The first time most visitors set foot in Orange County, its likely to visit Disneyland in Anaheim or Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. The area is also known for producing several 1990s rock bands, including No Doubt, Sugar Ray, The Offspring, and Zebrahead. The City of Irvine is an education hub, being home to Concordia University, Pepperdine University, the University of California Irvine, and several others. Huntington Beach is known as “Surf City” because of its nearly 10-mile stretch of beaches and the culture that comes with it. Golf is also a popular pastime in OC. The PGA Tour Champions makes an annual stop for the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club. Panoramic views, emerald green fairways, and a two-story clubhouse are just a few of the most talked-about features of this plush, 65,000 square foot resort on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Costa Mesa Country Club has two public courses. Los Lagos is is considered the more “friendly” course, while Mesa Linda is shorter but a bit more challenging. Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Mission Viejo was designed by Tom Lehman. Not only is it known for its challenging layout, but also the food and drinks at its restaurant. Those looking for value are best served booking tee times in the spring and winter. Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course in Irvine and Casta del Sol Golf Course in Mission Viejo both have early-morning tee times for as little as $40.
Georgia Junior Golf Foundation was formed as a result of a merger between Atlanta Junior Golf and GSGA Junior Sectional Program. The organization was first established in 1974 and has since hosted, trained, and mentored over 10,000 junior golfers. Davis Love III and Bob Tway are two of the most notable PGA golfers who played in tournaments hosted by the Georgia Junior Golf. The Georgia PGA Junior Tour is another popular program in the Atlanta area. It teaches youth age 11 to 18 the fundamentals of the game, along with sportsmanship, discipline, and integrity. The organization typically holds around 15 tournaments per year.
Bobby Jones is arguably the most influential figure in the history of golf. Jones was born in Atlanta in 1902. He was one of the designers of Augusta National and was one of the Masters co-founders. But his results on the golf course are what make him a legend. Jones won a total of nine events on the PGA tour between 1923 and 1930, including four U.S. Opens and three Open Championships. The Bobby Jones Golf Course became the first public course in Atlanta when it opened in 1932.
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