Thursday, December 18, 2014
Golfing Rancho Park Beating The King Review
LA has a long golf history including hosting the LA Open beginning in 1926. One of those classic courses in LA is Rancho Park which is in a very LA-location, smack dab in the middle of houses and movie studios. I hadn't had a chance to play the course but when a friend asked me to play 9 at the crack of dawn, I definitely said yes!
Was it really dawn? Well check out this pic:
I hadn't made "first tracks" on a course in awhile and my body was still asleep as I definitely put up some big numbers on the first few holes.
On one of the holes, there was a hawk holding her fresh catch and never had I sympathized so much with prey after those first few holes:
The course wasn't overly difficult and unlike most parkland courses actually had some elevation gains and losses and holes weren't tightly packed together so you weren't always ducking from other golfers.
My mind and body finally starting connecting and I started hitting some good shots.
What is fascinating about Rancho is that on the back 9 there are no par 5's until 17 and then there are two par 's back to back, a truly unusual configuration.
Now about that golf history. A very big piece of that history happened on Rancho's 18th hole.
During a LA Open, Arnold Palmer hit a good drive and then proceeded to make a 12 on the hole. A plaque is erected on 18 to commemorate the meltdown and to inspire golfers that even the best screw up. Well folks, I bested Arnie by 8 shots firing a 40 foot birdie putt to end the round.
That is truly the beguiling thing about golf, you can be having a lousy round and then a few shots keeps you coming back. That and I know that I am soooo much better than Arnold Palmer.
For more info about Rancho, check out this link: http://www.golf.lacity.org/cdp_rancho.htm