee to create today's dog-legged opening hole, reconfigured the 10th, added length to the 2nd, 9th and 14th, and moved the 16th green to a natural depression behind a grove of trees, extending the hole more than 100 yards. Sixty years later, Pebble Beach Golf Links unveiled a new 5th hole designed by Jack Nicklaus, which was placed on a parcel of prime oceanfront land that Pebble Beach Company had wanted to re-acquire for 80 years. Then, under direction of Arnold Palmer, preparations were made for the 2010 U.S. Open: four greens and 16 bunkers were rebuilt, altered or installed; 11 tees were enhanced; six holes saw the addition or adjustment of trees (including Cypress); and the total length of the course was extended to 7,040 yards. Riviera Country Club — Genesis Open In 1922, Los Angeles Athletic Club Vice-President Frank Garbutt began a search for the site upon which the Riviera Country Club would be built. To purchase the land from an oil millionaire, a syndicate was formed with final negotiations for the deal taking nearly three years to complete. Though initially unimpressed by "the barren site in the Santa Monica Canyon," golf architect George C. Thomas Jr., who had recently completed the design and construction of the Bel-Air Country Club, agreed to design a course for Riviera, with the condition that he be allowed to hire William P. Bell as the construction supervisor. After 18 months of construction, Riviera opened on June 24, 1927, with George Thomas hitting the inaugural drive off the first tee. Because of its championship design and ability to accommodate large crowds, Riviera was selected to host the 4th Annual Los Angeles Open in 1929. Some highlights of the tournament over the years include: Sam Snead birdieing the 18th on the final day to defeat Byron Nelson in 1945 by one stroke, Ben Hogan winning both the US Open and L.A. Open at Riviera in 1948, causing many to call the Club "Hogan's Alley" and Tom Watson defeating Johnny Miller in 1982 in one of the greatest comeback victories in tournament history. Enjoy your walk, Eric Woods THE WEST COAST SWING: A Brief History of Three Classic Courses California Golf + Travel Publisher Eric Woods Editor Mark Spinn Art Director Long Tran Associate Editors Mike Stubbs, Suzy Evans, Ed Travis Senior Writers Jim Dover, Tom LaMarre, Feisal Patel Contributors Ian Leggatt, Ed Vyeda, Leonard Finkel, Tom Stankowski, Ken Lane, Chris Lynch, Ryan Noll Photographers Michael Weinstein, Tom Neas, Mark Susson Travel Editor Larry Feldman Equipment Editor Scott Kramer, Ed Travis Wine + Golf John Finney, Dan Weldy Contributing Instructors Eric Lohman, Kris Moe, Perry Parker, Ted Norby, Scott Heyn, John Ortega, John Burckle Accounting Jep Pickett California Golf + Travel is published by Golf Lab Media LLC 1224 Village Way, Ste. 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