Celebrate National Golf Lover’s Day on October Fore-th!
With National Golf Lover’s Day on October 4th, it’s time to pull your golf bag out of the closet, dust off your clubs, and brush up on your swing. Whether you are new to the game or think you are about on par with Jack Nicklaus, Newport Beach has a course to match your skill.
From a quick afternoon practice of nine holes to championship-level links with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Beach has some of the best places to tee off in Southern California. Practice your drives, putts, and everything in between at these courses.
Back Bay Golf Course
The Back Bay Golf Course is a 9-hole executive course that stretches along Newport’s beautiful Back Bay. It is part of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, so if you’ve booked a room, a game is included for two adults with your resort fee.
All holes are par 3. The course is quick and easily walkable, even if you are playing at a leisurely pace. It’s the perfect spot for beginners, a fun family outing, or those wanting to put in some extra practice on their short game.
Most golfers only need a pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter due to the size of the course. Clubs are available for rent at the course.
Newport Beach Golf Course
The Newport Beach Golf Course is another great beginner course, but here you can golf a full 18 holes. The first nine are more of a warm-up, while the back nine offer more of a challenge. If you are looking for a place to practice, the club also features a driving range, putting green, and chipping green. Don’t worry if you get a late start on your game, the course is lit for night play until 9 pm.
Pelican Hill Golf Club
If you peruse a list of the best golf courses in California, you’ll likely find both of the courses at the Pelican Hill Golf Club high on the list. Designed by Tom Fazio, these courses emphasize the natural beauty of the coastline on which they sit. With stunning ocean views from every tee on the Ocean North Course, it takes extra effort to keep your eyes on the ball and not get lost in a daydream as the sunlight dances across the water. And on the Ocean South Course, some holes weave so close to the water you can practically feel the sea spray on your face. The courses are par 71 and par 70, respectively, and offer a challenge for every level. Celebrities and professional golfers are often spotted at the resort, and The ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic has been held at Pelican Hill since 2015. Green fees include a skilled forecaddie with every foursome, with some citing the experience as better than any golf lesson they’ve ever had.
The Toshiba Classic
You have to be a member to play the private course at the Newport Beach Country Club, but you can still enjoy a day on the sidelines next spring, when it hosts the 23rd annual Toshiba Classic. The Toshiba Classic was traditionally a spring tournament until 2015 when the event switched to October. The tournament is skipping 2016 to move back to March, but then all of you golf lovers will get to see the 2016 champion, Jay Haas, defend his title. The Toshiba Classic is part of the PGA TOUR Champions, a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Tournament dates are March 7-11, 2018 and single day tickets are available now on the event’s website.
As a charity tournament, the event is produced by Hoag Hospital Hoag Charity Sports, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital. More than 45 other charities receive contributions from the over $1M raised during each tournament. This includes donations of laptops to local schools by Toshiba, the tournament’s title sponsor. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, see the tournament’s volunteer webpage.
It’s shaping up to be another week of perfect weather in Newport Beach (but when isn’t it 75 and sunny), so there is no excuse not to celebrate this holiday in the most appropriate fashion –with a mid-week game of golf.
Written by Kelly Barcus.