Riviera Country Club is awesome! The course is in mint condition, and the layout is one of the best I’ve seen. If you live in the LA area, and love golf, you must come out to see the Northern Trust Open. The tournament begins Thursday, February 13th and concludes Sunday, February 16th.
Practice round notes: I spoke to a few caddies today, and they were surprised there is little, if any, rough throughout the course. In year’s past, the rough has been thick, but it will be a bomber’s paradise this year.
There are spots on the course you cannot miss, such as short right of the green on 10, or the deep fairway bunker on 15, but for the most part the course is very gettable. I see around 15 to 18-under winning this week.
I will be previewing the course on Wednesday, but here is a sneak peak of Riviera.
Ben Hogan Statue: Riviera CC is nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley” because he won the 1947 and 1948 LA Opens as well as the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera.
Sixth hole, 199-yard par-3: The mansion on top of the hill is one of about 100 mansions that line the golf course.
Eighth hole, 460-yard par-4: Split fairway, I believe the players will go down the right side (from the tee) because the fairway on the left pinches in.
The clubhouse can be seen from many parts of the course, especially when you are coming up the ninth.
16th hole, 166-yard par-3: I need to learn about the trees at Riviera because they are spectacular. I think these are white birches(?), and about 30 of them are located around the 16th hole.
18th green: Can’t wait to see this place fill up with spectators!