Inside the course: Newport Beach Country Club

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March 03, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect William Bell and Sons (1953)
Course redesign Ted Robinson (2000)
Course superintendent Ron Benedict
Number of Champions Tour events as host venue 14 (including 2009)
Course ranking Ranked 23 (out of 29) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2008
Par value 71
Yardage history 6,598 (1996-1998)
  6,584 (1999-2002)
  6,571 (2004-2005)
  6,584 (2006-present)
Grass Bermudagrass (tees); Kikuyugrass, bermudagrass (fairways); Poa annua (greens); Kikuyugrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10.5-11 ft
Sand bunkers 56
Water hazards 3
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Course record
Player
Tom Purtzer
Year
2004
Round
1st
Finish
WON
Holes-in-one
There have been two aces recorded at the Toshiba Classic.
Player Hole Year
Jose Maria Canizares No. 8 2006
Sammy Rachels No. 13 2002
2008 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 185-yard 17th
A beautiful hole with a large lake in front of the tee and to the green's edge. A two-tiered rolling green with a large bunker guarding the front and a pot bunker behind the green. Mounds and swales will present a challenge if you miss the green.
2008: 0 eagles, 13 birdies, 153 pars, 57 bogeys, 9 double bogeys, 1 others
Easiest hole in 2008
The par-5 492-yard 15th
A challenging hole that can be rewarding, but will make you pay the penalty if you make a mistake. A good drive sets you up to see the green and all the trouble that surrounds it. Bunkers surround the left side of the green and a pot bunker is positioned on the right side of the green. The green is two-tiered with mounds and swales around the outer side. Some thirty palm trees around the green will offer challenge if you tend to stray just a little.
2008: 9 eagles, 111 birdies, 99 pars, 13 bogeys, 1 double bogeys, 0 others
Newport Beach Country Club2008 rankings Last 13 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 339 3.82 14 3.876 15
2 4 390 3.858 12 3.931 12
3 5 549 4.635 16 4.762 16
4 3 143 3 9 2.982 11
5 4 430 4.21 3 4.231 2
6 4 418 4.077 6 4.173 5
7 4 368 3.944 11 4.062 7
8 3 203 3.258 2 3.229 3
9 4 407 4.086 5 4.180 4
10 4 429 3.974 10 4.019 10
11 4 344 3.815 15 3.901 13
12 4 373 3.85 13 3.899 14
13 3 170 3.039 7 3.051 9
14 4 397 4.026 8 4.062 8
15 5 492 4.511 18 4.593 18
16 4 437 4.09 4 4.099 6
17 3 185 3.279 1 3.231 1
18 5 510 4.545 17 4.662 17
Course origins
Not surprisingly, especially for a course that is over 50 years old, the Newport Beach Country Club's distinguishing characteristic is its maturity. The narrow kikuyugrass fairways are lined by bold stands of aged pine and eucalyptus trees, preventing the course from being overwhelmed by long hitters.
Success is contingent upon accuracy off the tee, and a patient study of the challenging poa annua greens that, according to local knowledge, break toward the Pacific. Originally designed by William Bell in 1953, the Newport Beach Country Club underwent enhancements by Harry Rainville in 1973 and Ted Robinson in 1985 and 2000.
-- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Mesa Verde CC Costa Mesa, Calif. 1995
Newport Beach CC Newport Beach, Calif. 1996-present

The Champions Tour returns after a week-long break for the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif. Learn more about the host venue -- Newport Beach Country Club.

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