Laguna Seca Club Gearing Up For Top Collegiate Event

By Ray Brewer, Contributor

MONTEREY, Calif. - In this day and age of the modern golf courses, a Robert Trent Jones design is hands down the leader.

Courses with the Robert Trent Jones tag are being constructed from coast to coast in the United States as new is translating to good for most on the golf scene.

This holds especially true at the Laguna Seca Golf Club, which has been dubbed the Monterey Peninsula's "Sunshine Course."

The Robert Trent Jones layout is billed as a challenging 18-holes of golf on a 6,157-yard championship layout. Course officials claim this par-71 is one of the more challenging golf courses around.

Scores from last year's Lady Spartan Invitational collegiate event - hosted by Laguna Seca with San Jose State University - and the leaderboard from this past year's CCF high school championship prove this course is very unforgiving.

"This course gives golfers what they want," general manager Gary Cursio said. "From the back tees, it's not extremely long, but it is extremely challenging.

"The course often appeals to a variety of golfers. It's fine for the average player and it gives the advanced players those challenges they are looking for."

The annual women's collegiate event is scheduled for the second weekend in March as Cursio and his crew are gearing up to host 12 of the nation's finest programs.

"We look forward to hosting such a great event at Laguna," Cursio said. "It's really easy to host because they [SJSU] take care of everything."

Once part of the 2,197 acre Spanish land grant deeded in 1834 to Catalina M. de Munras, Laguna Seca offers the facilities of a private club - such as a comfortable clubhouse overlookling the breathtaking coastal hills of Northern California.

The club's resort-quality golf shop is stocked with the most desired named brands and fashions.

The club got the nickname of "Sunshine Course" because it rarely sees the morning fog that California is known for. Since the facility is located in a horseshoe shape, tucked away in the peninsula, a majority of the fog can't creep its way in.

For more information, contact 888-524-8629.

Ray Brewer, Contributor

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