Catalina Island Golf Course: Your Ticket to Golfing in Paradise
What do you call the former home of the Bobby Jones Invitational Tournament that meanders through the canyons of Catalina Island with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean? Why it’s the Catalina Island golf course; the oldest operating golf course west of the Rockies. Where else but on this small, yet charming island filled with hospitality could you find a golf course that boasts nine demanding holes, and two sets of tees for 18-hole play on a 2100-yard scenic course. Amid the diminutive greens and bottomless bunkers, you can meet your golf challenge head on where deer, hawks and island foxes play.
Built in 1892 by the Banning Brothers, Catalina Island Golf Course was just a tiny three-hole course. But its popularity expanded the course to 9 holes in the early 20th century. By 1929 its expansion included an 18-hole state-of-the-art golf course every bit as spectacular as Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines. According to the LA Times, the course actually hosted the PGA three times in the 1920s and 1930s. Think Horton Smith and the early years of the Masters Tournament which was organized in 1934. In fact, Horton won the Catalina Island tour in 1928 with a score of 245, the lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in the history of professional golf.
As the country entered World War II the course became badly neglected and needed repair. But in 1945 they built the course back to 9 holes featuring five Par 4 and Par 3 holes. Today, Catalina Island sees 1 million visitors a year for the pure simple pleasure of a round of golf.
Tales of Hollywood at Catalina Island Golf Course
According to Fore Magazine, the actor who played Tarzan in the 30s and 40s, Johnny Weissmuller, played golf there, as well as golf great Tiger Woods. Both Corey Pavin and Craig Stadler, Southern California Golf Association Hall of Famers played there, too.
While on the beautiful island of Catalina, book your golf extravaganza and enjoy golf 365 days a year at Catalina Island Golf Course.