FEBRUARY 28, 2017

By Steve Elling

Two weeks ago, when the PGA Tour made its annual trek to Los Angeles, competitors at Riviera Country Club were a mere eight miles from one of the priciest, poshest addresses on the planet: Rodeo Drive, a monument to conspicuous consumption, just a slow roll down traffic-choked Sunset Boulevard.

This week, they’ll be encamped squarely in the middle of what could be called Rodeo Drive South.

With last summer’s announcement that the big-money World Golf Championships would move from the Miami area to Mexico City, myriad security concerns were raised about the wisdom of showcasing golf’s biggest names in the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, replete with 21 million residents and a well-chronicled criminal element. 

Keeping score


Elevation above sea level, in feet, at the highest point of Mexico City’s Chapultepec Golf Club, the site of this week’s World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, according to ShotLink mapping data. The course, originally designed by former U.S. Open champion Willie Smith during the Mexican Revolution and opened in 1921, was renovated by Percy Clifford in 1972 and plays to par 71 and 7,330 yards. Chapultepec has hosted 18 Mexican Opens, with champions including Roberto De Vicenzo (1951, ’53, ’55), Billy Maxwell (’56), Bob Rosburg (’57), Ben Crenshaw (’81) and Jay Haas (’91).


Another view of the game’s future

I agree with Mr. McQueen (From the Morning Read inbox, Feb. 24, bit.ly/2lJrL05) but don’t have the same doomsday outlook. I live in northern New Jersey, and Topgolf just opened in Edison. On a recent cold and drizzly day in January, I had a need to swing the club. I drove over to Topgolf with my son and wife and rented a bay. I can tell you that my wife has never seen me play golf, but with the promise of a warm, dry place to sit, talk and have a drink, she was onboard.

It’s kind of like bowling, but cool. Taking 4-5 hours out of a Saturday or Sunday is a problem for me, and almost impossible to get my son onboard, but 2-2.5 hours sitting around eating, drinking, being with the family and golfing, you can’t beat that. And it is no more expensive than being at a decent golf course.

From the industry

Spring stay-and-play packages for 30 courses on Hilton Head and Fripp islands in South Carolina have been announced by the Hilton Head Golf Island group. 

Only a few spots remain for the 10th annual World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament at Waterville Golf Links in County Kerry, Ireland, organizers announced. The July 24-26 event will be run by Carr Golf Travel. The 28th annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament will be held Aug. 9-13 at Waterville.

Bridgestone Golf is the official golf ball provider to the University of Oklahoma men’s golf team, the company announced. The Sooners will be equipped with OU-logoed Bridgestone Tour B330 and B330-S balls.

February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
February 28 - March 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland
March 2-5
European Tour: Tshwane Open
Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa
LPGA: HSBC Women’s Champions
Sentosa Golf Club (Tanjong), Singapore
PGA/European tours: WGC-Mexico Championship
Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City
March 7-8
Mid Atlantic Golf Merchandise Show
Marriott Residence Inn, Gaithersburg, Md.
March 9-12
European Tour: Hero Indian Open
DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi
PGA Tour: Valspar Championship
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.

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