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  • 2017 Capital Project Recap

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  • 2017 Long Beach Golf Festival Recap

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    The 2017 Long Beach Golf Festival came to a successful conclusion on Sunday, July 30, when Bryan Martin of Thousand Oaks (who has teed it up in many past LBGF events including not just the Open but Men’s City and Match Play) cruised to a 5-shot victory with a total Read More
  • Footgolf Comes to Little Rec

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    At a celebratory “Kickoff Ceremony” on Saturday, March 12, the City of Long Beach began a 6-month trial of FootGolf at Recreation South GC, commonly referred to as “Little Rec”. Combining golf and soccer, FootGolf players kick a #5 soccer ball from a tee box into a 2 ½ foot Read More
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Big Rec to Turn 100!

18th-Big-Rec_400x200In late 1909, the Virginia Country Club was established when a 10-year lease was signed with the Alamitos Land Company for nearly 120 acres of land near a eucalyptus grove seven miles east of the city’s business district.

According to a 1949 issue of “The Golfer” magazine, “The course itself was built in the middle of a sheep grazing pasture, with the clubhouse – a modest structure costing $3,500 – at the top of Reservoir Hill.  It was a 116-acre site on the west sector of the Bixby Rancho.  It was a nine-hole pasture-fairway course – the sheep kept it mowed”.

Reaching the course from downtown consisted of taking a ride up the nicely paved road that is now Redondo Boulevard to Zaferia Junction, but from there it was a surrey ride on a dirt road for the remainder of the trip.  George Martin (who received $50 per month and a room) was the first golf professional and W. W. Beaver was the first Superintendent.

The first round of golf was played on April 30, 1910.  What is now Recreation Park Municipal Golf Course was the Virginia Country Club for the next 18 years, and in 2010, the City of Long Beach and American Golf Corporation will be recognizing the Centennial Anniversary of “The Park”.  Stay tuned for more information and recognitions, both here at www.cityoflongbeachgolf.com and in the Long Beach Golf Museum Room at Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course.

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Pictured: Adorning post cards from the roaring 20s, the “Splash Hole” was widely recognized as one of the sportiest golf holes on the west coast. The tee of the 260-yard 16th hole at the original Virginia CC featured a tee box built on stilts in the middle of a lake that required a carry of 120 yards to reach the uphill fairway. Many golfers used “floater” balls in case they couldn’t carry the lake, but that wasn’t always the best idea, since those weighed less than the standard 1.86 English ball customarily in use at the time, thus usually carrying a shorter distance.
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