La Quinta is at Cen­ter of PGA Tour Stop

Golf Vacations - - ChipShots - By Terry Ross

One of the high­lights of the win­ter sea­son—for the La Quinta Re­sort & Club and the City of La Quinta—is the an­nual PGA Tour event that that is all staged within the city in Jan­uary of each year. Once known as the Bob Hope Clas­sic, what is now re­ferred to as the Ca­reer Builder Chal­lenge is nor­mally the first PGA Tour event ev­ery cal­en­dar year to be played on the main­land US and three cour­ses in the city—the host TPC Sta­dium Course, the Jack Nick­laus Tour­na­ment Course and La Quinta Coun­try Club— com­prise the lineup. The TPC Course and the Nick­laus are part of the PGA West com­plex that is ac­ces­si­ble to La Quinta Re­sort & Club guests and are fea­tured dur­ing the Golf Chan­nel tele­casts of the tour­na­ment. The re­sort it­self takes cen­ter stage dur­ing the Chal­lenge week—not only from the celebrity clien­tele that stay there—but the tour­na­ment par­ties and func­tions that have be­come a high­light of the sea­son. Through­out the city, block par­ties, mix­ers, youth golf clin­ics and even a golf in­dus­try round­table are part of the many ac­tiv­i­ties that keep both lo­cals and vis­i­tors busy. “The Ca­reerBuilder Chal­lenge gives La Quinta an­other op­por­tu­nity to show­case our beau­ti­ful south­ern Cal­i­for­nia city as the Gem of the Desert,” said John Peña, For­mer Mayor and cur­rent Coun­cilmem­ber in the host city. “The tour­na­ment brings vis­i­tors from all over the world and we couldn’t be hap­pier. La Quinta of­fers so much by way of shop­ping, din­ing and out­door recre­ation like hik­ing, bik­ing, tennis and golf. The Ca­reerBuilder cre­ates buzz around the City and does a great job part­ner­ing with the com­mu­nity. We are thrilled to have this tour­na­ment in La Quinta and look for­ward to many more years of what the Ca­reerBuilder will bring to the world of golf and to La Quinta!” The TPC Sta­dium Course at PGA West was built in 1986 and de­signed by Pete Dye, and at the time it was called one of the tough­est cour­ses in Amer­ica at 7,300 yards, a stroke rat­ing of 76.1 and a slope of 150. It is one of only two pub­lic Tour­na­ment Play­ers Cour­ses in the state of Cal­i­for­nia, and is al­ways good for thrilling tour­na­ment fin­ishes, like this year when Hud­son Swaf­ford birdied three of his last four holes on Sun­day. He made the clinch­ing two on the 17th hole, which is a 168yard Par-3 nick­named Al­ca­traz be­cause its is­land green is much harder to hit than the huge lake that sur­rounds it. He beat Cana­dian Adam Had­win by one stroke with that birdie. Had­win had zoomed into the lead af­ter Satur­day’s round with a mag­i­cal 59 at La Quinta Coun­try Club to be­come only the eighth player in PGA Tour his­tory to shoot a sub-60 round in a reg­u­la­tion PGA Tour event. He was also only the fourth player to shoot a 59 on a Par 72 course and the first Cana­dian to go that low. It is also the only PGA Tour event that has seen two 59’s—David Duval shot the same score at the Palmer Pri­vate course in 1999 to win the tour­na­ment on the last hole. They don’t call PGA West and this area the Western Home of Golf® for noth­ing—and the La Quinta Re­sort and the Ca­reer Builder keep adding to the his­tory of this South­ern Cal­i­for­nia oa­sis.

Hud­son Swaf­ford-Ca­reer Builder win­ner

Adam Had­win - ‘59’ score­card La Quinta CC

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