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Dos And Don'ts In So Cal.

Do: Play Before 9 A.M.
The biggest metro area in the U.S. also has the most gnarly traffic. Beat the morning rush and be done before the evening grind.

Don’t: Rent A Convertible
Going topless in Cali is cool if you aren’t going to play golf, but it’s a huge hassle if you plan on bringing golf clubs.  

Do: Drink Up 
No, we’re not talking about cocktails (although those are fun, too). The SoCal environment is an arid one, especially in the desert. Drink as much H2O as possible.

Don’t: Just Eat Anywhere
SoCal has thousands of restaurants, many of which are a little odd (hey, it’s California.) Read up on where to eat before you get ready to chow down.

Do: Play Par-3 Courses At Night
T-shirts, shorts and flip flops fit the bill, as do a handful of golf balls and a few wedges. This is L.A. style all the way.

Don’t: Forget A Map
GPS-equipped rental cars are worth it, but bring a map as well. Most courses are spread out all over town.

Do: Take A Ride Along PCH
Expect delays and lots of people, but the views and interesting sights make it all worth it. Don’t miss Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Ventura and Santa Barbara.   

Top 10 Places To Play  
PGA West
This Palm Springs stalwart is home of the diabolical Stadium Course. See it. Play it. Love it.
Escena Golf Club
Nicklaus designed a tough but fair layout that, in two years, has become a Palm Springs classic.
Trilogy GC At La Quinta
The Skins are here, but don’t let that fool you. This place is very playable for all skill sets.

Desert Willow Resort
The Firecliff should be on everyone’s must-play list, and the Mountain View is great fun.
Classic Club 
The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is here, so you know it’s good.
Trump National
The Don made every hole with one thing in mind: views of the Pacific Ocean.

Torrey Pines GC
The Buick Invt’l is here and the U.S. Open will swing by in ’08.
Rustic Canyon
This hidden gem has the look and feel of great golf from across the Atlantic.
Barona Creek Golf Club
It may be a long haul from anywhere, but the course alone is worth the effort.

Ojai Walley Inn & Spa
In case you didn’t know, the course dates back to 1923.  


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