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
Location 3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, California
Established 1924
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Website www.pvgc.com
Course
Designed by Olmsted Brothers, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas
Par 71
Length 6,490
Course rating 72.3
Slope rating 134

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 6,528 from the black tees, 6,219 from the blue tees, 5,718 yards from the white tees, and 5,459 yards from the red tees. The men's slope ratings are 72.3/134, 70.8/129 and 68.5/124 for the black, blue, and white tees, respectively.[4][12]

While not considered lengthy at just over 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 / 134 401 210 424 226 527 365 564 147 386 3250 364 362 302 418 446 185 470 330 401 3278 6528
Men's Blue 70.8 / 129 363 200 389 210 502 330 531 147 369 3041 364 362 263 418 416 172 452 330 401 3179 6219
Women's Blue 77.6 / 141 363 200 389 210 502 330 531 147 369 3041 364 362 263 418 416 172 452 330 401 3179 6219
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 7 13 1 9 11 17 3 10 12 16 2 4 14 18 8 6
Men's White 68.5 / 124 355 179 374 193 474 317 494 137 343 2866 342 355 130 404 334 145 440 322 380 2852 5718
Women's White 74.8 / 135 355 179 374 193 474 317 494 137 343 2866 342 355 130 404 334 145 440 322 380 2852 5718
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 7 13 1 9 11 17 3 10 12 16 2 14 18 8 4 6
Women's Red 73.4 / 132 334 173 350 182 430 309 460 127 328 2693 324 347 125 387 329 135 424 311 373 2766 5459
Women's Gold 69.4 / 124 302 161 298 159 372 255 449 110 260 2366 329 289 125 337 261 96 384 207 343 2330 4696
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 7 13 1 9 11 17 3 10 12 16 2 14 18 8 4 6

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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