Every year, visitors head toward Pasadena, California, for the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl football game on New Year’s Day. If you ever plan to attend the game or parade, you may want to tee up during your free time. A great choice is the venerable Brookside Golf Club.
Steeped in more than 83 years of golf tradition, Brookside Golf Club was designed by famed golf architect William P. Bell. The 36-hole complex, the oldest golf course in Los Angeles County, is nestled in the golden foothills of Pasadena about a four wood from the famed Rose Bowl. Owned by the City of Pasadena, Brookside Golf Club features two 18-hole tracks: the C.W. Koiner Course, a par 72 measuring 7,037 yards, and the E.O. Nay Course, a par 70 measuring just over 6,000 yards.
The Koiner Course runs centrally along the eastern and southern ends of the complex. The course is relatively flat, and features many strategically placed bunkers, long stretches of rough and tricky greens that place a premium on accuracy. This course is more open than the Nay Course, and appeals to the more experienced player looking for a challenge.
The Nay Course is shorter and extends along the northern end of the complex. It too is relatively flat, with the same challenges: strategically placed bunkers, long stretches of rough and tricky greens. The key difference between the two courses is the small hitting areas of the Nay Course.
In addition to the two courses, the complex features a full-service restaurant and lounge, 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, the John Wells Pro Shop, two practice putting greens, a chipping area, practice bunker and driving range. There’s lots of history at Brookside. The course served as home to the Los Angeles Open in 1968, won by Billy Casper. It has also hosted the National Publinx Championship, and is regularly rated in the top 15 public golf courses in California. You can find more information at americangolf.com/CA/Pasadena-brookside-golf-club.
If you go to Pasadena for the parade or football game, a limited amount of overnight RV parking is available in Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl Stadium prior to parade day. RVs must be completely self-contained; no hookups are available. It’s a great way to start the New Year; golfing at a great course and attending the Rose Bowl.
Happy New Year!
The 19th hole (and a few chip shots)
The 13th edition of the Seattle Golf and Travel Show is scheduled for February 11-13, at Qwest Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. For complete details, visit the website at seattlegolfshow.com. Look for a complete roundup of golf shows around the country in the February installment of the RV Golfer.
And finally, if you’re looking for an instructional book on how to fix your golf grip, check out a new book called Whip Your Golf Grip into Shape by Bill Crews. The author claims this is the first major change to the golf swing since the days of Bobby Jones and hickory shafted clubs, and the first change to the golf grip since Harry Vardon created the current standard around 80 years ago. According to Crews, golfers can improve their swing by sliding the pinkie finger off the end of the grip. While making minor adjustments to the stance and swing, golfers will be able to elongate their swing and increase the launch angle. See for yourself. Visit Crews’ website at whipgripgolf.com.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Yakima, Washington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.