Golfing at the Catalina Island Golf Course: Swing into a Wild Sanctuary
Nestled between low-lying hills and nearby beaches is Catalina Island Golf Course. Year-round golf has never been more challenging. While amateur golfers will enjoy practicing their swing in pleasant, cool and comfortable weather, more advanced players will find that the course offers an opportunity for challenge and a test of their expert skills.
Built in 1892 by the Banning Brothers, who are also largely responsible for the construction of resorts and tourists hotspots at that time, the Catalina Island Golf Course now boasts Bermuda grass on the greens and poa annua grass on the fairways. It also sports a pro shop, and electric carts, clubs and pull-carts are available for rent. A short walk from the Catalina Penthouse, the golf course finishes in front of an eatery fully prepared for hungry golfers with a happy hour and a number of delectable island drinks to satiate your thirst after a round of golf.
Don’t be surprised as you walk the fairway to see deer lazily amble across the grounds giving the course its casual, relaxed atmosphere. At one time in its history it wasn’t uncommon to golf among wild boar and buffalo, which was brought over for a movie set and left to ramble wild, and to this day live uninhibited on the island. As far as golfing attire goes, you’re more likely to see t-shirts than collared polo shirts or dress shirts.
Catalina Island Golf Course offers specials on golf and spa packages. These packages are offered in conjunction with the Island Spa Catalina, a 15,000-square-foot sanctuary adding relaxation for your ultimate getaway. Packages may include complimentary breakfast with beach views and overnight accommodations, round-trip transportation, and, of course, nine holes of golf for two.