Hacienda's Golf Blog

A Short History of Championship Golf Courses

Posted by John Hughes on May 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Even since Old Tom Morris won the first Open Championship in 1861, the game of golf has evolved tremendously, and so have the venues on which the game is played. Back then, Morris shot 163 over three 12-hole rounds at the Prestwick Golf Club, which to this day still holds up to the modern game.

Golf courses have not always had 18 holes. The St. Andrews Golf Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea, and as early as the 15th century, golfers at St. Andrews established a trench through the undulating terrain, playing to holes whose locations were dictated by topography. The course that emerged featured 11 holes, laid out end to end from the clubhouse to the far end of the property. A golfer would play the holes “out,” turned around, and then played the holes “in,” for a total of 22 holes.

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6 Things Your Golf Club Membership Should Include

Posted by John Hughes on May 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

6_Things_Your_Golf_Club_Membership_Should_Include.jpgIf it’s true that you get what you pay for, some 2.1 million golfers must be getting something extremely worthwhile. That’s how many individuals belong to private golf clubs, according to data from the National Golf Foundation.

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8 Ways Being a Golf Club Member Enhances Your Life

Posted by John Hughes on Apr 29, 2016 7:16:43 AM

8_Ways_Being_a_Golf_Club_Member_Enhances_Your_Life.jpgMaking the decision to join a championship-level golf club is an easy one, but it's certainly one you won't regret. There are so many benefits of becoming a member that they are impossible to measure, but as time goes by, the value of a membership as it relates to your quality of life will become more and more obvious. Here are just a few ways a membership at a championship-level club can enhance your life.

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How Southern California Golf is Different

Posted by John Hughes on Apr 13, 2016 11:51:05 AM

A round of golf is never the same twice. Each course has its own character, design, flow and is full of nuances. Some courses are more appealing than others. Just as each course is different, so it is possible for entire regions to distinguish themselves, to carve out a unique space in the golfing world.

Nowhere is this truer than in Southern California. Bounded north to south by Los Angeles and San Diego, east to west by ocean and desert, this remarkable zone brings depth of play, unique settings and a variety of golfing experiences unlike any other.

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7 Benefits of a Golf Club Membership That Have Nothing to Do With Golf

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 19, 2015 11:38:28 AM

According to a recent poll of nearly 2,000 people who became members of a golf club in the past year, the primary factor in that decision was the club’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Now, these results come with some caveats, to be sure.

The poll targeted players new to the game of golf.

And a majority of respondents were women, who particularly fancied the club’s social program, whereas men valued the opportunity to get a handicap and play in competitions.

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4 Ways a Golf Club Membership Contributes to Player Networking

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 2, 2015 3:42:06 PM

When joining a golf club one expects certain things: A chance to play on a top-notch course, high-end amenities, an opportunity to improve one’s game. But there are other benefits that may not immediately come to mind, including a chance to broaden one’s social and business circle. Golf is fundamentally a social game, an activity to share with others. Networking is a natural part of that experience.
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How Does Membership in a Private Championship Golf Course Improve Your Golf Game

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 2, 2015 3:25:22 PM

Membership in a championship and private golf course can offer the expected amenities: A peerless, well-kept course and a comfortable, well-appointed clubhouse.
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How a Golf Club Membership Creates Lifelong Friendships

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 2, 2015 3:12:59 PM

The game of golf is a lifelong endeavor. It's a game that young and old alike can enjoy, and it's a game that many of us will play for as long as we are physically able to swing a golf club. What other sport can claim that?
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What Is the Golden Age of Golf Course Design?

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 2, 2015 1:27:01 PM

In the early 20th century, a group of talented men designed golf courses throughout the United States that remain the gold standard in golf course architecture. While there is some debate about when the "Golden Age" of golf course design began, suffice it to say that Francis Ouimet's U.S. Open victory over Brits Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913 piqued Americans' interest in the game. The courses that would be designed over the next two decades are to this day some of best the game has to offer.
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10 Ways a Championship Golf Course Will Improve Your Game

Posted by John Hughes on Oct 2, 2015 1:05:01 PM

As with any number of expenditures in life, when it comes to golf, you get what you pay for in a course, and championship golf offers the best value and the best experience, although not all championship courses are private, most of the best ones are. So, if you have an interest, you will likely save time by researching the private courses in your area first.
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