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Santa Anita
Arcadia, CA
remarkable rating- 4 tees
Santa Anita foothillsSanta Anita golf club is a challenging 18-hole, 6368-yard, Par 71, Bermuda course located in Arcadia, California. Opened in 1938, course construction began in 1933 as part of the Depression's WPA program and was designed by James Harrison Smith. It became home of the Santa Anita Open. Held each year until 1955, the Open became the official start of winter's Tournament swing through Southern California.
The golf course is adjacent to the famous Santa Anita race trackSanta Anita 12th tee that shares the same name. During the winter race season, you can hear the horse races being called out while golfing. This scenic course is situated just below the imposing San Gabriel Mountains. Since the natural surrounding terrain is normally flat, man-made knolls were added to create numerous uneven lies. Mature pine and oak trees line the fairways, giving Santa Anita a country club feel. Although there aren't any water hazards (with the exception of a flood control channel that plays as out-of bounds, known as Stewart's Creek), there are many strategically placed sand bunkers. Additionally, the course's large greens are mostly elevated and generally slope away from approach shots. One of the most difficult holes on the course is the 18th; a 435-yard, par 4, that requires a left to right tee shot over some very large mounds up a dogleg right fairway, then a long approach shot to the clubhouse green.
Santa Anita Club House Ben Hogan used Santa Anita for his practice rounds when playing the Southern California PGA tour in the late 40's and early 50's. His favorite hole (photo left) was the 204-yard par 3 12th hole that usually plays into the wind and calls for a controlled draw to the well-bunkered green. Playing golf at this course is playing a little of California golf history. The Course Record established in the days of "The Open" is 62 - held by Ellsworth Vines. Lloyd Mangrum won the first and second Opens with 274 and 278. Par at that time was 70.

remarkable rating- 4 tees
web address is www.sagcgolf.com  ..
phone no. 626 447-2331 .
address 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006

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