Aviara's par-5 8th presents a slew of challenges framed by water hazards and greenery.
Carlsbad’s Aviara Golf Club is among Arnold Palmer’s best design work
Aviara Golf Club is known for its many on-course amenities. Lush fairways, native wildflowers, rolling hillsides, picturesque views of the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve and its seaside ambiance along the Pacific Coast come to mind.
But what most golfers don’t know is the backstory behind one of the course’s most distinctive features: its extra-large, undulating greens.
Back when the 7,007-yard, par-72 Arnold Palmer design was being developed in the early 1990s, somebody involved in the construction made a fairly significant math error, and it wasn’t until nine of the greens had been built that anyone noticed they were each twice the size they were intended to be. After some debate, it was decided to continue forward by increasing the size of the remaining nine greens.
And that’s how the Carlsbad gem came to have some of the largest putting surfaces of any course in Southern California.
Indian Wells Golf Resort’s nighttime venue adds a spark to golf in SoCal
Las Vegas may have Top Golf, but Southern California has Shots in the Night.
Known for its evening golf and entertainment activities, Shots in the Night opened at Indian Wells Golf Resort in 2018, and has been lighting up the nightlife in the Coachella Valley ever since, much the way Top Golf has for visitors in Las Vegas.
Shots in the Night offers guests an experience unlike any other in Southern California, with an after-dark scene that includes golf games, lights, lasers, smoke machines, music, and food and drinks.
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